“It’s important for people to look back before they’re able to move forward.”–Karen McCall

Karen McCall has a special place in my heart. She was the first one to tell me I was an underearner. And it really pissed me off!

“I am not,” I said defiantly. “I’m a writer!”

Talk about chutzpah!  Here was the leading pioneer in the field of financial recovery. And I’m arguing with her?

Of course, she saw right through my defenses and gently guided me to the truth.

I can honestly say Karen changed my life…in ways I couldn’t even have predicted at the time!!!

She stopped seeing clients years ago to focus on training Financial Recovery Coaches.

Now there’s BIG NEWS!

Jedi Master McCall (one of her students used this phrase, in an email to me, to describe Karen) is offering a special 3 month program…Financial Recovery Foundational Training…for anyone.

Yes, it’s a prerequisite for the Certification Core Training.

And it’s also ideal for professionals to augment their financial coaching skills.

But, for the first time…and here’s why I’m so excited…this training is open to ANYONE (you, maybe?) who wants to transform their relationship to money.

This is an amazing program. There is nothing like it anywhere that I know. It’s truly transformational! Karen, herself, will be teaching. And the sessions are on the phone.

You will be matched with a personal mentor, led through  your own money history, uncovering limiting beliefs, and given a tool box of “Financial Recovery’s underlying methodology.”

In other words, if you’re really serious about healing your relationship with money, this class was tailor-made for you!!! To learn more: www.financialrecovery.com.

This course will rock your world. Are you ready?

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I think it’s time we have The Talk. Don’t you? You know, the one about the Legacy you wish to leave. It’s a subject that deserves serious thought.

Leaving a Legacy is how you achieve Greatness. It goes right to the core of why you’re here and the mark you wish to make on the world you leave behind.

Some of you know exactly what it is. Mine, of course, is that there are a lot more financially empowered women running this country as a result of my work. And a lot fewer abused women who can’t afford to leave their abuser.

But many of you may be scratching your heads, wondering, ‘huh, what’s mine?’

Your legacy doesn’t need to light up the sky. It could be the tiniest footprint in the sand. All that matters: your legacy reflects your purpose fulfilled.

Need help? Try this exercise.

Imagine that it’s far in the future. You are lying on your deathbed. You’ve lead a long and meaningful life, but it’s now drawing to a close. As you lie there, you begin to review your past. What gave you the most satisfaction, outside of your family, to know this is what you’ll be remembered for? It need not be limited to one thing, either.

Once you pinpoint what it is, come back to this moment. Then ask yourself: What can I do right now that will contribute to the legacy I wish to leave?

Please share below by leaving a comment…I can’t wait to hear your insights.

You can’t imagine how much I’m learning from my interviews with women making millions. These conversations have been about far more than money.

These women are showing me a new, distinctly feminine paradigm of power.Good News about Women and Power…It’s Fun!

These women are creating wealth and wielding clout on their own terms, in a decidedly womanly way.

These women have figured out how to ‘play with the big boys’, make the big bucks, all without pursuing the top-down, male-model of control, domination, and self aggrandizement.

These feminine pioneers of power are achieving extraordinary success, based on qualities that come naturally to women—partnering, nurturing, collaborating, empowering, helping others—and working toward goals that genuinely inspire them. Instead of playing like a man, they realized that they could change the rules to correspond to their values.

The late NY Congresswoman Bella Abzug, once said, “In the twenty-first century, women will change the nature of power rather than power changing the nature of women.” That’s precisely what’s happening.

“Men see power as an end. Power exists to have power”, explained Kaye Fittes, in an article on internet site Nightengale.com. “For women, power is a means to an end. To embrace power, women must see what good can come out of it.”

In other words, while men covet the cachet of the corner office, women crave the chance to make a difference.

That distinction is critical. The women I interviewed recognized that making millions was not an end, but a means, a tool for creating the life they wanted to live, becoming all they were meant to be, and making a difference in areas they deeply cared about. For them, the goal wasn’t to rival Bill Gates, but to build their own creative muscles and, in turn, benefit others, in the most meaningful, authentic, and lucrative way they can.

During our interview, Cynthia Good, co- founder of Pink Magazine, herself a woman making millions, beautifully described this phenomenon. “I have a visual of business women as race horses lined up behind the gates, ready to take off, and not just take off, but do it on their own terms by being fully themselves. That is the big difference, and that is why they want to take off, because for the first time, it’s fun because we can be who we are.”

Are you having fun yet???

In honor of Valentines Day, I was inspired to come clean in my February newsletter…which also allowed me to climb onto my favorite soap box.

How did I come clean, you ask? I admitted that (gasp!) I love money. Yep, it’s true…I love money…what’s more, I wish everyone loved money.

I know exactly what you’re thinking. How tacky, right? Money is, after all, the root of all evil.021908post.jpg

Here’s where I got on my soap box and shouted to the world: Get a grip, folks. That very belief—money is bad—is exactly what keeps so many of you in a financial bind.

“The truth is,“ I wrote, “money, itself, is not bad. Nor is it good. It’s just a bunch of paper and metal. Money can’t shoot a gun or bandage a wound. Money can’t do squat. Only people can.

“I have come to believe that it’s not the love of money that’s the problem. It’s the lack of self-love that leads to trouble.

“Evil stems from fear, insecurity, and self hatred. Prosperity is a by-product of self love, self worth, self respect…loving yourself enough to give yourself what you desire, knowing money is an integral part of that equation.”

I saw it firsthand in my interviews with successful women. Their financial success stemmed directly from their love of self…and the value they placed on what they brought to the table. Furthermore, they created wealth by taking care of their money so their money would take care of them. Now, that’s (self) love!!

The very day my newsletter came out, I was flooded with responses. I’ve never gotten such a strong reaction before. What surprised me most–everyone agreed.

For example, one woman wrote:

“I LOVE MONEY TOO! I agree with what you say about money because it really is just a means to an end. I believe that I read in one of the lectures by the late Emmett Fox that it was not money in and of itself that was the root of evil but more that the root of the evil was that people put their love of money above all else; therein lies the dilemma “

Another responded:

“I loved myself this month by participating in an online seminar to find out how the changes to my 401K would affect me and how to navigate around the Fidelity Investments website. [And] I am taking care of me by taking responsibility for my future which involves being able to retire some day. “

I want to hear from you too. Do you think I’m totally tacky? Or am I touting truth? To read the whole newsletter: http://www.barbarastanny.com/current-newsletter.html