“The way you do money is the way you do everything!”
~ Kendall Summerhawk
What this quote means to entrepreneurial authors:
April is Financial Literacy Month, so I thought this quote was appropriate.
Whether you like it or not, your relationship with money … how you treat it, how it shows up (or not) in your life) … is an excellent litmus test of how you are in other areas of your life. Money, and the energy of money, is a powerful mirror that can show you what your beliefs are and what you are willing to tolerate in your life.
Take these for example:
Are you allowing people to owe you money for inappropriate lengths of time?
Take a look at you romantic relationships. I’m willing to bet that you let your significant other get away with a lot of things that he or she shouldn’t get away with. Perhaps your children are spoiled or walk all over you. Allowing people to owe you money with no reasonable agreement for how you will be paid back or, worse yet, not even paying attention to money owed you, suggests that you don’t value yourself properly.
Clean that up, and you’ll notice improvements in other ares of your life.
Do you avoid bills? Are your bills and receipts disorganized in piles on your desk or stashed away in drawers?
Avoidance of paying bills doesn’t make them go away. And when you avoid money in this way, chances are you are avoiding things in other areas of your life, as well. This can show up in undesired weight, discordant relationships or low client volume.
Clean up this clutter by creating a folder or special place where you keep all your bills and receipts. I keep mine in a folder labeled “Prospering Others.” Then set a money date once a week or twice a month to go through that folder and pay bills.
Is your wallet or purse a hot mess?
If the place where you store your money is tattered and torn or cluttered and difficult to find things in, chances are you aren’t caring for other areas of your life very well, either. Is your wardrobe old and out of fashion? Do your socks have holes in them? Perhaps your significant other feels like you don’t pay enough attention to him or her. Maybe you’ve let your fitness level lax.
Get a new wallet. Organize your purse. Remove items from your wallet and purse that don’t need to be there. Spiffy up your money homes so that you actually enjoy looking through them!
Kendall’s photograph courtesy of KendallSummerhawk.com