It can come as a surprise to people when they hear that the way they think about money can have a tremendous effect on their lifestyles and choices. Many people just find it difficult to believe there may be other ways to look at money than the one they grew up with. They don’t often question the ideas they have about it. Yet there are good reasons to evaluate your own views on money since they could be hindering you from achieving financial success.
Money: A Necessary Evil?
There are many people who view money as a necessary evil that can cause more harm than good. Still it is required by society so people work very hard at jobs the do not like to secure more of it each month. The money becomes something they loath or it is wrapped in other pesky emotions like greed or shame. Money keeps people up at night. Troubles with finances lead to the dissolution of marriages and to stress-related diseases.
Those who think about money this way see it as a double-edged sword. They know that without they will be in trouble but they see the prospect of slaving away to get it equally disheartening. There is reason why so many Americans play the lottery every day. They want to get the material benefits of money without putting in the effort. They become passive rather than seeing money as a call to creative action.
The Lever Of Opportunity
For every person haunted by the dark shadow of money, there are those people who see money as a tool to eliminate hardship and suffering–primarily their own at first. They see that money and wealth open up opportunities that will never be available to those that see it as the enemy.
While some keep their expectations low regarding the power of money, other seize the potential for all it is worth and seek ways to exploit money so they can follow their passion rather than be governed by simply earning “enough to get by.” Your mindset about money with either drive you to take your passions and come up with ways to make money with them or keep you working and slaving in you just don’t enjoy.
To transform your mindset about money you need to decide whether it is something that will continue to stress you out or whether it can be a source of peace and strength. It is true that nothing in life is guaranteed but if you cultivate a liberating view of money rather than one that limits and controls your choices, you may just find yourself on the road to undreamed-of prosperity.