Are your beliefs standing in the way of creating a sustainable financial life? In most cases, the truthful answer is yes. Changing our belief template starts with being aware that we actually have one.

The shutdown has only hardened our beliefs as we have ingested tons of information that mostly confirm our pre-existing views. This hardening of our beliefs can have serious consequences for both our physical and financial future.

Many of you have read David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest. In a commencement speech in 2005 at Kenyon College titled This is Water. Wallace describes how the same events, the same experiences can have very different meanings to each of us because of our underlying beliefs.

I encourage you to spend a few minutes listening to his speech. Wallace aptly details how awareness of alternative beliefs is often blocked by our own absolute confidence that only we are right and everyone else is wrong.

What happens when these beliefs, our operating system, come into conflict with the actions needed for a sustainable financial life? Simple. Just like with the old computer operating systems, the “blue screen” appears and progress is stopped.

If you want to improve your financial life you have to broaden your perspective; you have to change your beliefs. One of our primary roles is to function as a catalyst for change. We are here if you want to talk. Please stay well!

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