Money, we all want it, but so few people actually talk about it. We don’t do that do we? Especially in the UK, no talk of money, religion, or politics, that’s vulgar. It’s not nice to talk about money. It’s not nice to want money. It’s not nice to crave money, is it? Tell me, what are some of the things that you have heard or tell yourselves around money? Money is the root of all evil, it’s the source of happiness, you have to work hard to make money, only crooks have money, rich people are never happy, all those things. I am sure that you have others as well. Things that perhaps your parents used to say when you were a child. Things that your spouse might say to you, things that you say to your kids, they come out your mouth and you think, “Why am I saying that?”
How are those things serving you? Are they serving you as an individual? Are they serving you as a partner, a parent, a son, a daughter, a friend, a spouse, a whatever? Are they serving you as a business owner? And those things that you are telling yourself about money, are they serving you?
Here’s an exercise to try. I want you to write them down. Those money things you’re telling yourself, the things that come up for you about money. Write them all down, brainstorm them out, get them all on a piece of paper, every single one. Take as much time as you need and get them on paper. You can pause this podcast if you want to do that now or you can schedule in time in your diary to do it later. But I want you to spend some time thinking about it.
And then next, once you’ve done that, I want you to write beside every single one why they are not true. What evidence do you have to the contrary that these thoughts are actually just not the case? They are just your thoughts and they are not reality because I promise you they are not true. What evidence do you have? Write down the evidence beside each money belief that you have been consciously or subconsciously telling yourself. Because something like, “I can’t make that type of money in my industry.” Well, I know a life coach that’s on track to make $100 million this year in their coaching business, so can’t it be done? Or if you say, “I’ve always been bad with money.” Really? Is that true? Have you ever actually given yourself a chance to be good with money?
Write down all those negative thoughts about money. What you’re thinking now and what evidence do you have to prove otherwise?
I hope that this episode has been useful in thinking about your money thoughts and asking if they are actually serving you.
Thank you so much for listening. Until next time, let’s find the clarity in your numbers, increase your wealth and get more money in your pockets.