Personal Development

The Power of Representation for your Wealth Building

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Wealth Building Tip of the Day:

Recently, I had the extreme pleasure of delivering a financial workshop for the women at an organization named NEW in NYC, with my financial services peer, Annette Mendoza (pictured with me).

NEW trains women in non-traditional employment: construction, utilities, and transportation. And on top of providing these women with highly profitable skills, another amazing part of their program is that they arrange for the trainees to participate in a personal finance workshop.

As we presented the workshop, the majority of the women—mostly Black—as well as Hispanic, and other races, were HUNGRY and eager for wealth building information and knowledge.

They were SO engaged, and had so many questions for us, that we could easily have discussed the topic of money for HOURS. But our workshop was scheduled for 2 hours. And enthusiastically present it in 2 hours, was just what we did.

Seeing two financially successful and knowledgeable women, who cared to show up to sincerely serve them, seemed to have a deep and noticeable effect on them.

This speaks to the POWER of REPRESENTATION. The women saw in us two women who looked LIKE THEM.

As a Black woman, never underestimate the power of—and your need—to see those who look like you achieving the financial success you strive for and aspire to have.

While there is plenty of extremely useful information available from many non-Black, well-known financial experts, there is no one who understands the journey and experiences of what it’s like to be a Black woman in America seeking to build wealth.

No one, except of course, ANOTHER Black woman who is doing just THAT, in America.

Don’t underestimate the power of seeing, hearing, and learning from Black female financial experts like you, who have faced your same money challenges, and succeeded in spite of them.

There is NO ONE better to support you in your financial success.

So…the next time you have the opportunity to soak up the financial knowledge and personalized support you need from another established and trustworthy Black woman succeeding with money, take it! The power of representation is undeniable.

Yolanda Ransom teaches professional Black women how to confidently master their money, so they can take control of their financial destinies. She is a financial educator, coach and CEO of Yolanda Ransom Consulting. She speaks and writes about personal finance and personal development. Find out more about Yolanda and her work at yolandaransom.com

I’m Celebrating 2 Years in Business! Don’t Give Up!

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As this month of June comes to a close today, I am stopping to celebrate a major milestone. As of this June, I am celebrating the 2-year Anniversary of Yolanda Ransom Consulting, LLC in business!!!

Two years ago, I decided to start my business. Around that time, I was working full-time as a financial counselor at a non-profit. Due to some unexpected organizational changes beyond my control, I was not able to continue full-time in the position as desired.

During that time, I had come to see how much I loved the work that I was doing, even though I was not always able to serve those whom I was most passionate about serving. So when my desired position fell through, I summoned up my courage, and decided to start my own business: a business that reflected my own values.

When I had worked as a financial counselor for the nonprofit, I often felt like my hands were tied when my Black women clients would describe to me the very real economic and financial obstacles that they were encountering. Both they and I knew that these were almost often related to race (as well as gender). However, all I could do at the time was silently acknowledge what they were telling me, while feeling powerless to directly address it.

So I decided that when I created my business, I would serve those whom I cared most about, those whom I understood the most, those who I connected with most easily, and those who I could genuinely relate to—because in essence, THEY were ME.

I am extremely proud to have a business today that directly serves professional Black women by empowering them to take control of their money and their financial destinies, rather than leaving their destinies in the hands of someone else, or feeling like they have to leave it up to others because they have no control.

These past 2 years have been amazing ones:  full of both ups and downs, growth and setbacks. And no, I'm not where I'd like to be in my business. Both in terms of the amount of Black women that I've been able to serve and impact, as well as the income goals that I have for my business. But I am SO MUCH closer to the vision of my life that I am striving to create than I was just 2 years ago.

I know and believe that my goals are possible. And I KNOW that I will get there, by staying focused and dedicated in creating the vision of my business—and life—that I so greatly desire.

Over the next year, I look forward to serving and empowering more and more of you, and other professional Black women, to help you create your wealthy reality.

So I want to encourage you on this note: KEEP going!

Wealth-building is a process. A lifelong process.

And let's face it, the time is going to pass ANYWAY. What you do today is going to shape your tomorrow. What you do today will either bring you closer—or farther away—from the wealth and life that you want for yourself.

Each and every step that you take today to invest in your dreams, and in effective money management, will bring you that much closer to abundant wealth.

