To be successful, before anything else, you must WANT to be successful. It may seem a bit counterintuitive, but when we are talking money people have a lot of negative beliefs about it. Who has never heard that “money is the root of all evil” or “money is a necessary evil”? These are beliefs that can hold us back when we are trying to figure out how to be financially successful.
For a lot of people, being financially successful means being rich. And being rich means being greedy, cheap, evil, despicable. Media shows us rich bad guys fighting poor super-heroes (Lex Luthor vs Superman, Malfoy vs Harry Potter). Or the poor guy who wants to be rich and then turns into a bad guy — because apparently this is the only way to get there.
When we believe money is evil, we want to get rid of it the fastest possible! (or we sabotage ourselves from getting any money)! Acting this way we allow money to control us. We need to put these thoughts behind us and move on.
To be financially successful, you need to show your money who is in charge. You need to change your relationship with it. You need to tell it what it must do and how it must work, and not the other way around. YOU are the master of your money. Money is a tool!
Only after that change, only after you are convinced that you deserve the money you are making (and that you can put it to GOOD use), only then you can start thinking about budgeting, investing, saving and being rich.
By then you will be already rich, without even knowing it.
If you like this post, maybe you will like this one too: “More money will not make your life better“.
(Image: Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park on the Siksika Nation Reserve in Alberta. Leah Hennel/Calgary Herald)