What stories are you telling yourself about your financial situation?
Most of us have a story that explains why our financial situation is what it is. That story keeps you were you are. It does little to move you out of the situation you are in. As an example, Barbara Stanny in her book “Overcoming Underearning” tells about a conversation she had with her financial counselor Karen McCall. When Karen told Barbara that she was an underearner and that she was earning well below what she could and should be earning, Barbara immediately went to her story that explained why she couldn’t earn more. It was because she was writer and everybody knows that writers don’t make any money. This is before she learned that this is only a myth and since then she has made substantially more money.
What are the myths that you are holding onto?
A friend of mine told me about a conversation she had with a woman. This woman was asking for some business advice. In their conversation it came out that the woman thought that a man should come and take care of her. This was what her mother had taught her, and she was still holding onto the myth of the knight in shining armor coming and saving her. Not realizing that she was her own knight in shining armor and that she was the one that was going to save her. Of course her business didn’t stand a chance until she was willing to stand up and take care of herself. She would have to let go of the story that was holding her back.
How many of us have been telling ourselves a lie like that? And guess what happens, the results are the same as it was for this woman. But wait! What if we told ourselves that we are the knight? We are the one that can and should break through the barrier that is keeping us in the status quo.
To continue the fairytale metaphor the knight in a shining armor could also be a magic queen or king that with a wave of a magics wand changes the story. Your story is unique and only you can make the change you seek. If you don’t like the way you are living your life then wave your magic wand to change it. By changing the stories that are keeping you trapped in the dungeon of underearning, you can escape. Giving up the old familiar story might be scary, but think about it, which one is scarier, trapped in the dungeon of underearning or free, living a life of abundance?
So look at the stories you are telling yourself and question them. Then change the ones that are not serving you on the path to living a Life of Abundance.
Love and peace,