439 MINISODE Emerald GreenForest: Win the Inner Money Game
Women Innovating Networking Growing Scaling – that’s WINGS … I’m Melinda Wittstock, my mission is to help women take flight to soar to the success of our dreams in business and in life– and create and grow businesses in alignment with our passion and purpose.
On this special Mentoring Minisode of Wings of Inspired Business … we talk about what it takes to get 10 million people to financial independence … how to take care of your “inner money game” – that is beliefs about money that hold you back in life … and why we all need a mentor ‘sherpa” to take you up the mountain.
Here with us today to provide her insights and inspiration is …
Emerald is known as the Wealthy Life Mentor.
They say money doesn’t grow on trees but Emerald GreenForest is one of America’s Premier Experts on conscious wealth building and creating transformational change. She is a connector and catalyst for the Creative Age Leader™ – and established an international reputation as the author of 7 books & contributing author to another 15. She’s presented over 500 times in 10 years as an online and offline speaker sharing stages with luminaries like The Secret’s John Assaraf NY Times Best Selling Author and Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson.
Emerald Greenforest will be here with her advice in just a moment on our Mentoring Minisode and first …
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And now to the inspiring Emerald GreenForest.
Emerald is the creator of multi-sensory, interactive live & virtual experiences that catapult the Creative Age Leader™ into their grandest adventure by expanding their consciousness, elevating their perspective & activating them to align and take action so they can leverage their connections, creativity, and capital in a revolutionary manner.
She is also the executive producer & host of the iTunes Top 200 Ranked “Men On Purpose”Podcast, as well as her new podcast “Wickedly Smart Women” . Emerald also facilitates exclusive, invitation only, total immersion retreats called Leading Like A Legend designed to forge collaborative bonds and coalesce capital and creativity to launch or further your legendary vision.
Melinda Wittstock: Emerald, welcome to Wings.
Emerald Greenforest: Thank you so much for having me, Melinda. I'm excited to be here.
Melinda Wittstock: I'm excited to have you, too. I'm just curious about what your big inspiration is right now.
Emerald Greenforest: Well, what my big inspiration is right now is to really help as many people … I have a goal to help 10 million people become financially and creatively liberated and that's the direction that my ship is pointing in at the moment.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh, that's a wonderful goal. I love that it's financially and creatively liberated. That's not a contradiction. In fact, it's probably more likely if you're doing something you love, more likely that you're going to be financially liberated, as well. And so along the way in entrepreneurship, we always have challenges and there are different challenges at different phases of growth. What are some of yours?
Emerald Greenforest: Well, so some of the challenges that I'm in right now is really living into what I'm putting out into the world. Because I think that, especially in what I call the creative age, Melinda, we're actually living it and doing it at the same time. Or as one of my mentors says, “Building a plane while you're flying it.” So sometimes, there can be incongruency where you know where you want to go and you know what your vision is and yet, there's a part of you that hasn't quite caught up with that yet. So that's the main piece right now for me, that I feel challenged with is just getting to the place where there's such congruency that it's just everything becomes massively magnetic.
Melinda Wittstock: Mm-hmm (affirmative). I think that's so, so important. I mean, challenges, to me, I've learned to welcome them. I mean, it's just a kind of a mindset shift where, if something's challenging you, it's an opportunity to heal something within you, but it's also a great learning moment. What is entrepreneurship other than constant learning?
Emerald Greenforest: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Yeah. Something came up just today, Melinda, that I'm happy to share where it seems like I'm “doing all the right things.” Right? I'm doing all the right things and yet, it's not all flowing the way it theoretically should flow. It felt to me like there was some kind of film over me, like I was untouchable or something. And as I was sitting with that, I had a reflection of when I was a three year old where I was up trying to a hug from my dad and he pushed me away. And I was like, “Oh my God, my three year needs some help right now.” So, yeah.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh, isn't that interesting because we're constantly challenged by old things in that time of our lives between like zero and seven years old where, invariably, there's always something and we have to go back and heal that to be able to progress. I mean, beautifully, beautifully said. It always comes up, no matter how conscious we are, there's always something.
Emerald Greenforest: Yeah, exactly.
Melinda Wittstock: So along the way, if you were to look back in your business career and all the things that you've done and you were to give yourself some advice, and that advice you would give to other female founders or women entrepreneurs, women business owners, what would the top three pieces of advice be?
Emerald Greenforest: So I think the first piece of advice would be to get a Sherpa to take you up the mountain to help you to go up the mountain. What I mean by that is a mentor or coach or somebody that you can consult with who can support you, who's already further up the mountain or has gone up and down the mountain several times and knows the territory and can really point out those places where you're going to fall off a cliff if you're not careful. So number one, I'd say get a Sherpa.
Emerald Greenforest: The second thing I would say for anybody who is wanting to be entrepreneurial or own their own business is to know that beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you must take care of your own money inner game. I would suggest you do that first, before you lay out all your big, fat, juicy plans for how you're going to change the world. Because if you don't solve your money issues, they just absolutely … or at least be actively engaged in doing the inner work to attune to and heal and align with the life that you want to create as a CEO, as a founder, as somebody who is making a significant impact in the world, then all of that stuff is going to be amplified and reflected back to you in your business.
Emerald Greenforest: So the inner game, in my mind, is 90%. It's like the iceberg theory. You know, 90% of it's under the surface, the other 10% is what you see on the top of the surface. So get your internal money game, get help with that, and ongoing. Get ongoing help with the internal money game.
Melinda Wittstock: Yeah, because if you don't do that, even if you succeed … I see so many women getting into the high-seven figures, into the eight figures and they're adding more zeroes and more success, but they're still having the same problems. They can still be trapped in entrepreneurial poverty, in a way, living paycheck to paycheck or just the money is slipping through their fingers or whatever, or they're burning out or something's going on.
Emerald Greenforest: Exactly. So the third thing I would suggest is to be really mindful about your boundaries. That means boundaries on your time, boundaries around your health, boundaries around your ideas, like don't give your ideas to every stinking person that comes along in your life. The tendency for us, especially women, to be tending to everyone else at our own expense, is really detrimental. So have clear boundaries around what is healthy for you in terms of your physical health? What is the right amount of time that you need to do whatever it is that you need to do first to feed the well first before trying to feed everybody else. So those would be my top three things: Get a Sherpa, do the internal money work and learn how to set and maintain really impeccable boundaries.
Melinda Wittstock: I love that. Such great advice. So Emerald, how can people find you and work with you? I know you do a lot of work with people on money and you have two amazing podcasts.
Emerald Greenforest: Yeah, so I have two podcasts: The Men on Purpose Podcast and The Wickedly Smart Women Podcast and certainly find me on all of the places where you can find podcasts with those podcasts. And then to find me directly, I actually have a fun quiz. It's the Wealth Readiness Quiz and you can access that at quiz.wealthylifementor.com.
Melinda Wittstock: Wonderful. Well, thank you so much for putting on your wings and flying with us today.
Emerald Greenforest: Thanks for having me, Melinda.