This mid-October, I will have the distinct honor of giving a Saturday evening keynote to the attendees of LumiSummit 2018, a gathering of spiritual beings: healers, energy workers, yogis, mediums, and so on. (Get your tickets here! Be sure to enter the code LumiScrappy to get $75 off your entry.)
In order to promote the conference and my talk, I recently recorded an episode for The Lighter Side Podcast with my dear friend Jamie Butler, the founder of the conference, and Colleen Ziegler, who serves as the Lighter Side’s social media and events coordinator. While recording this podcast, I was talking about money mindset work, a topic that’s recently captured my attention.
The idea behind it is that when it comes down to it, it’s not our circumstances that really dictate our experience, but rather our thoughts about those circumstances. These thoughts we have create the emotions we feel, which in turn drive our actions, which create our results in this world.
To illustrate, consider the last time you found yourself in a negative thought spiral, full of emotions such as hurt, scarcity, and fear. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I’m in that particular mental state, I am rarely my best self. My actions don’t reflect the person I want to be, and the results stemming from those actions are equally negative.
What’s interesting is while we think money is this quantitative, technical subject, I see this type of psychological work play out in my coaching time and time again. I’ve found that the people who have bad money mindsets, those who constantly fill their brain with negative thoughts about money, find themselves in a bad emotional state, which leads them to make bad financial decisions, and the cycle continues.
While a number of my clients, followers, and friends struggle with this, I’ve noticed that this issue is particularly prevalent among my entrepreneur and artist folx. And in fact, one of the most prevalent negative thoughts about money is that it’s inherently evil. Consider the following phrases:
Money is the root of all evil.
If I have money, I just won’t know what to do with it.
If I make money, I’ll only spend it like I always do.
I’m just bad with money.
If I make money, I’ll be selling out.
If you have a passion for something, you should do it for free.
Any of these sound familiar?
Anyways, we were talking about the money mindset work, and I made the comment, “If you’re listening, I give you permission to make money. It’s okay to want money. You’re allowed to experience abundance without being a bad person.”
Suddenly, there was silence.
No one, not once ever, had given them permission to make money. No one.
So, if you’re reading this blog post, know this: I give YOU permission to make money, too. I give you permission to treat prosperity as a friend, and to be grateful for what you have while simultaneously working towards something bigger.
I give you permission to seek abundance in your life, whatever that means to you.
While mindset alone doesn’t change someone’s financial circumstances (all thoughts and no actions make for very slow progress), I firmly believe that a better relationship with money starts in the brain–more specifically, believing that having money can be a positive thing.
In honor of this work, in honor of your journey towards abundance, let this blog post hereby kick off what I’m calling Money Mindset Month.
Stay tuned here for a series of weekly blog posts on money mindsets, then be sure to check out my online community over at the Young + Scrappy Facebook group for daily challenges, peer support, and group accountability.
This September, we’ll be cleaning up our negative thoughts about money and using that energy to build something great. I hope you join us.