People usually look at money and finances like it is a dense and solid subject. In this reality, money does not have a fun, easy-going and free-flowing feel to it. What if your money situation were not solid and heavy but could be light and easy to manoeuvre? How much more relaxed would you and your body be if you started acknowledging that you have more options than you have been willing to look at with all things money?
Here are 3 options you may have that you never acknowledged possible.
I often say it doesn’t matter who your parents were or how you were raised; wealth is always possible to create. That is because the ability to prosper has nothing to do with how much money you have but, rather, what your relationship is with the money you have.
Sadly, the vast majority of us have an unhealthy relationship with money. That’s why 70% of lottery winners lose all their money within five years. That’s why I, the daughter of a billionaire, spent most of my early adulthood living in a panic over how I would survive. And it is why millions of people born into poverty can work incredibly hard and never seem to accumulate more wealth.
In my experience, the core reason most people struggle in their relationship with money is because they are disempowered in this area of their life. Many people (particularly women and children) are taught a point of view that it is inappropriate or impossible for them to control their own financial situation. This drains them of all personal power around money and creates a situation where they will never be able to fully create wealth for themselves.
When we’re confronted with the opportunity to spend money spontaneously (hello, David Jones sale) one of two things normally happens:
We act without thought and impulsively spend the cash to satiate our emotional yearning or we take the point of view that we deserve the item, telling ourselves that we’re buying it as an act of self-love.
And it’s costing us a bomb. Impulse spending has contributed to Australians with an all-time high credit card debt. Recent statistics from Finder.com.au found we’re $32 billion in credit card debt alone – that’s not counting the $100 you owe your mum.
So how do we control the impulse spend?
According to wealth mentor Curry Glassell, we must value ourselves enough to say ‘no’.
“When you fall in love with an item, as we all do from time to time, you need to stop and make a decision that aligns with your best interests.”
Following her simple formula will help you fight impulsive urges and become more conscious when it comes to making a call that is right for you (and your bank account).
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When people travel, they generally look for things like: warm weather, nice views and a big shopping mall. When I travel, I do things a bit differently. I go to places that match the energy of what I would like to have, do and be in life. What if you were to get the feel of what you would like to create in your life and found destinations that matched that? For example, I enjoy being around riches and so that is one of the reasons I choose to be in Houston so much of the time. It has a wonderful, generative feel to it and it is a very easy place for me to be. Houston is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, it has a low employment rate and it is very entrepreneur centred. This matches the energy of what I would like to create.
For many people trying to create greater wealth, a lottery win would be a dream come true. There is a common point of view that if you are given a large sum of money, you will continue to generate wealth forevermore. However, the sad truth is that 70% of lottery winners lose all their money within five years. Instead of using wealth to create more wealth, most people end up squandering their money and creating poverty.
I often say that it doesn’t matter whether you have been raised in prosperity or poverty – with a healthy approach to money, anybody can create wealth. As the lottery statistics show, an abundance of money is not the answer to wealth creation. Instead, I believe, prosperity comes when you have an abundance of:
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If your point of view creates your reality, what are the points of view that got you to where you are? What judgments have you bought from other people that are creating the monetary reality you are currently living in? When you create from judgment, you are limited. You can have option A, B or C. As soon as you begin to create from possibility, you can have anything! If you do not have as much money as you would like to, there is a fair chance that you are judging yourself with money and receiving.
What do you use money for? Most people think money is to buy things, and it can be, but actually, it is a tool we can use to change things and create greater possibilities in the world. What if generosity with money were one of the ways you could change the world and the lives of other people? Kindness with money is not necessarily giving your money to charities and the homeless, although that is certainly generous.
What if the next time you go to buy dinner, instead of thinking how much money you just spent, you looked at is as a gift for the lovely food & the venue & the wonderful wait staff and the payment is a way of showing gratitude? You are not giving away more money than you originally were, but the energy of it is so much more grateful and generous. Would that create greater possibilities in the world?
