Have you ever wondered why money is not coming to you as effortlessly as you’d like? A lot of people ask the same question everyday.
You see, money is a matter of the mind. It’s how we get the things we want, and more importantly, the things we need. Ultimately, it’s about the numbers. We see the manifestation of those numbers in the coins and bills we possess.
If it’s all about the number, then why is it so hard to increase your number? It’s because you think it is.
Before we discuss the reasons why money is hard to come by for many folks, let’s first explore how money came about.
A Brief History of Money
In ancient times, people traded things in their physical form. This means that if one person has an apple but really wants an orange, he or she would find someone who has an orange but really wants an apple. This system eventually brought about challenges. For instance, if you want 10 cows for your 100 trees, you’ll have to find someone who has 10 or more cows and wants trees. The matchmaking process is not just difficult, it’s also inefficient.
As time went by, money was invented. The earliest form was through various commodities that are in-demand at that time, such as gold, silver, copper, salt, corn, tea, beans and pelts.
Today, almost all of us use fiat money. Fiat money is simply money that has a value based on how people see it. For example, if you have a one dollar bill, people will accept it as 1 dollar because the government declared it as such. Put simply, the value of your dollar bills and coins are based on what the government says, and you just have to trust in the government in order to use it.
Fiat money is easy to use and acceptable in almost all parts of the world. In most cases, you just have to pay with your credit card in exchange for goods and services from anywhere, and your bank will crunch the numbers for you. Easy peasy.
In this day and age, we don’t even have to use actual money anymore. An increasing number of people are already using electronic transfers via their smart phones and computers to pay for bills and other things.
The transition from digital only proves that money is just a number. So why then is attracting money difficult for many people? Here are some of the reasons.
You’re Losing It Wrong
As the saying goes, the more you give, the more you receive. In the Law of Attraction books written by Joe Vitale, he talked about giving money away habitually as a way of attracting money. He also suggested giving away 10% of your gains to a person, place or group that inspires you.
A lot of people are having a hard time understanding this concept. After all, money doesn’t grow on trees. It’s this fear of losing the money that they have worked so hard for and the uncertainty of what they get in return that hinders them from attracting money. A lot of us would rather part ways with our money and get an iPhone in return than give money to earthquake victims from hundreds of miles away and get nothing in return. Consider this, you think about fear and uncertainty, you also attract their energies in return.
You Don’t Love What You Do
It’s easy to be grateful if you love what you do. If you don’t, you’ll find thousands of excuses for the sorry state you’re in.
Lots of people go to work because they have to. A few learn to love their jobs, while others just suck it up and take their role.
It feels like forever going through the day and waiting for it to end if you don’t love what you do. Even so, there are a myriad of ways to enjoy it for the time being. To begin with, think about your passion or things that you’d do even if you were not getting paid. Find ways to incorporate your current skills into that passion. There are a lot of success stories from entrepreneurs who sold products and services during their free time at work. They wrote code for their apps during lunch, sold merchandise, or read books that enhanced their investing skills.
There’s a simple lesson here. As mentioned in the book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad: The rich work to learn, the poor work to earn.
You Think Money Is Evil
A lot of people relate money to greed, and that greed is what holds the 99% from moving forward. This may be true… for a lot of entertainers in the world who made their fortune from fame. The fact is, the Bill Gates’, Warren Buffets or Mark Zuckerbergs of the world are philanthropists. You don’t often see them in the news nor on MTV Cribs, but they are the richest of the rich. They use their wealth not to show off, but to make the world a better place.
If you think money is evil, it’s not. Toss this perception away. It’s love of money that makes people greedy. Don’t love money. Love what you do instead. Then everything else will follow.