Many people have a deep love hate relationship with money. When you have it, you love it. When you don’t, you hate it. Even in biblical times, when currency was not quite to the calibre it is today, money was an issue of circumstance. From 1 Timothy 6:10, comes one of the most prominent quotes about money used by people even today, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs!” And also in 1 Timothy 6:9 comes a warning. “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.”
Today, you don’t have to search the bible to realize that with money many problems can be solved and gained. It is nearly impossible to turn on the television, or radio – or computer today without being inundated with information about money. And many people have come to believe that money is evil, something that only corrupts and destroys the desires and dreams of humankind. Truth is, money is not evil at all. In fact, money is nothing but metal and paper. Coin and bills. It is not the abundance of, or lack of money that causes evil – but rather the attitudes and mindsets that revolve around money.
When it comes to financial wellbeing, each and every one of us is different. You could give ten people a $10 bill, and each would do something different with the money. The man who saves, is not any better than the man who spends it to buy food for his family, or shoes for his feet. According to Napoleon Hill in the book Think and Grow Rich, which was published first in 1937, there are 16 definitive success attributes that when implemented can make people wealthy. The idealisms identified in his book have been warped and recreated to suit nearly every facet of life from personal success to financial success. The book, even after almost 75 years in circulation is continually listed on the national bestsellers book list.
In short, Think and Grow Rich, stresses the importance of our thoughts about money and success. The lessons learned in the text are likened to the laws of attraction and seem to be applicable to both financial and personal success. The book also describes why money, a simple physical representation of something inanimate, is not a measure of wealth or success in life. Instead, it is our ideals about money.
If you believe you are rich, then no man can tell you otherwise. If you believe that you cannot handle financial wealth, then that is true. If you believe that you will always live week to week, month to month, fighting the good fight of stealing from Peter to pay Paul, chances are you will never break free from that routine. On the other hand, if you believe that the possibilities of success are infinite and available, and that your progress and life success doesn’t depend upon figurative amount of cash flow – you will attract wealth to you.
Nearly every ‘wealthy’ person on the planet agrees with the fact that if you ‘think rich,’ so shall it be. And those that ‘think rich,’ are completely different from those that have a poverty consciousness. If you have a poverty consciousness, one that will make you feel like money is the most evil of all things, you likely do the following:
- Complain and worry about money.
- Waste money on frivolous items.
- Measure your success by specific amounts of paper and metal (coins and bills)
- Feel resentful upon paying bills rather than grateful that you have them.
- Fearful of checking your account balances, or of going to the mailbox.
- Preoccupied with thoughts or worries about money, and the lack thereof.
- Believe that money and money alone are the answer to ALL of your problems.
- Covet and be jealous of what others have, seeing yourself as a ‘have not.’
The above 6 habits, are habits of perpetually poor people. They might have a roof over their head, food on the table and a car to drive. But their beliefs and fears about money, rooted in worry and stress - cause them to be constantly stressing over finances.
Just as the only real, proven way to lose weight is to eat less and move more – the only way to get out of a financial problem and begin seeing money as something positive is to spend less and save more.
With each savings, will come pride. And slowly but surely, you will learn to think differently about money. When you relish in the feelings of saving your money and start believing by faith or otherwise, that you will always have enough – you will see that you do. Your attitude and negativity and belief system that money is evil will slowly but surely begin to change.
The truth is that money is only as important as you believe it is. By linking your happiness with money, and believing that one cannot come without the other – you are limiting your life and the possibilities. You are also buying into the sheer power of metal and paper, coin and bills and giving up your own control over your life.
Money is important. Money is definitely a priority. But more important than the amount of money or the things you have is the mindset that you have adopted about financial wellbeing.
According to Forbes magazine, it is “the love of money - in other words greed - has become the evil in our society. It is not money itself but the love of money which has reduced the value of human life. That so few could willingly profit at the expense of so many is the true evil.”
Money today, is essential to live. If your attitudes, mindsets and feelings about money are in order and you feel confident in your ability to make enough money to live happily – chances are high money in your eyes won’t be evil at all.