Are You a Reluctant Wanderlust in Business?

Are you a multi-talented, multi-passionate person who finds it hard to “commit” to doing “just one thing”? Sometimes I feel like a loser when I couldn’t just “stick with it” when something ceases to give me a deep sense of excitement and purpose. Some may call it ADD. Do you identify with being a “wanderlust” … Continue reading “Are You a Reluctant Wanderlust in Business?”

Are you a multi-talented, multi-passionate person who finds it hard to “commit” to doing “just one thing”?

Sometimes I feel like a loser when I couldn’t just “stick with it” when something ceases to give me a deep sense of excitement and purpose. Some may call it ADD.

Do you identify with being a “wanderlust” in life – not only having a desire to travel physically but also (and more importantly) to embark on a personal journey that involves experiencing all parts of SELF and all aspects of LIFE?

In different stages of my life, and especially in my own business, sometimes the tension between the strong pull to EXPERIMENT, to DARE, to chase FREEDOM, and the fear that comes up when I untether from the “known” would tear me apart.

Do you know the wanderlust part of you and the primal part of you may be at odds with each other, resulting in conflicting/self-sabotaging behaviors that hold of you back from soaring in your business?

Sometimes the restlessness eats me up as it turns into a nervous energy. Sometimes I fall into the comparison trap when I see my college classmates climb up the corporate ladder and score impressive titles. Sometimes I just feel plain lost and doubt… why can’t I just be everyone else and “settle down?”

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COMMITMENT. FREEDOM. ANCHORED. EXPERIMENT.

HOME. WANDERLUST.

What some consider to be a daring experiment may be judged by others as “hopping from one thing to another” or being a flake.

It’s hard enough when the judgment comes from outside of us. But it can be downright self-sabotaging when the conflict comes from within ourselves.

The tension created by Commitment vs. Abandonment, the longing to Trust vs. the need for Certainty sends mix messages – to our selves, to others, and to the universe.

The conflict turns us into Reluctant Wanderlusts.

I don’t know about you but I have heard enough of those “free calls” to encounter quite a few of them talking about “commitment”… and, ha, to commit you just pull out your credit card and pay the money… only if it’s that easy!

“Commitment” on a superficial level can feel binding to us who has a fierce streak of wanderlust. How do we discern being committed from “staying put” out of fears or past/outdated conditioning?

When are we going to stop beating ourselves up from not being able to “stick with it”… just because others manage to stay in the same job for 10 years?

What is being daring, adventurous and open to experimenting to uncover a deeper part of us, to challenge the status quo and to stretch ourselves; and what is just plain “avoidance” – running away from what we have to face in order to expand and grow (but feel hard and gut-wrenching)?

The lower chakras’ need for certainty and safety fighting the upper chakras’ desire for inspiration and expansion creates conflicts that muddle up our energy and make everything feels like we have one foot on the gas and one foot on the break.

How do we commit, without feeling being tethered? How do we make the wanderlust in us and our need for certainty play nice together so we can finally lift the foot from the break?

With the propensity toward “freedom” also comes the intense desire to find “home.” Without properly defining what each one means, we fall prey to internal conflict that keeps us from moving forward.

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Can “wanderlust” and “home” co-exist?

1. Accept

Accept that we have that wanderlust part in us, and we have the “cave(wo)men” part in us. They are all parts of us being us and denial or avoidance will only create more tension that triggers self-sabotaging behaviors.

We need to have ALL of us on board for the actions we need to take, in order for the actions to be aligned, meaningful and impactful.

2. Commit

Commit to BEING someone, not to DOING something.

Make that commitment to yourself, not to someone else.

Commit to an identity and use it to guide actions. This can be exceptionally freeing because there is room for possibilities, adventure and experiment.

3. Anchor

Life is dynamic, not static. To soar upward, there needs to be a grounded-ness.

We need some kind of reference point, or else we can be just plain lost.

But you are free to choose your anchor. What can give you an unwavering reference point so you can feel SAFE in the world?

If the “primal” part of you doesn’t feel its need for “safety” acknowledged, the subconscious mind (which affects 95% of our thoughts!) can throw a thousand “blocks” at you.

Is this anchor something you can hold onto, something you have “control” over? If it depends on other people or external circumstances, you can get into a shaky situation when the rug gets pulled out under you.

4. Find your place in the world

This is “home” (which doesn’t mean a physical location); this is your CORE message. When you know what you are about, you develop a deep Trust to give you a sense of Inevitability that serves as rocket fuel behind all your intentions and actions.

“Niching”, in its truest and broadest sense, is about finding our role in the community, our place in the world.

When you can articulate your core message into how you fit into the larger ecosystem (aka, how you create value and why you are relevant to the community you want to serve), you have found home through your business endeavor – a “home” that allows you to be YOU anywhere in the world.

