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Financial Self-Sabotage

You are probably, to some extent, living out your parents and relatives beliefs and habits about money, abundance and prosperity. Ask yourself this; are these beliefs serving me well today?

For many, financial success and the need to struggle seem to go hand-in-hand. Many of us equate abundance, wealth and prosperity with physical and emotional struggle and even sacrifice. If locked deep in the unconscious mind you believe that acquiring and enjoying financial success equates to struggling, than when you actually do achieve your financial goals you may self-sabotage financial successes.

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Making financial success a struggle is a self-sabotaging behavior.

If finances are a consistent struggle then you have emotionally conflicting beliefs about making, saving and enjoying money.

As a child you may have been unconsciously made to feel guilty about success and wealth. “Eat all your food, there are starving children in the world.” Or, “Nice people finish last.” Or, “You can’t be rich and honest too.”

Believe it or not, some of us unconsciously feel more comfortable in not succeeding financially than actually succeeding and enjoying prosperity. Why? Programmed into the unconscious mind are thoughts and beliefs that it is uncomfortable and lonely at the top, whereas struggle on the other hand, often brings sympathy and/or attention from friends and family.

Research has shown that most people earn within ten to twenty percent of their best friend’s income. In other words, we’d rather keep our friends than cope with the uncertainty of success and prosperity.

Think of financial success in terms of a comfort zone. A comfort zone is the boundary within which we are emotionally most comfortable and safe. We often and unconsciously begin to sabotage those things that take us out of this emotional safe zone.

Even as adults we often feel most comfortable within the financial boundaries set by parents, the environment in which we grew up and our expectations of our own financial worth. Our childhood standard of living has most often become our adult comfort zone.

Ending financial self-sabotage and expanding a comfort zone takes some time and effort. You’ll want to do a soul-searching look at what is working financially in your life and what isn’t. Then honestly ask yourself if you’re willing to continue to live the way you’re living or willing to change and grow emotionally. Look at the long-term pay-off of change and growth – a life of financial freedom.

A key to success is knowing and committing emotionally and physically to what you want, forming a workable step-by-step plan and being emotionally ready to handle the stumbling blocks along the way. It’s important to remember too that these stumbling blocks are often emotionally uncomfortable and even self-sabotaging. A commitment to ongoing growth is a powerful element to long-lasting change.

You have the power to transform what isn’t working in your life into something more empowering and financially rewarding. Success is a choice!
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Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
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