Updated: 3 days ago
Why don’t we show our money the same care and attention that we shower on every other relationship in our lives?
That's because we think we don't have a relationship with our money. We do! It’s just a dysfunctional one. What holds you back from loving your money? The answer is you won’t bring yourself to take care of yourself financially, especially if those actions compete with taking care of those you love. You tend to care for everyone before you tend to yourself.
Your nature is to nurture:
your kids, your parents, your spouse, your siblings, your colleagues, your pets. Everyone gets your full attention. No matter how good your intentions may be, they are nonetheless draining you. You need to give to yourself as much as you give to others. I want you to think about your financial self-care.
What’s required? - you have to develop a healthy, honest relationship with your money. And you have to see this relationship as a reflection of your relationship with yourself.
Let’s look at it this way, how we behave toward our money, how we treat our money speaks volumes about how we perceive and value ourselves.
Take a deep breath today and look at your relationship with money and how it has impacted your past choices. Remember, we can at any point in time repair the relationship if it requires repairing.
How do you repair your relationship with money?
In the same way, you would repair any relationship that is damaged. By acknowledging your mistakes, taking responsibility, and resolving to act in a way that will bring about change for the better. In the case of you and your money, that means making smart and strong money moves, moves intended to make you feel more powerful and secure. If you show money the respect, it deserves today and carries that through all your actions, then one day, when you can no longer take care of it, your money will take care of you.
Respecting your relationship with money you see is the key not only to your security and independence but to your happiness.
Change your attitude-get rid of the burden of shame and the tendency to blame. You don’t feel confident in your knowledge of how money works, so you hide behind the shame of it. You wrap yourself in the cloak of shame rather than face your shortcomings.
You blame - society, your parents, your partner...no one taught me, no one showed me. The truth is no one is going to hand you the financial education you need. You are going to have to get it yourself.
There is no reason to blame yourself. It will get you nowhere, and shame will only hold you back. Let’s look forward. Use your past to push you into your future.
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