Over the years I’ve seen many people try to work on their “money mindset”...
Is it actually effective?
So many friends and colleagues have spent thousands of dollars (and years of effort) working on healing or clearing their money blocks, or dissolving “limiting beliefs”… and yet, years later, they are still struggling with the same money issues...
This is why I have doubts about that system of belief.
Personally, I haven't tried "clearing" limiting beliefs, or working on my “money mindset”, and yet gratefully I have a thriving business.
Here’s the thing — I grew up with a father who taught me that making money is a struggle. Money doesn’t grow on trees. I went to church and learned that money is evil and rich people are corrupt. I grew up in that environment.
I’ve also known others who have done well financially, yet came from difficult economic backgrounds, and never had to clear/dissolve their limiting beliefs.
And what about the people who talk about working on clearing their money blocks? Unfortunately, they are often the most financially distressed.
Consider this possibility:
What if “money blocks” and “limiting beliefs” are not real?
What if they sound true, but are really an ingenious scapegoat for lack of strategic and consistent action?
It is natural for us to fear and delay as we try to build a business. We are being called to take actions outside our comfort zone… so when an expert comes along, and says that it’s your money block or limiting beliefs — giving name to those fears and doubts — it seems to make sense! I don’t blame you at all for believing them.
And then, they want to sell you a program to clear those beliefs.
Here’s the problem:
The more attention (energy) you give to your inner demons, the more they multiply.
First it’s one limiting belief, then you discover another one. You keep finding subconscious blocks in various areas of your life!
It never ends...
And this is why a whole industry has sprung up around it, to help you clear these blocks, that are in truth self-multiplying with attention.
“Argue for your limitations, and surely they're yours.” –Richard Bach
The more energy you give to “trying” to clear something illusory, the more you end up believing in it… and the bigger the problem you end up having. You then need to work even harder to clear it! It is a vicious cycle, a downward spiral.
Oh, and it happens to make great money for the people selling you such programs. (In truth, they probably really believe it themselves... but it does work for them, because the most reliable way to clear your money blocks is to sell other people on how to clear theirs!)
What to do instead?
Stop spending your money on these programs. Stop using your energy trying to clear them, because by giving energy in that direction, you are actually empowering them.
The acquisition of money is very simple:
The second idea is obvious. No matter how small the amount is each month, I hope you are always saving some money. Put it into a socially responsible index fund for reliable growth.
But let me explain the first idea:
Your money initially comes from other people.
To have money, you need to offer a service or product that other people value.
The more they value it, the more money you will feel comfortable charging.
Value comes from other people's trust in you (which you can develop through consistent content), and your understanding of what they want (which comes from doing “fan interviews” and market research), so that you are offering what resonates with them.
Therefore, get consistent with these strategic actions:
Do these things, and you will have less and less money challenges over time. No more money blocks to clear!
George Kao is a Marketing Coach for small business owners, especially solopreneurs such as Coaches and Mentors. He focuses on ethical & effective ways to grow one's platform and build true livelihood.
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