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Last week I finished “Get Rich, Lucky Bitch: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life” by Denise Duffield-Thomas (in audiobook form) after just several days. The book is a guide to her five-step money manifesting process and she details each step as the book progresses. To help explain the title, she says there’s a misconception that you have to be a bitch to get rich, or that only bitchy types of women get rich. (Or that women become mean after they get rich.) But you don’t have to be like that to be rich, and you can be “lucky” as well. Whether you like the title, believe in manifesting or desire to be rich, you can still learn valuable money insights from the book.
Be a good steward of every penny to prepare yourself for more money. This includes tracking your expense and your income. Keeping a log of the money that comes in helps cultivate gratitude, while tracking your outgoing money opens your eyes to your beliefs about money and how you should spend it.
How your family spent money affects your current money habits. One of her necessary steps is to declutter your old emotions about money. If, for example, your family didn’t have much money when you were growing up, you will be affecting by that even if you are now in a better financial position. Do you want to repeat behaviors or mistakes that you witnessed in the past?
Your goals need to be measurable. For example, being a better mom is not a good goal because you can’t tell if you have reached it. Instead, figure out a goal that can be measured, like aiming to spend a certain number of distraction-free hours with your kids per week or going on a certain number of family trips per year. Also, make a public commitment to your goals, whatever they are.
Upgrade your life incrementally so you can feel rich. This doesn’t mean go into debt. It means make small luxuries a priority and stop operating at a scarcity mindset. The universe rewards you when you reward yourself, she says. She advocates for using your best stuff/clothes/dishes instead of saving it/them for a special occasion.
As soon as you decide you won’t barter or give discounts you will be tested. Stay strong. This applies especially to bloggers who want to make an income by partnering with brands, for example. As soon as you say you will not post in exchange for free product, you will receive many offers, and that will likely continue. You have to decide to say no to that to send a clear message about what you want to receive (money).
Never crowdsource what you should charge in your business. People have their own money fears and beliefs and that shouldn’t determine what you earn. Determine your own costs and your worth and don’t charge based on what others charge.
Disclaimer: I’m not saying money is the most important thing in the world. I know it is not everyone’s goal to increase their income. I do think that money offers more freedom to spend your time the way you want, such as with your family, giving back, etc.
Do any of these insights apply to your life or career? Do you manifest?
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