We’ve all heard those phrases:
“Money doesn’t grow on trees.”
“You gotta work hard, son.”
And so on and so forth. I’m sure you’re familiar with them.
And yet… that’s just another one of those beliefs we learn as kids. This assumption that money will only come to those who work hard, long hours and burning lots of willpower – I believe it is especially prevalent in the US, but of course, it’s something people believe all around the world.
And it’s only as true as you make it.
This belief is especially damaging to entrepreneurs like writers.
While many entrepreneurs start a business to get rich, there are also plenty who do it because for them, it means living a dream. I’m one of those, admittedly. Probably many writers, coaches, therapists and others start their own businesses because they love that work.
I love watching my clients lighten up and feel better.
But when we love our work, yet at the same time believe that we can only make a lot of money by working hard, we create extra obstacles for ourselves.
Sounds weird, doesn’t it?
But we get in life what we believe in. And if we love the actual “work” (i.e. the writing, the editing, the coaching, the therapy, the hairdressing, the massages…), but must “work hard” to make money, then we find ways of making parts of our work hard.
It could be hard to find clients. (I know that one!)
It could be very hard to write that next book.
It could be almost impossible to create a new story idea.
It could be torture to maintain a website or blog.
It could be a pain to deal with taxes or royalties.
We are creative beings, which means we can think of endless ways of making our lives hard just so we fulfill this nasty belief that we must toil for our money.
Only by letting go of that belief can we really make money by doing what we love.
Because by some definitions, doing what we love isn’t “work”.
(I happen to think that’s not true, but that’s another topic.)
Now, if you’re ready to make more money, with less hard work and more joy, join me in tapping.
Even though I learned that it takes hard work to make money, and that’s why I can’t make money doing what I love, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I’m open to the possibility that maybe there’s a limiting belief at work somewhere.
Even though I was taught that I can only make a living by working hard, putting in long hours and exerting willpower all the time, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I’m open to the possibility that maybe there is a different way.
Even though I have believed this rule that making money is only possible by hard work, and not by doing what I love, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now choose to shift this belief and earn a good living by doing exactly what I love.
Does this belief sound familiar?
How did that make you feel?
What happened while you were tapping?
And finally – what are you writing right now?
Would love to hear from you!
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Find the start of The Money Experiment here: The Money Experiment
PS: You’ll find my personal experiences with these beliefs in the comment section. Because I am tapping with these very sentences, I’m inviting you to join me on this journey, and share your experiences.
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