Money is not good or bad.
Money is a resource. It’s a piece of paper we infuse with power.
What we use it for, our intentions, why we want to accumulate it, or what we’ll do with it when we do, is like gasoline to a fire. If the fire is already going and we pour gasoline, the fire gets bigger.
Money is fueled by what’s inside our minds (thoughts, feelings) and bodies (action).
Except our minds are often trying to label what we experience into ambiguous categories of “good” and “bad.” This impacts our perceptions of our emotions and experiences (and therefore, ourselves) and brings us into an either/or dichotomy.
Since money is fueled by what’s inside us, how we feel about ourselves is critical to our relationship with money.
We need to start removing “good” or “bad” from our vocabulary when we talk about ourselves.
When we classify ourselves in this way, we start putting ourselves in a box which eliminates our opportunities.
No opportunities mean no chance for things to be different and if things can’t be different then how can we change the way money comes into our life or the way we achieve our goals?
So, we need to approach money as being neither good nor bad, and as neutral instead. We need to recognize we aren’t good or bad either.
Here’s the 3-2-1 on this aspect of the Attitude of Neutrality.
- Money reflects what’s inside us and it’s what’s inside of us that determines how we use and interact with our money. When we align with ourselves, our money is aligned with us.
- When we come to realize money is not good or bad, we can also come to realize we aren’t good or bad either. We have emotions and experiences that influence our perceptions, which influence our actions, which create our results. To act in ways that serve us and get the results we want, we have to come from a neutral perspective.
- If we can come back to a place of neutrality (in terms of judging ourselves) and be happy with who we are, our relationships get better, we bring in more money, and we accomplish our goals.
2 ACTION ITEMS
- Challenge yourself to look at things more neutrally. (Really question yourself when you start to identify feelings, emotions, or actions as “good” or “bad”. What happens if we look at things as “they just are” instead of judging them?)
- Catalog the top 3 emotions you have each day. (Instead of labeling them as “good” or “bad”, can you identify what they’re trying to tell you?)
- How are the judgments I have about my emotions driving my actions and impacting my results?
I could have made judgements about the chaos going on my life. Read my story and how I brought order to my uncontrolled chaos.
To your impact and legacy,