Face the Facts, Change the Story, Choose to Move Forward…
You faced the facts.
You stopped the self-criticism.
Are you ready to move forward, clean things up, and get paid?
We’ve been moving through a series about the journey of financial forgiveness. You’ve faced the facts of the financial choice, investment decision, or expense. You’ve noticed and begun to shift the inner dialogue about who you are and what happened.
Now your energy and attention are more available in the present moment. Congrats! Let’s get you into Step #3: Move Forward. With financial forgiveness, moving forward often includes financial reparation and inspired leadership action.
Financial reparation and inspired leadership are both important and distinct. For many people, financial clean up requires that you pay off a lingering debt, make good on an obligation, or deliver on a client promise. Sometimes you work with the consequences of the past even when you’re emotionally ready for it to be over.
I coach clients to set up reparations, repayments, and obligations realistically and automatically. Don’t torture yourself by having to decide and redecide every month how much of a business credit card you’ll be paying back. Don’t create a refund or clean-up plan that is too much of a stretch for you or your team.
You’ll need resources to grow and move forward. Be careful of over personalizing the repayment of a debt and deny yourself the salary you need, the marketing resources required, or the support you deserve as a form of self-punishment. Adopt a business person’s attitude: ‘We had a learning lesson. We’ve got a financial obligation to complete. Let’s make that a percentage of ongoing business.’ With that perspective, you’ll move forward.
In addition to financial reparation, you’ll want to grow as a leader of your money. Create what you do want in your business and profession with the lesson of insights from the financial forgiveness that you’ve done. Talk openly with your coach, team, and prosperity partners about lessons learned, wisdom gained, and the capacities you commit to as a leader.
And be smart with what you’ve experienced. For example, about 25% of the people who work with me in CFO Camp, small group coaching, have invested tens of thousands in certifications and programs but have not executed on the marketing and sales required to generate payback from those investments. One of the simplest things I encourage is that they set a timeframe during which they will not join any new programs unless they can see 150% revenue return from the investment right away.
Let your financial choices of the past make you smarter, more creative, more generous, and more free.
That’s the 3 Steps of Financial Forgiveness: Face the Facts, Change the Story, and Move Forward. I’m so grateful to have shared this series with you.