The thought of earning money can bring up a boat load of fears and negative beliefs such as…..
What will gaining and having money do to me mentally and emotionally?
What will having money do to other people I love?
Will there always be enough money?
Will I make the right choices with the spending of money?
Am I really worthy to have money? Do I have what it takes?
“Grow & GLOW” time
Each morning I have a ritual which I call my “Grow & GLOW” time. This morning I took extra time to not only read an article in a Christian Magazine, the Ensign, but to really dive deep into it’s content in an attempt to glean from the message, to study and find personal application. The article was about Making money, or Making a Living and I have to say, I loved, loved, LOVED IT!!!!! Here is the link, I think you will enjoy it too.
Link for Making a Living, Making a Life http://www.lds.org/ensign/2013/12/making-a-living-making-a-life?lang=eng#listen=audio
Would you be Interested in some of my own personal insights from the reading?
First off, The author states “Pride can exist only in an environment of competition and comparison”; and environment created once an individual begins to “multiply and replenish” or in other words, moves into a state where there are positions and a way of earning material things. He states that Satan works through this state of pride – competition and comparison, subjecting us to the temptation to “keep up with the neighbors…coveting, jealousy, envy, selfishness, or any other sins that feed on pride.”
Feelings of competition when it is coupled with comparison
I have struggled with the feelings of competition when it is coupled with comparison….that feeling of “I have to make the mark, be what is expected of me (at least my perception of what is expected of meworth/perfection issue. But, I never made the connection between holding myself back in my career, as a fear of facing Satan’s strategies.
Was this my fear of failure hidden under a cover of “not knowing what I really wanted to do?”
I really never trusted myself enough. Subconsciously I felt it was safer to stay small, and slightly insignificant, than to move ahead and face those temptations placed before me and risk the possibility of failing. Sounds a little strange, I know. But the subconscious mind has us believing some pretty strange stories.
I only have “so much time left”, I must make the RIGHT choice.
Second, I chose to believe that I must make a “perfect choice” pertaining to my career and the next 10 to 20 years. I have struggled with designing the details and creating a clear plan. I couldn’t understand what was really holding me up? Now I realize my thoughts and actions, not intentionally, have been more focused on “NOT making a mistake, rather than realizing the power I have to make a course correction at any time.
Writing this blog definitely opened a clear understanding, of how I have viewed this entrepreneurial journey up to this point. I have seen it, as one who is about to embark on a long trip, feeling the burden of choosing the right ship that will keep me safe. (Interesting insight) Obviously, I was projecting my journey to be constantly filled with rocky waves and turbulent storms. Somewhere along the way I forgot that life is filled with joy and happiness. In my attempts to respond to these choices as a responsible adult, I became to focused on the “what if’s”, filling my days with heaviness and worry. I had lost the child-like wonderment that ignites each opportunity and experience with rays of sunshine. I am now ready to bring the “fun” back.
What beliefs have formed a huge, or even a small barrier in your progress?
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