Don't give up!

Let yourself dream - again....

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It’s scary to let yourself REALLY dream.   

To dream your biggest dreams – with no filter or limiters.

A while ago, you shut yourself down.

I know what’s it like.

I did that to myself for over 20 years.

You’ve had so many obstacles and challenges to your dreams.

Plus, your BIGGEST dreams stretch you – to the core.

They stretch you SO much, you have no idea about how to even make them real.

 But that’s o.k.

The first step to achieving your truest dreams is to admit – to yourself – that you even have them in the first place.

Otherwise, the alternative is to settle…

To settle for the slow death of your dreams.

And your soul.

In 2008, I got tired of slowly dying inside.

 I decided to take a chance and take a step towards my dreams.

 And I’ve been doing it ever since.

It’s been an amazing and fulfilling journey.

And yes, I’m STILL scared.

But now I have a HOPEFULNESS and HAPPINESS I never used to have.

Instead of the never-ending gnawing hopelessness I used to live with each day.

I know it’s not easy to trust the truth: that the Universe truly wants you to have everything that YOU want.

 And to let yourself dream your biggest dreams again – with no filter or limiters.

You can really have them.

 With the right actions and support.

 Let yourself dream – again.

 Life really DOES want you to have the desires of your heart.

No, You Can’t Spot the Wealthy Just by Looking at ‘Em

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Many people look wealthy and aren’t. They have, eat and wear only the “best.” Their clothing and belongings are always designer or brand names. They have the “coolest” and latest models of everything. And they tend to spend their money quite freely and extravagantly.

Then there are those who adorn themselves in the simplest clothing and invest in essential items. They practice modest behaviors overall and choose when and where to spend freely and extravagantly.  Yet, they actually DO have substantial wealth.

Often you wouldn’t know that many of the people you see are wealthy, because they don’t “show” it.

One of the clearest examples of this is former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg. He’s a billionaire.

But while he was mayor, he was often seen eating hot dogs. As a billionaire, we “expect” him to eat only the “best” foods. But he loved hot dogs and didn’t care what anyone thought of him.

If we hadn’t known who he was, we would never have known a billionaire was buying hot dogs for lunch!

We’re used to a society that revels in “proving” we have money when we possess it. In fact, if wealthy people DON’T dress fancy or flashy, many of us label them “cheap” or other unflattering names. You KNOW I’m right!

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you have to live like a pauper and buy, wear and use boring and plain things all the time.

What I AM saying is that trying to “look wealthy” isn’t the way to go. Look at MC Hammer and Johnny Depp.

The behaviors typically associated with trying to look wealthy actually DEPLETE wealth.

Don’t let the opinions of others tell you how to conduct your life.

Whatever way you choose to show up in the world IS YOUR CHOICE (obviously, it goes without saying that this should still include showing up clean and smelling pleasant - not being sloppy, unkempt and/or smelly).

“Dressing (and living) to impress” others is the surest way to run yourself into debt.

And it is the surest way to waste money by being “extra,” when you could be USING that extra money you’re spending to build up your net worth and your bank account.

Dress - and live - to impress YOU first and the rest will naturally follow.

Define what wealth is for you. And what it isn’t. Then do that. Live that.

Like the quote says, “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers

About Yolanda Ransom

Yolanda Ransom teaches professional Black women how to confidently master their money, so they can achieve all of their financial dreams. She is a financial educator, coach and CEO of Yolanda Ransom Consulting. She speaks and writes about personal finance and personal development. Find out more about Yolanda and her work at yolandaransom.com

Our Hair, Our Money, Our Value & Our Stylists: That Special Relationship

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So I got my locs retwisted the other day by my excellent stylist Oumou Sy. There's NOTHING like that feeling of freshly done hair, is there ladies? And when your hairdresser is punctual, pleasant, courteous AND great at doing hair, that's even better! Oumou and Harlem Natural Hair Salon are the best hairdresser/salon I’ve ever been to.

Actually, this isn't my first time locing my hair. I've had locs for over 15 years. They grew so long that they were down my back. But I started doing them myself to 1) save money and to 2) avoid visiting my very skilled but unpleasant hairdresser.

 Over the years, I had the money to get my hair done regularly but the idea of visiting my gossipy and sarcastic hairdresser kept me away unless I had a special event (like my wedding, college graduation, a singing event, etc.).

