Our Energetic focus this week is money. Lisa Ginter, the CEO of CommunityAmerica recommends getting a financial checkup annually. Our second money expert is Dr. Janice Hughes. Like Lisa, Dr. Hughes emphasizes the impact that our financial health has on our physical health and wellbeing.
Dr. Janice Hughes began her career as a chiropractor. By accepting a variety of opportunities that came her way, she transitioned to coaching health practitioners and other people with their businesses. Now she focuses on helping people with their health, wellbeing, and their mindset about money.
First Principle: Money Equals Energy
Dr. Hughes holds the belief that money equals energy.
As I mentioned briefly in my last blog post with Lisa Ginter, money brings up all kinds of emotions, and merely thinking about money can cause a physical reaction in us. Money is far more than just a piece of paper or a line on a bank statement.
Dr. Hughes adds that money is energy because it is about an exchange. You hand $10 to the cashier in the grocery store, and they give you the bag of apples you picked out. A transaction just took place, and money is at the center of it. Money is energy because it has the power to make that exchange. It also accumulates energy as it flows through all these exchanges every day.
Why does that matter? Dr. Hughes says that the question that most people have is “How does this impact me?” It matters because what starts to happen is our concepts about money filter through and impact everything we do.
Second Principle: Your Beliefs About Money Are Not Your Own
Dr. Hughes uses herself as an example. As she was growing up, she regularly heard the statement, “Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know.” Did you hear that as well? She says that belief meant that she grew up thinking money wasn’t available to her. It means that money didn’t flow, or that it couldn’t be attracted to her.
The result of growing up with those particular beliefs is that they became the reality. Money didn’t flow, until Dr. Hughes changed her beliefs.
Just like Dr. Hughes did not choose the original philosophy that money doesn’t grow on trees, most of us are living with beliefs about money that aren’t ours and that we didn’t choose for ourselves.
Changing Your Money Beliefs
Dr. Hughes provides some guidance for changing your beliefs about money.
First, think about why you want to change your beliefs about money. Dr. Hughes points out that we need to change our philosophy about money because it impacts our self-worth. For example, if you are setting up a private practice, as Dr. Hughes did, the belief that money doesn’t grow on trees might lead you to feel your services aren’t worth a fee or aren’t worth the amount you could be charging. That belief might completely stop you from setting up the practice!
Once you see why you want to change the beliefs about money, ask yourself, “How do I rewrite that?”
Dr. Hughes says that we rewrite the philosophies by creating an affirmation. She cautions us to recognize where we are currently, and create an affirmation that is a small step forward. If we try to make a huge leap, like suddenly saying, “I am worth millions of dollars” when we are broke, Dr. Hughes says, “your brain literally is screaming back at you, ‘You’re a fraud.’” Instead we need to make small changes.
One small change that I recommend is to respect your money. Clean out your purse and your wallet, organize the cash and change, and treat it with respect. You can create an affirmation here, like “I take care of my money, and my money takes care of me.” This can help to change your philosophy about money.
With your annual financial checkup, you can begin to put together a plan and a budget for your money. You can also create an affirmation around your budget to help change your money philosophy and increase the flow of money, like “My money takes care of all my needs.”
Just like I talk about with exercise and healthy eating, changing our relationship to money requires small changes. But making the small changes can create big shifts in your life. For more small changes that you can make to your financial health, check out the chapter “Your Financial Wellbeing,” in Small Changes, Big Shifts. If you haven’t downloaded your free copy of the ebook, do that here.