Overcoming Limiting Money Beliefs (1)
Do you want to learn how to overcome limiting money belief? Read along.
There is a secret psychology to money. Most people don’t know about it. That’s why most people never become financially successful. A lack of money is not the problem; it is merely a symptom of what’s going on inside you
- Harv Eker
Limiting beliefs are thoughts ingrained in our consciousness. They are either to the effect that something good is difficult, impossible or that we don’t deserve it. They could have been formed from early childhood or through relationships in our latter days.
When applied to money, limiting beliefs could be in the form that we can do with just enough money to ‘get by’ in life. Also, one may think that the superabundance is not attainable. Or perhaps that we do not deserve to be in the circles of the highly affluent in the society. Some even think they are not capable of paying the price necessary to be truly and honourably wealthy.
Whichever form they present themselves, limiting beliefs, even though are in the mind; are strong enough to hold one back from being truly financially successful.
Many people had heard their parents complain and fight over money in their childhood days. And in some cases, were equally privy to their parents or guardians, whom they respected and looked up to so much, criticize the rich and the source of their wealth. Hence, they had silently formed the opinion in their minds that it was impossible to make good money in a ‘clean’ way – that you had to be crooked to be truly affluent.
The mind, a wealth mine
But we know, as Christains, that our Father, God, is the Owner of the cattle on a thousand hills! And all silver and gold are His. He gives us the power (ability) to make wealth. So, as His redeemed children, we should possess His attributes, one of which is the possession of clean wealth, for it is He who gives wealth without adding sorrow to it.
In line with what the Word tells us, author and public speaker, Jack Canfield, in his classic work, ‘The Success Principles’, reiterates that financial success starts in the mind. And he takes this from the Word of God in persuading us to guard our minds diligently. I am also persuaded that, apart from the breadth of God in us (our spirit), our minds are the greatest possession we have as humans, and what sets us apart from animals.
According to Canfield, we have to first decide what we want and then believe that it’s possible and that we deserve it. “Then you must focus on it by thinking about it and visualizing it as if it were already yours. And finally, you have to be willing to pay the price to get it – with discipline and perseverance over time.”
He further argues that most people unfortunately, however, never get to even the first stages of accumulating wealth and that too often, they are limited by their own beliefs about money and by the question of whether or not they deserve it.
. To be concluded next week.
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