I’m a big fan of stepping back every now and again to take a look around at different aspects of life. Increased awareness leads to increased insight, which can help us to take productive action. Today I’d like you to look at the big picture of your money, with the hope that this will lead you to a new, helpful perspective.
Here are three areas I’d like you to consider in regards to your money.
1) Your relationship with money.
We all have a relationship with money, much like we have a relationship with our health or our homes.
What does your relationship with money look like? For example, are you attentive and present with your money, or are you distracted and careless? Do you seek money out or do you avoid it?
If you were to use a metaphor to describe your relationship with money, what would it be? (For serious- try to answer this question.)
2) Your judgements around money.
There’s a subtle distinction between your relationship with money and your judgements around money. Your relationship is best evidenced by how you behave with your money. Your judgements are how you think about your money. For example, you might have a judgement that people with a lot of money are greedy. Or you might believe that getting money is a struggle and takes a lot of hard work.
What are your beliefs or judgements around money? One shortcut here is to look at the beliefs of fundamental people in your life, like your parents. You may have unconsciously adopted their ideas. Notice whether your beliefs are serving you or not.
3) Your feelings around money.
Finally, how do you generally feel about your money? Trapped by golden handcuffs? At ease that you can pay your bills? Desperate for more?
Just notice the general feelings you have around money. You may find that there are a number of feelings you have around money that depend on the situation you’re in.
Now that you’ve taken a look around, what is one thing you could do to improve your relationship with money? It could be an action, like more regularly checking on your finances. It could be coming up with a thought that supports a healthier, more freeing perspective. Or it could be actively trying to create a better feeling around money, like noticing everything you do have rather than the things you might be missing. Take your pick!
What did you notice as you went through these questions? What one thing will you do to have a better relationship with your money? Leave a comment below!