Mind Over Money: The Obstacles that Block Financial Abundance
Money plays a central role in our lives. Oftentimes, it’s at the center of physical and emotional stress, weighs on our potential happiness, and plays a part in most major life decisions.
And yet, how often do we examine the relationship we have with money? How often do we consider what patterns consistently happen in our psychology around the topics of money and abundance?
Recently, I hosted an intensive designed specifically for healing arts practitioners to learn how their mental/physical/emotional systems organize around money in order to better tap into abundance in their businesses.
This audience often struggles with charging for their services at a level they feel fully reflects the value they offer their clients. When you’re in the business of helping others take care of themselves, feel better and become better humans, you also tend to be a giving person called to do your work. So it can be easy to fall into the trap of wanting to serve anyone who needs your help, even if that person can’t pay your full rate.
“The world needs this medicine,” I hear this group say regularly. This is one of many mindsets that can stand in the way of growing one’s business to a more abundant level.
I like to strip away the baggage the word “money” carries and call it what it is – it’s a tool.
If money is just a tool, then it’s attainable. If it’s attainable, then action can be taken to get it. How liberating is this?
If you are a person who struggles with money – whether that’s making money, running a sustainable business, paying bills, or feeling fulfilled with the money you have – it’s essential to look at what may be blocking your ability to take effective action.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to challenge the places you habitually interrupt your ability to create money & abundance:
Do you have a clear vision about how you want to create abundance?
Do you allow yourself to take some thoughtful risks in order to level-up your financial situation?
Do you take the time to bask in the feeling of a job well done and glean the lessons from your actions?
Do you give yourself time to properly rest and recuperate from your hard work without feeling guilty?
If you answered “No” to any of these questions, start to dig into what is standing in the way. These are some of the ways to understand how your System works to create a scarcity mindset around money.
Another note I’d like to make about financial scarcity: it’s essential to examine your assumptions around abundance and money. For example, if you’re a person who harbors the belief that all rich people are bad, most likely you’re not going to be willing to make yourself bad in order to grow into a similar financial situation. You may have rationalized yourself into never growing financially.
I’ve also had clients describe the internal noise that can get in their way of creating more financial prosperity. Thoughts of “I’m not good enough to earn that big paycheck” or “my colleague is better at this work than me” are all ways our inner dialogue can stunt our actions in real life. Procrastination can emerge as a result.
When it comes to money, I always go back to action. You simply can’t change your life without taking action. Remember though, action doesn’t always have to be a grand gesture; instead, it can be one tiny step forward, even when it feels like you’re hardly making progress.
Think about the abundance you’re trying to create in your life. Are you falling victim to the mindset that many healing practitioners have, that their gifts must be shared with everyone? Are you getting stuck in a scarcity mindset?
I have this challenge for you: What is the one easy thing that nudges you out of it? If you can figure this out, and practice the answer regularly, you are well on your way to financial abundance.