Let me ask you a question. When are you going to stop settling for less and start opting for more?
And, believe me, this isn’t just about money. When you decide to raise your sights financially, something profound will occur.
You’ll not only increase your income, but you’ll unearth your true essence. That’s what happened for me and I’ve repeatedly heard the same from others.
The successful woman I’ve interviewed often spoke more animatedly about their private awakening than their financial advancement, about breaking through the boundaries that had limited not only their livelihood, but their entire existence.
Numerous psychologists have told me that the amount people earn indicates how they feel about themselves, like a mirror reflecting back their level of self-worth.
But I’m not clear which came first. Did people make more because they felt good about themselves, or did they feel good about themselves because they were paid more?
Many of those I interviewed reported that as their earnings soared so did their self-esteem.
“When I made money, it changed the way I thought about myself,” one woman asserted. “I’m worth more. Success is a wonderful feeling.”
It certainly worked that way for me. The year my accountant told me I needed to incorporate because my income was so high, I felt exactly like the former underearner who announced during our interview, “Just saying I’m prosperous makes my shoulders go up a little straighter.”
Straighter shoulders is really what financial success is all about. Not just the zeroes on the paycheck, but the impact on our psyche.
I am reminded of what the philosopher Thomas Carlyle once declared: “Let each become what (s)he is capable of being.”
This is why it’s time to set your sites higher. Because it’s time to realize your potential, increase your prosperity, and become all you’re capable of being.
Which do you think comes first—do you earn more because you feel good about yourself or do you feel good about yourself because you’re paid more? Leave me a comment below.