The Powerball Jackpot is 204 million. Everyone is talking about this at work and what they dream about what they would do if they would win. Buy a new house. A new car. Pay off their bills. Cross items off of their bucket list. Donate to their favorite charity.
I think about the thousands of dollars I would have to pay in taxes. I think about all the people who be asking (hounding) me for money and where I could hide to escape this.
Not exactly the kind of mindset that will draw a couple of millions dollars into my life is it?
I always do that. I always think of the bad things that can happen instead of thinking of the good.
When I was in high school this way of thinking saved my butt many times. My friends would suggest going to a party we weren’t suppose to go to. I would think if I get caught this is what will happen — my dad is going to have my butt and I am going to grounded forever. I didn’t go to the party. My friends were grounded but I wasn’t.
The funny thing (well it’s not funny – it’s actually kind of sad) is that this is the way I still think today and I realize that this behavior doesn’t serve me now. I didn’t realize that this is the way I make decisions in my life and this is the way I live every day. Not many good things are going to come into my life if I think of the bad things first.
What about the money area of my life? Am I pushing away the 130 million because I think of the bad instead of the good?
You betcha. Sad isn’t it? How could I live 52 years on this planet without realizing this before?
I never realized I was doing this until I started reading a book by Jen Sincero called You are a Badass at Making Money. I’ve only read the first chapter but she makes you think about the many good things can come from having money. Instead of thinking about all of the negative things (like I have been doing) she focuses on the positive. This is a new way of thinking for me. I didn’t realize that I could think of money is a positive way.
What if I started to think about all of the good things that would happen if I let money come into my life? What if I thought about all of the people I could help? My family. My husband’s family. My church. I could start of foundation of some sort.
I’ve always know that money has been waiting at my front door for me to let it in. It’s always something that I have felt, but I have never been able to accomplish. Maybe I can now.
I am going to go read some more of Jen’s book and write in my journal.
And go buy a lottery ticket. 🙂