Are These Common Pitfalls Blocking Your Money Flow?
Boogie boarding has become one of my favorite new habits. As I was out on the ocean last week riding the waves with dear friends, we all shared how amazing our lives are and how much appreciation we feel for being able to do this during a work week.
At the same time that I feel so much joy and gratitude for my own life, I can also feel heartbroken when I tune into the enormous suffering and hardships people are enduring right now in every corner of the world.
It’s an interesting paradox to hold and be with it ALL, and it reminds me to continue doing everything I can to be more compassionate, for myself and others.
With the new energy of Autumn, let’s hit “refresh” and talk about 4 common pitfalls that may be blocking your money flow.
Common Pitfall #1 – No clear vision about what you want to create in your life, or you’re fuzzy on the details.
In the 1910 classic The Science of Getting Rich, the author says, “You must know what you want, and be definite. You can never get rich, or start the creative power into action, by sending out unformed longings and vague desires.”
When I worked with a fabulous energy coach last month to clarify my vision and create a new vision board for my office, I had one of my highest grossing months ever.
Action: So where do you need to clarify and energize your vision? As a first step, look at these 4 main areas and pick one to renew or vitalize for the new season:
•Health & Wellbeing
Power Tip: In addition to getting clear on what you want, get clear on WHY you want it. Putting the power of PURPOSE in your vision amplifies it even more.
Common Pitfall #2 – Engaging in one or all of the 3 deadly C’s—complaining, criticizing or comparing.
Each time you complain, criticize or compare yourself to another, you move further away from the revenue, new clients, or new opportunities you desire.
I’m definitely guilty here. So my practice is to mindfully watch my words and thoughts and be compassionate when I get off track.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Stand guard at the portal of your mind.”
The best way I know to stay consciously aware of my thoughts and feelings is to first of all, notice them; then breathe and be with them; then shift them through physical movement, affirmations and gratitude.
From The Science of Getting Rich, “Gratitude will lead your mind out along the ways by which things come; and it will keep you in in close harmony with creative thought and prevent you from falling into competitive thought.”
Action: What’s 1 specific way you can amp up your gratitude and appreciation practice? Gratitude keeps you on the vibration of all the good you seek.
Common Pitfall #3 – Not taking inspired action toward what you desire to create in your business and life.
You may find that you’re taking action, but not gaining traction—which can feel like you’re spinning your wheels or look like you’re not getting the results you want in your bank account or business bottom line.
I believe one of the biggest underutilized resources in our businesses is our intuition. We’ve been trained to follow what authority figures or the experts say to do, and we often ignore or second-guess our own inner wisdom.
This can often show up for you when you say to yourself, “I should do such and such.” That’s usually your ego talking or someone else’s advice you’re trying to follow—and not the voice of your higher self.
But when you take action from an inspired place and follow those intuitive leads down to the smallest detail, you literally put yourself in the position to RECEIVE that which you have asked for.
That’s the magic of inspired action.
Action: What’s one inspired action you can take this week to increase your money flow and amplify your vision?
Common Pitfall #4 – Tolerating energy drains in your environment.
An energy drain is anything that is incomplete or piling up, or that you are tolerating.
For example, I’ve been tolerating a rusty gate that is literally starting to fall off the hinges in front of our house. It was my 8-year-old who woke me up when he asked me recently, “Why are you being lazy about getting a new gate?”
After getting over the shock of him calling me “lazy,” (!) I decided then and there to no longer tolerate a broken, rusty gate. So I’m happy to say that I’m in action now getting estimates for replacing it.
Action: Choose from the list below to handle at least one energy drain in your environment this weekend.
•Money clutter—disorganized or worn out wallet, unpaid bills, cancelling a service you no longer use, requesting money from someone who owes you
•Paperwork or mail clutter
•An important home repair
•Servicing your car
•A doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off
•A “junk” drawer, room, closet or garage that needs cleaning out
Which one of these common pitfalls do you sense may be blocking or affecting your money flow?
Use the energy of the new season to uplevel one or more of these money-flow checkpoints, so that you can open up and receive an even greater abundant flow into your business and life!