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My clients often ask, “How can I do what I’m passionate about and still be financially successful?” Before I answer that question, let’s see what some individuals are thinking. Some say, “My passion for music will never be fruitful.” Others may think, “Money doesn’t buy happiness.” These statements may not be necessarily untrue; however, more often than not, they are the result of early childhood programming.

The truth is that being financially healthy is an essential part of a well-balanced life. Whether you’d like to save money for a dream vacation, create or expand your business, buy your first home, or simply have peace of mind, you need to take specific steps to assess, diagnose, and cure your financial health.

Start by following my Success Principles to improve your financial health

Shift Your Financial Thinking

Take the time to meditate and reflect about the limiting thoughts and beliefs that you have about money. You may experience fear, hopelessness, shame, or even guilt. What are the attitudes that are holding you back? Once you have identified the root of your early programming, it’s time to let go. A very effective technique I teach is to fully experience the negative feeling, confront it, release it, and, finally, replace it with a powerful affirmation that will drive your every day actions and will motivate you to keep striving forward.

Evaluate the Condition of Your Financial Health

Make a complete and honest assessment of your current financial situation. Just as your physical health is critical, your financial health is also vital in many aspects, if not for the fact of simply giving you peace of mind! Take the time to identify where you are now and where you want to be. If you’re at the beginning stages, maybe you’d like to learn how to set and keep a budget. Or you might have already established your net worth by now, and perhaps you need additional resources to assess your business’s financial statements. It’s crucial to have clarity about the condition of your financial health.

Get Your Cash Flow Under Control

We are creatures of habit. You’ll need to make the conscious decision that you will change whatever is necessary in order to achieve your next goal. This might mean adopting a debt reduction plan, establishing a family savings plan, or figuring out the next steps to reduce your expenses and increase your cash flow.

Create Your Success Strategy

This is possibly the most important step of the process. You have determined the “why,” the “what,” and the “when;” now you have to determine the “how.” Establish a step-by-step plan to reach your immediate goals. What is the next step? How long will it take until it’s completed? How will you monitor your progress? Do you need to seek additional resources to help you? When will you start? Don’t worry about getting it “perfect” the first time; it’s an ongoing process, and you will undoubtedly make adjustments as you move along.

Adopt a Mindset of Service

No matter what your goal is, if you drive your results with an attitude of service, you will absolutely receive success. Ask yourself the following: How can you help others? How can your product help others? Could you volunteer your time and help a great cause? What principles are you teaching your children? What will your legacy be? In order to receive, you must first give. The rewards of making others happy and acting from a place of service will complete your journey toward creating good and sound financial health.

Take the time to follow my Success Principles so your financial health is always thriving.


As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, Jack Canfield fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre—and watched it grow to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of over 100 million books sold through the Chicken Soup for the Soul® franchise, Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success. Jack is America’s #1 Success Coach and wrote the life-changing book The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be and speaks around the world on this subject. Follow Jack at www.jackcanfield.com and sign up for his free resources today!

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