Dealing With Financial Stress (Part 2)

by Doc Orman, M.D.


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Dealing with financial stress--part 2In Part 1 of this series, we looked at dealing with financial stress in the same way I urge you to deal with any type of stress:

  1. 1. Define your financial problem(s) specifically;
  2. 2. Identify both obvious and non-obvious (internal) causes;
  3. 3. Deal with the main causes effectively.

In this post, I want to focus on one of the more common internal causes—mindset.

Abundance vs. Scarcity

Most of us live in an imagined world of financial scarcity.  Unless your name is Donald Trump or Bill Gates, it’s likely that you don’t always feel that you have enough money.  You might have a nice job, or a nice house, or a fancy car, but deep down inside, you may not feel financially secure.

And if you run into tough times financially, your scarcity mindset is likely to limit your view of potential solutions that you could act on.

Interestingly though, we also live in an actual world that is full of financial abundance. We have a difficult time appreciating this fact, because our scarcity mindset keeps us from recognizing and experiencing it.

Today’s Economic Recession Is Mostly In Your Head

During the past two years, the nightly news has been filled with stories of economic strife.  Millions of people have lost their jobs.  Displaced workers and emerging college graduates are finding it more and more difficult to become employed.  Corporations have reduced hiring, long-standing businesses have begun to collapse—it all seems pretty bleak, right?

Wrong.

Just because the traditional means of earning a living are in decline doesn’t mean that money is scarce or that financial opportunities are unavailable.  There’s plenty of money out there. You just need to adopt a different mindset to attract it.  This is because the traditional mindset of scarcity, that most of us have, is keeping you from recognizing—and acting upon—the huge number of financial opportunities that really are all around you.

Can’t Find A Job?

Let’s consider a typical example:  you lost your job, and you can’t find a similar one to replace it.  Maybe you can’t even find a lesser job, just to keep carrying on.

Is it true that your income opportunities are now severely limited?  Well, only if your mindset of scarcity says so.

There are literally hundreds of ways you could earn a decent living, even in this contracted economy.  As long as there are people who have needs and who are looking for solutions to their problems, you can make a living. You just may need to think more strategically and creatively.

What are the skill sets you presently have?  Who might need them and might be willing to pay you for them?  What useful knowledge have you gained throughout your life?  How could you share this knowledge with others in ways that would have them compensate you?   What new skills or knowledge could you go out and acquire, quickly and relatively easily, so you can increase your value to more and more potential consumers.

I know for a fact that people are making large sums of money today in non-traditional ways.  People are creating seminars and workshops around hot current topics and needs.  People are investing as little as $7 to receive comprehensive training online in how to help local businesses in their area build a presence on Facebook or Twitter. They are then going out and converting their meager $7 investment into thousands of dollars of recurring monthly income.

Does this all sound too impossible to believe?  Well it’s happening right now, and it’s only your mindset that is keeping you from taking advantage of these and other types of financial opportunities. 

There are people making good money online today in many new and creative ways.  A recent Forbes article (2/6/2012) calculated that people spent more than $161.5 billion in online commerce in 2011,  a year most people thought represented a terrible recession.

There are people making a killing in real estate investing today.  Yes, real estate investing.  While everyone is running around with a negative mindset about real estate, shrewd entrepreneurs and investors are gobbling up dirt cheap properties and turning them into positive cash-flow assets with great long-term appreciation potential.

And these few examples are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are countless opportunities for all of us to make additional money today.  You just have to get past your mindset of scarcity to recognize them and take advantage of them.

In my third and final post this week on dealing with financial stress, I’m going to give you one specific example of how you can supplement, or even replace, a good part of your income.

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Jasmine July 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM

You’re right, online is a great place to make money, even in today’s economy. And you’re right again, e-commerce is a great place to be involved in when trying to make money online. There are tons of opportunities out there!

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igor Griffiths July 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Well Hello Doc, you are so right if we sit there waiting for the messages we have become accustomed to we will surely miss the calls for help from the new emerging markets.

As you point out the real estate market is booming but not in the way it was a few years ago thus we need to keep our mind and senses open to the new opportunities around us.

igor Griffiths

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Doc Orman, M.D. July 22, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Yes. Keeping an open mind is the key. Easier said than done. Doc

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