Shift your money mindset to start your dream business
Want to start (or rekindle) your dream business, yet feeling concerned about money? If this is you, your doubt is understandable given the mindsets taught inside conventional education and corporate settings. The truth, however, is that you can earn as much money as you believe you can. The key to success as an entrepreneur is to cleanse and reset your money mindset. This week's blog will empower you to start your most authentic career path today with:
(1) the most essential money mindset shift for you to embrace,
(2) a real life story about my money mindset shift as a new entrepreneur,
(3) my top 5 resources to cultivate your money mindset shift, and
(4) one simple practice to start right now to generate abundance.
The most essential money mindset shift for you to embrace
Exciting news! There are an abundance of spiritual principles you can learn to help you understand how to generate money as an entrepreneur rather than depending on an employer. And if you read further on in this blog you're going to learn several resources I recommend to help you study and truly gain the wealth of knowledge you need to empower yourself as an entrepreneur. But for now, let's start with the most essential spiritual principle there is that relates to you and money:
God (the universe) always provides.
This spiritual principle is found in all wisdom traditions and reminds you to trust that God (the universe) always anticipates and provides for your needs; and it is simply up to you to be open to believe and receive. To embrace this spiritual Truth can be harder than it sounds. Living this principle requires you to cleanse out the lower consciousness mainstream thinking that your boss, your company, or a health insurance company is the source of your financial security. And then, you must embrace and embody the higher consciousness thinking that God provides for you THROUGH the individuals or companies that give you money. In other words, God is always the source. Those who pay you or provide other key resources are vessels of God to meet your needs.
Take a moment and think about this: whenever you had a real financial need, hasn't a way always become possible to meet it? That is God (the universe) at work on your behalf. As you shift your thinking toward this spiritual idea, you will notice that you feel more and more secure in your faith in God’s endless ability to provide for you. And, you'll notice that you magically begin to cultivate and attract money to you to support your career dreams and all of your other needs.
A real life story about my money mindset shift as a new entrepreneur
Here is a real life story about an experience early on in my current business when I just began to learn and test these spiritual ideas around money. I experienced a financial need that felt unreasonable to be fulfilled. I leaned into the principle that God always provides, and what happened after that forever deepened my faith. This story is sure to inspire you:
In the early days of my business, money felt scarce. Every two weeks as bills became due, I felt immense fear and would ask myself: “Can I pay my bills? Did I earn enough revenue?” I loved working for myself, yet financially surviving felt super scary at times. It got really scary when a client who had paid me a significant fee in advance decided he wanted to postpone our work due to a change in his life plans. As was appropriate, he asked for his money back minus any of my already expended fees. I panicked. I didn’t have the money. I had spent it as soon as I received it.
I knew my only option here was to turn to faith. I sat in my altar space at home and prayed. A fear-filled part of me began rationalizing various ideas for how to avoid giving a refund. I reasoned I could tell the client I didn’t think it was right for him to back out. I thought about alternative ways to work together to use up that same amount of money. I hated all of these thoughts. They did not feel right to me. I wanted to do the right thing and fully honor his request and refund his money. I believed the decision he made was right for him. But, I didn’t have the money to give him.
A few days later, I checked my building’s mailroom, which I actually didn’t do all that often. It was Christmas time and so I sensed some cards might come in for me. I did receive a few cards, including one from a family elder I had not seen in many years and we had recently reconnected. When I had sat down with her catching up about my life and work, this relative was impressed by the work I was doing to help people as a coach. She felt it was aligned with my mother’s legacy and we talked about how pleased my mom would be with my choices. From this same relative, inside her Christmas card to me was also a check and a note: “I hope this helps as you follow your dreams.” That check was for the exact dollar amount I needed to refund my client. I wept. This was a sure sign that a force greater than me — God or the universe — was supporting the good work I was doing. I won’t say I never worried about money again, but I can say this story always reminds me that I don’t have to.
