You Can Rewrite Your Money Story
How do you feel about money?
Chances are you have some beliefs around money that came from the adults in your life when you were a child. Most of our unconscious beliefs — those around money, prosperity, and many other important topics — were handed down to us from our caregivers. What we learned in our youth — whether positive or negative about money — is what’s known and comfortable to us, whether it gets us the results we want or not.
And it’s uncomfortable to get outside of our comfort zones, even when those zones are keeping us in less than ideal conditions.
This article will nudge you to explore where your money beliefs came from and how you can begin to tell a new money story.
Beliefs about money — we’ve all got them.
These money beliefs. They’re all around us, and maybe they sound something like…
Money is great, and there’s plenty of it to go around.
Money is evil — and so are those who have it.
Money doesn’t grow on trees.
People with money are snobs.
Money brings out the best in people.
Money can make you happy if you buy the right things.
Money will make me a jerk.
No matter where we are on that belief spectrum, we probably didn’t consciously choose what we believe about money. Like so many other topics, our money beliefs were handed to us. They came from our parents, caregivers, or our culture.
Are you content with your current money story?
Whatever your beliefs about money, ask yourself:
- Are you happy with your current financial situation?
- Can you see that the current state of your funds reflects your inherited fundamental beliefs about finances?
- What is the story you have in your subconscious mind about money?
- Is it time to rewrite your money story?
Just because you have negative feelings about money, your unconscious mind is going to make sure you don’t have too much of it.
And the truth is that money is part of the fabric of our lives.
If you’re ready to tell a new narrative around your moolah, here’s what you can do.
Rewrite your money story with feel-good shifts and then rinse and repeat.
The unconscious mind learns by repetition, and doesn’t know the difference between what’s real, imagined, or remembered. It only takes in the information that’s repeated over and over in the form of words we speak, thoughts we think, beliefs we believe, and all the things that we value.
Chances are, these are beliefs that weren’t ours to begin with. Let’s talk about how to make that shift so that you can begin rewriting your own money story in a way that feels good to you and that’s aligned with the beliefs you want to have.
You’re going to be creating a narrative that will help you shift the momentum in the direction of the beliefs that you choose to have.
You will be practicing patience and taking the time to do things slowly and deliberately because this work is about integrating your conscious and unconscious mind. To start this work, begin with changing the quality of your internal representations. The key here is that this change is small. I know that we can go big, and if going really big feels good, then go there. But if going extraordinarily big inside feels like you don’t believe yourself, then scale it down to where it can be big enough, bigger than where you are right now, and still feels good.
Maybe it’s along the lines of increasing your income by 10% or adding enough cashflow to be able to go out to eat dinner once a week.
Create your money story from the cause side of the equation.
First, focus on what you want by asking yourself, what is it that you want to achieve? What’s the financial situation ideally, knowing you’re going to build from wherever you start?
Once you have that, grab a pen and some paper and start writing it down. You might be writing it down in a different way than you’re used to.
Keep this in mind as you write your new money narrative:
- Say it the way you want it
- Use positive, toward language to send a message to the unconscious mind that you want to achieve (and not avoid) these things
- Create a super clear picture describing what you’re doing? Who’s there? What are you feeling? Wearing? What beliefs are you creating as a result of the new story?
If you need some inspiration, here are some potential new beliefs to play with:
Money is a means of exchanging energy.
Money is abundant.
Money is a resource that increases our ability to choose.
Prosperity is my birthright.
Being prosperous is easy and effortless.
I prosper as a result of doing what I love.
Then, begin taking deliberate steps in the direction of your goal. While it would be nice to sit around, write our wishes all day long and have big fat checks show up in the mail, this is a possibility when we begin taking action.
And the action can start small. Choose one simple thing that you can do in the next few days. You only need to know the next step, so don’t worry about needing to have the entire plan laid out for you. Complete one task, and then decide the next, then the next.
Step 1: List out all the things you believe about money.
Step 2: Write a money story that incorporates your faves from step 1.
Step 3: Focus on doing things that feel good and that are good for you.
And with trust, patience, and constant repetition, you’ll start to notice how things are beginning to take shape for you. You’ll notice how your life is beginning to change, and most importantly, you’ll be feeling good and having fun every step of the way.
To go deeper into where your money stories came from, you’ll enjoy listening to episode #26 of The Mind Revolution Podcast: Rewriting Your Money Story.
You can begin to create a new money story, starting today. And if you love this topic and want to dig deeper, then I think you’ll love this episode of The Mind Revolution Podcast – A Money Conversation.
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I'm Brenda Terry. I'm a personal development trainer and master coach who works with go-getters like you who want to achieve big results in your business and personal life.
If you're excited and ready to play bigger in business and kill it in life, I help you identify and change beliefs, patterns, and behaviors that aren't supporting your goals so you can make more money, find more joy, better manage relationships, and communicate more effectively.
I'm here to help you make the powerful, effective shifts you're craving- faster than you ever thought possible.