That seems like a silly question, doesn’t it? But the answer is often more complicated that you’d expect. We get a lot of mixed messages about money.
“Money is the root of all evil.”
“Money can’t buy happiness.”
“A penny saved is a penny earned.”
“Waste not, want not.”
“Moderation in all things.”
“Money isn’t everything.”
If you grew up in a Judeo-Christian religion, the messages are even more confusing. In the Old Testament, God’s blessing is accompanied by wealth. Then in the New Testament, we read: “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Interestingly, one interpretation of that much-quoted verse is that “eye of the needle” was a gate along the Jerusalem wall that was used to gain entrance to the city at night when the main gate was closed. A camel would need to get down on his knees to enter through the eye of the needle. The image would have signified humility, not impossibility.
So back to our question, “How do you feel about money?” Let’s take a little test. Say these words out loud and pay attention to how they make you feel:
Hammer… Pencil… Money…
Like a hammer or a pencil, money is simply a tool. But many people find that even saying the word “money” makes them feel uncomfortable. Conversations dealing with money make them squirm. Paradoxically, these same people complain about how they never have enough of it. “I can’t afford it.” “I don’t have the money.” They comfortable discussing lack of money, but not abundance. Hmmm…
Whether you realize it or not, at this very moment, you are attracting lack or abundance. If it is more comfortable to discuss lack than abundance… which do you think you are attracting?
T. Harv Eker, author of “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” and “SpeedWealth”, postulates that we are each born with a financial thermostat, which determines our financial set-point. In order to change your financial status in any long term or meaningful way, you need to examine your mental and emotional relationship to money. The most compelling revelation in Eker’s work is that your financial blueprint is not static. It can be changed. Set aside time to watch this video to learn more about the concept of a financial thermostat. The video is subtitled in Spanish for all our Latino friends!
If you don’t feel comfortable with the word “money”, there is a good chance you are drastically diminishing your chance of having financial abundance. Do you have a deep-seated belief that equates poverty with holiness? Do you feel that having a large amount of cash resources at your disposal would be wrong? Would you feel guilty living in a nice house or driving a nice car? Would having more than your family or friends make your feel uncomfortable?
Remember that money isn’t just useful in buying things. It is also used to pay for experiences that create life-long memories. Have you ever wanted to take the family to Mexico? Europe? Thailand? Those experiences require money.
What if you could donate large sums of money to the charities of your choice? Money can be a powerful tool to enrich the lives of others.
Personally, I don’t believe money is good or evil. I believe it is nothing more than a tool. Money cannot buy love or happiness; but neither can poverty. The one thing money can buy is options. And life is too short to live without options.