When we think about investing we most often think about our retirement – our ever-dwindling nest egg. Sure this is a good long-term goal but do you know what will significantly increase your returns? Investing in yourself today! For years I overlooked investing in myself and because of this I was guided by wrong beliefs, my relationships suffered, the quality of my life was poor, I worried too much, my clothes were 15 years old, and I felt like I was merely surviving when I should have been thriving.
There are many different areas we can invest in ourselves; managing grief and emotional maturity, improving our relationships, better parenting, healthy lifestyle changes, money management, spiritual maturity, etc.
I know one area that I struggle with is money management. I worry about money too much, and money worries tend to weaken me. If I become focused on them they can get between me and God, my family and even make me ill. It’s not that I don’t have enough food on the table or have my bills paid I worry about 25 years from now if I will have the resources to retire or what if my water heater goes out and needs to be replaced? Sure these are things that could pose a problem in the future but is it worth worrying about?
I’ve come to realize that I don’t know how to manage my money, I’ve never learned to make money work for me instead I am always working for money, and sometimes I find myself thinking that I don’t deserve financial freedom. I have limiting beliefs that are holding me back from attaining my goals, and I have come to realize that financial freedom isn’t about having enough money never to worry or work again (both are impossible) but instead it has the beliefs, tools, and resources to successfully manage what I do have and open the door for more.
I am by no means qualified to teach you about money or show you how to be financially free. There are resources out there that can teach you how to manage your money, but I have discovered that one of the biggest problems we have when it comes to financial success is our internal limiting beliefs. We all have different ideas and beliefs about money; many were passed along from our parents some were learned through experience.
Worrying about money isn’t going to get you anywhere. It is only going to make you feel worse and limit your effectiveness. You can’t come up with solutions on financial freedom if you are focused on the problem rather than the solution. I recommend that you visit your local library or Amazon.com and check out some resources that will take you to the next step of letting more wealth come into your life.