“Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune.” Jim Rohn
This is the first full week of the new year. Many of us have made new year resolutions. Others have created goals and looking forward to a productive year. I am not going to go into goal planning here. Fellow social worker, Nate Crowell has an excellent blog on that at: http://socialworkersuccess.com/how-to-start-your-year-right/
I would like to encourage you to set your intentions for what you truly wants this year. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines abundance as “a determination to act a certain way.” Successful business leaders have talked about how they set intentions and have daily routines that reinforce their commitment to their passion, purposes and business endeavors. In fact, Oprah has been talking about this for years.
As social workers, we need to become savvy on setting intentions in our lives as well. One intention that we need to work on is increasing our finances. We deserve to get paid for our expertise, and monetize our skills.
We need to understand that it is a normal to desire to earn a good living while helping others. We need to shift our mindset from one of “scarcity” to one of “abundance.” How can we truly help others when we are if we can’t take care of ourselves and our families? I worked in academia for 10 years and had did not have a raise in eight of those years. My salary was comparable to a new teacher with a four-year degree in education. It was then that I realized that I need reassess my intentions for myself and my family from a work standpoint.
Eva Forde, a social work entrepreneur has a free resource for social worker to create a wealthy mindset at: http://evaforde.com/create-rich-mentality-infographic-workbook/ She also has other resources to help social workers in this area.
As you create your goals for the year, think of creating a mindset of abundance for yourself as a social worker. Here are five books that can help you make that shift in 2018. Here are several resources to help you get started on your journey.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
A popular book and movie that focuses on the Law of Attraction. This video offers 7 core lessons that can be applied to life from this book. Using a whiteboard format, this is an easy digestible video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAihrzSKX6E. You can also purchase the audio/book at amazon.com
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This timeless classic offers key mindset shift on how to have an abundant life. You can download an audio copy at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KzGoyVallY
Stefany Liefeld Gemsofhappiness.com has a great blog of 45 of her favoriate quotes from the book. You can find it at: http://gemsofhappiness.com/2016/11/22/45-thought-bending-lessons-from-napoleon-hills-think-and-grow-rich/
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rimes
An inspirational book that motivates you to go beyond your comfort zone to enjoy your life and live with enthusiasm and passion. The book is available on amazon.com at: https://www.amazon.com/Year-Yes-Dance-Stand-Person/dp/1476777128
Center for Social Work, founded by Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW, is an multidisciplinary organization that provides trainings, resources and certifications that allow individuals to improve their financial well being. More information can be found at: https://financialsocialwork.com/about
I hope these resources are helpful for you.
In my next post, I will get my 11-year daughter’s view on creating vision boards. Why? Saturday, January 12th is National Vision Board Day. Happy Reading…
Enjoy the rest of your week!