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From lifestyle business to legacy business — is it really for you?

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The other day, I wrote about the first step for every professional practice owner to get their income into alignment with their life, financial liberation and a practice/business built around your life.

If you missed that post, you can check it out here.

Financial liberation is knowing that (with your services) you can earn what you need, when you need it, on demand, being all of who you are — and having a great life to boot.

If you take the first step strategically and with wisdom and guidance to support you, you will have a professional practice or service-based business that is thriving within 6-18 months of starting. 3 years, max. (Without guidance, well, many professionals never get there, but I imagine that you are here to make a different choice.)

This is a practice in which you get to serve your clients 1-1, they are happy, your practice is full and life is good.

Until you get antsy and want more …

Either more income.
Or more time.

And if you cannot raise your fees, and cannot take on any more clients, because you are already at the top of your market, charging a high value for your services, and your calendar is full, it’s time to look at shifting from practice owner to business owner.

One side note: once you’ve mastered step one, it’s likely that you’ll have more free time than you had when you weren’t successfully getting hired by clients you love to work with, and you may decide to shift your freed up energy to growing in other areas of your life, such as relationships or health, and not keep focusing on practice or business mastery for a while. And, you do really need to shore up relationships and health before making a run for the next level.

In the event that you do want to grow the business side of your life (generally because you are maxed out on time and income with your step 1 business structure and not impacting at the level you’d like) you are going to focus on bringing on more team support, employees, independent contractors, and others who can serve your clients.

Now, you are moving into the realm of creating a legacy business for yourself.

In step 1, it’s all about lifestyle.

In step 2, it’s about legacy. And that requires you to up your leadership game.

Upping your leadership game, building a legacy business, will require another level of time, energy, attention and money investment than you’ve made up until this point.

You’ll need to learn to hire, train and retain key team members.

Everything you thought you knew about leadership will be tested.

You’ll need a new coach/mentor relationship, investing in learning how to truly become a leader from someone who has done it.

And you’ll need to upgrade your legal, insurance, financial and, tax systems (and knowledge) to another level.

Building a legacy business isn’t for everyone. Mastering the lifestyle business is the first step. Having an income model that works for you to deliver your 1-1 gift in the world is where you start. THEN, once you’ve mastered that, you are ready to convert your practice into a business, if you choose to focus your energy and attention there because your calling requires it.

My calling has required it. I WISH I could have just been happy with my 1-1 law practice, making great income, having plenty of time for my family.

But, my soul was called to another level of impact that I couldn’t have at the 1-1 service level and so I’ve been focusing on legacy-fying my work for the past several years and repeatedly it has me at my edge of growth.

This is what I signed up for and I’ve revisited the decision repeatedly to make sure it’s really what I want.

It is.

I love how my leadership gets stretched, tested and grows as a result.

I love that my work will continue on, beyond me. And not just from an ego perspective, but because I know how impactful it is for the people who use it.

I am growing into loving building teams of people who love working together. This has not always been easy for me.

A legacy business is not for everyone.

Building a legacy business is not necessary and should only be done with eyes wide open and clear choice.

Lifestyle business (or even a life aligned income, forget the business part) is just fine for most people and will provide you with a life and income you love.

Most people will never even get there — they’ll stay stuck in jobs that don’t serve them or the world, and frankly don’t even earn them enough money to have the lives they want.

So try not to get distracted by building your life and income in alignment out of order, or by building a business that isn’t really what you want.

The promise of a passive income business is pretty much a lie.

Owning a business requires your effort, input, and energy.

When you build a business that’s truly in alignment with your gifts and the work you are here to do, it can feel fairly passive because you are getting paid to do what you love, but that’s not because you have magically built some business that pumps out money, on demand.

You can have that through a lifestyle business.

Because you will have learned what your path is, you will have chosen an income model that is aligned with that path, and you will have mastered the art of asking for what you need in exchange for what you have to give to the people you are here to give it to — and doing your work feels so aligned with who you are, that you are getting paid to truly do what you love.

You can have all that through a lifestyle business.

