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How you can think your way to wealth

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“It isn’t possible.” This is what your mind wants you to believe. Did you notice you were curious enough to click on the title but as soon as you begin to read you are wondering what’s the catch behind it?


I fully and wholeheartedly believe that you absolutely can. I believe you can think your way to your biggest success (or most embarrassing failure for that matter) because every single person on this planet has the gift to reach their highest potential when they realise their purpose – no matter your limitations, differences and hurdles. And in this context, I am talking about wealth being a result when a person discovers and follows their purpose.


When our setbacks becomes our assets

What about our challenges that shape our career and the success in life? Why do some people achieve greatness at so much ease after life’s biggest hardships? What about the stories of those people who have just a few dollars left in their pockets to survive the week, that give them the edge to out of externally imposed limitations?


There’s something innately so revolutionary about what those challenges do to our minds. It trains our minds to think faster, quicker, and more creatively to come up with the solutions to keep ourselves alive. But success does not come to those for every person who go through hardships.


It’s for the people who learn from them and want it badly enough to break out of the patterns. It’s for the people who know their struggle story and wear it on their sleeve like the scars of war. Those are the ones that realise the value of their stories and are able to use their humbling experiences as their advantage.


It comes to a point where they have to make a decision – whether if they want to continue to be a victim of their fate, or turn their challenges into their gifts, that brings them to a pivotal moment that leaves their suffering behind. How are you embracing your challenges and turning that into your own hero story?


A little mindfulness goes a long way

You’ve probably heard of this quote way too many times on social media posts... “work smarter, not harder” (because I have). There is truth to that statement, but people don’t tell you what exactly working smarter means. Certainly no one tries to less any less smart. So I’m not sure if I really need someone to tell me to work smarter because I’m already working the smartest I possibly can. I believe the same applies to you too.


Before we rush off to check off more tasks and catch up on our long list of unfinished work, let’s just take a quick moment to slow down and re-focus. It sounds counterintuitive, I know. Our calendars are packed from the minute we wake up to the moment our head hits the pillow at night, that we don’t give ourselves time to think about how we are spending our time.


If you find yourself constantly devouring and processing information every minute of the day, or having lunch at your desk while checking emails… (yep, I was guilty of that) I hope you can take just a few minutes to breathe, and think about how your work now contributes to your purpose.


Bring your attention back to the present moment and your current position; do your actions intentionally aligned with the purpose of meeting your end goal?


Do your actions need to be adjusted, or does your mind need a reset to see your current position with fresh eyes?


More importantly – what personal lessons can you learn in every step of the way, and what is the one thing that’s holding you back to unlocking your next level?


This mindfulness exercise is so refreshing for the mind as it allows you to refocus your energy every day, and allows you to listen to your mind for new ideas and insights you would not have noticed otherwise.


How do you know this is the right way to go?

No one in the world can tell you which path to take. You will come across many detours and a thousand moments of “things didn’t work out”, before you reach a pivotal point that skyrockets your life. This is where your inner voice comes into play.


To achieve greater wealth in life, you must develop an unshakable faith in your intuition and carry the burning desire to seek out possibilities in every situation, especially when it means you are called to step out of your comfort zone.


You must absolutely believe that your odds, limitations and hurdles are what give you an inspiring story to tell like no other, and have the unfair advantage to achieve the level of greatness you’re designed for.


How much is your service worth? Pricing beyond strategy

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You don’t have to make your work available to everyone. Because you, my dear, are not a one-size-fits all solution, and neither should your business! Learning to put a dollar sign to my service is one of the biggest self-discovery process that I had to “grow” through – not only is it an exercise to gauge where I stand in the marketplace, it is also a process where I learnt to recognise the value of which I placed upon myself (self-actualisation, hello!), and the level of influence in which I can spread my message to people who needed to hear it. I believe this is true for you too, no matter if you are providing a service to one person, a few, or many.


We all come to a point where we justify how much or how little to charge, or perhaps we’re considering to raise our prices to match our new services – our mind rushes to recall all of our relevant qualifications and experience to prove our worth. Sometimes our view is distorted by our perception when self doubt is being magnified by evidence that don’t truly support our value.


I still remember the moment when I started researching how other people price their businesses – naturally, I’d compare myself to people who has made it all the way to the top. I told myself there was no way I’d ever be able to make the level of income they do. I allowed myself to sulk a little longer than I wanted to… then I realised, I had fallen into the trap of self doubt that blinded me from allowing my message to reach the right audience who needed me the most.



Understanding the exchange of your energy and influence

The one and most important thing you can bring to your work is high level energy – as the dictionary describes, it is the combination of strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity. When it comes to pricing your products or business, there are different factors that may influence the price tag – but nothing will turn up the dial as much as intensifying your energy levels and impact on every level of your business.


Your price point is an internal reflection of how you view your service

I would not believe anyone who told me this last year, but internally I’ve experienced a shift that changed the way I view my work forever. I went from trading my hours for money, to trading my impact for money. Experiencing this shift on my perspective around my service allowed me to become more “productive” in less time without having to do more work. This realisation helped me see the potential of the impact I could make, such as the ripple effect would take place to affect other people around my clients, and thus changing the quality of their lives. So it’s important to acknowledge the level of change you are bringing into people's’ lives – and see the potential of your impact beyond face value. Another way to put it is to ask yourself, “what would it cost them if they didn’t buy this product, or they didn’t work with you?”


Getting the right people to find you

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we knew that we were meant to work with certain people before making a commitment? We want to find people who value our work as much as we do. Recognising our true value not only justifies our time and effort spent in our business, it also sends a message to those who are looking for an impact at the level in which we deliver. It serves as a way to “qualify” the people whom we want to work with, to find the people who aligns with our vision. It serves as the “unspoken red-rope policy” which requires a specific amount of time, energy and monetary commitment on their end. A person who sees that you have something to give which they need, and is willing and ready on every level to carry out this exchange of time, intellect, and energy.


This is why qualifications and strategy alone do not accurately determine our worth. Putting all the math and equations aside – in the end of the day, it’s more important that you feel good about charging what you’re worth. You are doing a great service to yourself and your clients by bringing the focus back to the heart of your business and your energy, so that you can serve the right people who are ready to invest in themselves in the best way possible.