Your Wealth Depends on How You Dance

Well, not literally. But metaphorically, it does. I’ll explain in a minute. First, some context. I’ve spent the last several weeks exploring the delusion of hard work (as a constant state of being) and how it affects your finances. Selfishly, I wanted to dive more deeply into the whole work-n-money paradigm. In light of my own evolution in this area, I wanted to counter the notion that working harder and struggle and success are inevitable cousins. Instead, I wanted to invite more ease into my business and life – along with more money. Turns out, my personal quest was a mirror for what many of my coaching clients (and blog readers) are dealing with, too. Or, is it the reverse? A Rabbit-hole of a Different Kind Old-school programming about work, about money, and about the dynamic relationship between work and money, are so ingrained that you and I barely even recognize what we’ve embraced as “gospel.” Therefore, we don’t recognize the ways in which we are stuck – blindly making choices that actually don’t serve us in the best of ways. Since working hard(er) tends to go hand-hand with our glorification of busyness, it seems only fitting to wind down this series discussing the exact opposite of this mindset and approach. It’s time to introduce the next layer in what is truly an on-going conversation. Hence, this question: Could a slower pace and more quiet mind positively impact the way you manage your money? And the reason the interplay between meditation and money is the focus for this month’s Financial Intimacy Hour. (Not registered? Click here. It’s tonight –...
What To Do When Diet & Exercise Don’t Work

What To Do When Diet & Exercise Don’t Work

*A longer version of this post by Liz DiAlto was originally published on LizDiAlto.com. Closing comments are mine.* First, here’s a short list of what NOT to do: Panic Complain Stress out Take it personally or assume there’s something wrong with you Blame any external factors Truly, there’s only ONE THING you need to do: Listen To Your Body. Because listening…really listening to your body is no easy task, I want to teach you HOW to do this.  Could be one of THE MOST VALUABLE skills you ever learn as a woman (or a human, I know more men than usual have been stopping by lately-welcome, gentleman). I’ve been speaking about this a lot lately and notice that when I open up about my beliefs about women and their bodies, the response can be summed up in an overwhelming “OH MY GOD, YES!!” So here it is. Most of us spend a lot of time out of our bodies, living externally.   We’re concerned about what we eat, how we look, what we weigh, who we’re dating, where we’re going (this applies to several destinations from dinner Thursday night to our careers), and more. We go through days at a time without actually checking IN with how we feel.  And I’m not just talking about our emotions.  I’m talking about deep in our guts, our organs, our cells.  We rarely take enough deep breaths each day, slow down for five minutes or more and ask our bodies, our vessels, the only real place we have to live–”What up girl?! How’s it going in there?!” Our bodies are much smarter...

Are You “Super Rich”?

I think the Universe is trying to get my attention, and perhaps through me, it’s trying to get yours as well. Last week, I attended an event sponsored by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. It was part of the firm’s “Open Talk” series and featured Harold Ford, Jr. interviewing Russell Simmons. As I described to a friend soon after, it was a no-hold bars conversation; Russell’s transparency and candor were refreshing, funny, and for some in the audience of approximately 400, I would suspect, shocking. I am on Marie Forleo’s “Rich, Hot, and Happy” mailing list. This week’s video message about one of her non-negotiables ironically (?) contained the same message as is in Russell’s book, “Super Rich” – which I’ve been reading since the event. What do Russell Simmons and Marie Forleo have in common? (Continue...

Fast-paced. Slow growth.

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am a bonafide NPR junkie. Recently, I heard an interview of one of my favorite people whom I’ve never met – consultant, Peter Bregman. I’m a huge fan of Peter’s work and his philosophy and appreciate how every interview (or blog posts – he writes for the Harvard Business Review) includes practical tips I can experiment with. His recent conversation with Amy Eddings on NPRs “Financial 411″ was no exception. Since that interview, I cannot stop thinking about the intersection of time and success. Amy and Peter were discussing something that is hard for me to do at times, and it is something with which I believe many of us struggle: Slowing down. (Continue...