ONLY choose to move into building a legacy business if you are truly called. And then, understand, you are likely to experience a short-term drop in income, another level of investments, and an even more full schedule, as you push your edge into unknown territory around leadership.

If possible, and before that, while your lifestyle business (or 1-1 practice) is flowing well, focus on shoring up your personal relationships and your health and be clear with yourself and the people around you that you are likely going to need to call on reserves as you move into the next level of your personal evolution.

Good luck. And, may the odds be ever in your favor.

The Bad Advice About Credit That’s Kept You Stuck

I’m a little riled up as I write this.

I’m part of a private Facebook group and someone posted a request for guidance about taking out a business loan to support the next evolution of her business.

The immediate response she got back from 4 people was don’t take out loans for your business, don’t go into debt, and no debt = freedom.

This is the exact thinking that keeps so many people, maybe you, stuck in work they don’t love, chasing false financial freedom and wondering why they don’t have the lives they want.

Debt is not the source of your slavery.

Credit is a gift.

Used wisely, it can and will finance your learning, growth and evolution. And it can support you to create far more in the world than you can without resources.

In fact, part of the reason most of our country’s wealth is captured and held by the 1% while the rest get poorer and poorer is because we’ve been conditioned into focusing on saving instead of on leveraging debt and other resources to invest in ourselves and creating more wisely.

If you would love support with accessing credit and using it wisely, hit reply and let us know. We’re currently planning our next training on accessing and using credit with joy and we would love to know your biggest questions about this topic.

To your eyes wide open life,

Ali

PS — Tell me your story of using credit and being in debt by hitting reply so I can help you take your next steps beyond fear and conditioning. Better yet, give this one some thought and then tell me what came through: if you had access to $50,000 of credit at 0% for a year, how would you use it? What would you invest in? What would you create?

In the fire + pictures from Costa Rica (including my boyfriend!)

A quick love letter from Costa Rica to share with you some of my experience here in this beautiful place.

First and foremost, for those of you who are most focused on the Eyes Wide Open business teachings, and not so much in the Raw and Real parts of what I share, I’ll warn you now that this love letter is a mix of both.

There’s a little business and a little raw/real happening in this love letter. If you are all business, all the time, you may want to close this one down now and get on to the next. But if you like the raw/real, read on and you’ll get some business goodness as a bonus.

I came down to Costa Rica a week and a day ago with my family, so I could speak at Envision Festival. I haven’t gotten all the pictures uploaded yet, but you can see a few on my private Facebook profile.

And here’s a quickie of the whole family as we were sending Melina, Lotus and the boys back home after Envision. The boys (men really at this point), are my son, Noah, Kaia’s boyfriend, Max, and my boyfriend (yes, I did just say that), Rainbow. Yes, his name is Rainbow.

Kaia and I stayed on for a women’s retreat with Jess Magic and Elena Meta, and in it we are exploring the elements, dance, voice and writing.

Today, the element was Fire. Breath of fire, dance of fire, sweat lodge, fiery food, and a fire ceremony to burn up whatever is ready to be released.

For me, it was the control paradigm and the last vestiges of my need to prove myself.

So, what does all this have to do with building your life and income awake, aware and on your terms?A few things …

#1: Integration of the learnings

In the past, I’ve moved so quickly from one thing to the next that I have not had time to integrate the learnings. Just last month, I went immediately from a private event at Esalen (called Return) to lead my Money Map Masters in a retreat and then immediately after that into a month of intense focus to prepare for me to be out of the office for two weeks.

This time, I decided to stay on here in Costa Rica for an extra week to attend this retreat with Kaia and to integrate the teachings and learnings from my time at Envision.

Taking my whole family to Envision was a big deal. It’s really a working event for me, not just a vacation. I’m there to speak and network, not just to hang out and have fun. And having the kids (particularly my 12-year old who still really needs a lot of me) with me was an added challenge.

But having them with me was also really fun and I had a lot of support from friends, as you can see in the pictures. Plus, I always feel really great when the kids get to hear me speak because I’m teaching some radical money concepts that they aren’t going to get in school or from the media, so I’m glad they are getting it from me and not just by osmosis, but consciously and intentionally.

