Where did April go? Does it feel like the world is moving at double speed to you?
Keeping up with what’s happening around us is, quite frankly, overwhelming! Is it just me?
All the more reason to have healthy outlets. What are yours?
If you’ve been following my social media posts, you’ve seen me discussing the importance of MINDSET. In finance, having a mindset that aligns with your overall financial goals is imperative. In fitness, the same holds true. So the theme for this newsletter is all about creating a strong mindset for whatever you choose to achieve.
This is why I believe that approaching a sound and effective strategy to achieve finance and fitness goals is quite similar.
So what does Financial Wellness even mean? How do you achieve it? Do you have it? Do you want it? I’ve been presenting this topic all through the pandemic to corporate wellness clients - employers who provide essential wellness support to their most precious asset - their employees.
What they don’t teach you in school, and what the investment industry has failed to address with clients, is how you developed your own set of values around money. Understanding the stimuli that create financial habits is KEY
To close out NATIONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH, here are some tips to assess your money mindset (be honest, dig deep) and begin fine-tuning your Money Mindset Map. You deserve to achieve financial confidence and control your money, so that it doesn’t control you!
Recall your earliest memories around money. How was it handled in your home?
How’d it make you feel? Write those down and ask yourself ‘do you feel the same way
that you did as a child?
When did you earn your first paycheck? Do you remember how it made you feel? Did
it motivate you? Did it seem hard to earn more? Did you put it into savings, or buy
yourself something fun? (Remember, BE HONEST with yourself)
Have you started investing money? Do you understand how to invest? Who do you
admire when it comes to managing money successfully? Start Investing ASAP! Educate
yourself often! Find a mentor or friend who can offer SOUND and EXPERIENCED
Do you avoid looking at your bills when they arrive? Do they make you feel anxious,
or do you feel in control of your spending and cash flow? There’s no right or wrong
answer, by the way...even the wealthiest of people have gotten tripped up over
finances at some point in their lives.
If you answered all of these questions with confidence and certainty, it sounds like you’ve got your money mindset mapped out well-WAHOO!
If you feel your strategies could use some tweaks, choose ONE small category to change, start small, set specific goals, and NEVER FORGET YOUR WHY!
“I’ve never done this exercise before”
“Why does this movement seem so hard?”
“I would have known to use these resistance bands this way”
In case you did not already know, I program every workout with great intention. Each client comes to me with their own set of circumstances. So, while I try to focus on a similar strategy or body part each week, the workouts look different for each person. What stays the same with every fitness client, however, is that I will always challenge them to push past their ‘perceived’ limits. It’s not easy to challenge yourself physically on the regular; our brains are wired to always return to what is sure and certain and comfortable. So it is such a thrill for me when I hear someone realize that they are doing something new and different and beyond what they thought they could do. That’s my job after all. So the next time you see an exercise that looks intriguing, yet challenging, don’t be afraid to try it. Both your body and mind will thank you for stepping outside your comfort zone.
This is where I share something that I love with you. I recently purchased The Morning Sidekick Journal, in an effort to improve my morning routine (checking IG first thing does not help me make my 6 a.m. appointments!). This journal, by Habit Nest, is so fun to read, and easy to put into practice. In fact, Habit Nest has a whole series of journals to address many of life’s challenges -such as budgeting, nutrition, meditation, and yes, even working out. To check out the whole series, and find a better way to create habits that stick, check out the line HERE
OH, and I almost forgot to invite you to our brand new PEAK PURPOSE Live talk, launching Monday, May 10, 2021 at 5:30 pm on IG! The inaugural episode will be about, of course, MINDSET! Hannah Fisher will join the conversation to give us the pearls of wisdom she has gained as a SuperMom/Wife, Successful Business Owner, and a Stillbirth survivor mom. Bring your wine and popcorn! (It will be on @coachjuliedw live feed)
If you’re not yet following me on the platforms, here are my links:
https://www.instagram.com/coachjuliedw for Fitness tips
https://www.instagram.com/peakhealth360 for Financial Fitness tips
https://www.youtube.com/julieweidenfeld for easy to follow videos
As always, thank you for supporting me!