Long story short: refusing to visit the hairdresser cost me a lot. My hair grew weak and broke off from over washing and over twisting. So last year I decided to accept the inevitable, and cut off my locs to start over.

This time around, I decided I was going to find a skilled hairdresser with positive energy. My sense of value and belief that I deserved great customer service had increased over the years. I was determined to work ONLY with a truly good-hearted and friendly stylist. This time I intended to take much better care of my hair and I was NOT going to spend years dealing with a snippy or late stylist. I was going to spend my money with someone that valued me and my business.

It wasn’t easy. I spent over six months looking: I visited 3 different salons and dealt with four different hairdressers. From ones arriving over an hour late for our appointment (with no apology). To ones who refused to get on the phone with me to clear up questions they hadn’t answered clearly enough by text (even AFTER I had already become a paying customer). To ones who just didn’t seem to like me, for who knows why (shrug).

But I refused to pay to be treated poorly and so I persisted in my search. I called  a lot of salons and talked to many unprofessional stylists. I was amazed at the overall poor customer service and wondered why they operated this way.  

I came to the conclusion that hairdresser seem to have such poor attitudes and behavior towards potential clients because they KNOW how important, personal and special our hair is to us as Black women, and how deeply emotional we get about it. So they act like we need THEM rather than that it is an equally dependent relationship.

Then one day I was searching the web, and viola! I stumbled upon this new website for Harlem Natural Hair Salon. The website was very basic, but professional. So I sent them an email asking about their services. Not long after, I got a response from the owner, Paula. And that was the start of a wonderful relationship!

I’ve been going there for almost a year now and enjoying punctual (you can tell that’s a really big deal to me, can’t you?), friendly, well-organized and excellent service. Their website is top notch now, just like their place of business. My locs are growing strong and healthy and I am happy. I’m glad I didn’t give up looking!

What about you ladies? Have you had similar experiences? Have you found that hairdresser match made in heaven yet (that you so deserve)? Let me know.

Take Time to Seek the Proper Perspective Each Day

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So today is hump day! That mid-point in the week. Half of the week is done, and we have half left to power through. And sometimes we just need an extra boost to keep going, am I right? Every morning I take out time to get my mind right by reading various self-help and inspirational books before I start my day. This helps me seek and work to maintain a proper perspective each day.

While on vacation recently, I picked up this wonderful little book,“Nothing is worth more than this day.” While I bought it for just $5 (caught a sale), it has turned out to be PRICELESS in its value. I read about 10-20 pages everyday and it helps me SO much.

Let’s get really real for a moment, ok? The truth is, as Black women (and people), we face stressors, challenges and circumstances that are unique to us, which can often produce a sense of helplessness and hopelessness within us. And as a realist, I will never skip over reality or deny what’s really happening to make myself feel better. Nor will I do so with others.

But the fact is, reality is NOT a one dimensional thing. Just as there are “bad” realities, there are “good” realities too. I read inspirational books (like this one) to help me remember the good realities. Most of us are so trained to focus on the “bad” realities (and the news does a “great” job of making sure we hear about them), that we forget about the “good’ realities.

Like, how much abundance we enjoy EVERY DAY in small ways and big ways. Books like “Nothing is worth more than this day” help me retrain myself to focus on my big and small blessings. And to NOTICE the blessings that I am receiving at each moment and every day. This gives me the proper perspective.

By the way, I HIGHLY recommend this book for you. It's a quick read, and it’s pocket sized, so it’s easily portable. You can read a bunch of quotes each day (like I do) or carry it with you to pull out for a mental “pick-me-up” whenever you need it.  I loved it so much I got some for my family (you can get it on Amazon).

I’ll leave you with one of the quotes from the book for today’s proper perspective boost:

Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” - John Updike

Happy Hump Day :)

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So, I’m back from my vacation this week. And I had a lovely time!

Although I must admit, there were times when I started thinking about my business and new ideas for my business and so on and so on. But then I’d stop myself to refocus on being in the moment, enjoying the company of my husband and loved ones and the excitement of being in a totally different environment.

I allowed myself to “waste time” on social media, read “stupid” online articles and watch TV, in between enjoying tasty meals, purposeless shopping, and sleeping in. It was fantastic!

