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Are You Really Connected?

1 March 2021

If we want to connect to our wealth in a healthy way, we need to connect with others, and with ourselves.

We make it a priority to know the Wi-Fi code, but how often do we prioritise deep social interconnection? We believe our devices will keep us connected, but if we want healthy and sustainable relationships, we need to be willing to ask ourselves some challenging questions.

Without this personal exploration, we will not be able to connect to the true value of our choices and appreciate the true value of our wealth.

Social connection is a pillar of our personal happiness. It supports our physical and mental health and has many vital links to our financial lives.

Two main components of engaging with meaningful choices are time and attention. When we can intentionally allocate time and attention to social relationships, we will receive far more value than we ever would have expected.

Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” There is power in relationships that extend beyond a brief encounter with an acquaintance. When we create real connections based on shared interests and goals, we’ll be more successful because we are drawn to work with others who we know and like. We’re also more likely to make better decisions, manage our emotions better and have a healthier relationship with our money.

Relationships are about reciprocity; when building relationships, you get out what you put in. It doesn’t matter where you are in life; you will always have a way of bringing value to your connections. Whether it be through your own extended personal network, offering workplace advice or through thought leadership.

Not only can social connectedness help us achieve our goals, but it can also perform as a resilience resource for our psyche. As defined by psychologists, resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity or significant sources of stress – such as relationship problems, health problems, or financial stressors.

Basically, being social can provide us with a support structure that helps reduce stress and elevates our mood.

The world has gone through unprecedented change, especially in terms of how we communicate and interact. But what remains constant is our commitment to building meaningful connections.

If you want to connect with us, and with your finances, give us a call.

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