Money is one of the most popular topics for argument between couples. What starts out as an intention for discipline and awareness can quickly turn into a barrage of negative emotions; frustration, stress, overwhelm, judgment – the list goes on.  We’ve all been there.  But does it really have to be that way? The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT.  As a matter of fact, it CAN’T be that way if we want to achieve financial freedom, live our very best lives, and experience extraordinary love relationships. With a little positive persistence and conscious calculation, you and your partner can be on the road toward financially free (and stress free) discussions in no time. Here are 5 ways to stop fighting and start growing as an empowered team:

I'm not one of the wealthiest members of this community.  So, why am I writing an article for financial month? Because what we (my husband Pat and I) have been able to achieve is FINANCIAL FREEDOM.    We have the freedom to do what we want, when we want, where we want, and how we want.  I don't have to work if I don't want to work.  I love what I do and choose to work 20 weeks of the year.  Pat works 4 days a week and has a long weekend every weekend. We have a wonderful life, free from financial stress.  We are debt free.   We have a good retirement fund, separate substantial "wealth investments" providing passive income, and other savings equivalent to many years worth of living expenses at our current lifestyle. You don’t have to be a multi-millionaire to be able to do this.  Neither does it mean living so frugally that you never do anything.  We still travel overseas regularly and haven’t done without anything. So how did we achieve this on average incomes while also raising our children? When I was in my 20's, a wise friend recommended reading a simple book called "The Richest Man in Babylon" by George Samuel Clason.  It is a simple story with many tried-and-tested easy lessons for accumulating wealth. Here are the lessons we learnt from the book.

Back by popular demand this month, we’re featuring last year’s Lifebook VIP Financial Coaching Call, which dozens of our members raved about, and one called, “A $35,000 Call” (hence the name of the article!). Be sure not to miss this full hour of jam-packed wisdom from members in your very own Lifebook community, on how to create and maintain wealth, and experience lasting transformation in this important area of your life! On the call recording you’ll hear: Wisdom from VIP Member and contributor Dave Stech, including:

* His rags to riches story * How to be responsible for your own money (including specific information on Self-Directed Roth IRA’s) * The power of adding a zero * How to be grateful but not content in your financial life * The power of focusing on your Effort-to-Return ratio

Wisdom from VIP Member and contributor Christofer Ashby, including:

* The importance of choosing your time and financial investments wisely * Investing out of intelligence vs. ego * The importance of having good rules for your investments * How to build a world-class team

And tons of wisdom from members in your very own Lifebook community!

During the course of my journey from poverty to financial abundance I developed a deep understanding of what money is, where it comes from, what it means and what it can do. At a very young age, I remember looking around at how people viewed money and thinking to myself, “Something is very wrong here. If people understood what wealth is, where it comes from and what it can do for people, they would not view money the way they do...” So I studied money. I read everything I could about it. I discovered that if we want to begin to remove the mystery, chaos and confusion surrounding money, the best place to start is by answering this question: what is money?

Would you like to have a strong business and financial life, regardless of the economy? Have you wondered how some people are creating high levels of wealth and success, while the masses are struggling to stay afloat? Are you tired of guru's talking about 'Airy Fairy' ideas and never sharing any real, practical information on how to get positive results in today's world? If anyone has told you that what worked financially in the past will work in the future, then you've been lied to... The truth is, THE ECONOMY HAS CHANGED