Every so often an idea comes across me that has me super excited. This happens to be one of those ideas. A friend of mine who follows this blog shared with me a trick he uses to bring about feelings of gratitude for his financial situation. He also gave me permission to share it here with you and in my upcoming book. Money, let’s face it that has to be one of the most stressful issues for a lot of us. Especially if you end up with too much month at the end of the money as I so often do. This young man was in the same kind of situation and it got so bad every time he went into his wallet to pay for something he got a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach. He didn’t even feel like eating. Which, he noted helped him spend a little less, but not the way he really wanted to. He decided he had enough of feeling that way and developed a process that I felt was ingenious and can’t wait to try. On a business size card of paper he wrote the word ‘GRATITUDE’ in very colorful letters. He had it laminated at a local office supply store. Then he placed it in his wallet. Simple enough right? Well every time he opened his wallet now he saw the gratitude card which he had placed up front. He then paused, and felt grateful he was able to make the purchase. “It was hard at first” he told me. Even though he tried to be grateful for the moments purchase his mind kept reminding him of all the other purchases he needed to make that he couldn’t. This happens because our brains have operated in the same manner for years. After a while, this man was able to focus on only the present situation and his ability to be thankful for what he was paying for. With a little tweaking I believe I have come up with a way to take this young man’s amazing idea and make it quicker, easier and more powerful. In addition to the word gratitude on the card I suggest adding a special thought/prayer/mantra that evokes feelings of gratitude for you. It could be a bible verse about being thankful, a quote from a famous person or just some words you have come up with on your own. An example would be “I am so grateful for the abundance flowing through me now that allows me to make this purchase as well as the abundance flowing to me in the future so I can make more purchases”
This helps in two ways. One, it takes the thinking out of the process so you do not have to worry about coming up with just the right words and can just focus on being grateful. Two, the words already assist you in feeling grateful and can help eliminate the struggles our friend had early on. If you noticed I also added a line about being grateful for future abundance. This helps by focusing your subconscious mind on opportunities for future abundance that it knows must come. In the worst case this idea will leave you with a better feeling about your financial situation. In the case of our friend he now has a better control over his financial situation and even has started a savings account, which yes, he also feels grateful when he deposits into it. So who knows, it may even help you turn your financial situation around. Either way, I am printing out my card today!