When you think about your current financial situation, how does your money feel? Joyful and overflowing — or broke, busted and disgusted?
What thoughts fill your mind about money? Is it filled with thoughts about the struggle you are facing? The promotion you did not get? The pay increase that was barely noticeable?
And when you are at home, are you surrounded by images and objects that increase your financial wellness, or remind you of the bills and debt that haunt you each month?
You may think that everybody must feel this way.
I have learned that this is not the case. For there are those who have trained themselves to see opportunity in crisis, and to create wealth out of seemingly impossible means. They literally think themselves rich.
Just look at any company on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) and you can witness a group of people who think about building wealth daily.
And the JSE is not the only source; there are countless individuals who have found a way to bend their minds to their will in order to have positive, productive money thoughts filling their minds.
It is the thoughts — those quiet words you say to yourself — that determine your outcome.
Suppose you have a thought that the economy is so challenging that right now your customers don’t have money for the products you are selling. How do you think that thought is going to shape your actions and your demeanour when you speak with prospective team members and customers?
You may very well sabotage sales and the future prospects of your business with a negative mental outlook.
And we all carry those nagging thoughts in our head about what is not going right, what we wish could happen, what we regret did not happen, and so forth.
So what can you do about it? Here are some ideas from Dianne & Alan Collins of NetworkingTimes.com.
1. See the big picture. Look at the current financial events in the bigger picture of a transformation of your life from where you are now to where you want to be in the future. Does the current financial stress really have a big impact in your total life, or have you been thinking small?
2. See the opportunities in any environment. Use everything to your advantage. Whatever is going on now, you can create a context that will serve your customers and yourself. Spend some quiet time looking for the silver linings in the passing clouds.
3. If you aren’t getting the financial result you want, pause and check your mental messages. What are you feeling with regard to money? Take time to write down all the thoughts you have around money, and determine if there is a pattern to the negative thoughts.
4. Consciously create your relationship with money. Rather than being swept up in the automatic feelings you have as money matters arise, consciously generate your relationship with money. Create your intent for your relationship with money in the present tense as if it is already that way. That is, look at what you want rather than dwell on what you don’t want.
Is it an easy process? No. Is it a necessary process? Yes.
In order to get your money feeling better, you have to think about what you are thinking about. And you don’t have to go it alone. As always, we encourage you to reach out to a financial coach or a licensed financial advisor to get the support to make the changes you need in your life.
Dennise Williams, MBA (Banking & Finance) is a journalist, TV producer, certified practitioner NLP coach and has 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry. You can see more of her work at www.youtube.com/financiallyfocused and contact her at email@example.com.