Money is something that has a huge amount of significance. Everyone has heard the saying: money makes the world go around. It is a taboo topic and is usually not discussed with family or with friends, and if so, it is usually negatively. Now, I would like to encourage you to consider a new point of view - What if money had no significance? What if the purpose of money was to have fun and change realities? Surely it couldn't be so easy...
Every judgment you have is a place you cannot receive. Every story you buy into is how you will create your life. Do you live in a scarcity mindset? Do you find poverty proves itself true? When you judge a point of view as real, you lock it into your body and reality. Anything that does not match the energy of that point of view cannot come into your life if you will not receive it.
Here are 3 common mindsets that cut off our receiving to wealth.
Debt... For most people that one word is enough to make your stomach sink. Most people think about debt as inevitable - an essential part of everyone's financial situation. Most people also dread the thought of it. What if that were not the case? What if debt were easy to get out of, no matter how much you owe? What if it were easy to never be in again? Here are a couple of ways to help you get out of debt and still live comfortably. Right Riches For You invites you to look at a different way of looking at money and ask questions to get aware rather than concluding your situation.
The advice most experts give is that if you work hard for long hours then you will make a certain amount of money. What if this is not the only way to do it? What if there was a more fun and easier way to make even more money?
Asking questions opens you up to more ideas and different possibilities. When you ask a question and answer it, you have one idea and one possibility. When you leave the question open-ended and are really curious about a solution, you open up your mind allow yourself to become aware of unlimited ideas.
Here are 5 questions you can ask to open up your creativity and ideas to money flows.
How grateful are you for everything today? The bed you woke up in? What the weather is doing? The city you live in? How much money you have in your bank?
Gary Douglas says: Gratitude grows gratitude in others, without gratitude you cannot receive. The greater your gratitude, the more money you can have.
Do you always focus on the things that you don't have? It is great to look at what you would like to create, but if you don't look at what you have already created, you can only receive so much. How much more money could you receive if you had gratitude for everything? Gratitude does not exclude. It is a sense of thankfulness for the abundance of life, the good, the bad and the ugly. It is being grateful for the things you asked for and the things you didn't. It is not selective. It is not being grateful for some things in life but not others. That is judgment. You cannot be in gratitude and judgment at the same time...
Are you getting enough sex? Are you getting enough money? Are you having enough sex? Are you having enough money?
What does sex mean to you? What does money mean to you? Perhaps you get similar energies for both.
How closely do you associate money and sex? They are two sides to the same coin.
Sex is the energy of receiving everything without a point of view. It is the energy of being willing to receive all of life, all of other people and all of yourself. So, how much sex are you willing to have? A lot, a little, or none at all? What if the feeling of being turned on was what it felt like to be in a state of receiving, and that was what allowed you to create and receive the financial reality you've been asking for? Does that sound any more fun that what you are currently choosing? You can always have that if you choose it!
It is not about the money and yet, is it about the money?
Those are strong words and for many years of my life I resisted the idea of even asking for money for anything I created or did or said. Then one day I looked at my account and woke up to the fact that if I did not change my behavior and my point of view I would not have enough money to take me forward another 30 years. That was this year.
The dip in the oil and gas industry combined with a working interest inherited from my Fathers estate took over 3 million dollars cash right out of my account in one year. The down side was that it did not produce that or even double during that year as a matter of fact it produced only 30,000.00. I was out of cash reserves and still had cash calls every month asking me if I wanted to be involved in projects that amounted to 60-100 thousand dollars up front to participate in this or that. Wowie —I had to change this, it was time to address this and other things that were creating my current financial reality.
Money – it’s a topic we all have in common. Lack of money, excess of money, hard-earned money, easy money – it’s something that affects everyone.
I have seen it from so many angles. Born into money, I had it, lost it and found it again and along the way learned so much about different people’s relationships with the almighty dollar.
For the last ten years I have been teaching people through my Right Riches for You Programs how they can change viewpoints that keep them from creating wealth, and also how to be comfortable with money once they get it.
