By now you’ll be familiar with my belief that the purpose of a business is to create financially freedom for it’s owner. Of course, you can’t be financially free without money. For most of us, we can’t live the life of our dreams and add value unless we have a healthy attitude to money. Mother Theresa, Buddhist monks and other humanitarians might be able to fulfil their purpose in life without money. But they are not reading this blog. They are not small business owner-operators looking to create freedom and wealth from their business. For those of us looking to make our way in business in western society, we need to love money, respect it and want to use it wisely. You’ll be amazed how many business owners I work with who limit their own success due to an ingrained fear of wealth.
Changing negative beliefs
Is there anything buried in your psyche that limits your ability to build wealth from your business? Have you ever questioned what might be limiting you from creating a business that makes you a lot of money?
Here’s an exercise to help you check in with yourself about your own attitude to money and wealth. Find a pen and paper, and draw two columns. On one side, write the heading ‘Positive Attitude to Money’ and on the other, write ‘Negative Attitude to Money’.
|Positive Attitude to Money||Negative Attitude to Money|
List as many things as you can in each column. Put your positive beliefs and feelings about money on one side and negative thoughts and feelings on the other.
What does this list tell you? If you have more negative thoughts on one side than positive, it’s possible you’ve got some negative beliefs that are holding you back. This will be true for many people. If that’s the case for you, you might want to do some work about that. You might want to reconsider your underlying beliefs about money. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to know more about this.
From the desk of liber8yourbusiness. Business mentors and experts in small business exit strategies.