When you delay things you know you should be doing to get more money, it not only affects your money position and future wealth, but it affects your psychology so you put off other important things in your life.

Whether it is self discipline, procrastination, lack of focus, self control, it does not matter.  When something is to be done, get in and do it now.

Joseph Ferrari, a psychologist at DePaul University, estimates that 25% or Americans are chronic procrastinators who show “habitual delays in meeting deadlines”.  

The very sad thing is that if things are left and not done, they become harder to do, and can often lead to very serious consequences.   Consider not getting your car serviced, it could lead to a very serious accident.  A small amount of time in getting the car to the mechanic could save a huge amount of time in hospital, let alone the pain and suffering.

When it comes to money, most of us know what is good for us, it is just that we do not do it when we should, and this can lead to not doing it at all.    For many important things, what we do will not only reap a reward in the future, but we will be proud that we have done what we should, and this is great for your self-confidence.  Be careful of those things that we see as a benefit now, many times they are the things that should be put off. 

Don’t muddle through your life thinking you can do important things later, while getting immediate gratification for unimportant things – it is a horrible way to live your life, and certainly will not improve your life.

You can improve your life immensely just by taking the time every day to prioritise the things you need to get done, then the important things will get done first.  Make sure you have some priorities listed for doing those things that will stock up your Money Store.    This can be done a number of ways, particularly having a priority for the day not to spend any unnecessary money and to work on those things that bring in the $$$.


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People are realising that the fact they do not have more money is just not their fault – it is all in the human mind and brain wiring.   I am always shocked to hear about wonderful people who still have nothing to show after years of working hard  – I know how they feel, I used to be the same.   Thank goodness I was able to break the pattern.   

Also, so many people have admitted that they have little money management in their life!  Gee, I am glad I started on a course of action to get myself in great financial shape.  I so want to have this happen for everyone, particularly when it is so doable.

We shall try to give an overview in the next postings of the areas one needs to consider to get rich and in such a way that awesome happiness is the ultimate target.

Interestingly, money will not make you happy, but being happy will make you money!! 

Is this a shock?   Yes, most of us go through life doing things backward.    There is a load of evidence that money will not make you happy, and we will not go into this here due to time restrictions.  But the reverse is true.

People who are happy and generally in a good mood are more likely to:

  • learn new skills,
  • see things in a broader context and see the big picture,
  • think of creative solutions to challenges,
  • follow through with actions for what they want,
  • to work well with other people,
  • to persist instead of giving up.

These are all ingredients in the recipe for how to make more money – there are a few more ingredients, however without the above your success to get rich will be made so much harder.

A study of nearly 300 workers at three US companies found that the happier they were, the higher their salaries were eighteen months later.  CEOs who are more cheerful are more likely to have more productive workers who generate higher profits.  And day traders who stay in a good mood regardless of whether they made or lost money tend to earn higher returns over time.

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson has also found that people with greater activity in the left prefrontal cortex – one of the main areas where the brain seems to generate happiness – produce more antibodies after a flu shot, suggesting that their immune systems are stronger.

Are you surprised?  The happier you are, the more money you are likely to have, and the longer and healthier your life will probably be.  

A sad thing is that this relates to personal happiness –  there are some very rich people who do not care if everyone around them is miserable; they are happy though and although they get rich, there are other issues they will need to deal with in their life.  Also there are actually people who get happy and rich on the misery of others!  Do not discount the importance of Karma.

Your Action Step 1:    If you want to have more money, consider if something is affecting your happiness?  Is it in your environment, work or home?  Is it people, business or personal?   Is it your attitude?   Know that if you have challenges with the first two, it is likely that this is caused by the third or your lack of taking control of your life!    You have the power to change your attitude, do this first by taking control, then work on solving the issues of the other two.   If you do not – how can you hope to change your financial situation!!!!!    Is there something that would really make you happy? take planned and thought out action to achieve this.

We will continue with further steps in future postings.  We also look at what else you need to do to be Rich, and in the next article – how to Get Lucky for both money and happiness.

