Have you ever wanted to invest in upgrading your life or business but at the same time have felt like you don’t have the money to invest at the moment? Every so often I will be contacted by someone who has been touched by something that I’ve said or written and it has stirred them up to step into something bigger, better, brighter and bolder but the same thing holds them back – in their own words “I don’t have the money to invest”. In this post, we’re going to dive into how you can check whether you’re really ready and how you can go from feeling like you can’t invest to finding ways that you can.
Before I go into what to do if you find yourself in this situation, let’s just take a moment to clarify what ready means. According to an online source, to be ready means:
To be in a suitable state for an action or situation; fully prepared
as well as…
easily available or obtained; within reach
Readiness is a state, when someone is ready they are able to take action, even if not fully prepared they are willing to take action that means that will lead them closer to what they are trying to achieve.
There’s a big difference between someone being ready and someone saying they are ready and that difference is action. Think of a racer on his mark, when the announcer says “get ready” the next step is action.There’s a big difference between someone being ready and someone saying they are ready and that difference is action. Click To Tweet
When someone says they are ready but days, weeks, months or even years go by and they continue to find themselves the same place they were in when you last encountered them then their readiness has to be scrutinised. Often I’ve found that when people say they are ready it’s not that they really are ready in the true sense of the word but that they desire to change however they are still trying to get results with the least amount of effort and investment necessary. Whether it’s because they are telling themselves that they can’t afford it or that they are being wise underlying this isn’t faith but fear simply because readiness requires risk.
In yesterday’s video (see below), I spoke about the importance of being willing and ready to take risks and this definitely applies here. Readiness is a posture that doesn’t accept any no or uncertainty, you are prepared and momentum is behind you – if you are really ready, ask yourself what actions support this?
How is your readiness being witnessed? By yourself, by others?
If you feel like you truly are ready, that you definitely want to take action but you don’t have the money to invest in yourself at the moment, let’s work on that a bit.
Are you going to simply fold your hands and give up or are you going to find a way to make it happen for you?
My own personal definition of ready also assumes that God is in agreement and in alignment with you and is also ready to show up because you are in a posture to see big things and transformation happen in your life. As we know God’s Word says that Faith without works is dead (James 2:17, 26) and no one double-minded should expect anything from God (James 1:7) instead, hold God to His Word, show up and give Him the opportunity to show up too – remind Him that His Word is Yes and Amein.
When I’ve been in a situation where I’ve been ready for change but I didn’t know where the money was going to come from, that’s when I needed to marry faith and action the most. I needed to believe that God wanted me to succeed and was going to show up for me when I stepped out in faith and took action. It is this marriage that enabled me to:
– Surpass 250 applicants for one job
– Get onto a Masters course with the least experience of the cohort
– Host an online summit whilst in a refuge
– Generate over £5000 whilst still in the above refuge which enabled me to retrain as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and move out into my own place
One thing I have learnt is that even though I may not know exactly how God shows up he has when I have also stepped out in faith and belief and done my part.
So if you really are ready and want to invest in yourself but believe that you can’t because of lack of finances, let’s switch that up again.
Instead of saying to yourself “I can’t”, ask yourself “want can I do?”
– Can you ask friends or family?
– Can you free up money by selling things you no longer need or want?
– Can you take on a new client or do some overtime at work?
– Can you borrow some money from your bank?
– Can you apply for a grant or financial aid?
– Can you stop/curtail certain purchases and subscriptions?
– Can you invest anything at all? If so how much, if you don’t ask, you don’t get – make the offer and go from there.
Instead of focusing on what you can’t do or what you don’t have, ask yourself what are you willing and able to do to take the next step then exert the faith that God has given to you, trust God, believe and keep taking action until it happens.
And finally, if you are ready and serious about making real change in your life and you want to discuss how we can make it happen for you so that we are able to work together, I invite you to schedule my Confidence Kick-starter session today.
I mentioned my video on the importance and value of being able to take risks which you can watch below.