SHAME. I’m seeing it everywhere lately…
Men ashamed of their behavior, for the behavior of other men, or men being shamed by others for being men.
People shamed for their skin color… or ashamed what others with the same skin color have done, or have neglected to do.
People shamed for how they voted, who they aligned with, or who they aligned against.
Know where else shame shows up? With our MONEY.
We’re ashamed that we don’t have enough (so we say), that we’ve made poor decisions… haven’t earned what we’re worth… have spent it unwisely or unconsciously… invested it recklessly… lost it needlessly… just “aren’t good with it,” and so on.
Or perhaps we’ve got “plenty” of it (so others would say), but we find ourselves ashamed that we STILL don’t feel “secure” enough, smart enough, generous enough, enough enough.
Shame immobilizes us. It makes us want to hide. It makes everything worse, and nothing better.
Several weeks ago I did an interview with Marcia Mariner for her “Wealthy From the Inside Out” telesummit. (Register here by Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 to be notified.)
Recently, I looked at what other speakers talked about… manifesting, prosperity, attracting money effortlessly.
I’ve definitely learned the art of making money. But I took a different approach.
I took a trip down memory lane to those dark, shameful moments. The times when I was SCARED. Ashamed… or being shamed by someone else.
When I didn’t know how I was going to keep my lights on, pay my bills, or where I was going to live after my foreclosure.
I’ve had huge financial wins, and I’ve suffered the damage of huge financial storms. And as much as I’ve learned from earning six figures, being a landlord, or starting multiple businesses, I’ve probably learned MORE about Prosperity from losing it all.
When it the economy fell apart… when the money ran out… when it was time to leave my home… when I had to start from scratch… I discovered I was more resourceful, more peaceful, more truly abundant than I had imagined.
And when I discovered that quiet confidence, that utter sense of WELL-BEING within myself, I lacked nothing.
My outer circumstances finally turned around, and I never looked back. Now I have the freedom to live where I want, to travel, to do meaningful work and be well-rewarded for it. Life is PLENTIFUL!
But the key truly was finding that wealth on the inside first. As long as I was shaming myself, moving forward was not possible. When I embraced myself fully — including my pain and “failures” — everything changed.
I can’t wait for the recording of my interview with Marcia, because I can’t remember WHAT I shared, exactly! But if you’ve ever felt financial shame, fear, frustration or loss… this is for you.
I told a friend recently that my “claim to fame” — if you can call it that — is being “the wealth coach who lost it all.”
But I guess that’s not my style.
It’s time for the reign of financial shame to END. I hope you’ll join me.
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