The first time I felt shame about money was when I was 4 years old, and it happened somewhere totally unexpected.
I used to have a friend at school who got free snacks because her Mum volunteered at the school canteen and we’d often go together and get something tasty. One day, I went without my friend and asked for a strawberry frozen yoghurt (my favourite) and her Mum told me I’d have to start paying for my food.
I hadn’t known, of course, that she’d been paying for those ‘free’ snacks behind the scenes all along. What I did know was that I stood there, 4 years old, suddenly aware that I needed money and deeply humiliated by not having any.
I started looking around at the other kids and comparing myself. The rich kids had money for the canteen and Reebok shoes. Their parents were doctors or lawyers. I wasn’t like them. The shame I felt stopped me from telling my parents about what had happened and though I didn’t realise it at...
Food or exercise? Which do you think matters most when you're trying to get in shape?
Before you answer, let me share a personal story about what I'm celebrating this week... I'm feeling stoked because for the first time in months, I can fit into my skinny jeans!
I don't talk about weight and body image much because people usually roll their eyes when I do. They say things like "you're skinny, you have nothing to worry about" or "what do you know about putting on weight?".
But as any woman knows - and I'm sure a lot of guys do too - body image is such a personal thing. It's not the numbers on the scale that matter, it's how you see yourself.
When you look in the mirror, you don't just see your physical reflection. You see what you already believe about yourself - which is often shaped by your life experiences.
When I was younger, I struggled with my weight a lot. I went from being a super skinny kid to filling out in my early teens and staying chubby for years. It's only after...
The other day I replaced a cartridge in a high-end water purifier.
It was meant to take 5 minutes… but it took me over an hour (and after a couple of tantrums, I finally asked someone to help me!)
Was there something wrong with the filter? Nope.
Did I follow the instructions incorrectly? Not this time (although that has happened before!).
The problem was, I hadn’t used this particular water purifier in several years. This caused the filter cartridge to get over-saturated and it created a tight seal inside the unit. So separating the filter cartridge from the lid required a mammoth effort.
At first I felt annoyed because the advertised '5 minute filter change' had failed by miles. But of course I accepted it was my fault, and because of one thing - neglect.
It's actually a story I see playing out all the time in the mindset space.
Most business owners believe their mindset is fine because they read 'Think And Grow Rich' ten years ago. So they go about spending all their...
Is Manifestation a real thing or is it just luck?
There seems to be two schools of thought on manifestation.
Those who swear by it - and those who think its spiritual fluff.
As a money mindset coach, people assume I'm in the first camp.
But I agree with both perspectives.
You see, the problem is that people who claim to 'manifest' things, tend to only say that when good things happen.
They have no explanation for the times things don't work out.
And they usually can't teach the process to anyone.
This is what I call Magical Manifesting - basically nothing more than wishing and hoping.
Like the time I printed out the picture of the $1M cheque from The Secret and stuck it up on my wall... and nothing happened.
I felt like an idiot for doing it but I didn't give up on the concept of manifestation.
Because lots of big things have come to me over the years that seemed like more than random coincidences.
Things like the prestigious business scholarship I got at the end of high...
One of the questions I get asked a lot is: Does the law of attraction really work?
While it may sound like a mysterious or ‘woo woo’ concept, the truth is that the law of attraction is actually always working.
The problem is that most people are using it to attract what they don’t want…
And they don’t realise they’re doing it.
You Don’t Attract What You Want
Many people think that by saying, “I want to make a million dollars this year,” and writing that up on a poster and sticking it on their wall, that means Law of Attraction will bring it to them.
Here’s the hard truth about the law of attraction:
You don’t attract what you want.
You attract more of the vibration that you already have.
Read on to find out what that means.
Everything in The Universe Is Made of Energy
To understand the Law of Attraction fully, we need to also understand the related...
Toxic money is money that comes to you with negative energy attached to it. In exchange for receiving toxic money, we pay a heavy emotional price. Worse still, it often prevents you from earning your own money.
Different Types of Toxic Money
Toxic money comes from a wide variety of negative circumstances such as lawsuits, settlements, inheritance, child support, compensations, etc.
It could be money you feel entitled to, or money you feel cheated out of.
It could be money you feel you need to survive, but can’t comfortably depend on. Or, it could be money that you had to fight a huge battle to get.
Regardless of how it comes in, all toxic money comes with a negative emotional charge.
Toxic Money Poisons Your Money Energy
Your money energy sets the course of all your experiences with money.
When you encounter toxic money, negative energy creeps into your life and poisons all your money energy. This can block your ability to...
They’ve been with you since childhood. They feel like a part of who you are. But self-limiting beliefs hurt you and stop you from achieving your goals. So why is it so hard to get rid of them?
That’s Not Just How You Are
We all know the person who says, “Well, that’s just how I am.” You may want to help them grow and improve, but they refuse. In their minds, they’ve never going to change - that’s just how they are.
Actually, they’re half right.
Yes, they are how they are in that moment because of programming that’s taken place through time, experience and habit. But that programming wasn’t pre-determined, and it isn’t permanent.
The reason that a lot of people hold themselves back from achieving their goals is because they are repeating the only habits they’ve ever known. This familiarity feels safe, and that’s why even destructive, limiting beliefs can feel so...
Seventeen years in accounting taught me many things. The most important lesson I learned? Money mindset is everything.
Who Gets Promoted?
For the majority of my accounting career, I worked with the chief financial officer (CFO) and a finance team of over 100 people, managing billions of dollars of revenue and expenses for the Australia’s largest media company.
With a finance team that big, the structure looks a bit like a pyramid: you have the CFO at the top, followed by several directors, followed by different levels of managers, followed by many analysts. A structure like this creates the popular circumstance of more employees wanting promotions than there are promotions available.
So what makes some people rise up and get promoted while others stay stuck at the same level for years? What did those of us who got promoted have that the ones left behind didn’t?
The simple answer: A strong money mindset.
My own money mindset...
Do you feel like you have a strong money mindset or could you use a bit of a boost? Improving your money mindset not only helps you to manifest your money goals quickly, it also creates long-lasting results.
The best way to shift your money mindset is through consistent, daily actions. Read on to discover my simple ritual to improve your money energy in record time.
Money Energy is Powerful
Money is a medium of exchange and also a form of energy. We project our personal habits, beliefs, and experiences onto money to create either good or bad results in our life.
Developing a great money mindset means changing your money energy to produce positive and abundant thoughts about your relationship with money and your ability to make the money you want.
When your money energy is strong and positive, your money goals become much more attainable.
To shift your money mindset, you've got to learn how to clear any baggage that you might be...
As an entrepreneur, how you manage your relationship with money in your personal life also determines your success in business. Ultimately, you want to be the master of your money and your mindset.
Your Money Energy
The state of your personal and business finances is a direct reflection of the money energy you carry.
So what exactly is Money Energy?
Your money energy is made up of the thoughts and beliefs you have about money. These thoughts and beliefs trigger specific emotions that get stored in your nervous system.
To put it another way, your money energy is basically how you feel about money - i.e. whether you have mostly positive or negative experiences with money.
Most of the thoughts, beliefs and emotions you have about money were formed many years ago, when you were a young child. And that energy is what determines your relationship with money today.
How To Control Your Money Energy
To have a great relationship with...
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