Sometimes we get a little caught up in looking at the right tools or finding the best hacks at generating more money we forget to stop and look at the more obvious ways to do so.
I know, because I’m one of those people. Right now, I’m smack dab in the middle of a move across the world, trying to maintain my freelance writing career, all while taking care of my 15 month old son.
What has me stressed the most? Figuring out how to save a buck as I have to buy all new furniture, budget moving expenses (oh, did I mention we’re also moving across the US as well?), and shopping around on the best deals on utilities and such.
Yeah, saving a few dollars here and there will help me create wealth in the short run (is that an actual term?), but I don’t want this to turn into a habit. And when all you’re doing is scrimping and saving, you start to see it bleed into other parts of your life.
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When all you’re doing is scrimping and saving, you start to see it bleed into other parts of your life.Click To Tweet
And what is that exactly? You start to cultivate a scarcity mindset. And this scarcity mindset leads us to think there’s not enough money to go around, and we’ll see this reflected in our bank account. Because if you think that once the money leaves you’re not going to see more, then no matter how hard you try to create wealth, you’ll never be happy with what you have.
I had to stop myself on my recent furniture hunt because I was complaining about how long I would have to wait for a couch I wanted. It ended up being an internal dialogue of whether or not I wanted to wait that long, to scolding myself for not being patient enough, because I would end up saving $200 on this piece of furniture.
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Then I do what I always do when I want to create wealth: start helping others.
I hopped on to Kiva.org and donated some money towards people who were trying to build their businesses. Sometimes I hop on GoFundMe to see if there are any families in need.
Yeah, it sounds weird, but for some reason it works. It gets me out of my funk, and let’s me see that there is so much more out there. And as if by magic, I get new writing clients, free gifts and all sorts of other good stuff.
Why does this happen? Well, when you start thinking of others, you get into this mentality of trying to find ways to help other people. And when people see how much value you are offering, the universe will thank you.
Think of money as a form of energy. If you’re giving out negative energy, then that’s what you’re going to get back. If it’s positive, well, the possibilities are endless.