Does Your Money Need Therapy?
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Does Your Money Need Therapy?How to be at peace with your finances.
Money is one of your greatest teachers. It shows you your deepest desires and where your stuck points are as it lies exactly between your inner and outer worlds. We need money to exist in this physical world yet the ability to “make it” and what we choose to do with it comes from within.
Are you at peace with your financial situation? Try some of the following tips to help nurture your relationship with money:
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- Forgive yourself and others for any financial trespasses.
If you are gripped by the past or still upset by financial indiscretions, you are not allowing yourself to move forward. A great deal of this is about boundaries. Have you consciously decided what kinds of financial behaviors you are willing to accept from yourself and others? How far you are willing to go for someone and how far you are willing to let someone go for you, financially-speaking? The harder it is to create a boundary, the more important it is to create it.
- Take Extreme Physical Care of Yourself.
Eat Healthier: If you're not well cared for, your ability to prosper suffers. Are you getting enough exercise, sleep and healthy foods? How about making a conscious effort to eat foods that are not only yummy but have what I consider medicinal effects? These can include include flax, chia and hemp seeds, leafy greens and certain grains like Quinoa.
Sneak in More Fitness: As much as I want to, I just don't have the time to get to the gym or yoga studio on a consistent basis. I needed to come up with something that suits my lifestyle. Enter Sneaky Fitness, a great program for busy people. No matter where I am, I can always manage to sneak in 10-30 minutes of simple aerobic and core strengthening exercises that elevate my heartrate and lengthen my body.
Get More Sleep: Do you know the brain scientist, Jill Bolte Taylor? In her book A Stroke of Insight, she not only lived to share the process of her stroke and her recovery, but also to tell us that living in the right brain or Nirvana (as she puts it) is only moments away for all of us. Jill credits sleep as one of the most important reasons her body was able to recover from her stroke. When I don't feel my best, it impacts my moods and energy levels, which in turn impacts my ability to maintain the standard I need to sustain wealthy thoughts and actions. We've got to respect the wisdom of our body—it never lies.
- Remember that Money Has No Power (only the power you give it).
The source of your supply comes from within. You are your re-Source. Until this very basic principle is learned and accepted, life will give you plenty of opportunities to master this. The greater your sense of consciousness, the bigger the receptacle into which money will flow toward and from you.
- Research Your Future.
Put real numbers to everything you want in your life, even if the money hasn't shown up yet. Get your “dream life” out of your thinking mind. Stir your pots. For example, if you dream about buying real estate find out just what your dream house costs. Consult with real estate agencies; find out what kind of mortgage you would get, how much down payment you need, what it would cost to run it and so on.
The more specific and directed you are toward growing and maintaining your wealth, the faster you will receive it. By doing this, you show yourself that you are serious. Money loves clarity.
- Keep a Spending Diary.
(I know, I know. You've heard this a lot—but have you tried it?) A few days after you track everything you buy, go through the list of items you bought and ask:
Does this have the same value today that I thought it would when I purchased it?
What mood was I in when I bought this?
Have I used this yet?
This exercise has helped a lot of my clients learn about some of their financial triggers and how to be proactive, instead of reactive.
- Track your Time, Energy and Money.
Many sabotaging behaviors that prevent us from prospering come from the lack of knowing how we spend our time and energy. Try tracking all your activities from the moment you wake up to the moment your head hits the pillow. Then ask yourself these questions about every activity: How much time did this take? How much energy did it require of me and what was the quality of energy I received in the doing of it? How much did it cost or did I make? On a scale from 1-5, was it worth the Time, Energy and Money spent and/or made?
Being foggy about how you use your time and energy is a huge culprit that preys on your thriving wealthy self. I've noticed how successful entrepreneurs whom I admire respect their time; they show up on time, they deliver on time, they stick to the agreed amount of time.
- Know that Every Situation Is Temporary.
Whether you have more than or less than enough money to cover your needs and desires right now, your financial situation is temporary. Money, like your breath, needs to flow in and out.
- Keep in Touch with Your Money.
Show up for your money. Borrowing a line from Tom Cruise’s Jerry McGuire, Help it help you. Visit with it consistently. Financial Expert Galia Gaichon recommends that we set aside 15 minutes per week—that's all! I have incorporated that into my lifestyle now and find it ends up saving me time in addition to staying close to my financial pulse.