Money is a hugely important part of our lives (rightly or wrongly). But have you ever stopped to think about your own attitude towards money? Do you love it? Hate it? Obsess about it? As business owners we can’t avoid it — we have to at least consider how to make it… almost every day.
Just quickly, we’re going to explore how your attitude towards money has been formed and how it might be shaping your everyday financial decisions. We’re also going to have a little look at ‘money manifesting’ and the ‘Law of Attraction’, which some of you may have written off as irrelevant to you, but which are actually rooted in a lot of common sense. Finally, we’re going to give you three very simple strategies that could help you start to bring more money into your life, without even leaving your chair.
What’s your attitude towards money?
There are two main attitudes towards money: one of optimism and abundance (positive) and one of scarcity and pessimism (negative).
With a negative attitude towards money, you won’t try hard to get it, you will miss opportunities and could even make some poor calls that end up with you losing money. Conversely, with a positive attitude towards money, you will be open and willing to have it in your life, and actually attract it in various ways.
Your own attitude towards money is important because it inevitably shapes your financial behaviour and, in turn, your financial success.
Fascinatingly, your attitude towards money will have been mainly formed from beliefs during your childhood and experiences in your adult life.
For instance, when you were young, how did your parents view money? Did they fight about it? Did one use money to control the other? Were your parents wealthy and gave you everything you wanted?
Now that you’re older, how do you view money? Do you love it? Do you despise it? Do you believe that you deserve to be wealthy?
The good news is that because your attitude towards money has been learned over time, it can also be unlearned and adjusted. Once you become aware of any limiting beliefs you have when it comes to money, you can begin to address them.
It’s incredible to think that simply your attitude plays an important role in attracting money into your life or driving it away.
‘Money manifesting’ and the ‘Law of Attraction’
While you may or may not have heard about money manifesting, chances are you have heard about the Law of Attraction. While the two aren’t always spoken about together, the latter definitely has the power to influence the former.
Let’s start with the Law of Attraction.
In a nutshell, the Law of Attraction says that you will attract into your life whatever you focus on. In other words, whatever you focus your energy and attention on will come back to you. For example, if you focus on good and positive things, you will automatically attract more good and positive things into your life.
What if you want to attract more money into your life? Can you leverage the Law of Attraction to literally manifest money and realise financial wealth? Many people say you absolutely can…
However, before we begin to look at manifesting money in a bit more detail, it’s important to note that it’s about much more than just wishing you had something (money in this case) and it suddenly appearing in your lap. You need to take some steps to see the Law of Attraction really start working.
Three simple steps to help you manifest money
Identify your limiting beliefs and address them
Before you can even begin to start manifesting money, you need to identify and address your limiting beliefs about it — also known as ‘money blocks’.
Instead of remembering all those times you were told throughout your childhood that “money doesn’t grow on trees” or “money can’t buy happiness”, focus instead on positive affirmations — simple, positive statements that can have a profound effect on your conscious and unconscious mind.
These positive affirmations might seem a bit silly to start with, but remember, what you say to yourself becomes what you believe, and what you believe has a greater chance of becoming a reality.
Here are some examples of positive money affirmations you could say to yourself every day:
- I am a money magnet
- Money flows freely to me
- My skills, time and knowledge are worth a lot of money
- My business allows me to live the live I want
- I have the power to create my own success and fortunes
Be clear about what you want
The next step is to set yourself some clear money goals. Now we’re not talking about things like, “I want to have loads of money and travel the world”, that’s far too vague. Be more specific and think about why you want more money. Maybe you want to buy a new house, pay off all your debts, go on holiday somewhere exotic or purchase that motorbike you’ve always wanted.
With specific goals in mind, you can now figure out how much money you need to achieve them. It’s inevitably a lot less than you’d get if you won the lottery and it will be very specific. Once you’ve worked it out, write it down. This number is where your focus and energy will be targeted.
The power of gratitude
Never underestimate gratitude. There is so much research being done at the moment into resilience and positive mindset that finds — although we’re not absolutely certain how — that you will be rewarded with more of the things you are grateful for. Maybe it’s simply because the things you are grateful for will also be the ones that you pursue harder?
However it actually works, it seems like a good attitude to have anyway, so why not try being thankful for the money you do have, the opportunities you do get to make more and the times when those opportunities do come to fruition.
If doing this helps you further overcome your limiting beliefs and solidifies money as a positive, good and beneficial force in your life, then surely that’s all good?.
It’s got to be worth a try? What’s the worst that can happen?
Further reading if you’re interested in the potential power of money manifesting and the power of The Law of Attraction:
- Rhonda Byrne, The Secret
- Dan Kennedy, No B.S. Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs: The ultimate no-holds barred kick butt take no prisoners getting rich