Many of us would agree that our results in life are created by our actions, and our actions are preceded by thoughts, and our thoughts are created by our feelings. The challenge is that most of us have thoughts and feelings that are hidden deep in the subconscious mind – out of our conscious awareness. The easiest way to see what is in our subconscious is to look at our results. Our results will reflect the inner workings of our mind.
Over a lifetime, we hear thousands of comments about money and observe the money behavior of the people closest to us: our parents, relatives, teachers, friends and colleagues. Many of these comments reinforce patterns of thinking and beliefs that over time become buried in our subconscious. Our day-to-day experiences confirm and validate that these thoughts and beliefs are true and accurate.
In order to change the relationship we have with money, we have to reprogram our subconscious mind. This requires replacing negative thoughts and feelings that are inaccurate with positive thoughts and feelings that give us the results we want.
Most people would like to increase their income, however negative thoughts about what they have to do to make more money often counters their intention. For example, if you have the belief that you have to be dishonest to make money – and you see yourself as an honest person – you will avoid making lots of money so you don’t compromise your status as an honest person. However, this belief is not true. You can make as much money as you want through honest means and all the while maintain the highest levels of honesty and integrity.
Making a list of your most negative thoughts about money will help you to bring these deep-seated thoughts and feelings to the surface so you can view them and choose a replacement thought and feeling.
Many years ago, I sat down with a note pad and created two columns. In the left column, I listed my most negative thoughts about money. In the right hand column, I wrote a positive affirmation that would reprogram the negative into the positive.
This process totally transformed my relationship to money. I highly recommend that you make your own list and pay attention to the thoughts that come up as you read the list below. Feel free to use any of these and add them to your list.
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