Over the last week, I've shared the key mindset shifts to develop a more empowered relationship with money. To be honest, I've been blown away by the response.
Your emails and shares have reinforced to me that we all have some cobweb beliefs that block us from financial abundance. So how do we bust through?
Here are 5 practical action steps you can begin to practice today to attract more money in your life. Don't worry about implementing all 5 of them. Just pick 1 or 2 that feel most manageable and work them into your daily life.
1. Gratitude. If you can't be grateful for what you have in the present, how can you expect to be grateful for what you will build in the future? Over the last year, I've learned firsthand how gratitude and success go hand in hand.
The danger here is that most of us look at our bank balance and tell ourselves there is nothing to be grateful for. Whether it's $1000 or $100,000, we tell ourselves the number is somehow "not enough."
However, one helpful shift happens when you understand the number you see is a reflection of the past. It's simply a number you have saved up until this point.
Whether it be about finances, relationship, or health, if we take our frustration about the past and bring it into the present, we will live in a state of stress and overwhelm. We will also take very different action when we are feeling fearful than if we feel determined, motivated, and inspired.
The end result is we take the energy of the past, bring it into the present, and create negative, low vibe emotions which block us from taking the massive action needed to create a desirable, new outcome. It becomes an unending cycle of lack which keeps us from moving forward.
Here's a quick example of how gratitude for the seemingly small stuff led to a better outcome. I recently stopped to pick up a green juice and needed to put money in the parking meter. I dug for two quarters in my car console and walked up to the meter, only to see there were still 38 minutes left on it. Boom! I just saved 50 cents.
Is it life changing money? Of course not. But I stopped and looked at the quarters and mentally thanked the Universe for the spare change in my hand and quietly whispered "more of this please." In that moment, I reminded myself how my needs are always met and how the Universe is always conspiring to make things easy for me.
I picked up my juice, went home, walked the dogs, and returned to the house to see 3 new emails from people looking to hire me as a coach. I've never had three new clients show up in a day since I've been an entrepreneur. I believe keeping myself in a mindset of gratitude attracts more things to be grateful for.
2. Look for abundance everywhere- This one is easy for me since I live so close to the waterfront. As I look out at the bay and see water for days. I remind myself how there is no shortage of water on the planet. While I am on an afternoon walk, I remind myself how there is no shortage of air for me to breathe. Likewise, I couldn't possibly count the blades of grass in the park down the street from my place. It is too abundant to track.
And when you think about it, there isn't a shortage of money on the planet. The only thing stopping you from getting your share is a belief that you can't. The best way to combat a lack mindset is to look for evidence to the contrary.
When I go to the beach I look at the ocean and remind myself creating a million dollars is like taking a coffee cup of water out of the ocean. There is more than enough to go around and there is more than enough for me.
3. Donate. I completely believe in the value of saving and investing money. However, as we discussed in the first part of this series. money is an energetic exchange. There is an ebb and flow to giving AND receiving. We can take ourselves out of that natural flow if we hold onto our money too tightly.
Even in the early days of my coaching business, where I struggled to make $1000 per month, I still gave 10% of it to charity. I knew if I could not write a check for $100, I'd never be able to write a $100,000 check when my business grew.
It never fails, when I make my monthly donation to Feeding America, there is always some new business opportunity that brings the money back to me many times over.
This practice is effective for anyone, but especially people who have a cobweb belief that "money is evil" or "rich people are a**holes." Remember that money doesn't change who you are... it makes you more of who you are.
For Hollywood celebs like Charlie Sheen, money can be used to buy sex or drugs. Or you can be Bill Gates and use it for philanthropic reasons. A great affirmation to use is "money allows me to contribute in bigger ways."
4. Imagine the good. Have you ever had an experience where you had to make a large purchase and felt triggered you can't afford to spend the money? This one is for you!
Try to picture where your money will go and how it will impact the people around you.
When I go to the grocery store and spend money on food, I like to imagine how that money will be spent. Maybe the high school kid at the checkout will earn money to save for prom this year. Perhaps the nice man at the deli counter will be able to pay his rent. I take the time to think about how my money is helping all of the employees around me and trust that the energy will be returned to me.
It's an easy way to get out of my own head and shift from a lack mindset to abundance.
5. Respect your money. I used to be one of those people that would take the dirty penny that fell behind the couch and throw it out while I was cleaning. I would see a dime on the sidewalk and just walk right past it.
What message is that sending to the Universe?
Now, I literally stop on the sidewalk and pick up a spare coin. Not because I'm desperate for cash or some kind of change hoarder, but because I believe when I respect money, I will generate more of it.
When I bend over to pick it up, I silently repeat an affirmation like "money flows to me in expected and unexpected ways." What's fascinating is when I picked up a dime off the street last weekend and said this, I went home and found an old pair of jeans in a box that happened to have $30 sitting in the pocket. I put myself in the flow of receiving in new ways.
This tip also applies to the condition of your wallet. Do you respect your money and keep it neatly organized? Or do you just shove scrunched up cash in and clutter it with a bunch of spare receipts? Take time to clean out, organize, and feng shui your purse and wallet this weekend. Create the space to create more abundance.
Abundance is not a destination we arrive at when we get a pay raise, inherit a fortune, or win the lottery. It's actually a daily practice and the starting point from which we can create the things we desire most.
Comment below and let me know which of these tips you will commit to for the next 7 days. Be sure to email me when you begin to notice more abundance in your life!
Let's make it rain!