“Money should be our slave, not our master.” – Chris Brady
This Financial Fitness testimony is a powerful example of the impact that the Green Box is having in people’s lives. Here is Alex and Trina Smith’s story, written by Alex:
The media told us the only way we would be able to get any of our dreams was through debt, and it was this same debt which was crushing the spirit out of our lives. I became a Chiropractor because this was the door opened to me by my father who practiced Chiropractic for 60 years until he passed away, and I thought this was what I would have to do also. While at Chiropractic College, I found my wife and quickly fell in love with her, as well as helping my patients through holistic care, but I hated all the paperwork required by insurance companies. After several years, we each got into our own ruts. I became a sports addicted recluse, coming home from the office to hide out and watch whatever sport was on TV. My wife buried herself into our children’s activities, community volunteerism, or every new network marketing opportunity that came along. With the passage of time, our financial situation worsened, any hope of success dried up like water on a sunny summer day in Arizona, but we just buried our heads deeper into the sand. We watched as all of the dreams we had when we were first married got put on the “Can’t Afford It” shelf, one after another.
Then, one night, our lifeless routines were changed forever. I am so chagrined when I think about nearly missing this occasion by practically slamming our front door into the face of our mentor, Jeremy Slade. Our son introduced us to him and this life changing information which opened our eyes to a new world at home and at my office. As we saw this information, our lives changed for the better. We were encouraged to get on the “Green Box” program to improve our finances. We had massive consumer and credit card debt, a large mortgage, and our cars, (the first I inherited from my mother, my truck was paid off with my inheritance, and my wife’s mini-van was paid for by her father’s estate). Even though we thought “we were doing pretty good,” of these three vehicles, we now only have one that still works. Looking back, we didn’t see all the financial holes we had in our budget because we didn’t budget. We claimed it was because I was self employed, and we never knew when money would be coming in, but it was just an excuse to keep our heads buried in the sand.
“The first thing we saw was improvement on the offensive side of our finances. I eagerly applied the wealth building principles in my office, and we were shocked to see a steady growth in my monthly income. Within 4 months, I was making a 50% increase over the previous 15 years.”
Encouraged, we dived into the defensive principles. Even though we started off wrong because we didn’t follow what the book said, we were still able to dig ourselves out of $6,000 in property tax debt we had been unable to pay off for almost two years.
“As we applied all of the financial principles we learned from watching the Financial Fitness Master Class videos, reading the textbook, and honestly filling out the workbook, we have been able to get out of over $65,000 in consumer debt! We now have over $15,000 in savings and emergency funds.”
When our daughter was injured on her job, this emergency fund brought us such a peace of mind. We didn’t hesitate to fly her home for Chiropractic care and T.L.C because the money was already there. We have also reduced our mortgage by half and have been setting aside money to buy our next car with cash.
“Would I ever go back to the rut I was in before?” I ask myself this each and everyday. It has been the reading, the listening, and the association with others who are also climbing out of their ruts which gives me the hope of a financially free future. We find ourselves daily looking at our dreams, mentoring with successful people who care for us and have a stake in our success, and getting around a community of like-minded people striving for the same results that we are. Our country and our world needs this life changing information. There has been an ongoing change in us and our finances. This change has reignited our dreams of serving missions for our church, traveling to the Holy Land, vacationing to see our kids and grandkids, purchasing a summer home in Branson, Missouri, and building family memories together to last for eternity. These dreams are returning in full force to our hearts and minds.
“Nothing we have found has impacted our lives like this Financial Fitness Program; it has brought hope for a brighter future back into our lives!”
Congratulations to the Smith family for all of their success with the Financial Fitness Program. Your story is an inspiration to many!