The words we tell ourselves about money matters. Do you live in the scarcity mindset or the abundance mindset when it comes to money? What is your money address? Is your self-talk along the lines of, I am always broke, I never have enough money, I am in debt, I am stuck, I am a money mess? Or is it more like, I have unlimited potential to earn money, I am creative, I am smart, I budget, I pay my bills on time, I have enough money to live the life I choose? Those are two completely different ways to talk to yourself about money. Once you begin to shift your self money talk, your money begins to shift. Remember, you control your money, it does not control you.
Now, I am not saying that you blink your eyes three times and wish really hard and your money situation will be transformed. It will take money response ability from you but it can be done and it can be done with adventure and joy along the way! Sometimes the scariest part is just getting started- so let’s start to reframe the way we think about money.
A personal share..
I want to give you a little personal insight into me. I did not grow up with money. By today’s standards, my family would have been described as poor. We had food to eat and a roof over our heads but the roof wasn’t fancy and much of our food came from the garden, fishing, and gathering (as from the woods). Now, don’t get me wrong-we did shop at the grocery store (my mother bought a lot of store brands, sale items, and food that could go a long way) but a good percentage of our food was either grown, caught, gathered, or given to us by friends and neighbors. Looking back, it was that food that did not come from stores, that was actually the best food we ate. I grew up on fresh caught fish, garden grown fruit and vegetables, and gourmet mushrooms and greens gathered from the woods by my father. I don’t know if anyone is familiar with Fiddlehead Ferns but when I was a kid, I ate them by the bowl full, cooked with butter and Lawry’s Red Salt. Now, if I can even find Fiddlehead Ferns, the cost is exorbitant. I think even as a kid, I realized the way we ate was “rich” even though my family did not have money. I did feel the lack of money in other areas though and realized early in my life, that I was going to change my money address.
The best time to work on your money situation is now. Living in the, “I don’t have enough nor will I ever have enough money” mode, gets you nowhere. So start where you are, wherever that is right now. Ignoring debt, excessive spending, unpaid bills, or money challenges does not fix them, it only perpetuates the problem and stops you from beginning the path to financial freedom. Many of us have created a money story in our head and have given that story power over us and forgotten that it is only a story and stories can be rewritten. At any time, you can start to rewrite your story. So, I ask you to think about choosing abundance instead of scarcity when you write your money story. It starts in your mind. Thoughts are powerful. Action follows thought. Another magic thing that happens, is once you handle your money responsibly and start to master it, you create space in your life. Space that was once filled with stress, worry, and fear but is now free. Think of the limitless potential to create the life you choose with that new found space. I rewrote my money story and I know you can rewrite yours.
Susan, The MoneyMaestra