Most of us have heard/read the saying, “Money doesn’t buy happiness.” But does it really not? Throughout the years we’ve been taught money is evil, that to follow your passion you need to be the starving artist.
Although a mind shift seems to be happening in that money is actually good for us. That money can treat us right if we see and treat it as good. Heck even the researchers state one of the main reasons marriages end in divorce or the cause of stress in relationships is due to money issues.
I had a difficult time creating the above piece because thinking people would perceive me as a money hungry monster. But I let this monster out to show how much love it can give us and vice versa.
I researched two grand videos from Marie Forleo, where I listed her points of having positive minds shifts about money along with my own two cents.
$ Organize your money – Don’t necessarily need to iron out every single bill like Marie does but straightening them out and placing them in an orderly fashion into your wallet can suffice! Just like they say a messy bed is a messy head well messy money can make you a messy junkie (my own words).
$ Pick up money – If you see anything lying around even a penny pick it up! Heads or tails it’s good luck as long as you believe in it! Keep this loose change in a jar then retrieve for dollars. Giving the time to acknowledge any type of money sends a message of respect to money and money to respect you back.
$ Give yourself a reality check – Many other countries get paid squat an hour compare to our hourly wage. Think of all the things you do have, even the simple things like a roof over your head, clean water, and food. This is giving gratitude to what you have which in turn can give you more.
“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more.” – Oprah
$ Bring Your Own Luxury – Instead of going to a restaurant for a nice dinner have it done at your own place by using any nice plates, candles and music. Or instead of going to a spa place how about drawing up a nice bath with bubbles, salts, candles and music. Creating a luxurious environment can make you feel like you are living the high life.
$ Get an ATM Machine – ATM also known as “Automatic Transformative Mantra”. Any time you make a check or pay a bill say, “There is always more where that came from. Basically say feel good statements about money to yourself but feel it in your bones away from scarcity.
$ Create a fun fund – Make money fun! For example this money can be for a date night, traveling or just buying yourself a little treat. You will start realizing how money can pay off in a fun way towards your experiences in life.
$ Build your money knowledge – Watch and read up on money through blogs, sites, videos, podcasts, seminars and books. My favorite book is Rich Dad Poor Dad which had me start my first big investment and my favorite podcast to create wealth is Smart Passive Income.
$ Spread the wealth – Give back. Even if you don’t have much, give a dollar to the next homeless person you see or invite your friend/family member to a cup of coffee. There are many online charity groups to donate of your choice. Marie personally donates to the charity, KIVA loans that change lives.
Bonus points (from me personally)
♥ Write a check to yourself – Jim Carrey did it and it worked for him! You can print out a check template here. Keep it in your wallet and don’t forget to look at it every once in a while to remind yourself that you deserve and will receive this money.
$ Check your account – Look over your account statements and transactions. I used to dread this by avoiding it all together which lead to overdraft fees due to my lack of knowledge and denial about my money. But the more you check the more you will feel at ease. And when checking your numbers say to yourself, “my money is overflowing.”
$ Set up automatic payments – Not only does it decrease bills in the mail but decreases your worry about making these payments. Creating a trust between yourself and your money.
Let me know your thoughts of these points or if you have any tips on how you spend your thoughts about money!