Have you been feelin' funny about money, friend?
I know it rhymes, but.... for real.
You want to have more control over your money, and you want to be in a place to be generous with others. 🎁 But how do you do that without feeling guilty about earning an income by helping others? Isn't it a contradiction for you to make someone pay you to help them? Do you ever find yourself thinking “more money = more stress”, or “there’s never enough for me”, or “what will other people think”?
These can all be signs of limiting beliefs about money, and signals that it’s time to tackle and remove money blocks that are likely outdated, unhelpful, and frankly...a pain.
Today, I'm going to give you solid strategies for overcoming money blocks & to attract more financial abundance (or maybe just not chase it away). 🧱 Because I've been there too.
I love this quote, but I want us to view it in the context of money. So, let's listen to it, then I'm going to insert the word, "money" into it and I want you to see what it says to you.
What you think about...
What you believe...
.....becomes your truth.
Now let's add money into the mix:
What you think about money...
What you believe about money...
.....becomes your truth. (This will actually be projected onto other people - the people or the clients you are striving to serve).
Your "needs" are taken care of. If you're honest, you feel blessed beyond measure. 😍 But what if you could DO more just because you simply HAD more to share, to be more generous, and to impact more lives around you? 🤔
How often does your lack of confidence hold you back from taking smart risks? What if you could do this without being a sleazy, yucky feeling salesperson AND not taking on three more jobs.
Are you ready to upgrade your money mindset?
1. What do you think about money?
During our family's time in Laramie, Wyoming, we had the joy of spending time at Rock Laramie, a church right off highway 80. One of the many lessons we learned while we were there was the profound effect that early childhood events could have on your adult beliefs. We didn't need more proof, but later we got it while we were studying Dr. Caroline Leaf's research on the brain. So, what does this mean for us today? I'm glad you asked.
Many times the things you believe about money as an adult came from things you learned as a child. Tell me if one of these statements resonates with you.
money is hard to come by
there is never enough money
we are going to do whatever it takes to get more money
money is the root of evil
poverty is a sign of spirituality
To get to the root of your beliefs you need to examine your thoughts and experiences around money so that we can begin to find out where these beliefs are coming from. So it's going to be key for you to spend some time reflecting on our beliefs, when you started to believe the way you do, and what caused you to believe this way. For me, growing up I always wanted a trampoline, but my parents always told me it wasn't a good idea to spend so much money on something that was only going to be for one person. As you can imagine, that was pretty formative in shaping my beliefs around my self-worth, and around money.
So make it a personal goal to spend some time thinking through things you believe about money and when you started to believe that way.
As you can imagine, though, finding out where the belief came from isn't enough.
Now you have to overcome those beliefs. How do we begin that process?
2. Create a new belief
I want you to imagine your brain as a forest that's filled with filing cabinets. To get from one place to another you need to create a path. Over time, as you go to the "money" filing cabinet, you begin to wear a path through the forest of your brain. Time and again you go to the money cabinet via the path of "there isn't enough." After years of walking that path, it's going to be very well defined and easy to see. Today I'm telling you that you need to get rid of that path. That you need to stop using it.
If today you decide to stop using that path, and then tomorrow it's time to pay a bill, or your child asks you to buy something, at that moment which path do you think your brain will use to get to your money cabinet?
That's right. It will tear down that "Do not cross" tape that you put up today during this video, and it will begin to trudge through the forest of your mind in the same steps it was taking before you knew why you believed what you do.
So, how do you get rid of this old, habitual way to get from one cabinet to another?
You have to clear a new path before it's time to use it.
What does that look like?
I'm so glad you asked.
Clearing out a new path in your brain happens the same way you created the old one. This time, though, you'll do it with intention.
What you're going to begin to do today is CHOOSING the path your brain takes around money by writing and repeating an affirmation.
Before we begin, let me put your mind at ease. I'm not going to ask you to lie to yourself. I'm simply going to ask you to find something about money that is all at once noble, and true, and attainable. Here are a few examples:
Affirmations - Money is a tool that allows me to do good things and help the people around me.
Why do I have lasting wealth and success? Because I am committed to seeking God's wisdom and understanding and He gives it freely.
Remember, money is a resource, much like time or water.
While getting rid of old belief systems is key, and affirmations are going to be a great tool to help you begin walking a better path, those things themselves won't be enough if you don't acknowledge and address some gaps.
3. Learn to Earn
Finances, like many other things in the real world, respond to proper stimuli. If you want to start a garden, it's going to be important to begin to learn about when to plant what seeds, what type of soil will give you the best harvest, how much to water the seeds, and when you'll want to start picking them out of the ground. In other words, there are a few things you'll need to learn first.
How do you learn the best practices about money? Great question. I'm going to suggest you begin to find some successful people and start to see how they view and earn money. Tony Robbins is a well-known success coach, but did you know he has written a book about money that was distilled from interviews with some of the most successful minds of our time? Another great book is, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki. And when it comes to challenging your mindset on a host of issues, "The Big Leap" by Gay Hendricks is high on our list.
As you begin to find new ways to handle and earn money, your confidence surrounding money is going to grow. Then #4 will be easier.
4. Pull money out of the shadows and into the light
Rather than ignoring money, make it the main course. Begin to immerse yourself in conversations about money. Take the topic out of the shadows and shine a light on it. The more conversations you begin to have about it, the more it will become normalized, and you can begin to control the way you think about it.
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