"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as nail."
~ Abraham Maslow
Making strides to better your life
Our educational and coaching methodologies help deal with the real world challenges people face in navigating the decisions and behaviors that influence their finances. It would be irresponsible to try to help people change but dismiss the way they really make decisions.
Determining how to balance competing priorities, break unproductive financial habits, or overcome avoidance of uncomfortable matters of finance requires financial guidance that goes beyond the scope of traditional money concepts.
STRIDES offers alternative approaches that add to its toolbox unique
Systems, Tools, Resources, & Ideas for Developing Economic Success.
Many factors relate to how we each deal with money. Personal finance concerns are tied to life issues that are unique to each individual. It is the personal aspect of personal finances that drives our financial decisions. The motives and rationale behind each individual's money choices is what makes our financial choices sometimes seem somewhat counterproductive. The fact that we are emotional beings, means that we must contend with hidden motivations, social influences, uncertainty, impatience, and subconscious thoughts.
The field of behavioral finance provides valuable insights that reveal the extent to which emotional, psychological, sociological, and physiological influences factor into financial choices. We are innately challenged in navigating between logical rules of finance and the natural drives of our human nature.
Improving financial competency requires an acknowledgment of these insights. The subject matter of traditional financial education often perpetuates the outdated notion that financial choices are predominately made logically. Research shows that, by and large, we are driven to make financial decisions based on our wants, needs, feelings, and emotions. Some people have a natural inclination to use financial or computational logic in their thinking, so naturally, they apply this attribute in making decisions when money is concerned. However, based on researched-based evidence, we would be wrong to assume that the human mind necessarily works this way, nor that logic is the driver of most economic choices we make. Updating our beliefs to align our thinking with existing facts would help us to more readily embrace different approaches towards improving financial behavior and decision making. It can actually become an exercise in futility to get our finances on track when we remain fixated only on finances. We must budge from a tainted belief that because financial infomation is imparted to individuals, they will readily apply the knowledge to their circumstances, or make different decisions to achieve what's important to them. Financial knowledge does not cause change.
Different outcomes result when we have a change in our thinking or beliefs
that drives us to make new decisions that alter our behaviors.
The good news is that there are ways we can learn to focus on our finance differently so we can manage our financial lives more successfully. Our Financial Seminars & Workshops and Steps-to-Strides Coaching help to change mindsets and equip individuals with effective strategies that empower them to take new steps and make strides that lead to improved economic outcomes and personal goal achievement.
STRIDES uses different methods, strategies, and ideologies that help you merge money mechanics with a money mindsets to put you on a better course towards economic success.