The topic of money makes a lot of people squirmy. The word God also turns a lot of people off. So here's a fun exercise if you are still reading. Take out a dollar bill from your wallet. Flip it over to the back. Read out loud what it says...
In God we trust.
Why would this be on a dollar bill?
It's actually more relevant than you think.
Our relationship with money reflects our relationship with God (and vice versa). They go hand in hand, because, as the saying goes, how you do one thing in life, is how you do everything.
When I am coaching with someone new, and especially in our discovery conversations, money is one of the hot topics. And what a wonderful topic it is. Because it tends to be the root, core and depth to most of the other issues in our lives.
Clients and prospective clients will ask... How do I get more? How can I make more? How can I charge more? How can I save more? I asked the same questions for years until I woke up.
Don't get me wrong, these are all relevant questions. Important to answer and address. And we get to these questions and answering them in our coaching. But before we get to those, we need to answer a different set of questions first. How is my relationship with God? Do I trust in God? Do I give gratitude to God? Do I serve God in my work and life? Do I take care of the money God has given me, through my work in the world? Do I care for the clients and partner that create my money, through my work in the world? Do I give gratitude for the money I already have?
When we start answering these questions we start to realize the deeper material...
I thought I had a connection with God but now I realize I don't have as big of a relationship with God as I thought. Some answer, I don't have time for God, I'm too busy.
Trust in God? God is not going to pay my bills. God doesn't care if I am living on the street or in a house. I don't trust that God is going to give me money. God isn't going to do it. I have to do it.
Serving God? I don't have time to serve God or go to church. I am too busy working. I am building my new business. I am building someone else's business. I need to focus on how I'm going to pay my bills.
Do I take care of my money? I don't have enough. I live month to month. I can't think about how much money I make and spend. I don't know how much comes in and how much goes out. Its too painful to look at the numbers. There's never enough.
My clients happened because of me, because of the relationships I built, because of the hours I put in. God had nothing to do with it.
There's a common thread between these answers. Do you see it?
Why would God (or the replace that word with "Universe", "Higher Power" or "Energy" or "Love") give you more, if you're not happy with what you've already got? Why would you get more if you're not taking care of what you've got?
Then we get to the next level, when you are careful with your money, giving thanks for your money, being positive, asking God to be of service, showing up and doing the work (internally and externally) what feelings are underneath of your money?
This is why when I have a client who has been setting intentions and goals, but not noticing financial changes, its usually because the feeling behind the intentions and positivity isn't true or real. There's other feelings like fear, unappreciative, not enough, underneath of the positivity. This is why money and God are connected. When we are enough, when we are okay, when we are grateful for all we have, our lives flow and money has space to flow.
I'd love to hear from you. What is your relationship with money? What is your relationship with God? What did you discover from this exercise? What is your next step for shifting and enhancing your experience of both? Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org