What is Financially Real?
When most people think about money, they dream about having the freedom to do what they want, when they want. In other words, they crave financial freedom. What I discovered during my 23 years as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) is that financial freedom doesn’t always live up to expectations due to a lack of confidence and the messiness of life.
Too many expect life will become magically perfect once they achieve financial freedom, but that is the make-believe Hollywood version. Real life is messy, complicated and emotional. Feelings of self-doubt, uncertainty and money fears linger, which prevents many from truly enjoying their lives and money. This is how Financially Real differs.
When you are Financially Real, you make decisions that support your goals and align with your values while feeling confident in your choices. You don’t tip-toe through life but boldly stride to meet your goals and create a life that suits you, not others.
Meet Shannon Ryan, CFP®
I didn’t become Financially Real by accident. It began much earlier when my father laid the ground work through his “money lessons” with me as a teenager. He didn’t focus on the stock market but instead taught me how my emotions affected how I spent my money. I later realized what a special gift he gave me when I left home and saw the push and pull relationship with money most people had. My desire to help others build a healthy relationship with money led me to became a Certified Financial Planner.
Today, I help real people with their money every day and know what works and what doesn’t. I invite you to get real with me and let go of past money mistakes and false expectations, so you can build the life you want for you and your family with confidence. You can begin to thrive today, regardless of your current financial situation, once you choose to get Financially Real.
I’ve helped thousands reclaim their financial power, let go of money hang-ups and find their money happiness by becoming Financially Real. It begins with these two steps.
1. Understand Your Financial Reality
For some, this is hard to do. Many have deliberately chosen to stay in the dark when it comes to their finances. Sometimes because problems truly exist and other times out of unrealized fears. It’s time to stop imagining and find out what your true financial situation looks like, so you can take appropriate action.
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- 15 Financial Moves for 2015
- How To Put Your Financial Affairs in Order
- How To Flip the Switch and Develop a Budget Mindset
- Debunking 3 Popular Myths That Keep You in Debt
2. Give Your Money Purpose with Authentic Goals
One of the first lessons I taught my daughters was to give their money purpose through setting goals. Without purpose, money is just paper. It is the purpose we give our money that makes it valuable and guides you to make confident money decisions.
- How To Ensure Your Goals Align with What You Truly Want
- Want to Experience Financial Freedom? Then Set Goals
- 3 Tips to Help You Achieve Goal Success
- Build a Healthy Relationship with Your Wants
- Teach Kids How to Save, Spend and Share Their Money
This is just the beginning, and I’ll be adding the additional steps as we continue working towards becoming Financially Real.
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