My top 5 resources to cultivate your money mindset shift
To generate money for and from your dream business takes effort first to cleanse and release conventional thinking about money, which is based in fear and scarcity; and second to learn and embody higher spiritual wisdom about money, which is based in faith and abundance. To do this work puts you in good company. When you study highly successful entrepreneurs, it is common to learn that they put time and energy into shifting their money mindset. To start your study of spiritual wisdom to cultivate an abundant money mindset, here are my top 5 resources that I've personally used and that I recommend to clients:
1. Book: The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money + Miracles by Marianne Williamson
This is a great book for everyone and especially those who are newer to connecting spiritual philosophies to money and work. Marianne Williamson speaks from both her deep study of spirituality and also her own experience in creating businesses focused on spreading good in the world. This book is ideal for easy listening on Audible.
2. Book: Spiritual Economics: The Principles and Process of True Prosperity by Eric Butterworth
This is also a great book for learning the philosophies of money and spirituality, although is likely a fit for those of you who are more advanced in using spiritual wisdom and cultivating higher consciousness to transform life issues. This book is ideal for easy listening on Audible, but I also recommend you have a pen and paper handy to write down Eric Butterworth's occasional awesome and powerful abundance affirmations.
3. Book: Open Your Mind to Prosperity by Catherine Ponder
This book provides great tactical advice once you are familiar with spiritual philosophies to guide you to transform your money mindset. Catherine Ponder provides dozens of affirmations to help shift your consciousness around monety, directs you how to create your dream career vision and a vision board, and provides advanced level spiritual principles you can use to amp up your money game like tithing. Going into this book, you want to know that this author often references Jesus and Christ Consciousness. If this does not resonate with you, you can easily shift the language to what suits you and effectively work with her material.
4. Book: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This is a classic business book that I had for a long time but neglected to read. I finally read it after a highly successful relative shared with me that this is his business bible that he credits as moving him from dirt poor to thriving in business. Given this book's notoriety, I was surprised by how spiritual it really is. The book shares Napoleon Hill's lifetime of research of the wealthiest people and his findings of the common threads around how they achieved riches. As the book title implies, mindset has a lot to do with the success of these millionaires. This book is great for listening on Audible but also great to have the print or kindle copy as well for tracking exercises or pulling out the author's affirmations which he calls "autosuggestions." In addition to the original book, I also find The Think and Grow Rich Workbook by Joel Fotinos and August Gold helpful for laying out the exercises.
5. App: The Secret to Money
This app comes from the makers of the book and film The Secret, and applies the principles taught there through fun activities. The best tool inside the app is a function that sends you checks and gives you a chance to spend the money. It's not real money and only a game yet figuring out ways to spend large amounts of money is the genius activity to shift your money mindset. The checks progressively go up in amounts and as you start to receive checks as high as $100,000, you really start to get out of the box and expand your thinking about money. There is a one time fee of $4.99 to buy the app and it's highly worth it. I can't recommend this app enough for the fun factor and its effectiveness.
One simple practice to start right now to generate abundance
If you're inspired by what you've read so far, take your very first step right now toward your dream career path and speak an affirmation that tells God (the universe) that you are open to a mindset shift around money. As discussed earlier, you can earn as much money as you believe you can. Try this: "I am open to receive resources to fulfill my dreams with ease." This affirmation offers you a chance to begin to embody all that you've learned here today to create greater possibilities around money for your future.
About the Author
Gina Marotta is a career coach and spiritual guide teaching and inspiring people to unleash their genius. She is a former defense attorney for some of Chicago’s highest profile criminal cases and also served as Managing Director for a national nonprofit catalyzing career advancement for women and girls. Gina has been featured in media outlets like: Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, and WGN Radio. She has also been named 50 Under 50 and among 100 Women Making a Difference.
Craving more? The story in this blog was first published in my in-depth interview with Authority Magazine where you can go deeper around the subject of bridging spirituality and work. (15 minute read).
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