Here's How You Can Improve Your Money Mindset
"If you've ever attempted to accomplish a difficult goal and failed, you know that it requires a lot more than a step by step guide of what to do."
When it comes to improving your personal finances, paying off debt, saving money, investing, getting to 7 figures in savings (or whatever your money goals might be) etc, it's really easy to figure out exactly how to do it.
These days all it takes is a quick Google search and within seconds you'll be provided with thousands of articles giving you step by step guidance on how to do all of the above to get to you closer to your money goals.
But, if you've ever attempted to accomplish a difficult goal and failed, you know that it requires a lot more than a step by step guide of what to do in order to successfully meet that goal right?
So what's the most important part of actually being to accomplish your money goals?
It's your mindset.
Sounds simple enough right?
Well it isn't always that easy to keep your mindset in check while you take on the (at times difficult) long term task of building wealth. Attaining the right mindset to build wealth means working on the way you think, working on discipline, being commitment, mastering the way you approach situations that will take you off track (because life will happen), getting uncomfortable and doing what it REALLY takes to get to your end goal.
Improving your mindset is not a one and done type thing. Just like with the muscles in your body, you have to work to maintain it continuously otherwise it will begin to deteriorate.
So to help you improve your mindset, here are a few tips to help you improve your money mindset as you go along on your journey to building real wealth.
1. Decide you are going to be wealthy
Getting to wealthy actually starts way before you open that investment account or make that first deposit into your savings account. It starts with a simple decision, which in itself is a very profound one - it's deciding that you are going to be wealthy and that in turns means that you are also deciding to commit to the journey and trust the process.
Deciding you are going to be wealthy (with full conviction) is a incredible boost to your mindset because in this firm decision, you are telling yourself you can do it and unless you believe you can be wealth, you probably won't be inclined to do what it takes to actually build wealth.
2. Determine your core values and your why
So once you've decided you are going to be wealthy, you have to determine your reason for wanting this financial success. What is your why?
Why do you want pay off your debt, save money, becoming financially successful, financially independent etc?
Knowing what your why is will be your ultimate motivator especially on the days or during the seasons when things are not going exactly as you planned.
3. Let go of standards and focus on what really matters to you
When it comes to building wealth and working on your money mindset you have to go with what works for you and it's important to not get caught up in standards that are defined by the world.
Again this goes back to your why.
You might want to retire young, having $500,000 might be your definition of financial independence or perhaps it's $10 million or your ultimate goal might just be to have enough money to back pack around the world. Whatever your goals might be, focus on your own standards and what money means to you in relation to what you want in your life.
4. Get comfortable with your fears and your discomfort
Anxiety and fear are natural byproducts when you want to accomplish something big. There's the fear of the unknown, the fear of change, the fear of failure. And in many instances, fear can stop you dead in your tracks because it can become really overwhelming especially when you start making up things in your head about all the "what ifs" and "what nots" around what could happen (that more often than not, never happens).
The thing about fear though is that since it comes with the territory you really have two choices, 1) is to let it keep you stuck or 2) is to embrace fear as part of the journey, let it come along for the ride but let it know it's not allowed to hold you back.
One great way to overcome fear is to remember your "why" and look back at all the accomplishments you've had to date and the fears you overcame to get there. If you could get past those fears you can most definitely get past your current fears about money. For every fear you have, there is probably one action (even if it's just a small one) you can take to counter the fear. e.g. Afraid you'll never get out of debt? You can focus on making a debt payment right now or in the near future to work against that fear.
Remind yourself constantly, no matter how terrifying it can be, that you can do this and focus on taking small steps every day, before you know it, you will have made big progress.
5. Start a gratitude and affirmation journal commit to it
Expressing gratitude is a good way to adjust what you focus on. When you are grateful, you focus more on the things you have that you are appreciative of as well as on all the good that has come to you. Gratitude also drives contentment in your life which is key to wealth building because when you are content with what you have, you are less compelled to spend, spend, spend, in order to gain material satisfaction which doesn't always work because you'll find that there's always something new that you can buy.
Affirmations are another really amazing way to fine tune your mindset because affirmations help you put yourself in a state of mind where you are frequently stating what you believe to be true and what you want to come true which in turn keeps you focused on the things you want and not the things you don't.
In what ways do you work on improving your mindset? What are your favorite things to do?
Bola Sokunbi is the founder of Clever Girl Finance and she's passionate about helping women take control of their money so they can live life on their own terms.