What do you want to achieve? It’s a big question. You’ve probably been asked it a few times during your life – by a boss, teacher, partner, friend. But have you ever asked it yourself – and truly thought about the answer?

Of course, achievement means different things to different people. Some people may think financial achievement means earning “a lot” of money. You may think it is getting a promotion, having a certain amount in the bank, or the ability to afford an overseas holiday each year.

You may also think of financial achievement as something separate from personal achievement, something that’s “strictly business”.

These are all valid answers. But here’s what I believe. I believe true achievement is when financial and personal success intersect. Achievement is financial independence – earning and spending wisely during your working years, and being able to retire in comfort without relying on the pension. Achievement is growing your business and personal wealth. Achievement is feeling fulfilled on a personal and business level. And achievement is being the best you can be in every aspect of your life. 

This may sound impossible. But I’m here to tell you it’s not. It takes work. It’s a work in progress that, in truth, will change and grow throughout your lifetime! But you canachieve your money goals. You can achieve financial success and experience achievement in all areas of your life. This 12-part blog series will show you how. 

It’s not what you earn – it’s what you do with it that matters

As an accountant and financial strategist, I work with clients of all different backgrounds. And I have found that it does not matter how much you earn – what matters is what you do with your money.

You could earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, but if you don’t have Money Intelligence® – the ability to make money, manage money, spend it responsibly and think about the long-term – you will never achieve true financial, business and personal success.

By understanding money and how to manage it, you can regain control of your finances. You’ll be able to save. You’ll be able to make real steps towards reaching your goals, retiring in comfort and even making the world a better place.

Quite an achievement, right?

The 3 key values of achievement

At the heart of achievement are three key values:

1.  Passion: Be passionate. Have genuine enthusiasm for your business and customers.

2. Excellence: Beat mediocrity. Provide outstanding customer service and maintain quality business systems.

3. Integrity: Be honest. Make strong moral principles a priority in all areas of your business and personal life. 

Passion. Excellence. Integrity. You cannot skimp on these values. By ensuring they remain the foundation of all your business and personal dealings, the benefits you reap will be boundless. We will explore these key values in greater detail in the coming weeks.

Want to get started on your goals now? You can!

In the meantime, you can get a head start on achieving your money goals with my free money workshop. In this video series, you will learn how to:

-         Make more money,

-         Better manage your money, and

-         Secure your personal wealth and achieve financial independence.

This three-part video series is perfect for you if you want to:

-  Learn how to take control of your business’s finances in an easy, fun way.

-  Understand numbers, read financial statements and whip up a budget for your business in less than 3 hours.

- Let go of the self-limiting beliefs that sabotage your chances of financial success.

With my free workshop, you’ll be surprised just how quickly you’ll begin to understand – and, yes, even love! – the numbers.

Register now at http://www.moneyintelligence.com.au/love-the-numbers/

Stay tuned for next week’s article on how passion can help you not only clinch sales and earn more money but infuse your life with meaning. 

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Susan Wahhab —CPA, SMSF Specialist, Entrepreneur, Working Mum, Small Business Supporter— is Australia’s leading Financial Strategist and Money Mentor. Susan is the founder and managing director of Accounting and Financial Services firm Winner Partnership Pty Ltd 

Susan is the author of the transformational and practical book Money Intelligence®. Susan is passionate about helping people achieve financial liberation. She truly believes that people can become financially liberated by developing a healthy relationship with money. Buy the book in either printed copy or ebook and learn more about being money intelligent on shopify.

Susan hosts her own podcast Money Intelligence for the Greater Good where she interviews inspiring and creative entrepreneurs to share their passion for business, their challenges and vision to make a difference and change the world. Subscribe to her podcast here and listen to her weekly interviews on iTunes