Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Problem With Money By Jane Honeck Review

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The Problem With Money? It's Not About the Money!: Mastering the Unexamined Beliefs that Drive Our Financial Lives 

The Problem with Money? It's Not About the Money! (Reversing Falls Press, 2010) is a book by long time CPA, Jane Honeck, that gives a unique look at financial issues of individuals. Instead of looking at only the numbers, it teaches us to "Master the Unexamined Beliefs That Drive Our Financial Lives." It helps us look at how we think about money and then begin to make more conscious financial decisions.

Here is the synopsis of The Problem With Money? It's Not About the Money! from it's dust cover:

Take Your Financial Blindfold Off!
You may think you're in charge of your money. You make the purchases, you pay the bills, you set the goals. Or do you?
The simple answer is, "Of course you do." The more complex answer has to do with how conscious you are of what underlies your spending and saving choices.
The Problem with Money? It's Not About the Money! guides you through a journey of self-discovery into the beliefs you hold that drive your financial behaviors. And it shows how awareness of these beliefs, and the steps you can take to gain dominion over them, can lead you to much greater control over your money choices.
When it comes to money, you can't really fix the "what" until you know the "why."
There are loads of books presenting "keys" for how to manage money. As a result, there are many people who know exactly what to do to gain control of their finances. Yet there are a very few who actually do what is necessary to reach their stated financial objectives. Now, however, you no longer have to be victim to living the same money problems over and over again.
CPA Jane Honeck wondered why her clients weren't following the logical, even simple steps that would lead to financial balance; things like saving, avoiding excess credit card debt, budgeting and the like. It wasn't until her own life circumstances took her into a process of self-exploration that she discovered we all hold unconscious beliefs about money that strongly influence how we handle our finances. Viewing ourselves as incompetent money managers, thinking it's not okay to spend money on ourselves, along with a myriad of other ideas in between hold us hostage to a dysfunctional life with money.
Building on that realization, she developed a method of assisting people in uncovering these hidden beliefs, neutralizing those that erode their efforts to control their spending and saving habits, and re-framing others so they become supports instead of sabotages in their financial lives.
Jane's unique approach, refined over years of working with clients one-on-one and in group classes, is clearly presented in The Problem With Money? It's Not About the Money! It begins with identifying money beliefs in seven key areas and exploring how they influence behavior in seven facets of our lives. Then it provides tools and techniques for gaining power over these beliefs so a change of financial behavior naturally emerges. Bringing the process full circle, it provides methods for identifying small doable action steps that produce the profoundly positive benefits of being financially conscious.
The integration of practical techniques for getting to the root of the problem, with an intimate understanding of personal and business finance, make The Problem With Money? It's Not About the Money! especially valuable for anyone wanting to gain control of their financial life.

As I read through The Problem With Money? It's Not About the Money!, I found that I really needed to take time with this book and really think about that the author was suggesting I think about or remember. This book is sort of a workbook (there is even a worksheet section in the back of the book for you to use as you go through the book) to personal financial discovery. As I am working through this book, I found myself enlightened about why I make some of the financial decisions I have made and also why there are periodic financial "differences" in our marriage. This awareness is definitely making me make financial decisions more consciously. I won't go into detail of my financial beliefs and decisions, because--yes, I still feel that it is personal and I am just not comfortable discussing those freely yet, but this book has brought to my attention that I need to be more aware of what I am teaching my child about money as well. I have found this book very helpful. I recommend this book to anyone, and I definitely recommend taking the time to work through the book and not just skim it, for I believe that is where you will find the most value in the book--understanding yourself financially (just like so many other things--when you get to the root of the problem, then and only then can you fix or change it, if desired)!

The Problem With Money? It's Not About the Money! can be found on the Jane Honeck's website, on Amazon and other quality book providers.

 Thank you to the Problem With Money for my sample used in this review.  Opinions are honest, review by Michelle.

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