Hope (and gratitude) Floats the Financial Boat

positive thinking tip: Having money does not create peace of mind; it begins with peace of mind.

What is the natural reaction of non-swimmers who are thrown into deep waters?

They panic, and thrash violently. They become consumed with the fear of, “What if I go under and can’t come back up?!” Full of adrenaline and in order to avoid the worst, they claw and pound the water, in a frantic effort to stay afloat.

Eventually, if they don’t get some help, they go under out of sheer exhaustion.

If you’ve ever had to “abandon ship”, leaving your regular source of income to go out on your own in search of another boat, you may feel like the non-swimmer, fully exposed to choppy waters, surrounded by the mysterious depths, and at risk of drowning in bills and other pressures.

The natural inclination is to panic, and work too hard frantically trying to stay afloat – ultimately wearing yourself out and sinking into despair.

The truth is, that the principles which keep a new swimmer afloat in the water are the same principles that keep you afloat financially… and here they are:

1) Take a deep breath,
2) Relax, and
3) Keep your chin up


That’s how you stay afloat in the water, and that’s how you stay afloat financially, too.

Having money does not create peace of mind; it begins with peace of mind.

Only after you discover that you can float, will you be able to learn how to swim efficiently. People who enjoy financial freedom have learned to swim in choppy waters without being overcome by exhaustion.

And it only works when you stay calm. When you are calm, you float; not just in water, but with finances, too.

If you’re not actively pursuing a dream of your own, you may be a passenger in someone else’s boat, going to the destination of their choice.

Now, that can a great place to be, if you believe the captain knows what he’s doing, and if you trust that he’s taking you and the crew somewhere important and wonderful.

But you might determine that the boat you’re on isn’t taking you where you want to go financially.

You have options; there are other boats passing by headed for other destinations, but it isn’t always easy to find a vessel that has all of the benefits you’d like, and one which will welcome you aboard.

So, you might vessel-hop for a while, until you find one that seems perfect for you.

Maybe your “perfect” ship travels quickly, provides abundantly for all your wants and needs, and is so big that you can’t even feel the waves beating against it.

But there’s no guarantee that it won’t spring a leak, and that the captain won’t send you away in a little dinghy without long-term supplies. It’s even possible that you’ll just have to abandon ship altogether with not so much as a life vest. Maybe you end up just treading water, hoping for another ship to come along before you go under for good.

For the entrepreneur at heart, it doesn’t matter how big, fast, and beautiful the boat is; traveling in someone else’s vessel will never completely fulfill his/her needs. There’s something inside that says, “I may be headed in the right direction on this vessel, but I won’t rest until I’m steering my own ship. I need the freedom to change course directions at will.”

Whether you leave the ship by choice or not, finding yourself in the water can be terrifying, especially if you never learned how to swim. But hope and optimism literally and financially make you more buoyant.

Discover the truth of this and you may also discover that swimming peacefully allows you to get where you want to go without a boat at all.

(The unseen current can take you farther than you ever thought possible, if you let it… if you don’t fight it.)

So, breathe… relax… keep your chin up… and trust the current to take you to the next boat or port on your journey to financial freedom.

Leslie Householder
Follow Me

Leslie Householder

Leslie is the award-winning, best selling author of The Jackrabbit Factor: Why You Can, Hidden Treasures: Heaven's Astonishing Help With Your Money Matters, and Portal to Genius (all FREE downloads!). She aims to help you crush every challenge, achieve every goal, and vanquish every monster under your bed. Above all, Leslie is a dedicated wife and mother of seven children.
Leslie Householder
Follow Me

Latest posts by Leslie Householder (see all)

9 thoughts on “Hope (and gratitude) Floats the Financial Boat

  1. As one who once spent over three years struggling financially, even when I had an academic understanding of the laws of success, I can add my endorsement to what is being taught here. I used to feel so frenetic about my circumstances. I thought I had to find a boat that would get me to where I thought I wanted to go by “noon tomorrow”. It was not until I settled down and obtained a level of peace and gratitude about my circumstances did they begin to change for the better.

  2. Leslie,

    I have spent a lot of time and money keeping other boats afloat. It is time to invest into my own ship building. The economic storms are upon us and this is the time when the captian of the ship really gets to learn how to sail. I am looking forward to honing my skills on my ship in the wrath of the storms.

  3. What I have to say about it is not an answer that can be adequately addressed in a blog post reply.

    (Besides, Danielle may not consider my response valid anyway, since according to her, I am one of those working moms.)

    Nevertheless, for the record, it is just ONE of the main issues being addressed in the sequel of the Jackrabbit Factor. I've been working on it since last December and finally finished the first draft last week.

    Women who face this dilemma will have something new to chew on that may not have ever crossed their minds before. I expect it to be encouraging, enlightening, and a tool for instilling hope.

    I regret that it's not done (and available) already. Life required that I first experience a few things personally, before I was going to be qualified to write what it contains. Those experiences happened during the first half of this year.

    I simply couldn't have completed it any sooner, and am now more excited than ever to get it out asap. Stay tuned… and thanks for your patience and understanding.

  4. Thank you Leslie! A reminder to not let the pressures take control and just breathe and stay in the present moment and know that God is with me.

  5. Wonderful! And how nice to know that in heavy “Cs”–chaos, credit crunch, cashloss, crises–we can take that deep breath, make the appropriate Course Correction, and keep moving. thanks for the great reminder, Leslie!

  6. I feel like we’d do better if I were making the income. In fact, I’ve had to go to work to help out and dh is working less and bringing in less than ever and it’s been a very rocky 5 years. How can things improve and leave the mother not working? Many of the LofA stay at home moms end up going to work to make this happen, like you. Thanks.

  7. Leslie, I agree whole-heartedly. I have been free from a job for 3 years now and I have been on a few boats and in the water…but God always covers my family.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *