Break Habits To Increase Your Finances

You have caught me in the thralls of my quest to stave off sugar for 30 days. My battle ends on March 31st and I am happy to report that it is going quite well. I would be lying if I said I have had NO sugar in the last 2 ½ weeks, but it has been limited only to special occasions. I have successfully avoided snagging the dum dum pop in the bank line, grabbing a mint at the hostess stand or sneaking in a cookie when I should be going for an apple. This journey started compliments of the inspiration from my chiropractor, Dr. Kurt Perkins.

Dr. Perkins urged me that in order to perform at optimal levels for my running and to feel better in general, I should strongly consider weaning myself off sugar, wine and coffee. Instead of tackling all of these on at once, I started with sugar at the beginning of March and have accompanied it with the wine wean that started last week. As for coffee, that will have to wait – FOREVER. In the midst of this I have learned a very important lesson – 99% of our behaviors are in direct relation with habits that we have developed over the years. Therefore, if we can learn to identify what triggers the habit and choose to break the habit – our success is inevitable.

Habits can seep into many areas of our lives, including our finances. As children, we learned about money from our parents. We may have learned that money was good, bad, hard to come by, abundant, scarce, or shameful. Whatever impressions were made on us as a child about money, those impressions affect how we think of money today either to our detriment or our benefit. Are you curious to know what your impressions are about money?

Try this exercise to discover your impressions:

1) On a piece of paper, make 2 columns. One titled, “Impressions” and the other “My Truth.”

2) Under “Impressions,” write down all of the impressions that were made on you as a child about money.

3) Under “My Truth,” write down how you feel about that impression today. You still may agree or disagree with that impression.

4) Pick 2 impressions that you disagree with today. On the top of the index card, write the impression. Draw a line in the middle of the index card. Below the line in bold, all caps write your truth.

5) Carry these index cards with you for 30 days, and read them aloud to yourself each day. If you experience the impression creeping back up in your mind, read your truth aloud to yourself.

This exercise is in an effort to help you break underlying impressions that could be inhibiting you from achieving success. Have fun with it!

To new beginnings,