Each of us face problems and at times they can seem overwhelming. Whether they relate to health, career, finances, relationships, or any other area of life, it can often seem as if our problems are running over us. We may even feel that the situation is completely hopeless and that we’ll never recover from it. These are the exact times when our faith must be the greatest. If God is the creator of all things, it follows that He is… Read more

When it comes to keeping track of your financial accounts as well as your net worth, using online money management software may not be your best choice. Sure, there are benefits to using sites like Mint and Yodlee.com – the greatest likely being automatic updates to your balances. Still, these sites aren’t perfect. There are drawbacks to using them – which is why I stopped. Instead, now I track my net worth using a simple Excel spreadsheet that I update monthly…. Read more

When looking for a job, most candidates try to go through “the front door.” Those are the traditional job hunting methods people use – blasting out resumes to hundreds of employers, applying “online” to hundreds more, or working with a job search firm. But many are disappointed when these attempts fail. Logically, since you are playing the numbers game – applying to literally hundreds of employers in a short space of time – these attempts should get you plenty of… Read more

You know about the ABCs. They represent the basics of any subject that you must master in order to move forward in that subject. Without the ABCs, you won’t succeed. Did you know that when it comes to your investing, there are ABCs as well? In other words, if you don’t have a firm grasp on the following basics, you will fail. Are you ready for them? Let’s dig in. Asset Allocation The “A” stands for asset allocation. This refers to how you split… Read more

When it comes to money and financial success, most of us tend to focus on having a solid plan that will move us forward. But it’s at least as important to avoid financial mistakes as it is to have plans to improve your finances. In a way, you win by default simply by avoiding mistakes. Here are five of the biggest financial mistakes to avoid. 1. Adopting a rich lifestyle early in life. Probably the biggest obstacle to financial success… Read more

Building an emergency fund is one thing; keeping it intact and fully funded is quite another. There are a number of reasons why this is a problem. Overusing your emergency fund is one of the biggest. There are challenges that come with an emergency fund, and you’ll have to be resolute in your decision and efforts to keep it intact. Here’s how . . . . 1. Draw a sharp line between real emergencies and imagined ones. Overusing your emergency… Read more

One of the best ways to motivate yourself to achieve a difficult goal – like paying off your mortgage – is by visualizing what you will do once you accomplish it. Here are some possibilities that can make paying off your mortgage early even more desirable than simply eliminating a very large debt. 1. Celebrate! Yes, celebrate. In this day and time of revolving debt – including revolving mortgages – relatively few people ever actually pay off their mortgages. Most… Read more

So many people who are in debt try – and repeatedly fail – to get out of it. They might beat themselves up for being “weak” or utterly incapable of mastering their finances. In truth, they’re neither weak nor incapable. They’re probably just going at it in the wrong way. Simply resolving to get out of debt isn’t enough to make it happen. You have to make changes in your life that will enable you to do it. One of… Read more

As a blog that seeks to educate, motivate, and inspire you to manage your money wisely, it’s only natural to discuss issues related to finance here. Money, however, is merely a tool to be used to accomplish your life goals. And in order to accomplish your life goals, two other things you’ll need are energy and good health. In other words, without energy and good health, you won’t be able to enjoy your money. So if you’d like to live a healthier life, here are… Read more

Do you know what the most powerful tool for overcoming procrastination and increasing your productivity is? According to Brian Tracy, author of the bestselling productivity book “Eat That Frog,” it’s your ability to plan. Yep. In fact, making plans, setting goals, and taking action on them largely determines the course of your life. Or, as time management guru Alec Mackenzie puts it: “Taking action without thinking things through is a prime source of problems.” Here are proven ways to get more things… Read more

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