Career & Money Experiment #4: Crush Your Limiting Beliefs About Money

Looking for a 4 Step experiment designed to help you take what’s holding you back from building your fortune and turn it into fuel for success? Oh, perfect. Coincidentally I just created that exact thing for you! You’re welcome in advance.

1. Identify Your Limiting Beliefs. I don’t know about you, but I remember hearing lots of negative expressions about money growing up.

  • Mo’ money mo’ problems
  • Money is the root of all evil
  • Money doesn’t grow on trees
  • Money corrupts
  • Money can’t buy happiness
  • Rich people are selfish and materialistic
  • Extremely wealthy people are extravagant and ridiculous

Before starting my research for Career & Money month on the blog, I didn’t think I had any limiting beliefs. But, now that I have made a point to improve, I realize that I have subconsciously held myself back from reaching my full potential.

I have never linked happiness to money because I know both rich people and poor people who are happy. I also know some very unhappy rich people and poor people. I literally interpreted the expression “Money can’t buy happiness” because I associated money with the purchase of “things”. Money wasn’t a motivating factor for me because my happiness wasn’t attached to very many tangible things. I was never big into shopping, didn’t have dreams of owning an expensive car or a mansion, and always preferred a backyard BBQ to an expensive night out. I thought that my modest lifestyle would give me everything I desired and that money couldn’t buy me any more happiness.

Then I caught the travel bug and sponsored a child. These things became a huge part of my identity and holy shit, are they expensive. This is where part two comes in.

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When I think about travel and all the good that comes from exploring, my limiting beliefs about money disappear. Morocco 2009

2. Find the Flaws in Your Beliefs!

I fought hard to maintain that I didn’t need to make a lot of money to make all of my dreams come true. Being a millionaire couldn’t be a part of my identity. It conflicted with who I wanted to be. Didn’t it?

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3. Flip your Limiting Beliefs. #oppositeday

These are the limiting beliefs from part one exposed to tell the whole truth.

  • Mo’ money mo’ freedom to take on all that you desire.
  • Money is one root in my tree of happiness.
  • There is PLENTY of money to go around, but you won’t find it on trees. It grows out of hard work.
  • Money empowers you to make more choices.
  • Money can’t buy happiness, but it can contribute to it.
  • To be rich is to be the fullest version of yourself. If you are struggling financially, you have a ceiling on your happiness.
  • Extremely wealthy people are free to build the life of their dreams without limitation.

4. Create your new core belief about money.

I bet you just realized that you have some beliefs about money that is limiting you in subtle but profound way. Are you ashamed to make more money than your husband for fear of hurting his ego? Are you afraid that your family or friends will judge you if you choose to make money one of your desires? Whatever it may be, take a second to analyze your beliefs and break through the ceiling that you’ve constructed to limit your financial success and ultimately your happiness.

My new core money belief EMPOWERS ME!

Money gives me the freedom to be wildly generous, truly spontaneous, and build the life of my dreams without limitation.  -Jessica McKinley

Do you have any limiting beliefs about money? What is your NEW core belief about money? Share in the comments below!