[Lessons from the Last Recession] Knowing what you Don't want helps you know what you DO want...
If you're just joining me, I've been sharing some of the lessons I learned in the 2008 recession. They have become valuable life and financial lessons that I'm passing on to inspire and support you during our current unprecedented times.
To put it in official terms, that's when I got a real ass whoopin', financially speaking.
Thankfully, with good guidance and a lot of grit and hard work, I went from being bad with money to being a badass with money.
That recession turned out to be a wake up call and a genuine blessing in disguise (though, believe me, I did NOT know it at the time!).
When things were hard I got very clear on what I did not want, which helped me get very clear on what I did want.
And because of that painful experience I learned first hand about the power of intention.
That recession, and the ensuing bankruptcy and loss of my home - plus the fear that went with it - lit a bonfire under me to make my goals and dreams happen.
I became hungry for the things I wanted.
Financially, it was for things like getting out of debt, having savings in the bank, a paid for home, and passive income so I could make money even if I wasn't able to work.
So I set an intention to make those things happen.
And I made them a priority as soon as I was able to regain my footing.
Then I turned those intentions into reality.
Some of those goals took years, but I made them happen.
Now I am debt free, have a rainy day fund, a paid for home, and passive income so I can weather storms like this one. And I teach others, like you, to do it too.
I am not alone. We've all heard the saying that "Necessity is the mother of invention". That's not a cliché for nothing.
You and I are powerful, creative, resourceful and innovative beings, and sometimes it takes adversity to wake those qualities up in us in a powerful way.
Because, while challenges and struggles can suck and be painful and scary, they can wake us up and fuel our passion and desires. Plus give us the oomph to make them happen because they awaken our inner fire.
Adversity helps us become stronger. More resourceful. More creative. More innovative. More tenacious. And more compassionate.
If you're facing challenges right now, what are you discovering?
Are you learning about what you don't want? If so, fantastic! Because that let's you know what you DO want!
What will you prioritize and create from this?
Think big, because when we are facing challenges this big, HUGE and wonderful things can come from it!
If you feel shaky or unsure, use my story and the stories of others to give you hope and inspiration. Surround yourself with words, movies, songs and stories that make you feel good, give you hope and lift you up.
Let this experience be your own blessing in disguise.
To your health and persevering,