I want to be careful not to tread on very sincere beliefs. So let me say up front that I think the power of positive thinking and affirmations that aim your brain in a direction of abundance rather than poverty can be a very helpful thing for a lot of people. At the very least, if it’s NOT all you do, there is probably no harm.
I might even go further and say that very wealthy people who are all about the money as an end goal, feeling they never have enough, may not be as happy inside as poorer people who go through life in an abundance state of mind. In the bigger picture, we can always find something to be thankful for — even if it’s simply the chance to begin anew at any time or a community of supportive people online who can understand what you’re going through.
Where money affirmations may not work for you
All that said, there are people offering a lot of (hopefully) well-meant advice geared solely toward thinking positively to welcome and attract money (and career success, btw) toward you. And I worry that many people, already feeling overwhelmed by what it might take to redirect their lives toward one where money becomes your friend, stop there and trust whatever is being created by the new mindset alone.
What may at first sound like a contradiction is that I’m a firm believer in a positive mindset in both money and career, since many people have a less than friendly push-me pull-you relationship with those areas. At the deepest core level, you need to believe you deserve to have money and success as much as anyone else.
But all those affirmations asking for wealth or anything else may actually not be setting you up in a positive way. I want to say that again in another way: if your focus is on the end goal alone, you may be missing the larger point. Just asking for something doesn’t mean deep down you feel you deserve it. Nor does it mean you’re taking the steps to get there!
Relying only on affirmation finance can create the opposite
A lot of people get rich telling you how to get rich. And they need to make it a simple-to-understand, one-size-fits-all method to sell it more easily. So they will find every story that reinforces this is the way to make your own wealth grow. And you begin to incorporate these stories and this advice as YOUR path to riches. But it may not fit who you are — and therefore may leave you hanging, while the advice guy is all comfy and cozy.
In addition, for many of you, just believing that this is working for you can help you delay preparing for things you’ll need to do down the road, when faith alone (though a powerful ally) won’t pay your mortgage or medical bills. Yes … I know none of us want to think about this, but it’s a reality that can be a hard shock or a softer landing depending on what you do early on.
If all you’re doing is thinking positively and expecting money doors to magically open up one day whenever needed (without also creating some financial keys for yourself now), you may be setting yourself up for a time when all this is foreign to you … just when you need the knowledge and softer landing the most.
So what should you be doing now?
By all means affirm. Pray. Be positive. With the right financial mindset this can all work to your advantage. But think about things that can help prepare you for a life open to positive outcomes AND actual money that you will hold on to because every fiber of your being believes you not only deserve it, but took ownership of creating it — where lasting outcomes really are born.
Affirmations alone may be seen as taking action, but that leaves out the aspect of the universe helping those who help themselves — beyond just thought. And if thoughts alone are your actions, there is no picture of YOU as the strong, steady-handed person who can guide your own financial ship — and that can leave you being tossed by any wave or storm that comes along.
Some steps you can take now:
- Start teaching yourself about budgets, cash flow, investments, and retirement planning.
- Read the first suggestion again without cringing. 🙂
- Begin slowly to add financial planning and management to any affirmations or positive visions. Believe in them too.
- Even more important: Be positive you can do it — even if it takes time.
- Allow yourself to make mistakes. We all do.
- Be compassionate about how this feels to you. It’s not easy at first.
- Congratulate yourself as you make progress. It does get easier.
- I have always believed that money will come to me — but I also never stopped finding ways to help it get here.
- All that said — actions are keys to opening financial doors. Start finding more ways to earn, save and grow your money. You deserve it! Some tips on this site, and lots more good info out there!
Some articles to help you get started