Day 194/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
There's no better skill than getting your head around the value of money, or more importantly, the value of "no money".
Money, owing money, is one of our greatest fears. That is, until you understand that the wolf at the door is mostly an illusion.
My business experience taught me that the flow of money shifts and changes people's perspectives on a daily basis. From being warm and friendly to ugly and unattractive in a split second, so is the power of money.
Very early on in my business I mastered this powerful transformation. Firstly on my end of the telephone, and then on the other end.
Money gives people a lot of power, and it takes their power away from them. Money, I decided, shouldn't have this much power over people.
To accommodate my shift in perspective, I began by understanding the personality of money in the debtor's ledger of my business. I knew instinctively what sort of day I would have if I let money have power over it.
When it came to debt collection I made a point of speaking respectfully and kindly to all those owning money. Listening to their hardships, helping them work out their payment plans, being agreeable and supportive throughout made all the difference, and built strong relationship foundations.
With my creditors ledger I did the same. Phoned those I owed money to and discussed my situation. Asserted myself when they were not so well acquainted with the power of money, and gave them a clear understanding of my payment plans and commitment.
Communication, not money, I discovered, is the the solution to the wolf at the door.
Hone your communication skills. Uplift your relational skills. Do you best with the resources you have. Minimise debt. Live simply and abundantly with the quality items available to you, and life will be abundant.
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.