#2: How to free yourself in your business

I’ll be gone a total of two weeks. Most of it off my computer, other than time to write a couple of emails, do Facebook and chat about a few things with my team via Skype.

A month ago, I was working like crazy. I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage getting out of town, let alone being mostly offline for two weeks.

So I decided to make the investment in hiring someone who could really stand in for me in both businesses and bit the bullet. I brought in Brenda Mathisen (most recently Chief of Staff for one of the PayPal investor/founders), spent a month connecting deeply with her and providing training and then left town so she could take over with minimal interference from me.

This is the counter-intuitive way to free yourself in business. Get the right person or people on board and then leave town. In the past, I thought I needed to hold on and oversee things for way too long. What I realize now is that was disempowering and indicative of my lack of trust.

By leaving town, I showed my team (and Brenda) I trust them and while I know some mistakes will likely be made, I trust them to learn, grow and evolve from those mistakes, which includes figuring out how to fix them when they happen.

Repeatedly, I have seen this with women lawyers in my New Law Business Model coaching program — they get pregnant, and if they coach with me ahead of their maternity leave to hire the right person then hand off systems with trust at the foundation, they leave to have a baby and come back two months later with a practice that is thriving far more than it would have if they had been in the office micro-managing every day.

Try this one yourself, even if you aren’t having a baby. Just plan a vacation and then actually take it. But do remember to hire a great person first.

#3: Death

The last thing I want to mention in this week’s love letter is Death.

Confronting the reality of your mortality will result in you having a better life. It is coming up in my reality frequently and I want you to start to consider how that might be true in your life.

Have you confronted your mortality? If so, have you planned to make life better for your loved ones after you are gone or are you starting doing that now? How is your own life getting better by looking at the reality of your own death?

I know this may not be an easy conversation or consideration for you, but it is an important one so you can make the very best decisions regarding the use of your resources that you possibly can.

If you want any support with that, please send me a message at alexis@eyeswideopenlife.com and let me know. It’s something I’m being asked to do more and more lately and I’m feeling called.

Love beyond,

Ali

PS — we have twenty new Eyes Wide Open members who are also B-Schoolers and I want to send a great big welcome to you all! If you have not already received your invite to our private member’s forum and requested to join, please check your email including the spam folder. Welcome! I’m excited to see you there.

Perfection Not Required

Recently I was in Esalen for 4 days (check out the pictures here) and then leading my Money Map Masters Founder’s Group retreat here in Boulder (here are some pictures from the retreat).

I didn’t open my computer for the whole week.It felt great. And then on Sunday, I got anxious. Probably because I hadn’t yet written this Love Letter, or the emails announcing the end of the discount code for our annual membership offer, or the emails announcing our payment plan options.

Rather than succumbing to it and getting back onto the computer before I was ready, I let it be. I felt the anxiety, tried not to create any story about it, and spent time with my family.

Then, the work week started and I was deep into re-entry with focus on the expansion of the New Law Business Model business model. I’m bringing in a COO so we can go to the next level of growth while I step more into creating content and away from running the company.

I’ve tried to break through this level three times and I haven’t made it yet, but I’m betting the 4th time’s a charm.

So, here I am, sending this out half a week late and remembering (and reminding you) that it’s okay. Perfection is not required here.  Sure, consistency is best in business. If you can send out your newsletter the same day every week, awesome. And, if that’s not a match with your life, don’t beat yourself up for it.

Just get it out when you can and trust that the people who need to get it will.

I am making a conscious decision to not push myself the way I have in the past, to really live my Money Map and put myself first, family second and work third, knowing I have enough.

Pre-Money Map, I would push myself way harder than was really sustainable to make sales, to be “successful” by someone else’s definition and to keep up with the launch whizzes who are part of my peer group.

When I updated my own Money Map last year, I realized that it was not reasonable to have two businesses that were doing regular high pressure launches of products/programs to different audiences. Not without burning myself out.

