FORWARD - Cash in a Flash: Fast Money in Slow Times - Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen

Cash in a Flash: Fast Money in Slow Times - Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen (2009)

FORWARD

Most books begin with a foreword—a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book. This book begins instead with a forward—a look into your future.

Imagine how you’ll feel as you finish reading the last page of this book. If your finances are in fairly good shape now, within ninety days you could be on your way to financial freedom. If your finances are upside down now, as is the case for millions of people during these uncertain economic times, you’ll have a plan to turn them right side up and put your money worries behind you forever—assuming you simply follow the plan. How does that feel?

Now, zip forward three months as you successfully complete your ninety-day adventure. You’ve learned how to play the money game. The burdens of your financial insecurities are lightening. Extra streams of income are now pouring into your life—small streams of cash that immediately give moisture to parched areas of your financial landscape. Winter is over. Spring has arrived. The fruits of a bountiful money harvest are imminent.

Move forward to this time next year. Memories of credit card debt and financial pressures are receding into the past. That was the old you. The lifestyle of the new you has stabilized, with increasing signs of abundance. Pools of prosperity are showing up everywhere—growing bank accounts, stock portfolios, and equities.

You pinch yourself. Are you dreaming? Is this for real?

Yes, it is.

Within five years, you can hardly remember why you used to have concerns about your finances. Increasingly, you’ve become a magnet for wealth. You reside in an oasis of opportunity. You live in a new home in a better neighborhood and your new neighbors greet you with respect. Your old clique of family and friends is still wondering how you did it. You smile inwardly. If they only knew how simple it was.

Simple, yes.

But easy? No.

Those first ninety days were not easy. It takes time to learn good habits and jettison bad ones. However, from your vantage point now—your new way of seeing—you realize it was worth it. You wonder why more people don’t do what’s necessary to enjoy a prosperous lifestyle.

Looking into the distant future, you picture how your new money habits have begun to positively affect your family, your friends, and everyone you meet. Your children and their children’s children now have access to the finest education. You have the freedom to pursue your passions. You can see yourself being generous with your overflowing wealth. Magnanimous. Philanthropic. From this position, it’s only natural for you to want to help others.

The nicest part of all of this is the confidence you feel. You feel more awake than you have ever felt before. Indeed, you feel blessed. You know that in today’s uncertain climate, you could lose it all. But since you’ve learned how to launch new streams of cash, you’d just start over and create it all again. Knowing this, you have a sense of peace and inner security.

BUT WAIT…

This is not the future. This is today. You’re back here. In the present. With more debt than you might like and less freedom than you probably hoped for at this time in your life.

The pressures of your current life are crowding in on you. They are so real. The dreams of the abundant future can appear to be so far off. So distant. The chasm that separates these two existences can sometimes seem so wide. So deep. So seemingly impassable.

This book is the bridge across that chasm… one step at a time.

So today. Right now. This moment. Take a deep breath.

The lifestyle you experience today has been cooking for a long, long time. You might be financially comfortable. You might be financially strapped. What recipe did you use to get here? Who wrote that recipe? Who taught it to you? How did you learn it?

Did anyone ever sit down with you and teach you how to cook a delicious life? A life filled with cash, abundance, happiness, freedom, and joy?

If your life is not as rich and satisfying as you’d like, it’s time to learn a better recipe.