Masterful Mindsets – Money is an Amplifier
“Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” ~Will Smith
What are your beliefs around money? What messages about money did you receive as a child? What is your relationship with money now? If your answers to these questions aren’t positive and abundant, then are you ready to change them?
I grew up with a father who was born during the Depression. He spent his whole life working very hard for very little. So I don’t need to tell you that my own money story was one of negativity and lack. I’ve heard all the old sayings, many times. Some of my “favorites” were:
“Money doesn’t grow on trees.”
“The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”
And the one that really used to get me, “Money is the root of all evil.”
Now I know that my dad was well meaning. And I know that his relationship with money was based on what he had experienced in life. But I also knew I wanted a different relationship with money. I wanted to change my story. It took me many years and several lessons in abundance – but I still remember when it all really clicked for me…
I was sitting in my office after a long day of work when I first heard the powerful statement – money is nothing more than an amplifier. In other words, it is not money that makes a person bad or good. Money only has the ability to amplify what is already in us – our true character. For example, if you are someone that is generous and giving by nature, then having money will amplify your abundance mindset and open up more opportunities for you to give freely. I have a friend like this. She didn’t grow up with money but was always caring and giving. Now that she’s an adult and has financial security, she is still caring and giving but at an even higher level. And by the same token, someone who is greedy or has questionable integrity will continue to be that way with or without money. Having money would just amplify their selfishness and greed.
When I heard this concept, that money was only an amplifier, it was like a light went on. It completely shifted my long time, deeply entrenched belief that money really was the root of all evil. And think about how important that is – you would never have an abundant life if you believed that money was bad. You’d subconsciously always find a way to keep it at a distance from you. After all – no one wants to draw something in close to them if they believe it is bad or evil.
This one shift in my belief was the beginning of a beautiful new relationship with money for me. I was able to begin rewriting my money story from that point forward. And to change other lack minded, limiting money beliefs too. No, I still haven’t found a tree that grows money… but I do believe that anyone can have abundance in life.
So what about you? Do you have a good relationship with money? If not, then what old limiting beliefs about money are you ready to let go of so you can bring abundance into your life? If you sat down to write a money story – what would it be – a horror story or a love story?
My challenge to you is to make peace with money. Write a new money story. One that can amplify all the good you want in your life. One that will let money amplify all the good that is in you.
***Want to know more about how to create a loving relationship with money? I highly recommend “Money – A Love Story” by Kate Northrup
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