Is money the root of all evil? Or is that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? Perhaps you think life is passing you by and you are stuck where you are because you “don’t have it.” Not an unusual reaction in the face of crime, devaluation and general bad news.
However, I am here to say that you can choose the message that you tell yourself. Words and thoughts have their own energy, including self talk. Everything you think and say affects your personal vibration, and the way you feel. You may just be chasing away money, opportunity and a better life by the way you talk to yourself and the messages you listen to.
That is not the standard financial advise you are used to, is it? We are all told to budget and save and invest. And that is important and there are licensed financial advisors who will help you along the way to do just that.
Yet, if you are living paycheque to paycheque, going to work, home and church, mad as hell about money and cussing yourself everyday because you can’t do no better, then its time to reconsider what’s going on inside your head. And this is real and is acknowledged in the Bible. Proverbs 14:23
says “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty”.
Negative money talk impacts workplace productivity
And that little voice in your head is on constant chatter about your financial situation. And it affects everything. Your work relationships, your home and so much more. So let’s look at the documented impact at the work place. Global accounting firm, PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PwC) notes that 37 percent of those surveyed said they spend three or more hours at work each week thinking about their personal finances.
Some employees even miss work due to money woes and among HR pros surveyed by PwC, 37 percent indicated that employees had missed work because of a financial emergency. And another study published by US firm Rand Corporation in 2015 found that lack of sleep, financial concerns and taking care of family members are negatively associated with productivity.
The result is lower productivity because of financial stress. And the financial stress is usually aggrevated by the self talk. We constantly chatter to ourselves about our money and that we need more, the job is not paying enough, the boss could do better, the spouse could contribute more and on and on.
And this build up of negative energy about money clouds our vision. Many of us are so angry that we don’t see great financial opportuities that come our way. So what can you do to make a change?
Make a change
The first thing we have to do is something that is easy to dismiss. And that is to count your blessings. The benefit of this is that it cuts the negative self talk that is going on and reduces stress build up. That alone can have a positive health impact. The next thing is that you have to make the effort to speak to someone who can seperate the emotions related to your money to declutter your decision making process. The third thing I recommend is to find a model. Is there a successful person that you know that you could copy one thing that they do to create a feeling of success within your own life? These are just a few of the many actions you can take to break the negative self talk that holds you back from feeling good about your money. And when you feel good, you would be surprised at the good things that come your way