Thank you for all of the inquiries into the Confidence Project. I decided to start this after talking to women (and men) across the country and hearing what was really keeping them from developing strong financial habits- it was lack of confidence. They believed (wrongly) that they were not destined to be blessed with money management skills and that those attributes were for other people.
That way of thinking is all wrong. What keeps us from doing something that is truly important to us, can often be boiled down to one word- fear. With money there is fear we are going to mess it up, really get taken, end up worse off or made a fool of. Do any of these sound familiar?
I get it. If you have no skill with something- of course there will be fear. Before you learn to ride a bike- those two wheels can be terrifying. But with money all of this runs a little deeper. Not being a “money person” makes us somehow feel inferior and we think it is destiny. It doesn’t help that the “money people” we do know can sometimes be arrogant about their knowledge. I have heard stories about dismissive spouses and condescending financial professionals – and scam artists love to make you feel stupid. But usually the toughest voice scolding us is – the voice in our head. I will help you banish that voice and indeed become a “money person.” You will become your type of money person- and that is all you need to succeed. If you hate spread sheets that doesn’t mean you are destined to a life drowning in debt or wallowing in worry. There are many ways to express your financial savvy – this is about discovering your self expression and maximizing it.
Through my research and my experience with families all over the USA, I have learned how important developing confidence is if you want to find peace in your financial life. I also know developing that kind of confidence takes more than a positive attitude (although that helps!). The Confidence Project will help you develop real confidence that you can carry with you for a lifetime. My hope is that once you have it- you share it. There is room for everyone at this table.
How do I do it? I will ask you to tackle various types of assignments- some may seem fluffy – some may seem mundane- but all together they will uncover your authentic approach to money and build on that with concrete financial lessons. The combination is powerful and do-able. I will be with you 100% of the way for morale support and money tutoring.
So let’s get started – your first assignment is set a financial goal or define an area of money where you would like to develop confidence and write it down. You can share it here with me and others by commenting, or you can email me, or you can keep it to yourself. You choose what makes you comfortable.
Don’t put it off. I want you to get started today. This is an easy assignment but crucial for moving forward.
Thanks for joining me.