Here’s to your Awesome Happiness,


Improve Your Life Academy



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Secret to Success? There is NO secret!

by Sharyn on February 1, 2011

What people will do to market a product!   Secret to this…., Secret to that….!  It does get irritating after a while.  I must admit to falling into the trap a few times, and I really was thinking there was some sort of secret, but there is not.   It is just unfortunate so many people do not do the personal development to give them the information that makes life so easy, and makes it so easy to be happy just about all the time.

There are essential ingredients to anything.   If you are making bread, there are essential ingredients, and you need to put them together in a certain way, that is quantity, order, whipping in certain places.  The same thing applies to get rich, or to be happy.

So, success, what are the ingredients.  Firstly you need to know what it is you want success in, and be fairly precise.   Be careful of having a goal that is really a wish.   There is a lot of talk about having a very precise goal, writing it down, having it very specific to the nth degree.   Personally this does not work for me, what does?

I make a decision.   My decision at the start of this year was “I have written and promoted a book that will give good value to everyone who reads it, and will give tremendous value to those who not only read it but also put its strategies into action to “get rich and have awesome happiness“.     One can be rich and one does not necessarily need to be happy, but there is not much point to this.   If one wants to be happy, my experience is that to be rich at the same time adds to the joy of happiness as it allows you to have so much more freedom to do things for yourself and others.   There is a fine balance, I have lived through these challenges, let my experiences help you to get this success the easy way!

I have a strategy to implement my decision.    The general outline of this strategy is:

1)    Network and research, know my clients and readers as well as I know myself, have the right mentors and coaches in my own life and in my book production.

2)   To take massive action, be totally focused on getting the results I want, and to not stop until I get those results.

3)   To overcome any blockage or any procrastination.

4)   Plan the strategy, prepare procedure and timeline, allow flexibility.

5)   Reality check – be real, stay real.

So it is coming soon “How to get rich and be happy……….How to be happy and get rich”

If you would like more details on any of our books or if you would like to read more on this subject, click above right and we will be happy to send you updates.


Caring and Sharing  –  sharyn@seriousselfimprovement.com


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Secrets to Wealth – more money with happiness and fulfillment?

January 20, 2011

There are three components critical to getting wealth: 1)    Your value to others – if you do a service that others value, they will pay you for it, and the more people that value it the more you will receive – also the higher the perception of the value of the product the more people […]

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More Money, More Life

January 6, 2011

Many people would not agree with our title “More money, more life”.   It is however a fact of life in our current society, that having a comfortable income is essential to having a comfortable life.   It also stands to reason that to have your Ideal Life, you need the income commensurate with achieving that Ideal […]

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“Think and Grow Rich” with our compliments and get More Money, More Life

December 22, 2010

CLICK   ON   THIS   LINK:             Think and Grow Rich The heading introducing the Book says “This book could be worth a million dollars to you”.    I am sure you have probably read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.  I read it this time every year.  It is the type of book that you need to […]

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Improve Your Life and Finances 2011! Money Goals supported by Dream Goals – Don’t Wait!

December 19, 2010

How have your finances been in 2010.  Well, if you are like most people, you have had better years.  But why is it that some people go from strengh to strength regardless of the economic circumstances.  Even stranger, someone like Donald Trump can be broke one minute and wildly rich the next.   I am glad […]

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How to Charm Anyone – Pt 2

December 5, 2010

5 Ways to be Charming We continuing on from our previous post where we discussed this topic and the great information from Brian Tracy. 1.   We have already dealt with the first way to be charming with Acceptance. 2.   Appreciation:  Whenever you express appreciation to others for something they have done, small or large, their self […]

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Join into my Radio Interview with Doug Evans – 2011 Success Update for Your Ideal Life

December 2, 2010

I am looking forward to joining the sensational Doug Evans on Radio.     We will be discussing a  range of topics for living your Ideal Life and giving ideas and strategies, particularly now we are so close to 2011.   We all want to end this year with Celebration and Start the New Year with a Big […]

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How to Charm Anyone – and what you need to do it!

December 1, 2010

Many of our clients have developed the advantages of self esteem from their work in the Academy.   What do you need to be charming?   According to Brian Tracy – Self Esteem.  This make sense. Brian tells us that self esteem is ‘how much you like yourself’ and is the sum total of how important and […]

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