Week #1 Core Video – Onboarding
Welcome to your first lesson in Mastering the Emotions of Money, it’s time to get started! Your first step is to view the Getting Started video below. After you view the video, read through the core lesson notes, the course structure, and complete your tasks in the next steps section. You will then be finished with day #1 in the course.
Week #1 Core Lesson Notes
Are you where you want to be financially right now? Are you willing to be open to change? Are you willing to be uncomfortable and self-confronting?
This course is a stepping-stone to understanding different aspects of your life. It is really about reprogramming your brain. The data you are using might have come to you when you were seven years old. You are not seven years old anymore. It is time to reassess the information you absorbed when you were young.
We have all unconsciously downloaded misinformation into our brains. We now have to consciously begin to identify our early money programming memories and work to change those beliefs. You have elected to take this course to continue to work through your financial self-discovery.
As you proceed in this course, you will have many opportunities to visualize your own future. The exercises have been created to help you re-frame your own financial life. You will get the most out of this course by spending the time necessary to visualize and complete each exercise.
The Course Structure
For the next twelve weeks, you will gain access to five core lessons per week (with two days off). Each initial core lesson will include a video, core lesson notes, bonus audios, and daily tasks to focus on. On Day #2 through Day #5, you will receive access to a daily challenge or task with one key focus.
Money In and Out
Each week, I encourage you to write down all the money that comes in and goes out. For now, just make it a daily habit to write down everything coming in (birthday cash, gift cards, paychecks, lotto winnings, etc.) and money going out (groceries, bank fees, lottery tickets, shoes, parking meters, haircuts, etc.). You will do this every week throughout the course (and hopefully beyond).
To begin, write “Weekly Cashflow” at the top of one of your journal pages. Beneath that, write the following: “I am going to list all my money, in and out, for the week of ________ through ________. I will be completely honest and without judgment.“ Then, actually list each transaction of money coming in and going out.
It is helpful to set reminders to help you stay conscious about the work you are doing as well as the smallest financial decisions you make. You can set an alarm on your phone to remind you 3-4 times a day of your daily challenge. You can place Post-it notes on your bathroom mirror, front door, car dashboard, refrigerator, etc. to help you to remain focused on your task.
Weekly Wrap Up
On Day #5, we will share intentional tips for managing unhealthy financial temptations. We will ask you to recap the week and prepare yourself for the weekend or your days off. If you didn’t get a chance to record the daily money in-and-out, you have the opportunity to play catch up. We’ll also make time to realign your money mindset.
Your Next Steps
Step 1: Set Yourself Up for Successful Journaling
An important component to this course is journaling. Writing down your feelings, insights, and experiences will help you uncover your conscious and unconscious money blocks and beliefs. You can use your own notebook or journal, or if you reside within the USA, your complimentary journal is on its way.
**Helpful Tips** We have provided a PDF file (Adobe Reader free app). Remember to save your work when you finish each lesson.
Step 2: Listen to Your Daily Audio Recording
To get started with your daily challenge, click the play button below to listen to your audio recording:
Step 3: Answer Your Daily Journal Questions
Your tasks for today are:
- Schedule a time on your calendar for each #Day for the next 12 weeks. Allocate 30 minutes to an hour per day. Each task will not take you a full hour, but by booking the time, it will allow you to focus on the course and get the most possible out of each day. Commit to working through your daily tasks by removing all distractions.
- Consider hopes and fears you have concerning this course. Get a sense of what areas you want to see improvement in around your financial future. Think about any fears or concerns regarding your financial history.
- Write the following sentences: “I am willing to be open, and I am willing to be uncomfortable. By signing up for this course, I have already started on my path to financial freedom.“ Notice what feelings and thoughts may come up as you contemplate these sentences.
Once you complete this task, click “Mark Complete,” and you will then be finished for today.