In this webinar, we talk about how to bring both discipline and art to the act of creating â€” even when they might seem contradictory to each other.
Iâ€™ve broken this webinar recording into two parts:
- Part I â€“ My Talk: I talk about what it would be like to create a small but powerful practice to regularly turn toward that which we fear in our finances. (See notes)
- Part II â€“ Questions & Answers: I answered some amazing questions from participants, a must-watch.
Part I: Leoâ€™s Talk (with notes)
Here are the notes from my talk:
Sea Change Webinar: Creating a Regular Practice with Finances
We put off dealing with our finances because it doesnâ€™t feel good, it stresses us out. But then this leads to ignoring, which leads to more difficulties as things pile up and get more stressful and overwhelming.
So we canâ€™t ignore, and itâ€™s worse when we let it pile up.
If we can turn our finances into a regular practice, it will make things so much easier and less stressful. Weâ€™ll deal with things in much smaller chunks, and it can even become a breeze.
In fact, if we think of this as a practice in mindfulness and intention, we can even turn this into something meaningful and enjoyable.
You have a daily practice of just 5 minutes, maybe 10 minutes at the most â€¦ you log your spending, reallocate your budget amounts if needed, take care of bills.
Itâ€™s easy and quick.
But you might also bring some meaning into the ritual â€¦
As you start, you remind yourself of the financial life youâ€™re trying to build.
You remind yourself that this is a practice of dealing with the finances before they become overwhelmingly stressful.
You remind yourself that this is connected to something more meaningful than your own discomfort â€” your familyâ€™s happiness, for example, or a purposeful business youâ€™re trying to create to serve others. You get outside of your world of comfort and self-interest, to something bigger.
This small ritual of 5 minutes, then, becomes easy but also connected to something meaningful in your life.
Small task but big purpose. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™re aiming for.
Let me walk you through my ritual.
- Set intentions
- Update YNAB
- Pay bills, if any
- Face something Iâ€™m fearing, in a small way
Part II: Questions & Answers
In this 2nd part of the webinar, I answered some great questions from those who attended, including:
- Dealing with the emotional ties to our finances, like shame
- Seeing how our childhood shaped our relationship with finances, including how our parents expressed their love
- And more!