Are You Emotional About Money?
Are you emotional about money?
I used to be emotional about money. Money allows me to pay bills and function in a capitalistic world, but besides that, money does not have an emotion for me. The emotion that people attach to money can be emotional. The feelings we attach to money can be messy. Everything that is important in our lives is emotional. Our relationships are emotional, our work is emotional, and so is our can be money.
Your relationship with money can change. Taking the time to do this might just change your life.
Identify Your Relationship with money. The first step in improving your relationship with money lies in identifying what your relationship with money is like in the first place. When thinking about your relationship with money it is sometimes helpful to think of money as a person. I know it sounds a bit daft, but bear with me!
How would you describe money in your life?
Is money your best friend or enemy? Does money make you feel safe and secure inside? Or does money put you on edge every time you encounter money in your hands? These two thoughts may help:
Set Micro Goals
Decide what healthy financial thoughts or practices you want to adopt. I’m not here to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do with your money. You are the expert on what you want your relationship with money to look like. Here are a couple of questions to get you started. Does looking at your bank account weekly feel like a healthy financial habit? What about starting your day with a mantra like, "I'm confident enough to understand money."?
Create a roadmap to implement changes. Reverse engineer your way from where you are currently (in an unhealthy financial relationship) to where you want to be. Create small, manageable steps to get there, and practice at a cadence that works for you, be it daily, weekly, or monthly.