I was recently asked “What Is Money?” and as I replied, I thought this would help a lot of people so I decided to share my answer in my blog.
Money is what we use to exchange our service or products for, that is obvious, but it really is just an idea. See we trade this paper stuff, but we also trade it electronically today which really makes this interesting! Think about all the services and products you have purchased without ever even holding the paper or seeing it. The receiver probably never even saw it or held it either and then they traded it for something else and never saw it or touched it and on and on this money goes being traded for services and products but never even seen!
Many years ago, you held it in your pocket and traded it for stuff and people developed paradigms that were passed on from generation to generation that has caused most of the population to be conditioned with a lack mind set! See, since the collective thinking is that we need to have the paper stuff to feel secure and most people don’t have it piled up in their living room, they FEEL broke!
This is why I call money just an idea. If we think we have this idea, we feel good, if we don’t think we have this idea we feel bad. How we feel ultimately determines our results so if we feel bad about not having piles of the green paper, we continue to perpetuate the same thing, no green paper!
Someone recently said to me that money is hard to come by, my response to this is “You’re Right!” Let me be clear here, the belief that money is hard to come by will create the fact that money is hard to come by! What you think about will always come about, so what are you thinking about when it comes to money? Are you thinking about the lack of money or the infinite source of money that is available to you?
My mentor Bob Proctor shared a story with me that really solidifies why I feel money is just an idea. He has a friend that owns his own business and was facing some financial difficulties due to a postal strike. He ships is products and due to the strike, product could not be moved, therefore revenues stopped. Well, just because revenues stopped, expense still needed to be paid. Bob’s friend was in a really bad emotional state due to his lack of money or as I said earlier, the “idea”.
Bob saw how distraught his friend was and decided to help. He assured him that if he focused on having the money, it would be attracted to him, well this didn’t seem to make his friend feel any better! So Bob used Plan B! Bob took out a bank check, left it blank and signed the bottom of the check. He told his friend that when the day came that he needed to pay his expenses, if the money had not shown up, just fill in the check and take care of it.
Bob’s friends demeanor or emotional state completely changed in seconds. He was happy and feeling good, back to his normal self! Just like that, the idea of money changed everything for him even though there wasn’t a pile of it in his living room.
A week later Bob’s friend called Bob and asked if would come over. When Bob arrived, his friend gave him the same check that Bob had handed him the week before, he did not even fill it out. He told Bob that the money appeared and thanked him anyway for the generous offer. Bob’s reply was pretty incredible! He said to his friend “good thing the money showed up because that check wasn’t any good as that bank account had been closed”!
Think about this for a moment. When Bob handed the check to his friend, NOTHING actually had changed for him! He still had no money, however the idea of money was there which changed the way he was thinking immediately. Since what we think about comes about, this man was thinking good thoughts which caused him to feel good, which caused him to act good and thus attract good!
Are you thinking about the lack of money or the abundance of money? The choice is entirely yours!
To Your Success!