I can understand why being disconnected from your money holds a certain appeal for many people, but I don’t have to like that it does – and I DON’T. Disconnecting from your money is a very poor choice because it poses a constant threat to emotional and financial well-being.
This choice provides never-ending stress which inevitably takes a toll in all areas of your life by sabotaging and undermining any efforts you may be making to achieve success personally or professionally.
Connecting to your financial life, on the other hand, means having a whole new set of better and healthier choices upon which to act rather than to waste your time and energy trying not to think about your financial problems: an effort destined for failure.
Taking control of your money is the primary way to gain control of your life.
That may not be what you want to hear, but it’s invaluable information if you want a better life and future because until you acknowledge the role of money in your life and accept its presence you will remain out of touch with the true essence of who you are and what you want out of life.
Financial Social Work doesn’t usually provide lists of steps and actions to take because our work traditionally functions on a more esoteric level. However, it is financial literacy month so we want to do something want to share a few basics that might offer more substantive help to our readers on how to reconnect with your money.
3 Simple Steps to Begin Your Journey to a Better Financial Future
- DO ONE THING DIFFERENT EACH DAY – Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen overtime. If you do one thing differently with your money today, and another one tomorrow, the next day and so on, and if you continue to practice those more money-wise behaviors, you will be in a more promising financial place within less than a month.
- KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW – Disconnecting from what you know is a form of self-sabotaging. When you disconnect from feelings of competence and power by choosing “Not Know What You Know” you give away your power, and you place yourself at much greater risk of failure.
- BE MORE SELF-ACCEPTING – What does that have to do with facing your financial fears? EVERYTHING! When you spend your time criticizing yourself you stay stuck with feelings of being unworthy and undeserving of a better future and less likely to strive to become more money-wise. Accept yourself just as you are as you continue to work to become the person you want to be.
Steps # 2 and # 3 will take more time and effort than step #1 but all will help you to begin to face your financial fears.