Transcending Limiting Beliefs About Money

    Albert Einstein once said, “The significant problems we have cannot be solved by the same level of thinking with which we created them.” The key is to transcend the limits of our problem-creating mindset, so we see more clearly.

    This saying of Einstein applies well to the politics of money in the U.S. If we were to buy the rhetoric of our politicians, we’d believe that we are stuck in an either/or. Either cut spending or raise taxes. Even though the ultimate solution must involve and go beyond both, a deal will be sold to us that has one of those sides winning and the other losing.

    Besides the fact that our leaders are simply fabricating fiction, they fail to get out of the logjam because they won’t transcend their own thinking. Maybe that’s inevitable when the stories they’ll sell to us for re-election are more important than the results of their actions. Or, maybe, they’re just mirroring our own thoughts back to us.

    Applying this idea to your own financial situation, what are the conflicting ideas that battle inside you about money? Do the ideas born of your highest hopes wage war with ideas born of your deepest fears?

    What are your ideas about money?

    I’ve found it highly enlightening to write mine down—all of them—without editing.

    You can do this by taking out a blank sheet of paper and letting your pen write freely. Think about money and write down anything and everything that comes into your mind, no matter how absurd, stupid, uncomfortable, embarrassing, hopeful, or optimistic it might be. Hold a light curious attention as you do this. See if you can discover something new, something you might not have guessed about yourself.

    After you’ve exhausted your ideas onto paper, close your eyes and take several slow deep breaths. Then, look over your list as you continue to breathe deeply. Next to each belief, note where you might have gotten that belief from. Then place a star next to any belief that you choose to hold about money—preferably the positive, expansive, healthy, hopeful ones.

    In the rest of this week’s posts, we’ll explore more tips for transcending any limiting beliefs you’ve acquired about money.


    Kevin Schoeninger

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      2 Responses to “Transcending Limiting Beliefs About Money”

      1. Dear Kevin: this is a very useful exercise in my opinion, as many of our everyday thoughts, words and actions revolve around our limiting beliefs concerning money, as we live in an age of credit card materialism, and yet are preoccupied with savings, debts and spending cuts, not to mention liquidation and bankruptcy as well !!!

        1. Hi Simon,
          Thanks for appreciating this exercise and for sharing your comments.

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