What do you think when you see someone driving a $250,000 car? Do you feel good for them and their wealth? Or do you wonder what they did to get so lucky? Or who they hurt along the way? Or that they must be doing something unethical or immoral to get all that money?
Your underlying attitudes about money — your blocks — stand in the way between you and the prosperity you seek. You can say affirmations night and day until you’re exhausted, but if you believe that money is evil or that people who are rich are dishonest, you won’t be able to create the wealth you seek.
Here are a few examples of money blocks. Do any of these sound like you?
• Money can’t buy happiness.
• Money causes problems.
• There’s never enough money.
• Money is hard to get.
• Money is difficult to handle/I’m not good with money.
• If I had a lot of money, I wouldn’t know what to do with it anyway.
• I always have just enough to pay my bills; I don’t really need more than that.
• People won’t like me if I have a lot of money.
• I won’t know who I can trust if I get a lot of money.
• I’m not worthy of having a lot of money.
• I have to work really hard to deserve the money I get.
• Money is the root of all evil (note that the quotation is actually the LOVE of money is the root of all evil).
• Wealthy people aren’t nice; wealthy people are bad/dishonest/unkind/not loving.
• I can’t be true to my creativity and earn money with my art/my writing.
• Artists who make a lot of money are sell-outs.
• Spiritual people who earn a lot of money can’t be trusted.
• Money is always scarce; I never have enough money.
Identifying your money blocks is the first step in removing them and letting prosperity in. Just identifying them isn’t enough to create the wealth you desire, but it’s a critical first step. Many people believe they can’t be creative and have money, be happy and have money, or be a good person and have money.
Take some time and consider your own attitudes about money. What did your parents and teachers say about money when you were a child? Did you grow up in a household with plenty or was your family always worried about how they would provide? Did you feel worthy of having nice things or guilty when you bought something new?
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This is the first in a series about increasing your financial prosperity. Future segments will discuss how to get rid of your money blocks, tips about practical financial management, tips on increasing your flow of money, and more.
Once again, it’s important to recognize that just removing your blocks is likely not enough to create wealth, but it’s an important step so your future actions will be more effective.
What are your blocks about money?