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“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.”
Having more money isn’t so much about changing the way you work as it is changing the way you think. You have the ability to make as much money as you want and yet for most of us, we’ve been told our entire lives that the only way to make more money is to work harder or win the lottery. Yes, lottery wins do happen and yet the odds are not in your favor if that’s your wealth and/or retirement strategy.
And it’s not true that working harder always gets you more money. There’s not a direct correlation between how hard you work and how much money you make. This seems glaringly obvious when you consider that people who work in physically demanding labor-type jobs make the least amount of money and those (typically) sitting at a desk talking about things they’re passionate about, make the most.
Clearly, there is a more of a parallel between your money mindset and how much money you make. If one of your goals is something that is going to provide you with a large financial payout then it’s important to understand that your money mindset will either catapult you to wealth or keep you stuck in ‘not having’. The way you think about money has a real and direct influence on how much you actually make.
Although you may not realize it, you do have a relationship with your finances. Think about it: When you get paid, how do you feel? When you spend money, what emotions are involved?
There’s a good chance that what you believe about money is simply wrong. We’ve been conditioned by society, our parents, and our friends to believe certain things about money. And most of us have believed those things without every questioning them.
As a result, we have what you might call a “difficult” relationship with money. We want more of it and yet can never seem to get enough. We know we can achieve great things, then we feel conflicted when we spend it.
It’s because we’ve believed a lot of myths and lies about money. As a result, we haven’t achieved the level of success that we truly desire. If you want more success, money, and happiness, then it’s crucial that you stop believing money myths and master your attitude about money.
An important aspect of goal achievement along with living a secure, happy financial life is having a healthy relationship with your money.
One of the keys to reaching a new goal is to have beliefs in place that support that goal. If your current beliefs are counter-productive, you’ll need to change them or run the risk of coming up short.
It’s not the things you don’t know, and yet rather the incorrect things you believe that cause many of the real challenges in life. A few errors in your thinking can be a devastating detriment to your finances. Enhancing your understanding of money and personal finances is an effective way to get on the path to success.
There are plenty of beliefs you hold that you allow to influence your life and yet you haven’t even given many of these beliefs a lot of thought! Um, no pun intended. 😆
You probably have similar money beliefs (or money myths) as your parents. Did you ever sit down and think about which type of ‘money relationship’ suits you best? Or did you just continue with what you were exposed to as a child?
One money belief that sets up a HUGE internal conflict in having more of it is “People who want money are greedy”. Many of us carry around the feeling that it’s greedy to want more than we “need”. Is this true? HELL NO! If you’ve struggled for a long time to achieve financial stability it might be because you have a sub-conscious belief (one that is below your level of everyday awareness) that it’s not good to have more than what will cover your basic needs and yet at that level, are you really living your absolute best life? Are you the best version of yourself you can be? Are you able to live fearlessly, generously, and joyfully? Money makes many things possible that aren’t possible otherwise and if you don’t have plenty of it you can’t expand into your full potential.
There are usually obstacles to creating new habits and behavioral patterns. Your subconscious mind is programmed to keep you right where you’re at so it’s going to take some consistent new input to change your relationship with money.
Your current beliefs and knowledge can prevent you from gaining new levels of income. If you think you know something already, you won’t be open to new opportunities. Knowledge is great, and yet when it gets in the way of experiencing something new it’s poison.
Ask more questions of everyone and everything. Be curious. Avoid believing that you already know the answer because of what you already believe is “true”. We’ve all changed our beliefs about things before – that’s why we now buy our own Christmas presents instead of waiting for Santa to bring them.
Pretend that you’re a beginner. For example, imagine that you already make a living as a full-time real estate investor. When a novice investor starts telling you about his latest deal, you probably don’t believe you can learn anything from him. Pretend that you know nothing about a topic. Be open to everything you hear because it might allow you to see things from a different, and very beneficial, new perspective.
Ask more questions of yourself. Where did your belief come from? How did you decide that? Or, if you believe you’re not capable of earning more money, where did this belief come from? What is the source of your belief? Question the origin of your beliefs and determine if that idea is worth a second look.
To change your experience with money you might need to let go of the identity you have built around your beliefs about you and money. Lottery winners are notorious for losing everything because, even though the money is suddenly thrust into their lives, they haven’t built the self-image of a wealthy person – they haven’t developed any “having” muscles. Since they don’t see themselves as someone who is used to having money, managing, investing, and making it work for them, they promptly get rid of it. What do you do when you receive an “extra” $100 — save it or treat yourself to something?
If you want to achieve your goal, then you’re going to have to give up self-sabotaging money practices. Recognize the damaging patterns in what you believe about money because your relationship with money affects how you live your life including what you can be, have and do.