That is, unless you have tools to overcome them.
Lucky for you, that’s what I’m sharing today.
Without further ado …
Like so many things in life, while some people swear by affirmations, others swear they don’t work.
Well, they don’t cost a thing, and they don’t take much time, so why not give them a try?
If nothing else, concentrating on abundance instead of lack can help things feel a little less bleak.
Now, the key here is to focus on using present-tense language—“I attract wealth and abundance,” as opposed to “I will attract wealth and abundance,” or, “I have attracted wealth and abundance.” And to supercharge their power, say them out loud AND write them down.
The more you celebrate and appreciate abundance, the more will be delivered to you.
One great way of focusing on gratitude is by writing in a gratitude journal. Try writing about five things you’re grateful for in each entry, or describe one very thoroughly.
Another idea: find evidence of five examples of abundance in your life (yes, I’m sure they’re there!) and write about those. Supercharge this one by committing to writing in your journal every day.
Have you ever written something with so much emotion, you can feel an emotional “charge”? When you’re trying to bust through blocks, journaling through the block until the charge goes away is an effective technique to try.
The idea here is to keep writing—even if you feel uncomfortable—until you feel the charge go flat (in other words, that emotional charge dissipates and you don’t feel it the same way anymore). Once that happens, you’ve diffused the block. That doesn’t mean necessarily mean that it’s gone completely, but you’re definitely headed in the right direction.
This one’s my favorite. It’s also the one that I feel is most successful for me.
Here’s how it works: whenever you feel emotions like worry, depression, anxiety, stress, etc. around your blocks, you alter the energy. First, stop the story in your head. Then, breathe into the energy and the feeling you’re experiencing.
Now, a BIG warning here—the first time you try this, you’ll likely feel HORRIBLE. That’s because we tend to run away from (or bury) our bad feelings. After all, they feel crappy!
So the natural reaction is to just get away from them. That’s why this particular technique can be so painful. When we finally sit with the negative emotions, they feel SO terrible, you might feel like this particular technique can’t possibly be right. (Yes, I speak from personal experience here.)
But if you resist the temptation to run—to push it all back down and ignore it—if you sit in this space and let the feelings wash over you, focusing only on breathing into it … I promise, you can break through the block.
And once you do, you’ll never go thru anything that intense or that long again (at least for that particular trigger, there may be other emotions and other triggers you need to feel and heal, but that one will be complete).
Feelings just want to be felt. If you run away or push them away or otherwise dishonor them, they don’t go away. The way to make them disappear is to honor them the way they deserve–by feeling them!
5. Watch your language
Like journaling, there are a lot of exercises revolving around your word choice, but let’s start here: make an effort to watch what you’re saying AND how you’re saying it.
For instance, are you a perpetual “should-er”? If you are, you should know that you immediately drain the energy out of something the moment you say you “should” do it.
“Trying” is another good example here–either do something or don’t–don’t “try.” Stop trying or should-ing, or any other guilt or negative or shaming language you use, and see how your mindset changes.
6. Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT)
Tapping is an amazing method for getting rid of “hot buttons” and rewiring your brain around busting through those blocks. Since tapping is visual, I can’t really describe it here, but you can definitely check out Kate Beeders (who is an expert on using tapping to help entrepreneurs bust through their mindset blocks) or search YouTube for tapping videos.
I used to detest meditation. I had horrible “monkey mind” that would never turn off. So I would sit for barely two minutes (much less 20) before my brain took me all over the place.
Now, I’m addicted to it.
Daily meditation (along with breathing) has done wonders to keep me grounded and stop the worry and anxiety (plus, it’s helped me focus, so I’ve gotten more done in the last few months than I think I have in 3 years).
Now my monkey mind hasn’t stopped–it’s just less of a problem (there’s a reason why they call mediation a “practice” ). I also choose guided meditations as opposed to silent, which just amplifies the monkey mind. There are all kinds of resources available for this, including the tapes I started with for $10 on iTunes (“Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain” by Patt Lind-Kyle).
Putting them all together
Here’s the best part. There’s no wrong way to do these!
You can try all of these techniques at once, or pick one that appeals to you the most (or, maybe choose the one that least appeals to you). Regardless of how you start, I encourage you to try them all once, at least.
If you develop a daily practice around them, they will help you bust through any block you have around growing a successful, profitable biz.
And, if you want more on mindset and how you can shift yours to attract more money, definitely check out my Love-Based Money and Mindset book.