When you get more money than you’re used to having, do you save and invest or spend more quickly? Does the car always break down or the roof spring a leak right after you deposit a nice check, causing it to disappear? (In our house, the cars always figure out when we get extra money and quickly find new and unique ways of demanding we hand $300 over to our mechanic.)
How much money does your subconscious believe you deserve to have? Each of us has a money blueprint and we rarely budge from it. Look in your bank and investment accounts, your credit card balances, your pocket and your piggy bank: Whatever money or debt you find there, is probably that amount. Is it far more than you need to live on? Just what you need? Next to nothing?
According to T. Harv Eker, creator of the ‘Millionaire Mind Intensive’, chances are you learned this money blueprint at a very young age, long before you had any clue that you may have been setting your course for life.
What messages did you hear about money when you were growing up? Did your parents (or whoever raised you) often say things like, “We can’t afford that. Do you think money grows on trees?” (Or did they say, “Let’s figure out how we can afford that”?)
Did your family seem hopeful or hopeless about having enough money? What about the other families you knew?
What messages did you hear about wealth and wealthy people? Was having wealth seen as desirable and good or as greedy, selfish and bad?
I’ve been working on these questions for myself since I attended a three-day workshop about them four years ago (Peak Potential’s Millionaire Mind Intensive that I mentioned above), and I do know one thing for sure: Trying to build wealth without believing we deserve it is like building a castle on quicksand. We have to expand our money beliefs to lay the foundation for lasting success.
Does this concept ring true for you? What’s your money blueprint?
Share your story here in the comments. I’ll send a free copy of Harv Eker’s powerful book ‘Secrets of the Millionaire Mind’ to two readers that share insightful stories we all can learn from.