I refused to do any work during my time off. And I strongly encourage you to do the same during your breaks.

The work habits of far too many of us lead to burnout and being drained. Contrary to popular opinion, being “on our grind” 24/7 does NOT lead to financial success (or happiness).

Recently, I read somewhere about some financially successful individuals who said that they more time they took off during the year, the MORE successful their businesses were. Let me tell you, that’s ALL I had to hear to decide to make time off a priority in my life. This concept flies in the face of overworked Americans, constantly working overtime to make money.

If you don’t believe this works, check out this article to see how important “unplugging” and rest and relaxation is for some of the most financially successful people we know:  7 Things Rich, Successful People Do Before Bed that You Can Do.

I’m all rested up and ready to return to doing the work I love. Full of new ideas and rejuvenated energy, I’m ready to dive into the projects I was working on before I left for vacation.

Until my next recharging break - which will be pretty soon :)

Good Weather & Our Dreams

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There’s nothing like beautiful weather to make you feel on top of the world, is there? After so many days of being cloudy and overcast, today is a PERFECT mix of sun and breeze. Just the way I love it! 💜
 
Weather like this makes me feel more hopeful about my today AND my future. But the truth is, no matter what the weather is, today and tomorrow are always bright for me – and you –  when we invest in our dreams.
 
So, be sure to take out some time to soak up the beautiful weather today (at least for a little while) in your busy day. Allow yourself time to daydream about your life and what you want most out of it.
 
Then when you’re done, use the energy and momentum of the beautiful weather and your feelings of abundance to take an important step towards your dream.
 
Promise yourself to take one solid action towards your biggest dream by the end of the day. That’s what I’m doing.
 
Because, dreaming + action = dream realized. Enjoy your day! 😊

My Summit Experience

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Last week I attended the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit and it was meaningful for me in so many ways. As a new business owner, I felt like it was important for me to attend the event. Several reasons were really clear to me, while others were not. They weren’t all spelled out to me, but I knew intuitively that this was an investment I should make in myself.

One reason that I was clear on was that it was an opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs that I would not meet under normal circumstances. And sure enough, I had the pleasure of meeting several amazing business owners, including this vibrant and enthusiastic sista named Demarra Gardner. She offers business and wellness retreats for Black women. Check her out at https://www.blackwomenaboutbiz.com/

I met many other business owners, gained life-changing inspiration, new business information and enjoyed some delicious meals during my trip. You can see my trip pics album on Facebook: My Black Enterprise Summit Experience.

(Make sure to follow me on Facebook while you’re there!)

Sis, Put YOU First (for a Change)

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I look around and see many Sistas working so hard on behalf of everyone else at the expense of their own needs. When we do it long enough, it becomes a habit (a BAD one) that we no longer even think about. Others depend on us and we make sure we’re always there. No matter what. Even when they can handle whatever it is without us. Even when they don’t deserve it. You know what I mean, right?

As women, we’re conditioned and socialized from youth to take care of others and put everyone else first. At home, at work and in our communities. This means we often give – emotionally, physically and financially – until we have nothing left for ourselves but dregs.

Too much, we put our dreams on the back burner to build up and support everyone else. Dreams like: going back to school. Taking that dream trip to that faraway place. Buying that new home. Pampering yourself weekly with your favorite treat. Our time, energy and money are over invested in helping others achieve THEIR dreams while not setting aside enough of these things for our OWN dreams. This is tragic.

The truth is, many times we’re too scared of upsetting the established balance with our loved ones and others (who have come to EXPECT us to put them first). Changing that dynamic can be scary. And just downright unpleasant.

It’s unpopular to put ourselves first for fear of being labeled “selfish” (I know ALL too well). When we put valuing ourselves as our top priority, we often get negative reactions. From our employers, our families, our loved ones and even from strangers (yep!).

But it’s necessary if we’re to become who we’re meant to be and achieve our biggest dreams. The freedom and possibilities that come from valuing ourselves first are incredible!

I’ve been on both sides of this coin. I've been that woman giving up my resources, time and money to others because I felt like I should. Because "good" women always support everyone else. No matter how it impacts them.

When I stopped putting myself last, I encountered the negative reactions. But I learned how to deal with them and come through it stronger. And over time, I've also learned how to put myself first while STILL generously and authentically honoring and supporting my loved ones.

