As we ease into a new year, now is the perfect time to assess your current beliefs about money and find ways to shift your money mindset to cultivate a healthier relationship with your money.
These last couple of years have been challenging for us all, so don’t feel ashamed if your money mindset isn’t as positive as you’d like. But here’s the thing―the way you view your money plays a large role in your overall financial well-being. So, while you may not yet feel ready to face your finances, the sooner you let go of past money mistakes, the sooner you’ll be able to change your financial situation.
Your money mindset defines how you think about money and influences how you save, how you spend, and how you manage your debt. It’s your core beliefs about money and your attitude towards it.
To help you determine whether you have a positive or negative money mindset, answer the questions below as either True or False:
If you answered mostly “false” to the questions above, congratulations―you have a generally positive money mindset! However, if you answered mostly “true,” there is some work that needs to be done. Luckily, you’re in the right place.
Another way to think of negative and positive money mindsets is to relate them to scarcity and abundance mindsets.
Signs of a scarcity mindset include:
If you resonate with any of the signs above, it’s time to shift your scarcity mindset to one of abundance. (It’s possible!)
Master your money mindset and learn how to go from scarcity to abundance with the following five steps.
Before you can change anything in your life, including your finances, you have to take a moment to reflect on your past so you can see how it’s influenced your present. Think about your experiences with money up until this point:
Think about everything that has played a part in the way you view money today. But remember, this isn’t the part where you blame your parents for all your financial mistakes and negative money mindset. Yes, the adults in your life played a part in how you view money today, but only just one part. Please refrain from calling them after this first step.
Shift your perspective on finances and adopt a positive money mindset through financial affirmations. The way you talk to yourself plays a very big role in how you address your finances. Pay attention to what you say to yourself when:
If any of these situations result in negative self-talk, it’s time to re-write the script. How can you change the way you speak to yourself so it feels more positive? Some money mantra ideas are:
“I’ll never get that promotion.” ➔ “All I can do is ask and prove my worth. If they say no, I’ll try again in six months. I know my value.”
“I’ll always live paycheque-to-paycheque.” ➔ “I can readjust my budget to feel more comfortable with my expenses and not feel so drained at the end of the month.”
“I’m a failure with money.” ➔ “Everyone makes mistakes and I’ll use this as a learning opportunity for tomorrow.”
“I’ll never have as much money as my friend.” ➔ “We all are at different stages in life and there’s no right or wrong place to be. It’s all relative. I’m where I’m meant to be right now.”
Next, take a moment to determine your financial values and goals. These will help guide your money and shift you into a saving money mindset. What is important to you and where you would you like to see yourself in one, five, 10 and 20 years? Write these financial values and financial goals down as a reminder for those days when money feels hard.
Now that you’ve determined your goals, use this as an opportunity to clearly define those goals. How will you make them happen? What steps do you need to take to reach those goals? Really get down to the nitty-gritty so your financial goals feel more attainable.
The best way to learn more about your money and how to adjust your money mindset is to monitor your spending for at least a month. This includes monitoring your emotions while managing, spending and saving money.
Download our free Weekly Money Diary to help you get started!
Now that you are ready to change your money mindset, it’s time to do the work and commit to changing your money habits. This is the chance for you to learn more about managing your money. Get inspired by reading about the success of others who overcame their financial struggles, such as Ryan who paid off $9,200 by changing his money mindset. Commit to learning through books, podcasts, blogs, online courses, workbooks, videos and resources to help you learn more about your money so you can adjust the way you approach it. How can you create a new budget that reflects your new mindset? What steps do you need to take to implement this new approach to your money?
Remember, you are in control of your finances. Believe in your worth and find ways to be grateful for the stage of life you are at and where you are headed. Just keep going―we believe in you!