You may think the words ‘purpose’ and ‘money’ should not be used together in the same sentence. Because isn’t money the root of all evil? Furthermore, many people assume that anyone living a noble and unselfish life shouldn’t be interested in money, wealth or possessions. But what if we simply viewed ‘money’ as just another ‘tool’ in our Master Builders ‘tool bag’, just like a hammer or a saw, that we simply used to build and achieve our life’s mission?
Would that help you to see money as a good and noble friend willing to be deployed by you to live out your life purpose? I hope so, because money like fire can warm us on a cold night and do much good in this world or burn us badly depending on how we view and use it.
That said, let’s look at the following 4 keys to help give us a winning money mindset:
1.Define Your True Goals
What do you want to do with your life? Chances are, it isn’t taking on a lifetime of debt to have a bigger and better car or house than everyone else. Do you want to make art? Write? Develop a healing and wellness business? Run guided tours to exotic places? What will make your heart sing?
2.What do you need to reach your true goals?
Set aside your fears of what people might say and think about what you need to make your purposeful life a reality. What skills and resources can you draw on that already exist? What do you need to learn or buy before you can start? It could be as basic as accounting software to support your new business or networking conferences or commissioning a website. Money is an essential tool that enables you to get what you need to reach your goals.
3.Reject the notion of self-denial
The old image of the artist suffering in the garret is outdated and never really held much water. Did you know that when Michelangelo died, he left a large fortune? And Leonardo da Vinci became a wealthy man.
There’s no need to punish yourself for living the life you want. But you do need to be realistic about the income necessary to keep you fed, clothed and housed. There’s no shame in being able to provide for your own needs and your family’s needs.
4.Redefine what money means to you.
Think of money as a possibility, a means of opening doors, creating new ventures. Even if you don’t want to give up your day job, you can have a positive impact on the world in how you choose to spend your money. As well as supporting local and international charities, you can choose environmentally responsible energy sources and food suppliers. Buy local and support your town’s businesses and artists.
Whether you want to become an entrepreneur, a healer or mindful purchaser and donor, money can be a powerful tool for you to have a positive impact on the world.
And one last thing, always remember..
“Don’t seek money. Instead seek to help an ever-increasing amount of people to solve their problems. Then money and happiness will seek you out and very naturally be added to you, in ever increasing amounts”
Live Like The Master
Chris T Atkinson