It is surprising what stops people from earning the money they want and deserve.
When we get down to the core of people’s money beliefs on a course, there’s always a story they’re not aware of. For some it’s that their parents never had enough and taught them that money was always in short supply; for some it’s their culture or religion’s view on wealth - for me it was that I had grown up with some very wealthy people who did some very unkind things so I associated wealth with meanness and saw money as the root of all my malaise.
Whatever the background story is, change comes quickly when people discover the often untrue subconscious thoughts they have about money. Once I realized that money wasn’t evil, I stopped spending it wildly and living beyond my means. I no longer tried to get rid of it as soon as I got it, as I realized wealth wasn’t something terrible. There are plenty of nice wealthy people out there and people are unkind because they’re unkind, not because they’re rich!
Some questions you can ask yourself to discover what hidden points of view you many have about money. Here are some of them:
1. How do you view money? Is it a happy or sad thing?
2. Is money easy to make? Why or why not?
3. What should people do when they have lots of money? Save or Spend? Why?
4. What are your family’s views on money?
5. What does your culture or religion say about money?
6. What do your friends think about money?
7. Would you like to be earning more? If so, why do you think this isn’t happening?
If you answer these types of questions honestly you can start to form a picture of your money mindset. Then you need to start genuinely questioning whether your answers are true. For example if you realize one of your recurring thoughts is “Money makes you greedy” or “you have to work long hours to make good money” or “I can only ever earn a maximum of $50,000 a year doing my job” you have to look at whether that’s actually a fact or not. More often than not, it isn’t true and if you can let those viewpoints go, everything can change in a matter of minutes”
The most challenging part of helping people to create wealth is to make them realize they can. It really does come down to mindset. Anyone can be wealthy and happy with it, but so many people don’t believe that, and that’s the only thing standing between them and all the money they could want. And I know. I’ve seen money in ways few people have, and that fact is true every time.
What if the money in your bank account does not dictate what else you can create for your financial reality?
What is the first thing that comes to mind the minute you look at your bank account? So many people immediately go into the judgements and wrongness of the cash they currently do have available instead of the gratitude for the money they have created and is currently available in their bank account.
Judgments create more judgments not money. Gratitude creates more gratitude and receiving.
What if the world of your finances does not dictate the way you see money?
What if the way you are currently looking at money IS creating the world around you with your finances?
What if adapting and conforming to have the same points of views as everyone else limits your money flows. As much as we care our family, friends, teachers, religion, and culture, we adopt their thinking automatically often without being aware of how these views will influence our choices in the future.
For a long time I just thought that how I see things is how I see things. I didn’t know I could choose to change the way I see the world. I thought my point of view was my identity, who I was and that they were just going to be the same forever.
There are unlimited different points of views surrounding money and If you wish to make changes in the way you see things that would make you more money, you have to honestly and truthfully evaluate the money beliefs you have operating in your world in this current moment. the points of view of money you had as child may have worked in a kids world, But as an adult are the same points of view that were once so easy now working against you?
The more willing you are to change a point of view that limits you, the more you see from a different space and that space will allow you to have more money flow into your life easier and more joyfully.
Our lives are constantly bombarded by people with judgements about money which becomes embedded on a subconscious level. I used to believe money was bad and the root of all evil and was responsible for my unhappiness and lack in my life. I found myself often referring to those who are extremely wealthy as “filthy rich,” as if having great wealth makes them dirty.
I realized one day that this wasn’t an original thought, but I had heard it from another person. Then I realized that they probably heard it from another person as well and so on. Who knows where it started.
Seeing the silliness of this made me step out of this fixed view on wealth riches. I realized that looking at the world this way would never allow me to be rich because I didn’t want to be one of these people. This way of seeing the world was keeping me from creating riches and wealth I knew was possible. So I changed my point of view and it changed my finances.
What are your points of view about money that keep you from having more?
What do my words create?
