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Yoga and The Business of Life
Get to know your money mojo
BY MAGAZINE EDITOR SUSAN MAIER-MOUL
Part 2 Thrive! Beat Cash Whiplash
Our guest columnist Manisha Thakor suggests a great first step toward financial empowerment – and an appropriately yogic one – find out what you really think and feel about money.
What’s your financial truth? Ask yourself –
Manisha’s 3 no-head-in-the-sand questions are fun and eye-opening
1 Fill in the blank with any word except EVIL: “Money is the root of all….” This simple question reveals a lot about how you think about money.
Some people will say “opportunity or freedom” while others will say “fights or problems.” Think about how money was (or wasn’t) discussed when you were growing up.
2 Fill in the blank: “Rich people are…” This is another super telling question. Some people will say “hardworking, driven” while others will say “lucky or spoiled.”
This question can help you broach your feelings about saving, spending, and financial goals. Some people want to die with their spending perfectly timed to leave $0 in their pockets while others want to live off their interest and never touch their principal.
3 Scenario analysis – today you get $20 million & a diagnosis of a rare disease that will leave you dead in exactly 10 years. What will you QUIT & what will you START? The most common answers I hear are quit my job and start traveling.
This question is a great way to highlight your core priorities.
- or get to know your sig O
Manisha sent us these questions from her playful essay Financial Foreplay in the The Huffington Post. In the article Manisha tells how to use these three questions in your relationship to increase intimacy and head off misunderstandings.
Click over to The Huff Post for Manisha’s informative links to research on couples and cash.
She advises, “If you love your honey “only because” she is a neurosurgeon or he is an investment banker – but her/his dream is to be a yoga instructor… you may want to talk about that!”
Sharpen your skills with Manisha in person
Women and Power 2010: Our Time to Lead
Omega Institute, September 24th – 26th
Want more financial love? You can follow Manisha on Twitter at @ManishaThakor and sign up for her email updates here. Manisha Thakor, personal finance expert for women, can be reached via her website, www.ManishaThakor.com.
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