I’m eight years old, standing in front of the refrigerator looking at the child support check from my father. My mother grouses over my shoulder “It’s late again and it’s not enough.” Thirty years later, Monica Shah asks me “How does that make you feel?”
Money doesn’t grow on trees.
Money is the root of all evil.
Time is money and love is bullshit.
Ever hear any of these phrases? Perhaps you’ve heard your parents, your spouse, a friend or a co-worker rattle off one of these common money catchphrases.
In its simplest form, money is a thing – paper, coins, a transaction. Yet more often than not we think of money and can’t help but wrap it up in our own emotional packaging.
We’ve all got money issues, right? Either there’s not enough or there’s too much or we’re spending it the wrong way. I thought I had a good relationship with money until I went to Monica Shah’s More Money Tour last month. If you have the opportunity to attend one of Monica’s events, I highly recommend it.
She completely changed my perspective on money and my relationship with it. From practical, actionable advice to major mindset shifts, Monica is worth her weight in gold. She’s got an amazing knack for helping people figure out their money story . . . and reprogramming a lifetime’s worth of bad money mojo into a positive and powerful money mantra in mere minutes.
Here’s the thing. I like having money. I don’t feel bad or guilty about having it. What I dislike though is spending money. I rather see my savings account get fat than spend money on anything other than essentials.
Monica helped me see that my hidden money story has held me hostage in ways I didn’t even realize. Luckily, she helped me work through it rather quickly and sent me off with the custom-fit money mantra “Love is money and money is love.” Whenever I’m uneasy about decisions that I think – or know – will impact my family, I find strength, courage and faith in my new money story.
How did your parents talk about or deal with money? Has that affected the way you feel about money today? Leave a comment and let me know about your money story.