Ever notice that nothing is ever really free? No matter what it is, there’s always some sort of cost involved…it’s either time or money, and sometimes both.
Since this blog is dedicated to our financial bliss, we’ll focus today on our beliefs about money. Believe it or not, our monetary belief-system can directly affect our financial abundance.
Is Money the Root of All Evil?
Are rich people bad? Does money corrupt? Is there nobility in being poor ala the starving artist? Are poor people lazy? Do you need to work harder?
What are your beliefs about money?
If you think that money corrupts or that it changes people for the worse, you could be unconsciously sabotaging your financial growth.
If you think that artists need to starve, how do you explain Picasso or Warhol or Madonna? You can do what you love and make a living out of it, you just might need to get creative or think outside the coloring box.
Money, Money, Money—money!
Can we agree that it’s not the actual money per se that’s bad; it’s what people do with it? Some people use their money to fund schools or dig wells in Africa. Some people spend all their time shopping and accumulating stuff they really don’t need. Same amount of money, but very different outcomes.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been poor, and it ain’t noble and I wasn’t lazy, I worked my ass off! Right now, my financial situation is comfortable, but it could change in a heartbeat. I don’t have any wealthy relatives, a trust fund, or a sugar Daddy waiting to bail me out. What I need is a way to make money that is solely dependent upon me, not some corporate whim.
Do What You Love and You’ll Never Work a Day in Your Life!
Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Lots of other people have paraphrased this quote. But essentially, Confucius is right. We all know people who love what they do—and would do it for free if they had to. They get tremendous satisfaction from their career (notice I said career and not job).
However, most of us struggle through the work week, moving from task to task like zombies, all the while dreaming of winning the lottery or hopping on a boat and heading off towards uncharted waters. Note-I recently found out you have to PLAY the lottery to win, this explains why I’m not a millionaire.
How Much DO You Need?
So we agree, unless you’ve taken a vow of poverty, money is a necessary commodity. Let’s take a breath and release all our negative thoughts or limiting beliefs about money. Just let it all go. Instead, let’s focus on what we want to DO with our lives.
Do we want to do the same old, same old for the next twenty years, until we retire, in the hopes that we’ll be healthy enough AND have enough money set aside to do whatever it is that makes our heart sing? Or, do we want to IDENTIFY what makes our heart sing NOW and find a way to DO it?
I’ll tell you, my goal is to never retire. I want to write and coach forever!
What could you do to make money that wouldn’t feel like work? What do you need to make this happen? See my post on Action Plans.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to wake up on Monday morning and not immediately start the countdown to Friday? Just think how good you’d feel…and a happy you is a healthy you.