We create our lives through our spoken words. Words contain energy and carry motion into our world. Please begin to pay attention to the words you speak. What comes out of your mouth expresses your points of view—and your points of view create your reality.
Paying attention to the words you use is about getting clear about what you are creating in your life. The use of language is one of the major ways people create limitations for themselves in this reality.
How do you gain greater awareness of the words you speak and what it creates as your financial reality?
Start being aware of what words you say when you talk about money and financial reality. Pay attention to where you align and agree with media and where you resist and react.
Once you are aware of the words you use, ask yourself is this what I would like to create as my financial reality?
If you words like need, want, and but create you having less money on a daily basis.
"Need" creates greed. "Want" creates lack. And "But" dismisses everything you said before it. How often do you find yourself say "I would like to have more money in my bank account, BUT I don't have time to add more to my life that would make me more money"? "But" is just one of the elements that create you current financial reality in this sentence. The fundamental conclusion here is that you need to work more to have more ... What if it is a lie that is perpetrated that you agreed and aligned with? What if you need to ask for greater possibilities of creating more financially without an assumption that it will involve more work?
What if you could function from "what else is possible here?" ?
3 steps to growing a money brain:
1. You must educate yourself about money and how it functions.
This will open up a space for you to see the myths, lies, and fears making your financial decisions. You may be extremely uncomfortable! But when you stop trusting blindly what you’ve been told…you will start trusting your own awareness of what you know and don’t know. Then you have control of your money and future.
One of the fastest ways to educate yourself is by asking questions. Ask questions until you have clarity with your situation.
2. Eliminate as much Confusion about money as possible
Confusion = Missing Information.
Having adequate information creates ease. Do not ignore your knowing.
Ask yourself these questions:
This list will keep growing. You may be surprised at how much you actually would like to learn.
3. Be willing to ask for help.
Educating yourself doesn’t mean you have to know it all…you just need to be willing to ask questions.
Many of your capacities with money have been sleeping… or hidden behind what you may have perceived as ‘bad’ decisions. What if your brilliance about money has been waiting for YOU?
As you grow up, you entrain yourself to your environment – you mold to its beliefs and structures. Beliefs about money come from everywhere - parents, friends, school, newspapers, TV, internet, etc. As an adult, you carry everything you have learned with you. But you don’t question most beliefs, they simply become WHO YOU ARE and you keep living and making decisions based on them. This has created your current financial reality.
When presented with a belief you have two choices: you either align & agree OR resist & react. Either way, you become stuck. How? Whatever you decide is true becomes YOU – your identity. And so you think, act and react as if you were the belief; it becomes the wallpaper of your mind.
What if the foundation for your financial reality is as easy to change as…changing your points of view?
Let’s look at this from an energetic perspective. When you align and agree OR resist and react to a point of view/belief, you create a polarity. Meaning, there is a polarity to the belief, based on your assumption of an opposite belief existing…you don’t want to believe.
Whatever belief you choose, that belief attracts information it matches. This takes you out of choice! Because you just keep attracting and piling on more information of the same colour and flavour.
What do I know about money?
What do I not know about money?
When you ask these questions, what will show up are your points of view about money and finances. Keep asking these questions for NEW INFORMATION that will open up a door for you to recognize more possibilities and places to explore – beyond what you have concluded you already know and don’t know.
I am very grateful that I had a chance to contribute to the creation of a documentary about Governor Ann Richards. It was an incredible gift. Recently, I have been asked a lot why I would invest in a creation of a movie. Here are 4 reasons:
Curry Glassell was the executive producer of Illegal Movie.
Through a series of interviews with undocumented kids, activists, policymakers, non-profit leaders, educators and members of the clergy Illegal seeks to raise the consciousness level of the American public regarding the importance of full immigration reform beginning with the Dream Act.
Though an important step was taken with the president's order to halt the deportations of some young undocumented residents, we must remember that his executive order could change as early as January under a new administration. What is necessary is a law that provides a path to citizenship for these young people. Our work is far from over.