Have you ever thought about how powerful our thoughts are? Ha, is that what the kids these days would say is “meta?” Seriously though, our thoughts are incredibly powerful! Our thoughts drive the decisions and actions we take (or don’t take) on a daily basis. So, how do we intentionally become thoughtful about money?
Thoughtful About Money?!
Most of the time when we think about money, we don’t really think about it. We tend to have a lot of subconscious feelings about money that we don’t recognize or analyze. These subconscious feelings drive whether or not we are a spender or a saver, or if we impulse buy when we are feeling stressed out.
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I know that content about money isn’t the go to “fun” read for you, and I get it. There is a lot to unpack when it comes to our thoughts about money, and I think that we all know that deep down.
We all know that our upbringing impacts how we handle finances in adulthood, and that can bring up some pretty ugly thoughts for some of us.
BUT GUESS WHAT?! (no, it’s not chicken butt geez LOL)
We CAN change our thoughts and feelings about money, even if they’ve been ingrained in you during your childhood! And changing our thoughts and feelings about money will also change our actions around money, too!
It’s not easy. It will definitely take some work, but I know you can do it!
So, what’s your money story? Your money story is where we have to start. I’ve outlined some key questions for you to think about that will help you start writing your money story. (And my next post will be all about how you can CHANGE your money story!) They come in two parts – questions about money in your childhood, and questions about how you handle money now.
Questions to Help You Discern Your Money Story
- Think back to your childhood. Was money talked about in your house? Were your parent(s) stressed about money?
- Was there enough money to meet needs? Wants? Plenty of extra?
- What about now? How’s your income?
- Do you find yourself hoarding money because you are afraid to be without it? Or do you go extreme opposite and spend it all because you’ve never been able to do that before?
Really dig into these questions, as hard as they may be to think about, and answer them honestly. Learn about yourself and what influences how you make decisions around money today. Also, forgive yourself for any past mistakes you’ve made with money or current mistakes you are making. We all start somewhere, right? We are all humans and doing the best we can with what we’ve got!