Beliefs can have a heavy impact on the lives we lead, especially when it comes to our relationship with money. Past and learned beliefs can sit in our subconscious mind without us being aware of them, affecting our day to day impulses and actions and essentially our success! In this series of Breaking through the boundaries of our beliefs about money we will touch on discovering what you want, identifying what's holding you back and lastly finding ways to retrain your brain and the way you think about money.
Most of our money beliefs are wired beneath the surface of our conscious mind. They are programmed and ingrained into our subconscious from decades ago and impact our decisions today Beliefs and influences begin to form in the first 7 years of your life - this is when your brain is most susceptible to learning without questioning. At this age we accept without question certain ways of thinking demonstrated by authority figures such as parents, teachers and others in positions of respect. Neural connections associated with specific beliefs can also be developed when we experience heightened states of emotion and repetitive focus on specific thoughts and emotions. This is particularly relevant when fears are established, our brain learns that X equals scary Y. It will do everything it can to protect us from experiencing that scary Y again. It will stimulate you to experience resistance, self-sabotage, procrastination, anxiety or even fear in order to do anything to avoid that same dreadful Y (even if later in life you consciously know that Y is safe).
So how do you break through the limitations of unhelpful beliefs to reach self improvement?
What do you want?
Firstly, you need to establish what you want and where you want to be.
For example, if you gave yourself a 12 week time-frame to improve your financial position what are the little things you would want to achieve in that time?
A good way to do this is to have a pen and paper handy and answer the following questions:
Do you want to be able to trust the flow of money coming in?
Do you want to minimise the flow of money going out?
Do you want to ask for a pay rise?
Do you want to reduce your working hours while still earning the same?
Do you want to learn to respect your money and abandon wastefulness?
Once you establish these parameters, you need to identify the unhelpful beliefs that limit your ability to achieve those outcomes.
Keep an eye out for Part 2 where we will learn to breakdown our fundamental beliefs and retrain our beliefs about money.
In the meantime take a look at this Facebook video on retraining the way you think about money: https://www.facebook.com/pg/maggiewildeauthor/videos/?ref=page_internal
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