Bhahahaha Money Mantra? Are you serious?
There are many years of my life that I can look back on, where that would have been my response. Many. But, today is a new day (thank God for that) and I now know, it’s something we all have whether we sit down to intentionally craft one or not. If you need money to live, you have a money mantra.
We all have a story that we are unconsciously telling ourselves about money (unless you’ve completed a similar exercise already) and it has nothing to do with wealth. You can have a trust fund and still feel like life is meaningless. You can have a rock solid retirement plan that you adhere to religiously and still feel like you’re sacrificing the best days of your life for a small sliver of time that isn’t guaranteed. Whether you are in the midst of filing for bankruptcy or patting yourself on the back for achieving your money goals, you have a money mantra and the purpose of this post is to make it an intentional one. It’s one of the most transformative things I’ve ever done and I can’t help but to share it.
Of course, I’m no money expert, I’ll have to turn you over to the best for that. However, I can share my own responses with you and give you a little insight into my thought process.
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One of the first assignments is to think through your fears about money. While it’s easy to keep it generic with the “I’ll never have enough”s, my challenge to you is to dig deeper. Think about instances throughout your life that required money. What in your childhood made you aware of money? Why did you want to earn your own money? What was the purpose of money in your family? Whatever comes to mind immediately, dig deeper. Here’s what I came up with:
- I am afraid of feeling helpless and not having enough money to take care of the people in my life that I love.
- I am afraid that people around me will find out that I am poor.
- I am not here for the money, I am here for freedom. This is where I escape to, I don’t care about money.
- Money causes problems.
Your next assignment will be to rewrite your fears into new truths. Once again, this is what I came up with:
- I constantly exceed my own capabilities and have more than enough money to take care of the people in my life that I love.
- I am a symbol of abundance and not afraid to speak my truth.
- I am here for the money; I care about money. There’s nothing to escape from; I am free.
- Money solves problems.
Once completed, you are to repeat your new truth 25 times, 3 times/day, for 6 months.
While I’ve just given you the highlighted version along with my own personal responses, Suze goes into MUCH greater detail on the thinking behind the exercise, which I encourage you to get up to speed on before writing your version. Plus, as I mentioned, this is just one of the many tools she will help you to acquire during her course.
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