What if it turned out that everything you believed about time and money was keeping you from living your biggest life?
If you’re like many people in today’s 24/7 world, you’re probably living the chase. The chase is that ongoing, persistent sense of “not being or having enough.” No matter how hard you work, there never seems to be enough time to get it all done. And, no matter how much money you make, there’s always a surprise demand that pops up to rob you of hard-earned dollars.
Here’s an example of what I mean.
David was one of the brightest leaders I’d ever encountered. As a former client, colleague, and friend, I had high hopes for our working together in my own practice. Because David had twenty-plus years of corporate experience, I knew I’d have to allow time for his adjustment into an entrepreneurial arrangement. I also knew that he had a history of stops and starts in his career, and while I did have some level of concern about the nature of those transitions, I felt his expertise was worth the effort.
After months, dare I admit years, of working with David to achieve financial results, I finally came to an important realization. It didn’t matter how much time and energy I put into him. David simply was not able to produce even one client or contract for the business. One afternoon, in desperation, I asked him a pointed question.
“What do you believe about people with money?”
His response was astonishing.
“I believe they’re egocentric, greedy, and oppressive,” he replied.
I remember silently thinking to myself, Well, no wonder I can’t get you to make any money. Why would you want to be like THOSE people?
What I learned in that moment spearheaded my curiosity about the internal stories people have attached to time and money. David’s negative beliefs about people with money pointed to the repeated failures I’d witnessed during our five-year relationship. Simply stated, he lived from a perspective of scarcity. There was never enough time to enjoy life. There was never enough money to meet his financial responsibilities. David never felt valued for the work he did, and while he portended that he was not “driven by money,” he was actually held hostage by the lack thereof. The scarcity beliefs that he embodied blocked any ability to step into more abundant perspectives and greater success.
David’s beliefs had hardened into a cynical attitude toward people who had acquired success and wealth. He didn’t yet know how to go about the hard work of transforming his negative beliefs into learning opportunities for positive change. Failure to do so had shackled him to a life of scarcity, fear, and self-sabotage.
Our Beliefs Dictate Our Actions
Yes, our beliefs dictate our actions—often at a subconscious level. We self-sabotage and don’t even know it. Even though David was extremely talented, he had a litany of repeated failures accompanied by a cycle of financial chaos.
Let me quickly add that David is not much different from most of us. We all have a story about time and money, and while that story may be buried deep in our subconscious, it’s there all the same.
And, this story may be running, perhaps even ruining, your life.
What you believe about time and money often dictates your decisions and choices.
Here’s the good news: You don’t have to chase time. You don’t have to be afraid of money.
Ready to Change Your Game?
Time and Money aren’t the answer to everything, but these are the tools by which we measure much of what we do in life. They are also a portal into other emotional issues that may be holding us hostage.
Research in the field of human development suggests that our beliefs about time and money are deeply rooted. It just might be important, then, to examine what it is we think and believe about these two elements of life that impact us on a daily basis.
The question is: Are you living from a paradigm of scarcity or one of abundance?
What Do I Mean by Scarcity or Abundance?
Abundance is a mindset or perspective that believes:
• There are enough resources for self and others
• Resources are part of an ongoing cycle of renewal
• I have the ability to produce what I need and want
• I am worthy of such resources
This is abundance in its simplest form, and it represents a host of behaviors that result in greater
creativity, a sense of freedom, a spirit of generosity, and higher levels of self-efficacy.
Scarcity is quite obviously the opposite. When we operate from a mindset of scarcity, we operate from fear. There never seems to be enough, we believe ourself unworthy of what is available, we suffer from uncertainty, paralysis, and an unwillingness to contribute.
While scarcity and abundance are common enough terms, unfortunately, it’s difficult to know where we fall within the spectrum. More importantly, we’re never in one camp or another. As complex beings, we move in and out of scarcity and abundance all the time.
The nuanced relationship between time and money and the hidden dimensions underlying these two most important resources impact our daily choices and how we live out our lives. When you come to more fully understand the source of your beliefs, you can step into radical abundance via practical strategies and practices that promise to help you:
• Understand the relationship between time and money.
• Develop awareness of the internal storylines that drive your actions.
• Let go of fear and self-sabotaging behaviors so that you can make better life choices.
• Explores concrete ways of thinking and doing that promote a healthier approach to time and money.
• Embrace a Cycle of Freedom™ that produces greater joy and prosperity.
The good news is that prosperity has little to do with how much time and money you actually have. Prosperity is a mindset. It’s a place to come from —not a place to get to.
If you’re ready to step into radical abundance and transform the course of your life, the even bigger news is that you can start right now.
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