How is Your Relationship with Money?
One of the most important relationships we have in our lives is the one we have with money. Feelings of desire, love, happiness, fear, greed, shame and envy all seem to come from notes and coins. But how can this be when money is a man made concept? Logically we know money doesn't have any personal feelings about us but we continue to see our happiness and wellbeing as linked to money.
Writing a letter to money is a useful exercise. Express all your feelings, concerns and desires and you will see the state of your current relationship. Rather than the mesh of thoughts and feelings on the subject, this enables us to see more clearly the nature of our thinking. We know that money is an innate object and does not have the power to make us think or feel anything, so where are these thoughts and feelings coming from?
Our mental processes take the information from our senses and arrange and interpret it so we can have a picture of the world that makes sense to us. In doing this it drawers on information from our past experiences, decisions we have already made and what worked previously. These thoughts are accompanied by feelings that make the thinking feel real to us. So our feelings tell us the story we are currently telling ourselves about money and this story is an amalgamation of the previous stories we have been telling ourselves about money over the years.
We can attempt to change these stories or to control our minds so we don't tell them so regularly but an easier path is to not listen to them, not take them to heart. Do you really want act on the recycled financial advice of your 5 year old self, your grandmother, a stranger you met in a shop and a book you once read?! With these stories out in the open, you can take a fresh look at the current data and decide what's right for you now.
Your attitude to investment will be key to any new venture you embark on. Unlike other expenditure, investing in yourself means that you appreciate in value. The money (and time) you spend on your training and development is multiplied and returned to you. Investment is an established and essential concept for growing businesses and it is usual to take out credit to do this without any of the judgments that can be associated with personal debt.
Investing in working with a mentor has been essential to the development of my business and when I speak with people who are struggling to move forward, we often discover a necessary investment is missing from their plans.
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