So, even though I had invested $24,000 in a mastermind designed to support me to take my business to the next level and $15,000 in a launch manager, I decided to take a different path. I chalked those investments up to learning what I didn’t want, and sunk more deeply into what I do.

While I want the work of Money Map and Eyes Wide Open out into the world, it can’t be at the expense of my well-being and my relationships.  Those are priority.

So, I did end up getting out emails about the end of our payment plan, but I didn’t announce the end of the discount, which means I’ll extend it a couple of days. And that’s okay.

When you are in business for yourself, you get to choose what gets done and what doesn’t.

And I hope you choose wisely, putting yourself first, relationships second and earning money only last, with a clear plan to know you have enough so you can.

To do so will require you to get beyond your Money Dysmorphia (the distorted view of our finances that causes us to make poor choices around our non-renewable assets, time, energy and attention) and start making life and work choices from clarity.

My friend Myka did this and she was able to carve out 6 weeks to write her book, trust that she doesn’t need to take on revenue generating work for 3 months and is freeing up the space to live the life she’s always wanted.

Why wait to have the life you really want?

This is the time, your time is now. My work is to guide you to see the resources available to you to live that life today and stop putting it off until you have enough. You have enough now. It’s time to mine it and truly live.

I love you so much. Keep showing up through all of it.  Perfection is not necessary.

Love beyond,

Ali

 

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I’m in love…

This is a long love letter, grab a cup of tea and settle in for a few minutes.

Yes, it’s true, I am experiencing the beauty of new love. It’s tender, and a wee bit frightening. I’m not quite ready to share the details, and it feels way too soon after my last relationship but, I’m a lover. It’s my nature.

The truth is, now that my heart is open, I walk around feeling in love most of the time. Not just with humans, but with all of Life.

And, I’ve fallen in love with each and every one of you who has written to share the truth of your current reality and your vision for the future.

My guess is that if you haven’t written in, that I’d fall in love with you too, if you did. (And, please do — I read everything and I become evermore inspired to keep sharing, even when it feels like a stretch for me to do so.)

Your stories of where you are now and what you want to create in your life are inspiring me to serve more widely than I ever have before.

Thank you for sharing them with me.

If you desire to work with me in the future, it’s a good idea to write in, whether you are ready to get started now or you know it will be some time in the future because it allows me to begin to get to know you, which allows us to dive in deeper more quickly and support you with more precision right away when we do work together.

I have three things for you today:

1. You are likely investing your resources in ways that will not lead you to more of what you want in life — now, there’s help.

I’m writing this on my way to San Francisco (now Oakland due to flight delays into SFO this am) for a 24-hour trip to support the launch of what I am calling the most rational book I’ve ever read on how we can invest our resources in the new economy for true safety.

I’m investing the time, money and energy to be in San Francisco for the launch because I know that the investment in tribe-building that comes along with my trip will be worth it — and that’s part of what you’ll come to understand creates real security, once you read the book.

I recorded an interview with the authors, Bryan Franklin and Michael Ellsberg. Here’s where you can hear it.

Read the book and change the way you think about how you are investing your resources, forever.

Check out my personal Facebook profile for some pictures from the day and the event itself.

2. How to become free to be all of yourself.

One of the questions I get asked the most by people who write in is — how did you go from being an uptight legal expert on TV to becoming free to be all of you?

Check out the live Facebook video I recorded this past weekend — on the process of becoming free to be all of yourself — here.

All I want to do lately is share what I’ve learned so you can build your life and income with your eyes and heart way more open than mine were.

3. The support for creating the life and income you really, really, really, REALLY want – not the one “they” want for you.

It’s SO easy to get sucked into creating a life and income you don’t actually want.

The pull toward safety, security and fitting in is strong for most of us, so we find ourselves making choices and decisions that lead to more of what we don’t actually want.

We follow the “leader” (monkey see, monkey do style) only to discover we’ve created a life that doesn’t feel right, dependent on an income that keeps us trapped in that life.

And the pressure to save, save, save so we can retire comfortably later.

