Changing Perspectives – Mind over Money Part 1

The first post of a three part series about changing your perspective on money....

Part 1 of 3: THE WHY

I was at a point in my life a couple of years ago thinking about life after college and how I would survive financially. I worried about my debt, my income, my savings, future bills, everything. Overwhelmed by these downward spiraling thoughts, I said to myself “I hate money, all it does is instill stress and anxiety in my life.” Was I right?

I asked myself: Why do I hate money?  …It was pretty simple; I didn’t have any.

Then I asked myself: Well why do I want it? …Another simple answer; I wanted to be comfortable. I wanted the ability to live a certain way and money seemed to be the only way to achieve that.

It became clear to me that I really didn’t hate it at all. If I had $10,000,000 in the bank I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be saying “Man, I hate my money.” In fact, there wouldn’t be much to hate. The truth was that I had an unhealthy idea of what money should be in my life and what it could do for me.

In my mind, I thought it was my security, the way to freedom and independence…

I had the wrong perspective.

Mentally, money was the factor controlling my anxieties and stress during the ups and downs in life. Have you been here? I felt restricted and less significant because whenever I thought I didn’t have enough, I felt like I wasn’t enough. I thought the only way I could effectively help people was if I had money. I felt owned by my debt. Every time I saw my balance, I saw slavery. I thought freedom would be achieved when my debt was gone and I could live comfortably because I had “just enough.” Have you ever felt this way?

I wasn’t desiring money for what it was, I was desiring the security and freedom I thought it could provide. Man was I wrong. If you’re feeling the way I was or feel like you need to address this false perspective in your life, reflect on these questions:

Why do I hate money? Why do I want it so bad? What are my expectations if I have money? What do I think it can provide?

We’re going to get to the root cause of this in part 2 and we’re going to talk about how that unhealthy perspective is detrimental to you and your well-being. And don’t worry we’re going to address it!

But for now, chew on those questions and know that there is a way to achieve peace and there is a way to alleviate your anxiety and stress. Stay tuned for Part 2!

Click Here for Part 2

Thanks for reading!

Cheers & God Bless

Matt

 

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  • Jo Smith
    4 March 2017 at 11:38 am

    Money can cause and cure a lot of problems. Great post! Unveiled a lot of truth about money.

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    • Matt
      4 March 2017 at 11:41 am

      Thanks for the comment Jo! This is true! Theres more on the way!

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  • Only in Dreams.
    14 March 2017 at 3:01 am

    I’m a rich privileged girl but I’m also easing into adulthood with the knowledge that I’m going to have to enter the real world sometime soon. Money has given me the opportunities that I wish everyone could have. It’s unfair how much I’ve had handed to me and income inequality is something I’m really passionate about so reading this has opened me up to the real life struggles that it’s easy for us rich kids to ignore because it’s difficult to think about. Money for comfort should be the aim. Money for power is why we have a lot of problems in the world. Great post.

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    • Matt
      14 March 2017 at 6:29 am

      That’s great that you have a good awareness! Some say money just makes you more of you. So if you’re mean, more money will make you meaner. If you’re generous, more money will just make you more generous! It sounds like you have a good heart! 🙂

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  • nikhilserraticsphere
    3 April 2017 at 1:29 pm

    This is the biggest problem ‘money’. It’s because of money that makes us do the good and the worst. Great post!

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    • Matt
      3 April 2017 at 1:30 pm
      • nikhilserraticsphere
        3 April 2017 at 1:32 pm

        Don’t call me sir, I m just 16! But good job

      • Matt
        3 April 2017 at 1:40 pm

        Hahaa you got it young lad!

      • nikhilserraticsphere
        3 April 2017 at 1:45 pm

        Yup😁

  • wildsoulsroamfree
    11 April 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Great post, interesting read!
    Perhaps you could do a post on how students could save money?😂

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    • Matt
      11 April 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Great idea!! I will definitely do that! Thank you for the feedback

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