Sis, now it’s your turn to put YOU first (if you haven't been). It's your time, so that you can have the freedom to reach for and attain your dreams. And every step you take towards fulfilling your dreams does help those you love. It shows them how to do the same.

When was a time that you put “you” first? How did it feel? What happened? Putting ourselves first as women can be foreign. But it’s something you can get used to quickly once you experience the happiness it brings!

About Yolanda Ransom

Yolanda Ransom teaches professional Black women how to confidently master their money, so they can achieve all of their financial dreams. She is a financial educator and coach and CEO of Yolanda Ransom Consulting. She speaks and writes about personal finance and personal development. Find out more about Yolanda and her work at yolandaransom.com

The Heavy Burden of Financial Stress & Hope for Relief

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Financial Tip of the Day

Financial stress is a very real and big part of life for most of us. I’ve often commented to others that I think the top 2 things that compete for our focus and concentration each day are love and money. But I believe that it is even more safe to say that for the huge majority of us, money is the number # 1 thing on our minds most of the time. Would you agree?

It seems that the further away we are from where we want to be financially, the greater our stress level tends to be. As this article explains, 1 In 4 Americans Have PTSD-Like Symptoms From Financial Stress, some of us struggling so much with our finances that we are exhibiting symptoms similar to those with PTSD.

This is very heartbreaking to me. However, I agree with the author’s statement that it’s surprising that the number of those identified as suffering from this type of stress isn’t higher. I’ve seen firsthand the bone crushing stress that debt and ongoing financial problems has had upon clients.

What I find hopeful about the article is that it illuminates the problem, providing an opportunity to seek a solution. Shame over money is one of the biggest things that causes us to hide from others and ourselves. But it doesn’t work. And it’s not necessary.

There are MANY resources, tools and types of help available for dealing with financial stress. Therapy, counseling and coaching are valuable options. There is no formula that will work for each person, so figuring out your best combination of helpful resources will be a very personal, yet worthwhile, journey.

Even if you’re not feeling stress at the level described in this piece, financial stress of ANY type steals happiness and kills dreams. Be sure to take care of you.

Take the steps you need to get the emotional, spiritual and financial help you need and deserve. You and your dreams are so worth it. 💜

What Kind of Week Will You Have?

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As we start off another week, fortifying and maintaining the “right” mindset is vital. I’ve observed that one of the hardest things for us to do (myself included) is control our mindsets. Have you noticed this too?

It’s very easy to get caught up in the “here and now” and focus only on what we see right in front of us. For most, working and living from a place of keeping in sight our personal and financial visions for our lives does not come automatically.

I frequently read books on success and principles for achieving success. Over and over, the authors make clear how challenging - and equally important - it is to control our thoughts. And that this itself IS the hardest work there is:

“Sometimes it's best if a man just spends a moment or two thinking. It is one of the toughest things he’ll ever do, and that’s probably why so few bother to do it.”  - Alonzo Herndon

Why is that when faced with the EXACT same circumstances, one person can fail, while the other succeeds at the very same thing?

It really does all come down to mindset.

“Your thoughts are the only things you control. Either you control them or you relinquish your greatest gift to others. Without control, the mind loses its effectiveness. With control and direction, it gains power…Use your mind to shape your destiny to fulfill whatever purposes in life you choose…”  -  Dennis Kimbro

So this week as you encounter the usual challenges, look for the opportunities as well. Begin (if you haven’t already) to observe your mindset. And make adjustments as needed. That’s what I do.

Guarding our dreams and hopes begins with guarding our minds. This is a habit which requires daily practice. But the good news is that “practice (does indeed) make perfect.” And this will bring us that much CLOSER to our dream lives.

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Taking the Long Route to Our Financial Dreams...

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It’s Monday, and the start of the week can be a very PAINFUL time. Especially if we’re doing work that we hate or KNOW is not our true purpose. That was true for me for MANY years. But the truth is, sometimes we need to continue where we are so that we can build up the money, experience and/or skills to pursue what we REALLY want. And there’s NO shame in that.

No matter what kind of work we do, if we see it as an opportunity to move us closer to our life’s vision, it can make it possible to actually appreciate that job. I do admit this is easier SAID than done. But focusing on our vision can help us rise above our present situation. And it can also motivate us to do our best until we get to where we truly want to be. That is what I did in many of my jobs. Now I’m thankfully working at my own business doing what I love and what I believe I was MADE to do.  

