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How to Love Paying Taxes—or, at least try
Arlington, VA, August 20, 2012 — With quarterly taxes due in less than a month, on Sept. 15, conflict resolution expert and author Lisa McLeod asks Do you like paying taxes?
The issue: “I own my own business, which means I write quarterly checks to the IRS,” McLeod explains. “And I confess, in the past I didn’t enjoy paying them. We have a meeting every Friday afternoon to go over the cash flow, the receivables, and the projected revenues. At the top right corner of the report was an account labeled: Taxes.”
The old solution: “I set aside a chunk of every check for taxes so that she won’t come up short at the end of the month. After several years of business ups and downs, this has been our best year ever. I’m grateful. Yet as we made more money, the number in the Taxes account grew bigger, too, and I found myself getting more and more frustrated.”
The problem: “I often found myself saying, ‘I can’t believe we have to send that much of our money to the government. I didn’t like how that statement made me feel. I was turning into a curmudgeon.”
The new solution: “One day it clicked: I have to pay taxes whether I like it or not; why am I creating such a negative experience for myself? So we changed the name on the ledger from Taxes to America’s Money.”
The realization: “The next week when we went over the reports, the difference in our attitude was amazing. The conversation went something like this, ‘Here’s the income, here’s the cash, here are the receivables, and here’s America’s money. Wow, she’s doing great!’”
Here’s how you can shift your perceptions:
- Realize that it isn’t our company’s money, it is your country’s money.
- Feel like proud sponsors as you fantasize about the possibilities. What is America going to buy with her money? Are you successful enough to be paying a teacher’s salary, or a soldier’s rehab? Give it some thought. The line item may no longer be depressing—just exciting.
- Reconsider your objections. “Perhaps you’re reading this and thinking, ‘She is out of her mind—doesn’t she know how much money our government wastes!’ The answer is yes, I do know that our government wastes money, and I don’t agree with everything the government spends our tax dollars on. But that’s a different conversation, a political conversation. This is a personal conversation about how you can feel great about doing something you have to do anyway.”
- The bottom line: There’s a price to be paid for everything. “You can whine about it, or you can enjoy it. Being a parent costs you time and money, being married costs you some personal freedom, and doing business in America means that you have to pay taxes. Quite frankly, I think it’s a bargain. When I look around at the rest of the world, the checks I write to my country are a price I’ll happily pay.”
About Lisa Earle McLeod
Lisa Earle McLeod is a sales leadership consultant. Companies like Apple, Kimberly-Clark, and Pfizer hire her to help them create passionate, purpose-driven sales forces. She the author of “The Triangle of Truth,” which the Washington Post named as a “Top Five Book for Leaders.” She has appeared on “Today,” and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. She provides executive coaching sessions, strategy workshops, and keynote speeches. Click here to learn more: www.lisaearlemcleod.com.
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