6 Toxic Money Thoughts Keeping You From Making What You Deserve
Are you standing in the way of your own ability to make money? Most people are quick to answer "no" because no one actually wants to feel like they don't have enough. Right? Well, as a designer and life coach, I've seen time and time again that subconscious thoughts can hinder clients' ability to call in abundance.
If you're dragging any of the following six thoughts around like a ball and chain, you'll never be free to prosper. Have a look at the following practices and solutions for busting through them:
1. You believe you've got to work hard to make money.
This results in burnout, which can diminish your earning capacity over the long term. When you exchange effort and hours for dollars, you effectively create your very own glass ceiling because your time and energy are both finite, but your ability to create income is infinite.
Solution: Replace "I work hard for my money" with a new perspective. Begin to welcome the idea that "Money comes to me easily." Choosing that as your guiding thought sets a powerful and clear intention. It certainly may sound woo-woo to some, but setting an intention is the first step to putting something different into motion. It opens up your mind to the possibility that money can come to you from a multitude of sources, not just your own effort. From a neuroscience perspective you're tricking your brain into seeking what you're asking it to find. From a spirituality standpoint, you're moving out of the way and allowing the universe to show up abundantly.
2. You neglect the connection between your environment and success.
Buying disposable items, keeping damaged items, neglecting to maintain your home, car, or office can be a sign you're not ready to receive abundance into your life.
Solution: You have goals, dreams, and aspirations, and you're certainly savvy enough to accomplish them. Is your environment preparing you for the success to come or just reinforcing your scarcity mindset? Take time to make sure your most personal spaces motivate, rejuvenate, and reflect your worth. Fix what's broken, hang some motivational art, add feng shui elements, and choose quality over quantity.
3. You discount the value of the work you provide.
If you discount, downplay, and minimize the inherent value of what you're offering, you're putting a cap on your earning capacity.
Solution: Measure your value based on the result that comes from your work rather than the hours you spent doing the work. Charge for your results.
4. You make your past income (or lack thereof) an indicator of your future wealth.
If you've never made the kind of money you want to make, it can be hard to imagine making that money now.
Solution: Begin a visualization practice. If you have trouble painting visual images in your mind, use a journal instead. Begin with the following prompts: How much money would I love to make? How will I spend the money I make? What will my life look like when I reach my goal income? Let your mind explore. Get as detailed as possible so the idea of making the amount you want to make can take shape and feel real.
5. You're convinced there's only one way to make money.
There's more to wealth than a nine to five, so don't tell yourself you can't make a living from your creative gifts.
Resolution: If you can only imagine making money from a desk job, that's just because it's been your experience up to this point. But that doesn't mean it's true. Think outside of the box and begin exposing yourself to the many options for earning income. Attend entrepreneurial events, surround yourself with nontraditional income earners and entrepreneurs, read up on how they created their wealth.
6. You believe there is something inherently wrong or evil about money.
If you've ever thought "money tears people apart" or "wealthy people are unethical," you're probably sticking yourself into the scarcity mindset.
Solution: Get clear on where your issues with money began. What stories about money were reinforced in your home growing up? What stories did you yourself make up about money? What did you hear from family members, friends, teachers, the news? Write down all the negative beliefs you heard or developed about money, and one by one, decide whether or not they are true. Rewrite each of the beliefs with positive or neutral replacement statements.
Bring the idea of money back to neutral; it doesn't have power unless you give it power. Once you transform your perspective on money, you'll begin to attract it.
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