How healthy is your money mindset?
It's actually quite simple. If your bank account isn't where you want it to be, your money mindset needs work. Almost everyone has money blocks that prevent them from attracting the abundance they desire, and it's necessary to release them if you want to change your financial situation.
What are money blocks?
Money blocks are subconscious or conscious negative thoughts about wealth and the kind of people who are wealthy. Often these attitudes stem from childhood — hearing your parents or other adults argue about money and/or say things like, “Money doesn't grow on trees” or “money doesn't buy happiness”. If you feel jealous of others who have money and/or think the rich aren't nice people, you have money blocks. If you have self worth issues and feel that you're not good enough to deserve wealth, you have money blocks. And if you think money shouldn't be important and it would be greedy to want more than you have… You guessed it! You have money blocks.
The biggest money block for many entrepreneurs is a fear of success… but that's a subject for another blog post.
In my situation, it took me a lot of deep thinking and mindset work to really get to the root of my own biggest money block and to release it. I am one of those people whose financial situation has had some major fluctuations throughout the years. I've experienced abundance several times only to lose it. What I realized was that each time I had lost my wealth, it coincided with the loss of an important relationship. Yes, I am one of those women who didn't learn my lesson the first time a guy took advantage of my kindness. It took three near bankruptcies before I vowed never to help support a man again. If they couldn't at least pay their fair share, or my standard of living would decrease if I were to combine finances with them, they weren't relationship material for me. If that makes me a snob, I'm okay with that.
It turns out that developing high standards pays off. I've been in a relationship with my soulmate and man of my dreams for almost five years now. Once we had been together long enough that I felt secure and loved unconditionally, I realized it was safe to accumulate wealth again. I released my fear of losing my money along with the love of my life, and the money block dissolved. I started attracting abundance again. Hallejulah!
It doesn't really matter where your money blocks come from. What's important is to identify and release them so you can begin to create the prosperous life you desire and deserve. Once you have corrected your attitudes about wealth and released your money blocks, it's time to start attracting abundance to you.
Here are 5 tips to strengthen your money mindset:
1. Be grateful for what you have.
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is the single best way I know to improve your life and to attract abundance. Start a gratitude journal and write down ten things every day that you are grateful for. They don't all have to be about money. The idea is to change your money mindset and to attract abundance in all areas of your life. If your relationship isn't 100% ideal, write down ten things about your significant other that you admire and are grateful for. Make a decision to be happy and to be grateful for what you already have. You will draw more good stuff toward you, I promise!
2. Give More.
Don't be a hoarder and program yourself with a scarcity mindset. There is unlimited abundance in the universe and enough to go around for everyone. Donate regularly to charity. Make a list of all the people and charities you will give money to as your wealth increases. Clean your house and get rid of clutter. (I'm still working on this one. A housekeeper is on the list for 2016.)
Make room to receive more. Know that as you give more away, you draw more toward you. Successful entrepreneurs understand this and regularly give away free value and free services. Not only is helping others good karma, it just feels good.
3. Monitor your words and thoughts about money.
Never say or allow yourself to think, “I can't afford that.” Instead, tell yourself it's not a priority right now, or ask yourself, “How can I afford that?” Do you hear the difference?
Don't bash others because you are jealous of their success. Cheer others on and be genuinely happy to see others succeed. Know that money is an amplifier of your true nature. If you were a jerk when you were broke, you'll be more of a jerk when you're rich. If you were a kind and generous person when you were broke, you will give away even more when you are rich.
Your money mindset and marketing are connected. Correct any imbalances before working on your business, as your money mindset is reflected in the words you write and speak, whether you are aware of it or not.
4. Honor the money you do receive.
When you receive money for work that you do, be grateful for it, and do your very best work in return: under-promise and over-deliver.
Save more. As a former financial planner, I always recommend that everyone save 10% of all they earn. Be responsible with your money and don't waste it buying things you really don't need. Develop a budget and a debt repayment strategy if you need one. Every month, add up all of the money that you received or earned and write it down. Calculate your net worth instead of adding up your debts, and write it down every month. Look at these two numbers and concentrate on feeling genuine gratitude as you see your monthly income and net worth increasing every month.
If you owe anyone money and have been avoiding them, make plans to pay them back or abundance will elude you. Money karma is real. Make it work for you.
5. Expect good fortune.
Love yourself, develop an awareness of your value; and know that you are worthy of receiving abundance. Invest in personal development and training to increase your worth. Learn new skills so you can provide more value and feel confident when charging for the work you do. The more you help others, the more money you deserve to earn. Ask, “how can I help?” more often.
Did this help you? I'd love to hear from you. What other tips do you have that have worked for you?