This blog entry includes everything from this week that I posted on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn; along with links to WordPress posts.
Saturday March 3
Shared Article – Do you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work? Here is a 2 minute must read from Smart Money. March 15 is just around the corner so don’t lose your money. http://ow.ly/9qBxX
Sunday March 4
Thought for the Day: @ItsLifeNotes: Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change.
Monday March 5
Time Tip – A high level of energy is often required for success. Lacking it causes you to lose time to inefficiency. Maintain your energy through proper eating and exercising habits. Tell us your tips on proper eating and exercise.
My Financial Life Coach Article – Re-evaluate Your Goals – 3 Questions to Ask Yourself http://ow.ly/9rzc9
Money Tip – Use your financial past to your advantage. If you failed, learn from your mistakes and adjust your habits accordingly. If you succeeded, understand how you did well so that you can continue and improve upon your success.
How would you like to help someone? Please share your story here so someone can learn from your experience. What a great way to positively impact a life.
Thought for the Evening – Don’t worry if you think you’re crazy, even the tall oak trees were once nuts. -Unknown. Stop doing what the world expects and start doing what is right for you and your family. –Bryan
Tuesday March 6
Time Tip – A lack of motivation can be crippling to your career and life. Discover what motivates you so that you can find purpose and meaning in what you do. Not only will you be more satisfied with your life, but you will also be more efficient and productive.
Shared Article – You all know that I’m a big fan of locally owned banks and credit unions. Here is a story from the LA Times. http://ow.ly/9tIb4
Money Tip – Vacationing during the off-season is generally less expensive. It also gives you a higher negotiating power. Since many airlines and hotels are short on customers during certain times of the year, they are more willing to offer discounts. Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount before making your reservation. Let’s hear about your vacation deal.
Resource – Here is a link for my fellow veterans. http://ow.ly/9tGQn
Wednesday March 7
Time Tip – A positive attitude will aid you in succeeding in life. You must learn to accept both the failures and accomplishments of the past, and you should look to the future with an eager sense of anticipation. If you maintain this attitude, you will discover life, including your work, more enjoyable. Please share with us your tips on staying positive.
My Financial Life Coach Article – Five Reasons Your Goals May Have Failed in the Past. http://wp.me/p1mT2O-dz
Money Tip – Saving Gas: When approaching a hill, accelerate slightly, but do not speed up as you ascend the hill. Instead, maintain a consistent speed before coasting down the other side.
Please share with us your gas saving techniques.
Shared Article – Feds roll out new mortgage program – http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2012%2F03%2F06%2FBUVD1NGS5O.DTL
Thursday March 8
Time Tip – Always carry something on which you can take notes, and keep your notes organized. Notes are useless if you can’t find them. Please share with us how you take/track your notes. Paper? iPad? Other?
Money Tip – When buying something, consider your motives. Are you making this purchase to keep up with the Joneses? Is it for temporary happiness or out of boredom? Do not carelessly spend your money. Instead, understand your motives and be certain they are the proper ones. Your purchases should line up with your goals and values. If they do not, you should not be making them.
Share with us that “one” purchase you wish you hadn’t made.
Who’s the first banker on record? It’s Pythius, a merchant banker from Asia Minor in 5th century B.C.
Shared Article – Banks Push Short Sales Over Foreclosures – http://ow.ly/1HZpF4. **The banks really don’t want your house – Bryan
Friday March 9, 2012
Thoughts from Bryan: – Ten weeks into 2012…how are those New Year resolutions coming? You say you stopped? What one, just one, action can you take today to put life back into just one of your resolutions?
Consider having someone hold you accountable. Take it one more step…post it here and let a number of us hold you accountable. That resolution must have been important to you or otherwise you wouldn’t have made it to begin with. So today give that resolution some CPR and bring it back to life.
Let the accountability begin…post your resolution here (My Financial Life Coach Facebook page)
Time Tip – Always pay your bills on time to avoid late fees. Keep a list of all your bills and their deadlines. Please share with us how you stay on top in paying your bills on time. Calendar? Automatic payments? Other?
Reminder: Daylight Savings Time on Sunday – CHANGE YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR BATTERIES!
Thank you for reading the My Financial Life Coach blog where we talk about money, goals, family, life events, spending, and economic news. We do make every attempt to avoid the topic of politics but we will bring up economic policies that need communicated. Our job is to educate and motivate you to the debt-free life style.
Don’t forget to checkout our website (www.MyFinancialLifeCoach.net) for 100’s of resources including tips, articles, spreadsheets, web-based training, and more. You really can do it. – Bryan