EMPOWERMENT/FINANCE/SELF-HELP

EMOTIONAL FINANCE

How you feel about yourself can have an effect on your financial prosperity. You can block the flow of money into your life with negative self esteem or by not realizing your self-worth. In this time of recession it is important that you are aware of how you measure your value as person.

Many people measure their value as a person on external objects such as people, places, or things. When you have those things or don’t have those things your self esteem increases or decreases respectively. In these challenging economic times, anxiety and depression are on the rise as more people are experiencing loss or financial difficulties. It is common for people to associate their self-worth with financial success. People who link their self esteem to money find themselves more susceptible to depression and anxiety when their pockets are empty.

Remember, your mind locks its attention on those things you focus on. It is easy to focus on what we don’t have or are lacking. Unfortunately, this does nothing to change your situation and could make it worse. By focusing on lack, your mind only shows you options that confirm the belief that you are lacking things in your life. In this way you begin to block you blessings, because you are no longer looking for them. Your ego conspires to be right. And if you believe yourself to be without, the mind will only focus on those situations that correspond with that belief.

Some of us (including myself) have a past where financial difficultly was the norm. We must make peace with those past financial issues, in order to allow wealth to flow into our lives with less resistance. This explains how some people who have experienced some form of financial gain find themselves losing it because their frame of reference is still that of an individual that is lacking.

Another way you maybe blocking your wealth is not recognizing your self-worth. I remember when I was just starting in my career I was always afraid to ask for the salary I thought I deserved. This is because I truly didn’t believe I deserved it. I’d always assumed It was luck that got me to where I was and not that I had something of value to offer and that I should be reciprocated for it appropriately.

It is very important to be aware of how you measure your self-worth. It is good to set goals and these goals can be material. But be careful of attaching your self-worth to these external variables. By measuring your value as a person with external items you give those items emotional power over you. This can have direct effects on your mental, spiritual, physical, and financial health.

To insure you stay healthy financially and allow more money to flow into your life effortlessly, you must first unhinge your self-worth from your net value. Realize that you are worthy of everything the world has to offer simply because you exist. This will keep your emotions stable and not dependent on the ebb or flow of your finances.

Second, be grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t have. This will focus your mind’s attention on looking for opportunities that will benefit you financially. You can strengthen your focus on financial prosperity by resolving and letting go of past financial weaknesses. Also beware of financially limiting thoughts (such as; Money is the root of all evil or you can’t have money and be spiritual). These thoughts hinder your financial success.

Some good tools to help you visualize your financial success are “Vision boards” or “Mind Movies.” To create a vision board you take a piece of cardboard and paste pictures from magazines (or other publications) that match your vision of financial success. To make a mind movie you can make a simple power point presentation containing positive affirmations and pictures (you can collect off the web) that match your vision of financial success. Use these tools to remind or motivate yourself when you find yourself facing challenging times.

Lastly, seek out help from experts. If you are unable to afford professional help, look for individuals in your life that you know make good financial judgments and discuss your finances with them. You may find discussing financial issues to be difficult, but it is necessary that you overcome this challenge. To be helped we have to communicate with others in order for them to help us. By discussing your financial issues you are shedding light in the darkness, allowing yourself to move further down a path of financi