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Finally, pay attention to your money. Give money to the attention it deserves. Treat it like an old familiar friend and it will reward you with predictability instead of chaos and confusion.
Developing a relationship with money isn’t difficult, but it does take time and commitment.
Over the years, I’ve talked with hundreds if not thousands of women and men who thought paying off their debt was enough. They didn’t see the value in cultivating a relationship with money and learning the motivation behind their spending, savings and investment habits.
One the best ways to start to develop a better understanding of money is to read as many books as you can on the subject.
Here are few of my particular favorites that made a huge impact on my financial life:
1. The Money Mirror by Annette Lieberman & Vicki Lindner
Not for the faint of heart, this financial guide will change the way you understand why you both desire and fear money. It offers the tools needed to understand and change the ways in which you think about money.
2. Over Coming Under Earning by Barbara Stanny
This book is excellent for those of you who are living paycheck to paycheck. Underearners struggle with their self-worth which is translated into how much they earn. Regular exercises and tools to break the cycle and start earning your worth.
3. The Energy of Money by Maria Nemeth, P h.D.
By far one of the best books ever written on the subject. The book will help you uncover all those nasty hidden beliefs we carry around like bricks and then give you the tools and techniques to break free from the once and for all. This is a must read!
4. Financial Recovery by Karen McCall
This is like therapy wrapped up between two covers. Jammed packed with useful information to help you overcome underearning, small or no savings, yo-yo debting, overspending and chronic debt. Filled with lots of tools and strategies to help you change your financial circumstances and regain peace of mind.
5. You’re Broke Because You Want To Be by Larry Winget
I read this book after several years of financial recovery and so it didn’t impact me in the same way as some of the other books. But one of the reasons why I include it here is because of the straight, no bullshit approach Larry takes. It’s like a slap in the face, in a nice way and some people may better respond to that approach. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy reading it.
6. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
The bible of all financial debt management books out there. This is a much read for anyone suffering from debt. Although I don’t always agree 100% with Dave, I learned a lot about becoming a better steward of my money by reading his book.