What I Did To Change My Money Mindset
Okay It Girls, let's talk money. If you're on a level up journey, chances are finances are a major part of the process. One thing I quickly learned when starting my own journey was that mastering your mindset was an essential first step.
Since beginning this process, I've attracted my dream grad job, promotional opportunities, pay rises and new higher paying clients for my freelance brand design business, Lydia May Branding. While I'm far from expert status when it comes to having a positive money mindset, I feel that I've found a formula that truly works for me and wanted to share what I've been doing in the hopes it might help you on your own journey:
1. Adopted a new mantra
Whenever I begin to feel anxious about a particular financial hurdle, instead of feeding my anxiety and worrying about if I can afford the things I want, I adopted a new mantra:
MONEY ALWAYS COMES
When I look back at my life so far and all the times I've been worried about money, the fact I've survived up to this point makes this so much easier to believe. All it takes is putting things in perspective and looking at how far you've come, to realise things generally work out more often than not. The universe is on our side.
2. Read 'You Are A Badass' + 'You Are A Badass At Making Money'
These books were honestly the start of my whole self development journey and I would recommend them to anyone looking to change their mindset and outlook on life. These books focus on getting you to explore and understand the belief systems you have about money that are essentially holding you back from attracting the financial freedom you want. Then, they challenge you to set financial goals and restructure your beliefs in order to begin attracting abundance.
3. Changed my perspective on financial freedom
I realised recently that while I've been trying to manifest financial freedom, I had put this goal on a pedestal as a dream for a future version of me to achieve rather than feeling financially free in the present moment. I've since come to understand that financial freedom is relative. When I look back on where I was 2 years ago, I couldn't afford even a small luxury such as getting my nails done. Nowadays, this is something I do without a second thought. I came to the conclusion that financial freedom for me isn't necessarily about being able to spend carelessly on expensive things, but rather being able to do things for myself without restriction.
4. Started taking 'financially free' inspired action
As a result of my changed perspective on financial freedom, I started to act on this more by taking 'financially free' inspired action. If I saw something I wanted to do for myself and I could afford it, instead of talking myself out of spending on 'non-essentials', I just did it. Regardless of how big or small the investment, I started to embrace the small luxuries and as a result, I truly began to feel like I had more abundance in my life.
5. Creating an abundance log
Perhaps the most important practice of all for me has been abundance logging. This is how I ensure I maintain daily gratitude for everything I have in my life. Anytime I receive anything of value, from paychecks to a free cup of coffee, I log this for the month in the following format:
+ £250 birthday money from my Auntie - Thank you x
+ £4 free Starbucks coffee paid for by a stranger - Thank you x
This really helps me to visualise how much abundance I gain on a regular basis which is useful for putting in perspective, those times when you feel like you have nothing. I end every log entry with a mini prayer of thanks for whatever I have received. Showing appreciation for what you have rather than focusing on what you lack, attracts more of what you want in life.