When I graduated college, I was offered a high-level position in the #2 brokerage firm in the world.

I had earned that offer, because I worked for them as an intern and discovered a major error in their accounting software that was costing them millions of dollars a year.

The offer would have earned me six-figures a year in the late nineties just out of college. As you can imagine that’s a lot of money back then for someone without a graduate degree and very little job experience.

Long story short, I didn’t value money at the time.

I was very conflicted about continuing to work on Wall Street.

So, I took the biggest risk of my life by saying no, moving to the country to discover my life purpose, and earning a minimum wage at $8 per hour.

Throughout my entire twenties and early thirties, I focused on spiritual and personal development and less on financial gain and wealth accumulation.

Although this was an important stage of my life and I wouldn’t change anything, when I look back on those days I can now see that money actually ruled my life more than I was willing to admit.

I maintained a story that I didn’t want a lot of money. That I had what I needed to live and that was enough.

But all along, I was jealous of famous people with wealth and resentful of very rich people who I felt didn’t “deserve” it.

What I realized overtime is that I rejected money and people with wealth, because it had control over me just like rejecting a parent that is exhibiting too much control over a child.

I felt out of control when it came to money. I didn’t feel confident that I could earn as much as I desired. I felt my desires were wrong. But really that was just because I didn’t feel like I could achieve them on my own.

I had a huge wakeup call when I started my private practice. At first, I set a goal of earning 50,000 a year. When I achieved it, I had a major realization…

…up to this point money controlled me. I lived a life with very little material objects and a small amount of savings in the bank, because I felt incapable.

Once I reached 50,000 a year on my own, I knew that I could be in control of money, rather than money controlling me. I realized if I could control the flow of money in my life to even greater degrees, I could be freer to see more clients, have better self-care, live more comfortably and be more available to everyone around me.

So I changed my 50,000 goal to six-figures.

I tripled my income in a matter of months and completely broke through my five-figure paradigm. My practice was full, I was serving the type of clients I wanted to serve and was getting paid well for it, because people valued what I had to offer.

Money is a very hot topic right now in our society. It’s been one of the focuses of this political campaign.

You are an entrepreneur if you are starting or growing a practice.

As an entrepreneur you are faced with your relationship to money every single day. You are responsible for what you earn and what you want to earn. If you feel incapable or scarce around earning, it will play out constantly in the creation of your practice.

The most successful entrepreneurs don’t make money a problem. They make it a solution.

If you make money a solution to accomplishing your life purpose, I can guarantee you will earn as much of it as you need to in order to accomplish your life purpose.

Next time you consider how much you want to earn in your practice, just remember you need this money in order to fulfill your destiny.

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Keith Kurlander

Keith Kurlander is the founder of Higher Practice, a company dedicated to helping therapists achieve their highest potential in private practice. He has two decades of combined experience in business administration, group facilitation, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, yoga instruction and as a licensed professional counselor in private practice.

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