Aren’t you always hearing “I wish I could attract more money into my life?” I think I’ve said it myself a few times…I’ve heard it a lot of times. Especially with that mega millions lottery in the U.S. a few short months ago! And we all heard a few stories coming out of that one, didn’t we?
I’ve checked around and couldn’t find anyone who answered ‘no’ to this question. The reason is – like it or not – much of what determines how much enjoyment we get out of our business or even life depends on the amount of money we have. Sure there are people out there who will tell you they don’t want to be rich and that money is the root of all evil blah, blah but these are really misguided beliefs about money that have developed over time. (By the way, the scripture actually says “the LOVE of money is the root…”, but we won’t get into semantics for this article. Check it out.)
But seriously, who wouldn’t want to be able to afford the things they want and need? You already have the ability; you just have so much poverty thinking and baggage in the way, you can’t make room for prosperity in your life.
Much of what I share about branding and putting automation systems in place has to do with money – either making more of it or saving it. If you are in business, you need money to keep the business going; otherwise, it’s a H-O-B-B-Y, or something else.
It’s important to put aside any negative limiting beliefs others have dumped on you about money (did you cringe just now because you read that word again? if so, that’s a sign of those ill-gotten beliefs kicking in).
If you are one of the few who had parents with a positive money mindset, consider yourself blessed. But if you are in the majority of people who had parents who believed in hard work, education and the idea that anyone who made money easily was simply lucky, lazy or immoral, then keep reading because you need this.
Money is, of itself, not bad and the amount of it you have is in essence a result of a few key beliefs some people engage in very well. (Trust me, it’s taken me quite awhile to get this. I wasn’t the fastest cookie in the jar on this at first, especially when I was newer to business).
Let me share just a few brief principles here…
Develop A Wealth Mindset
If your head is full of the conviction that rich people are greedy or power-hungry or must have done something illegal in order to gather the riches that they have, then you don’t have a wealth mindset. And if you don’t have a wealth mindset, then no amount of hard work you do will make up for your lack of money. Just like the poor dad in Robert Kiyosaki’s ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad, you will ALWAYS be struggling.
Here’s something about rich people that you may not know. Rich people are people who have a strong conviction that there is nothing wrong with being rich and that they deserve it. Not only that, people with a true wealth mindset actually believe that money can be a source for good. It supports families and provides them with food, clothing and shelter. It launches successful businesses that in turn support and replenish communities.
Change Your Motivation
Money can help us get whatever we want. However, there are lots and lots of motivations for being wealthy, some of them good, some of them not so much.
There are people who believe the world is full of abundance and money is instrumental in that cycle of abundance. So it is natural that they think being wealthy is a worthwhile goal. They see it as being within their reach. And for these people, it generally is easier to achieve, because their belief system is in complete alignment and harmony with their sub-conscious mind, which always wants to push us towards well-being. Isn’t that cool how God did that? … creating us to be well? do well? It’s our own choices and actions that often take us down a different path.
Something I learned studying NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) for a year with a master practitioner was “mind and body are part of the same system and affect each other”, so what you have been programmed to believe shows up in the way you act and make choices. But…you can change these beliefs. It’s a choice you have to make though. Choose to live the way you are now, or prayerfully choose to change direction.
Unfortunately, having a positive mindset about wealth is not something adopted by the majority of people. Most people go through life with a ‘poverty mindset’ and keep striving and striving to meet their immediate needs for fear that they will somehow not have enough.’ So they do things like lowering their prices, sounding weak in their offers, giving away services they worked long & hard to invest in building.
Does this sound like anyone you know?
Well, to sum it up; if you desire wealth because you believe it’s your ticket to achieving good things for yourself and for others, then it will be much easier for you to become wealthy. Your desire to free yourself from the slavery of having a day job, or working your business 24/7 so you can really live and spend more time with your family and be involved in your community is certainly a worthwhile goal. And you should remind yourself every day how worthwhile this goal is.
Sometimes a little structure and a plan can help…
About the Author: Tanya Smith is a creative business strategist and coach specializing in showing service based solo entrepreneurs how to simplify, save time & stand out with simple strategies that engage more quality leads and clients. Her company Be Promotable provides fresh actionable strategies and virtual resources to promote business owners as power players in their market. For instant access to your free 7 secrets to online time management report, visit us at: www.tanyasmithonline.com.