So, as Tupac said, “Keep ya head up,” and remember the financial dreams that you’re building for yourself and your loved ones. We WILL get there – if we stay focused and work hard, no matter the job. Sometimes we just have to take the long route.

Lasting Financial Success Depends on THIS…

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Financial Tip of the Day:

I talk a lot about financial success. It is very important. It also means very different things for each of us. But there is one thing I’ve observed with anyone who has been continually successful in earning money: personal development ALWAYS precedes earned wealth. Financial wealth is not created in a vacuum. Since money is usually earned based on the service we provide, the more we develop our unique skills and talents to serve others, the more likely the money often follows.

Personal development is always something I’ve worked at, and I’d like to EAGERLY recommend a book I’m that reading right now for all the striving ladies: “Successful Women Think Differently: 9 Habits to Make You Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient” by Valorie Burton.

I only read a couple of chapters so far and I’m ALREADY having "light bulb" moments and am learning SO much more about myself. Most of all, I’m learning how to think differently so I can experience greater success. I’m reading it for the next 2 weeks. Leave a comment and let me know if you’ll join me in doing so (or if you’ve already read it). We can share our life revelations together 😊.

How Happiness, Health & Wealth Go Together

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My entire life I have been a “realist.” While this is a good thing overall, for me at times this trait has led to pessimism. Pessimism is a dream killer. So, over the last few years, I have actively worked to improve my mindset. Each day I read and review positive quotes. All around my home I have quotes taped on my walls (you may have seen a couple in the background of my videos). They are positive affirmations that I see whenever I look up at or walk past the area. These quotes were all given to me by my dear sister who often takes time to cut out and clip them for me. I consider them to be priceless gifts - and the best gifts she’s ever given me.

Of them all, my favorite quote is this one here:

“I have decided to be happy because it’s good for my health” – Unknown

This quote always instantly reminds me that happiness is a minute-by-minute personal choice. And choosing happiness is a major way to protect the most important asset that I have: my health.

This past week I've been battling seasonal allergies, which have had an energy zapping effect on me. Doing everything I can to feel better has been my primary goal, so that I can fully dive back into my life’s work of helping others become financially empowered.

Maintaining our health is absolutely essential to creating the lives we truly desire. Poor health leaves us unable to work and do all the things we need and want to do to build wealth. Cultivating happiness boosts good health. We have all probably heard or read stories about people who had a positive attitude in the face of illness and recovered much faster and/or more fully than those with negative attitudes.

One of the simplest ways to DECIDE to be happy is to be grateful. No matter what is going on, there is always something to be grateful for. Looking for those things and focusing on them facilitates happiness. Happiness then promotes good health. Good health then provides the energy, passion and motivation needed to work towards our financial goals and dreams. And finally, happiness makes the often-bumpy journey to financial success smoother and much more pleasant!

Today I’ve decided to actively choose being happy (at each moment) because it’s good for my health. Will you join me?

What are your thoughts? Feel free to comment. What has your experience been with happiness, health and wealth building?

About Yolanda Ransom

Yolanda Ransom is a financial educator, speaker and workshop trainer who teaches people how to confidently master their money so that they can achieve all of their financial dreams. She is the CEO of Yolanda Ransom Consulting and speaks on topics of personal finance, personal development and Black issues. Book her to speak at your next event about this blog topic or her other speaking topics by visiting Yolanda Ransom Speaking

Purposeful Planning...

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Happy Monday! If you’re off today, I want to wish you a day of rest and that you relish in the a much-deserved break. I also want to encourage you to take out a few minutes to plan your upcoming week to ensure a purpose filled week. Daily responsibilities and the “unexpecteds” of life can pull us this way and that. But with a bit of pre-planning, we can make this a positive week of focused progress in all the areas that matter most to us.

For instance, today I’ll be getting my hair done, running some personal errands, and heading to a Toast Masters meeting afterwards. In the morning I planned out my week ahead by establishing my priorities and the tasks that I plan to accomplish this week. This clarity helps me move forward with much more confidence that I’m doing the things that are most valuable this week. The most successful people in life are generally NOT more talented or smarter than other people. They just do the things and take the extra steps that others don’t (or won’t). Have a beautiful day 😊

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