7 STEPS TO FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE
(PRETTY BIG STEPS)
1. Understand that it is possible and you can make it probable.
· Understand that you can do it if it's that important
to you (and it should be).
· Realize that any of the blocks you have about money are
correctable with the right coaching.
· Discover where you are along the 7 Levels of Financial
2. Re-orient yourself around becoming financially independent
· Make substantial changes: Cut expenses by 25-40% and
start saving or investing this money.
· Invest $1,000 - $10,000 annually in your own skills
training in order to double your earnings.
· Make the emotional/self-worth shifts required for
abundance. Have money be okay and good.
3. Get yourself fully informed in the financial arena
· Read a book or get input on what money is, how it
works, taxes, compounding, investments.
· Get the financial facts about yourself: Assets,
Liabilities, Income, Expenses, Savings.
· Start hanging around people who you like who do have
money and learn from them.
4. Create a high and profitable income stream
· Moonlight, increase fees, decrease business
expenses, be more productive, get a new job.
· Get into a field which offers at least 10 years of
opportunity, demand & growth (and pays well).
· Set a target of saving 10-40% of what you earn and make
personal changes to start that.
5. Build a cash capital base
· Amass $25,000 in cash or liquid investments. There
is a psychological "feeling" at this level.
· Create a plan to get to $250,000 within 10 years, or
sooner. Be realistic, yet aggressive.
· Start the plan, setting up structures, supports and
actions which make it real for you.
6. Protect what you have
· Get plenty of insurance: Medical, life, disability,
homeowners/renters, business, liability.
· Invest in safer investments; no more than 10% in
· Don't put all your money in your business; force
yourself to save and keep it separate.
7. Start living well, rewarding yourself
· You don't want to have to wait to start enjoying
your FI efforts; reward yourself now.
· Don't be afraid to make the present perfect, even if it
slows down your FI plan.
· Don't buy things to medicate or for "future"
biz needs; buy for immediate reward or benefit.
THINGS AND ACTIONS WHICH GET YOU ON THE FI TRACK FASTER
· Big enough game to play for
· Personal support
· Enough structure
· Plan of action
· Coach to help create and direct
· Success, cash coming in
· Starting savings
· Wanting it bad enough
· Willingness to put it as a priority
· That you are someplace in relationship to FI,
predictable stages, having map and knowing where you are, measurable status
· Information about where you are
· Knowing you can, certainty
· Creating value, earning high revenue
· Getting to zero if in doubt
· Strong personal foundation
· No crises, distractions
· Community of people playing same game
· Eliminating destructive or self-destructive behavior
· Removing doubters and diminishers
· Identifying where you are now in an honest but not
shaming conversation; it's just money
· Charging for what you've been giving away (increase
self-esteem to do this, if necessary)
(not so) Secrets
· Give enough people enough of what they want and
you'll make all that you need
· Do what it takes to make at least $100,000/year for
several years (and save 20-40K)
· Get capital to start a business or to invest
· Design ways to make money without having to put in
working hours. (Passive income stream, like
royalties, investment income, business ownerships and interests)
· The earlier you save, the more you'll have
· Time helps a person become FI
· Recognizing people's needs (products, services)
· Cash in the bank that is not needed (capital)
· Expertise or mastery creates higher income
· Owning assets, revenue streams
· Hanging out with business owners, FIs who will help
you get started
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