Visions, Viruses, and the Value of YOUR Dreams…

Written on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 at 7:20 am by Liz
Filed under Financial Freedom.

OK – let’s dive right in today.

Maybe these last few posts have left you wondering what all this “Mind Virus” fuss is about?! You may be thinking – “so what if I have beliefs that are different from others? Isn’t that the whole point – that we are unique and we don’t all believe in the same things?”

You’re right, and that is EXACTLY what the protection protocol for a mind virus will tell you to think…

Mind viruses are called viruses for a reason and I have to warn you, the recovery process is not a cake walk.

I’ve been there and am still working on some issues myself, and I know any successful person worth their “salt” would tell you the same thing.

We’ve all got years of negative programming and malignant beliefs running around in our heads and most of them are disguised as conventional wisdom and sacred cows…

Some people are even suffering in the advanced stages of Mental Cancer totally unaware of what is happening to them and why.

It takes time to get over it.

That said, you don’t need a COMPLETE recovery to start experiencing the life of your dreams…

To start Making More, Living More, and Giving More…

But to recover ENOUGH you’ve got to be crystal clear about what you’re fighting for – getting clear on your Vision and WHY you’re going to prevail…

You need to know the value of it… The value of your FREEDOM!

It’s not hard…in fact it can be quite fun…

So let me tell you a bit of a story to illustrate what I mean about why I was willing to fight…

And then we’ll start writing YOUR story…

You see, I was probably a lot like you when I started out.

I had a RAGING case of the Virulent Freedom Virus, among others, and had bought into one of the biggest Myths that virus propagates – you know the one – “Go To School, Get Good Grades, Get a Good Job, Live the Good Life…”

Yeah… Right.

Can you relate…?

Ric and I worked our butts off to get through school so we could “get that good job.”  Ric even got a Masters Degree in addition to his Bachelors to ensure his success.

I finished my undergraduate degree, Cum Laude, with a Major in International Relations, double minors in European History and Social Science Education – in 3 years not 4.

AND we paid for the education ourselves – or should I say we’re STILL paying for the education ourselves…

The kicker was when we graduated with a Mt. Everest of Debt our job prospects weren’t all that great – there certainly weren’t any “live the good life” type jobs out there.

And I was ^&%%#@ off – felt betrayed by the whole system – like so many other people who’ve bought into that load of crap.

At the time Ric and I were expecting our first child and I didn’t want to go back to working someplace like Wal-Mart, like we did in college, and I couldn’t see putting my newborn in daycare 12 hours a day so I could go work for peanuts at the State Department or in some entry level corporate gig.

Ric found a full-time job with a small tech-company, but the “family” was still only bringing in a whopping $28,000 a year.

After a combined 9 YEARS in college and over $100K in education debt we were making frickin’ $28,000 a year!!!

Now I don’t know about you, but my version of “the good life” costs just a LITTLE bit more than $28K a year – and it requires actually seeing my husband every once in a while : ).

Ric was working like a dog leaving before the sun came up and getting home after dark.

I was at home with a newborn desperately trying to figure out what to do with our lives and wondering when the “good” part was supposed to kick in.

Doesn’t sound like “Go To School, Get Good Grades, Get a Good Job, Live the Good Life” to me…

I mean – just look at the numbers…

According to the Business Week 2007 Undergraduate Business School Report, the top 3 undergrad Business Programs in the country were The Wharton School at U Penn, The McIntire School of Commerce at UVA and The Haas School of Business at UC Berkley.

Average tuition for these programs was $25,591.67 per year, for 4 years.

That’s a total investment of $102,366.68.

Average earnings of the grads from those 3 programs were $56,678.34 a year….

That’s 2 TIMES what Ric and I were making, but STILL, not “good life” material as far as I’m concerned…

And then once you’ve earned your $57K paycheck for the year you’ve got to go back to the same job with the same politics and do it all over again next year – still working for someone else– where’s the freedom in that?!?!?

Now we weren’t so different from your “NORMAL” college graduates (except for a 10-year difference is starting salaries)…

And we’re not so very different from most people who want to start a business either…

We wanted more from life than the regular 9-5 grind with a 401K and 2 weeks off a year.  We wanted Financial FREEDOM and control over our lives!

You can relate right?

So that’s when I started my first “successful” business – we’d dabbled a lot in college but nothing had really worked.

We had our first taste of true freedom and wanted more…

Ric left the corporate world for self-employment a few years later as well.

And we’ve never looked back.

But it certainly wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine.

We had a lot of challenges along the way and some absolutely horrendous “learning experiences” – most of which can be traced back either to Mind Viruses and the beliefs and myths that were protecting them or to a complete lack of business education.

But we’ve conquered the worst of the Mind Viruses, though we have to be careful to keep inoculating ourselves – they’re persistent little buggers – and we’ve had quite the education in the Business School of Hard Knocks.

Now we live the lifestyle of our dreams, doing what we want pretty much when we want, going on really cool trips to exotic places all over the world, and spending quality time with family and friends.  And we have successful businesses that make a real difference in the world.

And you know, that’s all well and good, but the NEXT step is what’s REALLY exciting.

Now that Ric and I have beaten back the Mind Viruses and learned how to create success, we can duplicate it and the monetary gains over and over again to create our REAL vision.

THAT’S true FREEDOM.

I mean living in a beautiful home, taking exotic trips, and never worrying about the prices on the right hand side of the menu is fantastic, and that was a major goal of ours for a long time.

But it’s the Absolute Freedom – the ability to do what you want, when you want, with whomever you want that is REALLY amazing.

But it’s not MY freedom that’s important here.

It’s YOUR Success, YOUR Financial Freedom, YOUR Story we’re concerned with …

And THAT’S why Ric and I founded our companies and started writing this blog…

It’s time to write YOUR story now…

You need a vision with power, which comes from your heart, and guess what…

You already have it…

The question is will you let yourself SEE it.

To help you get crystal clear on that vision I’m including an exercise below from one of the courses I’ve written The Science of Creating Your Dreams. That course regularly sells for $147, but I’m offering this exercise to you as a gift to get you moving in the right direction.

Check this File

Take a few minutes right now and give yourself the time to dream – to REMEMBER your vision.

What does your life look like when you are FREE?

When you don’t have to worry about money anymore…

When your business is just the way you want it…

When you get to spend quality time with your family and friends…

When you are making the impact in the world that you came here to make…

Write it down – capture it in all its glory…

If you get stuck don’t worry, just realize there’s a Mind Virus in there that we’re going to eradicate so make a note, acknowledge it, and keep going.

Then I want you to share a quick 1 or 2 lines of your vision with the rest of us on the blog (have FUN with it, build an EMPIRE with it, ANYTHING you want – just PLAN for it now!).

Ask any ultra-successful person and they will tell you there is great power in public declarations.  They put your thoughts out in the open, make them more real, and make you accountable.

The cool thing about posting here is we’re creating a supportive community.  We’re all banding together to Make More, Live More and Give More.  Your visions and dreams are SAFE here.

Let us all support you…

Until next time…

Have a GREAT day!


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