If you’re reading this blog, chances are I want you to be rich. Have you ever wondered why rich people actually do get richer?
I think I know why. They believe they will. It seems like a bummer sometimes that it comes so easily to some and not to others. I want it to be just as easy for the “do-gooders” (that’s what I’m calling people in the helping professions) as it is for people who already have a lot of money.
Do you have the belief that your kind of job or profession can’t command a lot of money? Or that you shouldn’t even want it to?
I’ve been working closely with yogis and other do-gooders lately and I’m a tad dismayed– I’ve run smack into the common belief that money is tainted, dirty, or just hard to come by. What’s up with that? I think that when those with high ideals have money, they can deploy it to good, consciousness-raising activities and investments. And that can help them make big, positive shifts in the world.
The money you have is not the result of your profession, but of your thoughts. Money is energy; we draw it to us or direct it away according to our beliefs and vibrations. So it’s time to check your head and make sure your mindfulness includes a vision of wealth and abundance. Here are some steps to shifting your beliefs around money:
Step 1: Change Your Mind
List 10 good reasons why you, or if you can’t be that generous with yourself, start with why other do-gooders should have more money. Here are some to get you started:
1) Everyone deserves to be cared for.
2) You’d use it wisely to help others, not just yourself.
3) You’d use it to eat healthy food, see the world and learn and grow more.
4) You’d just be so much more relaxed, and that’s good for the kids, spouse, pets, etc.
5) You need to last given the work you do; more money would really help you take great care of yourself.
Right now, decide that money is neither bad nor hard to acquire. I know this may fly in the face of much of your experience, but you have to start believing something in order to see proof of it out in the world. Stop being afraid to count up where you are financially and admit where you want to be. Stop thinking you can’t get paid to help the world, or you can’t get paid to do what you love.
Step 2: Discover Your Role Models
Don’t tell me you’ve never met a yogi or a healer who makes a decent living or who has started an effective business. More and more people are doing it. That’s because we really are a global community now. And we really are in the Age of Aquarius, during which the planet will shift in consciousness.
Start looking around for models of how people succeed in making money at doing what they love, not all the evidence to the contrary. You probably even already know whom you admire! Study or ask them how they did it. Make your own little rule book of the do’s and don’ts you learn from the experts and then . . .
Step 3: Make Your Plan
Sorry, no amount of chanting, ohming, praying or even manifesting will make this dream come true all by itself (though it can help!). You require alignment of the heart, mind and body. In the absence of a plan, much energy is wasted and worry so easily takes the helm. People underestimate the power of writing down “the number” and the plan for how they could get there. I say “could” because I actually ask my clients to come up with several ways they could meet a goal.
First of all, it helps with Step 1 (changing your mind) and secondly it forces you to think of many new ideas, resources and actions you could take in accordance with your dream for having money/business success.
Step 4: Keep Track, Keep Promises
Don’t let that mind wander! Here is where those spiritual practices of steady mindfulness come in handy. You have to adhere to your plan of action, daily. The Handel Method® offers a wonderful method of promises and consequences. If you haven’t tried it, you are missing out on the thrill of success.
Even if you can’t afford a coach (ask about our low cost coaches in training) find someone you can make promises to about what you’ll do about your money or business. It is amazing how much more likely you will be to keep your promise to someone else, versus yourself. Sad really. But true. Know and use this knowledge.
Step 5: Dare to Do Business
Many of you are dying to work for yourselves but you just don’t know the first thing about it. Educate yourself. There is no need to quit your day job today or take insane risks right now. You really can start with what you know and love best.
Maybe it’s a restorative yoga class, or yoga for bikers, or blogging about the healing powers of food and herbs. Start somewhere so you can start gaining experience and learning. I know my “brat” voice automatically says: “I don’t want to have to learn something new.” And the “chicken” follows it up with “That sounds so risky. What if it doesn’t work?” Then the brat chimes back in with “When will you fit that in?” You too have those voices, I bet. That’s why I dare you to just start, before the end of the year.
Start some small aspect of your new or old business, because the truth is, you and I both love new endeavors. They make us feel alive.
We love learning and growing. They are the most fun activities around, and you even want the whole world in on it. So let’s lead the way.
We have some great teleseminars to help you out. Access Your Power With Money will give you the five-step process to attracting more wealth, and Life Coaching for Yoga Practitioners introduces you to the steps of designing your life so that you can experience the joy of your yoga practice all day long, no matter what the context. Please check them out.
Editor: Hayley Samuelson
Laurie Gerber is President of Handel Group® Life Coaching, an international coaching company, which specializes in teaching individuals to take focused and powerful action in every area of their lives. Passionate about personal development, Laurie has dedicated the last 15 years to coaching hundreds of individuals and leading to large groups at Kripalu Center, Esalen Institute, Equinox Fitness, Soho House, the JCC of Manhattan, Natural Health Magazine’s Women’s Wellness Weekends and Menla Mountain Retreat. The Handel Group offers several programs combining the synergies of yoga and life coaching.