If you’ve had any experience with the manifesting game you may have learned that to create the future you desire, you have to FEEL as if.
AS IF you’re rich.
AS IF you have everything you need.
AS IF you’re living that life right now.
I often ask my coaching clients how they would like to FEEL about money. It’s an excellent exercise that allows my clients to step out of the present and envision a future with new possibilities.
In neuro-scientific terms, you’re giving your brain an opportunity to experience the emotions and experiences you’re visualizing without actually living the experience in your body. Your brain doesn’t actually know that the experience isn’t real. (Crazy, right?)
However, I have to be honest: There were always gaps for me when I used to do exercises like this.
1. I knew that how I wanted to feel about money and how I was going to feel when reaching my financial goal were two different emotions. That was tough for me to reconcile.
2. I didn’t realize this until about five years ago: I needed to have a plan for the money I wanted to earn, otherwise I felt a little misdirected and made some not-so-great business investment decisions that turned out to be a waste of money. And then I felt disappointed, which is the opposite of how I PLANNED and wanted to feel.
My friend Teri Horn said it perfectly: “Every dollar I earn needs a job.”
And as a creative entrepreneur, it’s likely that you do NOT want to give yourself more work by deciding what jobs your money is going to do for you in your business, AND you don’t even know how to start figuring out what jobs your money should have.
But what if I told you that you don’t have to spend all day crunching numbers and wondering if you’re even doing it right?
In fact, what if, just to start, you gave yourself 15 minutes to give each dollar you earn a job, so that you can start wiring new pathways in your brain that help you feel more assured and safe about making more money?
That doesn’t sound too hard, does it?
So let’s start, step by step:
1. Get comfy. Seriously. Pour yourself your favourite hot or cold bevvie, grab your favourite note-taking implement(s) (paper and pen or electronic, it makes no difference to me). Find a quiet spot and comfortable place to sit.
2. Write down your next income goal. Make sure it’s nice and “stretchy.” In other words, be sure to make the goal significant enough that you feel challenged to reach it, but not so lofty that it’s unrealistic. It could be $500, $5,000, $25,000. Whatever. It’s YOUR goal.
3. Now for the fun part: Time to give your money some jobs. This is pretty simple. Write down each job, and the number of dollars you are allocating to those jobs. This is a seque into budgeting and cash flow planning, for sure, but a watered down version that will give you a bird’s eye view to how your money can behave for you when we reach your next goal. It will likely even help you feel “AS IF” the goal is more concrete and realistic.
Some examples of jobs for your money include:
• Giving yourself a salary < that’s a must
• Paying your employees and/or contractors
• Paying or saving for your taxes
• Putting a portion of your income into savings (you can have multiple savings accounts to save for different reasons, such as paying yourself a bonus later, “rainy day,” hiring someone, etc.)
• Donating to causes that are special to you
• Purchasing new equipment or digital tools for your business
• Hiring a consultant or coach
• Insert more jobs here, as required by your business and by YOU
Once you’ve finished this exercise, your brain is very clear on your plans for your money, and it might be less inclined to sabotage you and your efforts to make more money, especially if you couple that with the Money Mindset Restart Guide found HERE.
And remember: This is merely a guide to help you find the best way to develop a healthy and thriving relationship with money. If you like this exercise, but feel you need to tweak it in a way that better suits your planning style, by all means! Give it your special touch.
And as always, if you have any questions, be sure to reach out to me with your questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.