5 easy money tips you can put into action starting today!
Being in the ‘money industry’ for 16 years, I have sure seen how uncomfortable people get when the subject of money is brought up. Have you ever been asked “How much money do you make?” What’s your reaction? …Shock, disbelief that they are asking you that, or no big deal? The problem is that for a lot of us, money was a taboo subject, it was not talked about and you sure didn’t share how much money you made. That was a secret that you kept to yourself. How was it in your house? Now, truth be told, I don’t go around asking people how much they make (well I do with my clients!), but there are a lot of people who are very open about this topic and others who wanted to run and hide.
I want you to have a great positive relationship with money so you can simply relax and let the money flow towards you. Sound good? Okay so here we go.
1. Develop an attitude of prosperity. Look at the world around you and all the gifts that you have in your life. Surround yourself with things that you love, surround yourself with beauty. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make this happen because true wealth lies in what you chose to surround yourself with whether it’s possessions or people.
2. If you experience any guilt around money put it in a box in your backyard, bury it and throw away the key. There is no guilt around having too much money or too little money. If this guilt is associated with a certain person then pay attention to your boundaries. You do not have to take on any of their feelings regarding your money situation or your money beliefs.
3. Money is not bad. Money is not mean or ungrateful or selfish. Certainly there are people who have money and behave in these ways, but it’s not the money that is to blame. It’s the people. There are as many wonderful, giving and selfless people with a great deal of money. They are using their money as a means to live their values. (Mother Teresa for one!)
4. Pay attention. Pay attention not only to the way that money comes into your life but also the way it goes out of your life. Are you someone who can hold on to your money? Do you save money each month? It’s a great way to create a positive relationship with money. Being in debt, especially credit card debt creates a very unhealthy relationship with money. It feels bad to you personally but it also affects you negatively with your health and relationships.
5. Pay yourself first even while you are paying down debt. This is so important to your own self-worth. I don’t care how much you pay yourself but you must take action. You don’t want to send a message out to the universe that you don’t want your money now, that you can wait until your debt is paid off. You want to draw money to you, not push it away. So each month or each week, pay yourself first.
If you own your own business, think about the ways you deal with money in your business. Does it fit with your values? Does it resonate with your belief system and how you put yourself out into the world? I believe that you really need to get conscious of your money beliefs. When you are really honest with yourself, that is your first step towards earning an income that you deserve.