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New Orleans Saints: 3 Quickies to Victory in Personal Finance I Learned from these Champs

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Matt Sapaula

I am a proud father, financial strategist, TV commentator and financial talk show host of Money Smart Radio

Several years ago, Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans in a devastated situation.  New Orleans, LA and surrounding cities in the wake of this natural disaster are still rebuilding their communities, local economy and way of living in the bayou.

But as of last Sunday's Super Bowl victory over the Indianapolis Colts, the New Orleans Saints won something even more...world-class confidence.

They brought a huge victory to the people of New Orleans, a story of inspiration and courage, that many of us can follow even if we aren't Saints fans.  What a great American story...to rise up from destruction and become a champion!  Well how does that relate to personal finance?  Simple. Any Wall Street executive, day trader or financial planner can easily tell you that the markets rise and fall on one major factor...consumer confidence.

Let me translate this all as it relates to personal finance...

1) Begin with Your Thinking - the New Orleans Saints, from ownership to ball boy believed in restoring their city by removing all doubts that they were going to win a championship.  Think about how difficult it was for them to think this way when everything around them was in disaster?   It doesn't matter where you are, it matters where you are going.  It doesn't matter than you're going through a divorce, a bankruptcy, a foreclosure or just been through one...you're broke, so what.  Being broke is just a temporary situation, not a permanent state of mind.  If you can change your thoughts, you can change your life.  As the Saints organization did from ownership, management, coaches to the players...their minds were no longer on the devastation of Katrina but rather bringing hope to New Orleans.

2) Believe with Absolute Certainty - you can't get moving unless you are 100% clear about where you want to go.  Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  I hope so.  If you live in the United States, you live in one of the wealthiest countries in the World. In fact, if you make more than $25,000 per year (my average yearly salary as a ten-year Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps), you are in the top 10% richest people in the world!   Are you ready to believe that much more in yourself?  I hope so.  This will allow you to take the next steps towards creating certainty in an uncertain world.  You will ask better quality questions, seek quality answers and associate with quality people in this process.  Although the Saints lost their shot at a perfect undefeated season, they did not waver from their ultimate goal, winning a Super Bowl championship!

3) Get to Work - NFL athletes must keep in shape all-year round.  The best-of-the-best continue to study game film in the off-season, hold to a personal workout routine outside of their mandatory practices and dive into their playbook when nobody is watching.  Their preparation allows them to play on the field extremely fast, utilizing their natural God-given ability.  Instead of thinking football, they just play football...and love it!  Start opening the mail and start dealing with tough issues and each bill, one at a time.  It may seem like a mountain but after a while you will look back and say, "It wasn't that hard after all!"

To few the full post and three action steps you can do right now to begin the journey to financial freedom, to live in the place where you belong with people you love, doing the things you want to do...click here.

In the meantime, I welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback below. OR, if you would rather get your question answered and/or share your suggestions on our next radio show broadcast...give us a call and drop a voicemail. We'll get back to you and include you, right away!  708.686.2000 x8

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