Do you often feel you don’t have enough money to support all of your needs? Or do you feel inadequate in your finances so you get too scared to spend or rather spend everything conversely? Despite your resistance to spending, do you still have enough? Usually, the relationship that exists between an individual who is successful with money and another who gives up easily on their financial goals revolves around their attitude towards money.
Personal finance books, articles, or podcasts will teach you money goals, such as spending less than you earn, saving or investing for the future, and avoiding buying things you don’t need. Well, while these may be critical to achieving financial freedom, it is often difficult to implement those rules.
It is not impossible to have a financial breakthrough from a paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle. The problem lies in your beliefs and attitudes about money or finances, otherwise regarded as a money mindset. There are two types of money mindset: scarcity and abundance. While the former believes there is never enough, the latter believes in always having enough even if the prevailing circumstances negate the belief.
As much as money is a veritable tool to solve problems and live comfortably, it can also serve as a source of worry, concern, and limitation. Your thoughts toward it drive your financial decision-making processes, such as spending, saving, investing, and handling of money. With a positive money mindset, you tend to make better financial decisions that can help you overcome challenges associated with money paucity.
Formation of Money Mindset
As the name implies, our attitudes toward money are formed by different factors, usually psychological. Your experiences with money surely have a role to play in how you perceive it. Someone who has always lived on the generosity of their loved ones will perceive money differently from someone who had to take up a part-time job in school to make ends meet. One enjoyed free income while the other had to work to earn.
Regarding our family background, kids who had their parents openly talk about or fight over money while they are growing up will end up having a deeper understanding of money than those kids whose parents never created an open discussion about money probably for fears of igniting certain emotions.
It is common to have heard the phrase “money doesn’t grow on trees” from our parents. Such a saying affects our perception of money. It tends to make us spend within our limits, avoid buying unnecessary things, withdraw from giving financial aids, etc., thus limiting what we can do and achieve with money. However, this can never make us richer or wealthier.
The lessons we learn about money – from our parents, friends, and community at large – are mostly indirect. You may not be taught how checkbooks or paychecks work. However, when you watch your mom or dad switch off every light, don’t you think there is a certain lesson embedded in the action? Do they pay tax willingly?
The reality is that you don’t need more money to live well or stay happy. In fact, there is a virtue in living with fewer things. The reality is that money is never enough. As long as people live, they will continue to chase more money than they need.
What You Gain by Understanding Your Money Mindset
There is a strong connection between what you believe and what comes out of the belief. Your relationship with money and attitude towards money determine what you will make of your money mindset. Research conducted by Thomas Corley of Rich Habits discovered that 53 percent of self-made millionaires were obsessed with becoming rich before they were rich.
In another study conducted by Ramsey Solutions, of the over 10,000 millionaires studied, a whopping 97% of millionaires believed that they have the keys to become millionaires within their control. And that mindset was the reason behind their success.
Henry Ford said, “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.” This is true to a large extent. By understanding your money mindset, you get a mindset shift. In other words, you are able to get on the path of a positive money mindset, which is the right attitude to succeed.
Changing Your Money Mindset
If you still believe that only lucky people have money, then you are still trapped in the mindset of scarcity. It is time to extricate yourself from the long-standing myth that you need a big-income family to become wealthy, and it starts with your awareness of this self-limiting belief. Your belief, in turn, shapes your behavior.
The following tips will help you change your money mindset from scarcity to abundance.
1. Make positive money affirmations
The problem with a negative money mindset starts with limiting beliefs that impact the way you perceive and handle your money. These have to be written off if you want to develop an abundance mindset. You need to create a new reality for yourself. For instance, affirm yourself as a successful money manager who has what it takes to transform the age-old family pattern of money scarcity. State that you invest your money responsibly and support others financially, no matter the situation. When you understand the “why” of your money, it gives you the motivation and commitment to set positive and healthy financial goals that will transform you completely.
2. Be grateful for what you have
Oprah once said, “Be thankful for what you have. You’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never ever have enough.”
This is the reality of the world in which we live. Wealth is not distributed equally. Notwithstanding, there are lots of things to be grateful for, and spending more time to be grateful for those things rather than worrying over what we don’t have makes us feel abundant. Be grateful for having a roof over your head, good health, food to eat, access to clean water, and clothes to wear.
When you are grateful for what you have, you tend to be content and less tempted to spend on less important things, creating more room to spend or invest in more reasonable things.
3. Expand your knowledge base
The books we read are instrumental to the changes and progresses we make. Leadership speaker Charles Jones once said, “You’ll be the same person in a year as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Learning about money management and money psychology will go a long way in setting you up for success, not considering the amount of money you spend.
It is through books that you can learn how to move out of debt so you can live your ideal life, understand the need to have an emergency fund, and design a game plan for your financial future. You can try out the following books: Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms by Amanda Steinberg, MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins, Secrets of a Millionaire Mind by Harv T Eker, among others.
A mindset shift will give you freedom from overspending, paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle, and debt. It also helps you to develop a good savings attitude and set yourself up for success. All of these tips are critical to the ultimate goal of achieving complete financial freedom. When you are grateful for what you have, you tend to be content and less tempted to spend on less important things, creating more room to spend or invest in more reasonable things. Remember that.
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