In my ideal world, we’d be able to sustain ourselves solely with the emotional high of doing what we love. In the real world, however, the energy that enables us to tend to our needs flows in the form of financial currency. That means, for most of us aspiring entrepreneurs, our goal must be to figure out how to do what we love AND get paid for it.
For some, this is no problem. For others, it’s a major obstacle on the road to greater fulfillment.
Why do so many of us have a tough time receiving money for our services or products — or even in general? There are a multitude of reasons.
- We might feel guilty about wanting or asking for money.
- We might not be convinced of our worthiness or of the value of what we offer.
- We might have been scolded or told we were “spoiled” for accepting money from others.
- We might have picked up messages from our families about money being the root of all evil.
- We might have taken on a belief that people who have money are inherently greedy, selfish, and untrustworthy.
- We might have grown up with parents who struggled financially and made an unconscious vow to never surpass them.
- We might have spent so much time wanting something we never received that it made us skeptical of what’s possible for us.
The one thing they have in common is that they feel YUCKY. And when we’re being triggered to feel that every time money comes our way, it’s no wonder we hesitate to reach our hands out to accept it.
We forget that there are upsides to having money, too. The more we receive, the more we can give. The more resources we have, the bigger our ability to make a difference. And besides, when our needs are being met, we can bring our best selves to our work and relationships.
As a Tapping Into Wealth Coach, I guide other business owners to get crystal clear on what’s stopping from them from achieving their financial desires so that they can finally clear it out of their wiring using a mind-body tool called Emotional Freedom Techniques. But because my own deep-rooted money blocks were the reason I invested in learning the methods in the first place, I was curious how I could continue to work on shifting my own mindset. I wanted to not just be “okay” with receiving money — I wanted to be enthusiastic and grateful.
When the inspiration for the Joyful Wealth Experiment first appeared, the excitement that accompanied it told me this was going to be a magical undertaking. I looove conducting experiments anyway. It takes all the pressure off. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s even okay if it fails because it’s “just an experiment.” What better way is there to dig into something that’s already been stressful enough?
Want to play along with me? Please do!
The Joyful Wealth Experiment (#joyfulwealth) is an exploration of strategies to spark more joy around money. I’m officially running it from this Winter Solstice through the next, but I’m hoping it will become an ongoing pursuit. And you can jump in at any time and for as long or as short a period as you wish.
The questions I’m testing are:
- What specific actions help me feel the most joyful about receiving money?
- What specific actions help me bring more joy to the process of giving?
- Will creating more joy help me feel more wealth in each moment?
- What impact will this mindset shift have on my financial situation?
Follow my set-up if it inspires you, or feel free to improvise and make it your own. If you’d like to go deeper and have more support, we’ll be checking in on our findings regularly in the Joyful Living Wellspring, my free community on facebook.
I’d love to hear how this goes for you. Please come back and tell me in the comments below. In the meantime, here’s to celebrating every penny found on the sidewalk as if you’ve won the lottery!
Jill Ennis, M.S.,is a teacher and transformational coach on a mission to support smart, talented women who are tired of feeling blasé about their lives to harness their inner brilliance and move joyfully toward their goals.
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