Fahgeddabout that. It’s time to wake up.

Please stop waiting for later, and take a step toward getting the support you need to step into the life that’s waiting for you.

Watch the recording of my New Year’s Eve Clarity Call and you’ll hear about and from other people just like you who have done it, stepped into a life of freedom, liberated.

And you’ll learn how you can have my support in doing just that.

I’ve revamped my own income model for 2016 and I’m done with big launches of my products, don’t want this business to be a million dollar business, and I’m narrowing in on who and how I serve until I’ve freed up more time in my other business.

I promised myself last year that I was not going to go down the road of big launches, competition-based models, and enrolling as many people as possible in a short period of time.

It’s a “successful” model that leaves me wanting to quit the business every time. Not sustainable for me and my life. And while I’m fairly good at it, I’ve been committed to discovering a new way.

Yet, this fall I hired a “launch manager” to help me build out my systems so that anyone can sign up for our programs at any time, so I can just focus on creating great new content, and I could feel myself getting pulled into the old model that I had sworn to myself I was not going to get caught up in again.

It’s so alluring.

Blindly, again and again, I built my income model based on what others were doing “successfully” — but each time, I would get to the finish line and find I had created something I didn’t want, based on conditioning I couldn’t see.

This time, fortunately, I was awake enough to understand the road I was heading down wasn’t going to lead me to where I really wanted to go, and if I didn’t make a hard right, I’d be right back in the same place I had ended up in time and again.

So, at the 11th hour, I changed up the plan. I said no to the big launch, the affiliates, the million dollar business, and remembered what’s most important to me.

Rather than strategizing my webinar to maximize sales, I read everything you wrote the night before and stayed up until 3:30a (it’s when I often do my best work) and created a presentation that spoke directly to what you actually need.

If you haven’t watched yet, you can still do so here.

I made the decision not to enroll as many people as possible, but to limit the offer to a container of just 50 people right now. A container me and my team can handle and serve well and deeply. And we are already half full.

It’s enough. There’s no need to go bigger right now.

What matters isn’t how many people I can enroll, it’s how many people I can love. And right now, I’ve got  room for 50 in my inner circle attention field.

For so many years, my eyes were blind and my heart was closed.

Awakening these parts of myself has been both painful and ever so rewarding.

Coming into true alignment with the life I am here to live, and creating the space to live in my heart and share from the overflow could have been faster, if my own clarity had come sooner.

Of course, it couldn’t come any sooner than it did. We are each in the evolution process of discovering what’s true and that means someone has to take the long, circuitous route there.

I sense that I am in your life to ease the process for you. You are ready to see with clear eyes and to feel with an open heart.

You long for guidance as you step onto the road less traveled and I offer an outstretched hand with the other on my heart, welcoming you.

Welcome.  And thank you for being on the journey with me.

With so much love today and everyday.

Ali

PS — for you skimmers, here’s the three things:

1. Buy the book the Last Safe Investment and  start re-allocating your resources today. Here’s my FB message about it and an interview I recorded with the authors.

2. Check out the live video I made on Facebook: how you can become free to be all of yourself.

3. Watch the recording of the New Year’s Clarity Call before it comes down for good.

Stop Worrying About Money With These 4 Steps

I’m at a place in my life where I certainly should not be worrying about money. I am the founder/CEO of two businesses that make enough money to pay me well and support their teams and the clients.  Often, we come close to not making payroll in one business or another, but we always make it and then grow to another level. I’ve seen this pattern throughout my 13 years of entrepreneurship, so it “shouldn’t” scare me anymore.

I’ve already proven to myself how little I need: that I can let go of it all and be able to support my family in living a modest life without too much time on the computer. That’s what moving to the farm was really all about and I not only did it, but I loved it. I could go back to a modest life, if necessary.

I have a beautiful home in the best neighborhood in Boulder, a late model car, an RV I can drive whenever I want, a house cleaner, and I sometimes even have someone cook for my family. If I needed to cut back, I could. There’s plenty of excess being spent around here.

