When you choose Positive Money, you choose a relationship with money driven by love rather than fear.
This first principle of Positive Money is about the power and the will to choose what you want for your relationship with money. When you make the choice, you commit to coming from a place of generosity toward yourself and others in all dimensions of earning, saving, spending, and giving. You aim to take control, assume responsibility for money whenever possible, and give yourself grace whenever you fall short. Whether the results go up or down, your commitment remains steady.
When you choose Positive Money, you give yourself the gift of intentionality – of deciding how you want to BE in your relationship with money moment by moment, day by day, dime by dime. If you want to be less stressed about it, you ask yourself what less stress looks or feels like. If you want to come from a place of love rather than fear, how might you do that?
Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. - Dalai Lama
You might be thinking, “Sure, that sounds good but what if money is a daily struggle for me?” I get it. Many of us face practical and psychological challenges around money. We’re in a job that isn’t paying enough to cover our bills. We’re an entrepreneur who has great business ideas but finds making sales difficult. We’re a parent who feels overwhelmed by parenting and ill-equipped to raise money-smart kids.
If you relate, chances are fear is at the table. Your brain shuts down. Limiting beliefs have a heyday. You feel stuck and anxious. This is when choosing Positive Money can be a game-changer.
When You Choose Positive Money Principle 1
When you choose to practice Positive Money, you:
Consider what love would look like toward yourself or others so you can bring your best self to the situation.
Add to it a daily practice of mental fitness – breathwork, meditation, a good laugh – and break everything down into bite-size pieces.
Ask for help.
Consult your elder, wiser self.
Take an inventory of what’s in your control and let go of what isn’t. you can’t. and you will start to feel more in control.
As the Dalai Lama reminds us, the power of positive thinking is not to be underestimated -- even when we feel the opposite of positive.
Your rich life is up to you. It’s your choice. If you want to let others decide what that life looks and feels like, then you're still making a decision, albeit one that forfeits that choice.