When is the last time you asked yourself—is your work “working” for you?

As a trainer of new Financial Recovery Counselors/ money coaches, I always teach my trainees not to assume that it’s always about spending less money. Some of our clients also need to earn more, and helping people get a handle on the fact that their work may not be working for them, is a vital and exciting part of money coaching and the Financial Recovery process.

For most of us, our work and our money are inseparable. Many people view work as just a means of earning money, but work can be so much more than that! But sometimes our work is simply not working for us. And exploring this is very important to healing your relationship to money.

Ideally, work can be where we express what’s important to us, where we utilize our talents and the individual qualities that make us unique. At work we can learn and stretch ourselves in new ways. Our work can be an aspect of our life where we derive satisfaction, confidence, success, and self-worth. When our work “works” for us, it fulfills many of our needs. But when our relationship with work– and the money it provides– is not working, it can be a source of great stress, worry, and unhappiness.

Years ago, when I was writing my first book It’s Your Money, I was researching this connection between Financial Recovery counseling, work and earning. One day I sat on my office floor and went through all my client files. And to my surprise, with rare exceptions, clients who had been working on their personal finances over a period of time had all increased their earnings. It didn’t matter if they were self-employed or worked for a salary. They had changed something in their relationship with work and earnings that caused them to earn more as a result of the Financial Recovery process.

There are commonly three different scenarios that clients begin to identify:

  1. The job works—the money doesn’t—they’re content with their work, but the money is not adequate to meet their needs.
  2. The money works—the job doesn’t. The job pays well enough but is in other ways unsatisfying, is too stressful, or doesn’t fit into how they want to live.
  3. The work doesn’t work—neither does the money. They hate their job and still are not making enough money.

As clients move through the Financial Recovery process, they learn to assess what they need to live a satisfying life. But this is the key. What do they need? Many people do not know this. Over time, clients do indeed become more and more in touch with what they need—and what they want. And they begin to connect this to their work.

Over the next three blog posts, I will share stories of people who examined and then healed their own relationship with work and money. Stay tuned.

The field of “money coaching” is exploding right now, and Financial Recovery Counseling is the most effective form of money coaching around. If you would like a rewarding profession where you can earn what you deserve while you help people heal their own issues around money, spending and earning, please look at our training program. We’ll share the best kept secret— an amazing business opportunity that is also the most important profession of the 21st century.

July 12th, 2011 by Karen McCall