I’ve proven to myself again and again that I don’t need to worry about money. I always have what I need. Money comes to me because I just love to provide value and help people get what they want (the secret to becoming wealthy in so many ways beyond mere money).

And yet, I can feel worry.  It’s subtle. In the background. But definitely there.  And, if it’s there, it’s influencing my decisions.  And if it’s in shadow, it’s influencing them in unhealthy ways.

I noticed it last night when I was walking with my honey for our ritual late night stroll around the neighborhood.  My mind wasn’t fully present with him. When I stopped for a minute to get clear on what was in the way, I became aware that my mind was doing that thing it does when it worries about money.

It calculates, solves, and schemes.

The mind is a professional problem solver. That’s all it really wants to do – solve problems. Most of the time, it can’t do it though because we haven’t given it the right inputs or data.  So it just spins.

So when I am worrying about money (even if I am not fully aware of it), my mind is hard at work, figuring it out. Worrying over it. Fretting.  It may even start to scheme, if I don’t stay really aware. That’s when things could get ugly.

Now a days, there’s not much risk of the scheming because I can feel the turbulence of my angst arise and I nip it in the bud with the 4-step process I’ll share with you below. If I don’t catch it immediately, I can at least see the scheming and call it out, truth-tell it into the light and remove its power. Scheming immediately creates a win/lose scenario and I am committed to win/win, all the time, or I don’t want to play.

The worst though is when I don’t even know I’m worrying; I just feel a low level malaise, a lack of motivation or a strong desire to procrastinate.  When I get quiet and ask what that is, I generally find it’s worry and angst.  It’s not always about money, but quite often, it is.

These days I don’t worry about whether I’ll have enough money to feed my kids; instead, I find my worries focused on whether I’ll have the money (and time) to fully live my purpose. To live up to my full potential. To give my greatest gifts. And to have them received.

As we were walking tonight, and my mind was fretting in the background, it came to me that I could do my own work on myself and stop worrying about money and start creating what I need, instead.

It’s kind of funny that it took as long as it did to come to me because truly this is the foundational message of the Money Map — stop worrying and start creating.

So I did.

Now, I want to share with you how. This is what I do to stop worrying about money, no matter how much (or little) I have.  It’s worked at every level of my financial life — when I was earning a million a year, two million a year and just five thousand a month.  The steps are the same.

Step 1: Get clear. 

Your mind is spinning.  It’s using two of your most valuable assets — energy and attention — in service of nothing of value. Your mind thinks it’s being helpful (it wants to solve your problems), but it’s really not, mainly because it can’t. You haven’t given your mind the tools, resources and information it needs to actually solve a problem.

At this point, it’s just spinning. Looping around over the same things, questioning, wondering, trying to figure it all out. But it can’t because it’s muddled, fuzzy, and all around unclear.  It’s constantly running in the background of everything you are doing, sucking your energy.

The solution is to get clear.  Clarity is the first step to freeing up the stuck energy and attention.  When you get clear, your mind stops whirring and buzzing and starts downloading the answers you’ve been wishing you could find.

The answers are right in front of you; you just have to focus your mind on the right questions. You get clear by taking the next steps in this process to stop worrying about money.

Step 2: Ask the right questions.

Asking the right question has the effect of shifting your mind from spinning to solving.  Your mind knows how to calculate, scheme, plan and devise.  But if you aren’t asking the right questions (“why me?” is probably the most common question that keeps your mind from reaching the solutions you so desire), but instead ask questions that simply reinforce the stuck, looping, fogginess, your mind is stuck in a low level of consciousness from which little is born.

The right questions are those that are framed positively and focus on what you want, rather than on what you don’t have.

Here’s an example, you might know well: we’ve been conditioned by popular television to ask “can I afford it?”  This question is the worst possible question because your mind is equally focused on all the reasons you can’t afford it. That’s not going to stop the worry. But change the format of the question slightly and add in some focused positivity and you’ll be asking “how can I afford it?” instead.

