We are continuing our discussion on the areas that most people are infected with serious underlying programming, and are usually unaware of. Today, let’s explore your beliefs about money…
The main issue in this area is whether you are fear-based or abundance-based. The other day I was with a friend and stopped by an ATM for some cash. The money popped out, I folded it and stuck it in my pocket. He about jumped out of his shoes, demanding why I didn’t count it.
“Why would I?” I asked.
“What if they shortchanged you $20 or $40?” he asked.
“What is they gave me an extra $20 or $40?” I replied.
I mean why would I assume that if a mistake were made, it would be against me? Which is the same reason I never bother to get a final bill when I check out of a hotel.
Oh, I’m sure I’ve been charged a few times for something I didn’t take from the mini bar, or a long distance phone call. But I bet they forgot to add my last breakfast a few times as well.
And what if the bank actually shorted you $20? Or a hotel charged you $3 for a bag of potato chips from the mini bar that you didn’t eat? How much time do you spend checking everything and worrying about it? How much money could you make if you channeled that worry into making more money?
Here are some questions to think about…and they will reveal your core beliefs about money:
How do you perceive wealth? Some people think earning $80,000 a year is a lot. Others think $250,000 is a lot. Ten years ago, I would have thought so. Now if I made $250,000 a year I would be despondent. And Richard Branson might be depressed if he only made $250,000 in a week! So everything is relative.
The difference between making $10,000 a year, versus $100,000 a year, or $1,000,000, is just some extra zeroes. How do you perceive it?
Most importantly, do you view money as a finite resource, or an infinite one?
Do you wring so much sorrow from losing ten dollars that it overshadows the joy of making $100? Do you order from the left side of the menu, or the right?
Could you ever see yourself spending $15,000, $50,000 or $250,000 for some art for your living room? What about $2 million? Can you even visualize that, or do you think it’s obscene?
Could you spend $250,000 or $500,000 for an automobile if you had the cash? Or would you feel guilty about the depleted rainforests?
Do you earn more than your parents did? If so, how did that feel when you started to earn more than them?
Do you believe the amount of money you earn is dictated by your boss, the economy, or other outside factors?
If you really think about these questions, you’ll uncover the real beliefs you have about money. So what did you come up with? Please share your thoughts below.