When you find the WORDS to talk about how your conviction is translated into your work, you turn the inkling in your Guts into something your “logical mind” can get on board with.

When you find the WORDS so you can step up to own what you do, you voice it and set the intention for it to materialize.

When you get your entire SELF on board, you find a renewed excitement and commitment for your business.

Ling is an Intuitive Brainiac. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients find their Message, nail the WORDS that sell and design a Plan to work it, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

Local Real Estate Agents May Provide More Relevant Homes For Sale Data Than National Sites

Marietta, GA, (November 3, 2004) – According to the National Association of Realtors, 70% of all home buyers search the internet for home listings at some point. While most people choose national sites such as Realtor.com to view listings on the internet, many of these people may not realize that it can take several days for new listings to appear. Additionally, once the home is under contract or sold, it may take several more days before the listing is actually removed. This often leads to a sense of frustration for home buyers.

Many local real estate agents solve this problem by pulling information on homes for sale directly from their Multiple Listing Services (MLS) and updating the homes for sale data on a daily basis. Sanford Rosser of Heritage Real Estate Brokers in Marietta Georgia says, “Saavy home hunters know the best homes are often sold quickly – sometimes within 24 hours of hitting the market. We recognize the importance of updating our site daily and showing every home for sale from all brokers, not just ours. As a result, we have noticed that a few of our clients have been able to beat other buyers to new listings and often save money by acting quickly and avoiding those awful bidding wars.”

Typical internet home shoppers want to see properties that they can buy today while not wasting time looking at homes that have already sold or giving out personal information. Rosser added, “The ability to find homes for sale on the internet has placed more demands on local real estate professionals to provide consumers with accurate and relevant information. In addition, people are increasingly hesitant to give out their name, address, e-mail, or phone number just to see what’s on the market right now. By offering a less personally intrusive, more relevant, and more comprehensive home search capability using their web presence, local agents can make the home buying process less frustrating for their clients.”

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Valuable Car Finance Tips

The second largest investment you will have in a lifetime perhaps is getting your own car. After you have scrutinized every model and zeroed in on the best car to purchase, the next process is to determine how you are going to pay it.

The road to car ownership is paved with car finance options. The package you choose will make the difference between monthly struggles and easy payments. Will you get to keep driving your car or have to default on the loan over a certain period?

When looking at your financing options, here are valuable tips to consider:

Think about interest rates. Your interest rate will depend on a number of factors such as the type of the car, the length of the loan term, your credit rating and the lender. Generally new cars have much lower interest rates. Higher interest rate is required for longer car loans. You will get lower interest rates if you have been pretty good at keeping a good credit rating score. Focus on the interest rates as different companies provide varying options.

Choose from as many lenders as possible. Your options for car financing could be banking institutions, the automaker, credit unions, and other lending sources. Weigh the pros and cons of the different types of lenders. Going through all the interest rates and loan-terms of the different lenders will be overwhelming task. Experts not only help you make the right choice, but also offer you a number of good options. Consumers today get the right financing for their vehicles with finance consultants working exclusively on helping consumers.

Seek expert guidance. A financial consultant would point out key features you may want for your loan, allowing you to get a tailored approach, and therefore an ideal solution, to your financing. Such expert help would also come in handy for businesses looking to invest in company cars and employers who may want to offer a lease (also known as salary packaging) to high performing employees.

Ask for special deals. Special deals on certain loans are offered by some lenders in order to get fairly competitive in the market. Depending on the automaker you have chosen, you could be given zero-percent financing or offered lower rates for short-term lengths.

Companies are able to help employees on their car financing needs through a special form of lease. The lease is a three-way agreement between the employer, the employee and the finance company. As the employer though, be aware that while you should be able to finance a car after a bankruptcy, you may not be able to get the best car finance rates.

Consolidating Your Debt Is the Best Solution to Your Debt Problem

Are your debts getting out of control? Are you unable to manage your multiple debts? If your debt is giving you sleepless nights, it is important to seek help quickly. Remember, ignoring your debts won’t make them go away. It will only make things worse.

If you are in debt, here is a list of questions you should ask yourself:

Question 1

Are you finding it difficult to meet your monthly repayments?

Answer

Consider rolling all your multiple debts into one monthly repayment. It will:

>> Reduce the amount you pay each month; and

>> Make your debts easier to manage.

Question 2

Do you have multiple debts (i.e. mortgage loan, credit cards and store cards)? Are you having trouble managing these multiple debts?

Answer

Multiple debts means:

>> Paying multiple sets of interest; and

>> Finding it hard to stay on top of your multiple debts.