When you ask “how can I afford it”, suddenly your mind has a question it can come up with answers to. Now, instead of looping around “can I afford it” and repeatedly and incessantly calculating how much money you have and asking “is it enough/am I enough/will I have enough” constantly, your mind is ready to generate all the ideas you need to create exactly what you need.  Clarity is king and queen.

Step 3: Get it of your head.  

So what brings clarity?

First and foremost, clarity begins with you knowing what “it” is — what do you want to afford? How much money do you need? What’s enough?

What will you do with it when you have it?

If you don’t have enough clarity yet to ask “how can I afford it” it’s very likely because you have not clearly identified “it” — what do you want? When you do, write it down. In as much detail as possible.  How much you need, and what you’ll do with it, exactly.

For example, I was “worrying” because there’s a lot of big investments I “need” to make to carry my life forward in the way that I know is next.  I just got a really great book agent and the writer helping me with my proposal and ultimately the book will require about $26,000 to hire, but not all at once.

I’m ready to rebuild my personal brand sites (alexisneely.com and alexismartinneely.com) and merge them into just one, now that I can see the integrated me, finally. That’ll run me about $10,000.

It’s time to get the RV wrapped, which was always the plan when we bought it so that as we travel, we can advertise the message of love and liberation, herald the story of a new economy, and awaken people who see it.  Approximately $10,000.

It’s going to be a minimum of $15,000 and maybe closer to $50,000 to launch the show, “Lessons From the Road Less Traveled.”  We’ll line up sponsors once we are rolling and have something to show sponsors, but at this point, we’ve got a vision and a team.

And I could invest another $25,000-$30,000 in upgrading the marketing funnels designed to reach more lawyers so we can be seen in the world and help them to understand what we can do for them in the best way possible.

Right now, my marketing materials to reach the lawyers are so-so, pretty much all created by me with the help of my team. I’m a B-level copywriter. I just had a campaign created by an A+ copywriter who really gets the power of what we do for lawyers and the families and small business owners they serve and it’s a game-changer.  Really powerful. And, the best part is 100% true! I was a little scared he’d use “tactics” or “strategies” based in manipulation and I’d have to push back, but he didn’t.

Last, I want to invest in hiring someone to help me think through the best course of action regarding how to handle the people who are slandering me online.  I think that’ll be about $20,000 for the best guidance.

Anyway, that’s a tangent.  The point is on the high end, that’s $146,000 above my current family/business expenses.  And, while that’s a big number, now that I know the number with absolute clarity, my mind can go to work on it in the most positive way possible.

How can I afford it? Sure, it’s scary to ask that. I might not get what I want and then I would be disappointed. But you can be 100% guaranteed not to get it, if you don’t know what “it” even is.

Once I have the clarity of what “it” is, I can create a plan and know exactly what my next step is, even if I have no idea if it will “succeed or fail.”  The good news is that the real reward isn’t success or failure, it’s clarity in action, regardless of the outcome.

Step 4: Make a plan.

Now that you know what “it” is, whatever it is that you want or need next (which is what happens when you get “it” out of your spinning head), you’ll make a plan to create it.

top Worrying About Money With These 4 StepsI recommend a strategic vision plan. When I did my first one in 2003, just opening the doors of my law practice, everything I put on that board to happen in 5 years, happened within 1 year. And it’s not like I was an experienced entrepreneurial genius. I was a novice.

The amazing thing was that even things I had put on the strategic vision plan, then forgotten about and taken no conscious action to create also happened.

So, that’s what I’ll do next myself now.  I’ll take this clarity of what “it” is — in this case $146,000 and create a strategic vision plan to ask the question, what can I do to bring in what I need? I’ll consider all the options. I’ll weigh all the possibilities. I’ll use what I have. I’ll give bigger than I ever have before. And, I’ll receive the resources when they come.

You can do this. You can stop worrying about money using these 4 steps I’ve laid out as well. And instead, don’t push the worry away or bury the worry, but rather convert that worry energy (which is taking up a tremendous amount of your life and creative energy) into high vibration, powerful life force energy that brings to you everything you truly need, always.

It’s alchemy and you can utilize it to stop worrying and start creating now.