What does financial freedom mean to you? Does it mean freedom from having to work, yet still being able to enjoy life without concern over money? Does it mean having your life’s basic costs covered, where you’re not worried about car or house payments anymore? Having more time to do the things you really want to do Many people become so overwhelmed by their idea of what it takes to reach their financial dreams that it prevents them from taking the necessary actions to achieve their goals. Others have more than enough money but rarely experience wealth—a place where they feel abundant, truly alive, and grateful; where they are no longer concerned about anything except enjoying life to its fullest and sharing their wealth to benefit others. They have money and resources, but they don’t actually feel wealthy.
The key to experiencing financial freedom is to first understand that no amount of money will ever make you wealthy. The secret to wealth is gratitude. When you realize that you already have the resources you need to bring your vision of financial freedom into reality, you look at the world differently, you make different decisions, and you do the kinds of things that actually put you on the path toward the wealth you desire, without fear or doubt that you’ll reach your goals.
In order to attain the freedom you want, understand that creating wealth is more than just crunching numbers, saving a certain amount of money, investing, or making sound financial choices. Eighty percent of success in any endeavor, including financial success, is psychology, and 20 percent is mechanics. Once you cultivate a mindset that gives you the ability to appreciate life despite obstacles and challenges, then you can implement the formulas and strategies necessary to build your Money Machine, a way for you to create income for the rest of your life without having to work. Then you will have the freedom to do the things that matter to you most.
What you want to get out of these exercises is not just more money, but greater freedom, a greater sense of wealth, and a greater feeling of abundance: the ability to do what you want, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, at the level of richness you truly desire. Financial freedom is not just about finances. It’s about creating and sustaining joy, happiness, and that feeling of being truly alive, living that extraordinary life that we all want and deserve.