So, consider consolidating your debt because it will:

>> Enable you to keep track of your debts; and

>> Enable you to pay down your multiple debts.

Question 3

Do you have negative listings and defaults listed in your credit file?

Answer

If you do have a bad credit history, you will find that your loan options may be limited.

Question 4

Do your multiple debts have high interest rates?

Answer

Consolidating your debt should enable you to get a loan with a lower interest rate.

Question 5

Do you have equity in your home?

Answer

If you do have equity in your home, you may be able to use it to pay down all your multiple debts.

Question 6

When is it the best time to consolidate your multiple debts?

Answer

You can consolidate your multiple debts:

>> Whenever you consider you are ready; and

>> When you are unable to manage your multiple debts anymore.

Before you Borrow

If you are thinking of borrowing money, here is a list of steps you should consider and which may help you:

Step 1

Use a budget planner to work out what you are spending now.

Step 2

Use a borrowing power calculator to calculate:

>> How much you can afford to borrow; and

>> If you can afford the repayments.

Step 3

If you decide to borrow, shop around for the best deal and take time to compare:

>> Interest rates;

>> Product features on offer; and

>> Fees and charges.

Step 4

Know who you are dealing with. This means anyone engaging in credit activities (e.g. anyone providing credit or providing credit assistance to you) must give you:

>> A copy of the “Credit Guide”; and

>> A “Credit Proposal Disclosure Document “(CPDD), with the required information listed such as their Australian Credit license (ACL) number, fees and details of your right to complain.

Case Study

Judith is a single mum with two children. She is struggling to pay her multiple debts and her payments are now three weeks in default.

Judith met a professionally qualified finance broker who was able to help her:

>> Negotiate a one loan repayment plan;

>> Reduce her monthly repayments; and

>> Save her money on interest charges.

The benefits available to Judith are best illustrated in the following simple example. The example assumes that Judith has a mortgage loan of $300,000 and a credit card with a credit limit of $12,000:

Current Home Loan Credit Card Total Loans Your New Loan

Loan Amount: $300,000 $12,000 $312,000 $312,000

Interest Rate: 6.25% 18% n/a 4.75%

Loan Term: 25 years n/a n/a 25 years

Monthly Repayment: $1,979.00 $200.00 $2,179.00 $1,778.00

Total Interest Payable: $293,702 $18,931 $312,633 $221,630

From the example above you can clearly see that:

Judith has saved interest of: $91,003.00

Judith’s monthly repayments will be reduced by: $401.00 per month

So, if your debts are getting out of control or you are struggling to make ends meet. It is important that you seek help from someone who can fix your debt problems. This is the time for you to contact a professionally qualified finance broker who will help you to obtain a loan for consolidating debts with:

>> One monthly repayment; and

>> One lower interest rate.

Useful Tip

Avoid seeking help from someone who makes unrealistic promises about getting you out of debts or who advertises that they can help you, no matter how much you owe. Remember to choose a reputed, qualified and experienced finance broker who will go the extra mile in solving your problem.

The Future of Digital Currency Adoption

Up to this date, the usability, function and exchange of Bitcoins and other digital currencies have been limited and circulating around small communities-group of individuals or large enterprises-who have ventured into the world of digital currency. Since the community is small, the ability to spend or trade it for various products is also limited and a lot of this currency owners hope that it can be widely accepted in the future. Although these are possible, this will take time and a lot of discussions as the concern for safety and security is at large. Besides that, the government and some large institutions are threatened with the possibility of using such a system.

The Reluctance

Not many people widely accept digital currency. If you haven’t heard of it or aren’t one of those who have spent much of your time understanding, mining and acquiring the said currencies, you will not feel safe trading in or acquiring such currencies in exchange of items that you wish to sell or have. It has not been accepted widely and the fear of the loss it may acquire in the future is great due to the fact that there is no governing body in it. People would need to feel safe using it but this would normally require the interference and approval of the government and general sectors of the financial market.

The Need for a Controlling body

The transfer to digital currency would allow people to make online trading without issuing actual and paper money which are prone to being stolen. However, it is not a hidden fact that some digital currencies have been stolen too. The government would want to control it as there is a significant amount of income from the exchanges and trade. Other sectors not open to the actual value of digital currencies may find it hard to liquidate their assets and make use of digital currency exchanges.

Although the future of digital currency adoption is greatly possible, the greatest risk everyone has to deal with would be the security. For example, PayPal is trying to impose this on their system (the news of which eventually made the value of Bitcoin rise in one day) but the problem is, delivery schedules may often not be met and it would be hard to recover the said currency-also includes defects on products upon delivery. The possible adoption could take time and effort from both the government and independent sectors to work out the glitches in connection with fraudulent acts over the internet and sectors wishing to sabotage the project.