It’s easy to fixate on MONEY as the answer to your problems.
Got expenses? MONEY.
Got time constraints on your creativity? MONEY.
Got insecurity knocking on your door? You guessed it. MONEY.
But often MONEY is taking the place of what we really need. It is an emotional placeholder for something deeper and less tangible that we are looking for out in the world. Something less transactional and something more enduring.
Yet we focus on MONEY as the focal point of the answers to our lives because we live in a culture where MONEY is seen as the answer to everything.
“Time is money.”
“Money solves problems.”
“You get what you pay for.”
This cultural focus makes a spiritual emptiness at the center of our pursuits because it puts a price tag on our happiness ~ which is actually free, right?
MONEY is a tool, among many tools, to help us pursue what we want. That’s it.
It’s not a silver bullet or a magic wand or even a time machine.
It’s a tool to create what we desire in the world.
And it’s only one of many tools we have to feel abundant and happy. But that’s the topic of another blog post.
Tell me in the comment below what some of your favorite tools are to live your best creative life.
It’s easy when MONEY worries swirl around you and the ticking clock of your finances chimes loudly in your ear to become focused on the issues at hand.
This is the opposite of what you need to do to get your MONEY ship pointed in the right direction.
When you are focusing on the financial storm outside of you, you are oblivious to the inner guidance within you, you are unaware of the opportunities that surround you, and you are too weighed down by fear to move in a helpful direction.
So, what can a scared creative do to turn their MONEY woes around?
Tap into your self.
Quiet your mind.
Still your heaving thoughts.
It sounds simple but it’s not often easy.
There are a number of great tools to help you get there in a pinch, however. You could try:
Talking it out to a loved one
Channeling the emotion into your next great creative work
Spending time in nature
Taking a bath
Quality time with your pet, especially the furry variety
Tackling a project around the house
All of those are a great start to quelling the distractions that cover the abundance that surrounds you.
But what works is totally personal.
So, tell me what’s worked for you in the past? Anything you think you might try for next time the MONEY winds kick up?
Have you ever felt that drop in the pit of your stomach after dropping some MONEY on something, say, a car repair or even a fun vacation?
You know what I mean, that gut punch deep in your belly when you watch the zeroes shrink your bank account. Maybe you flash on someday there being only one zero in your account with no other numbers to keep it company. Absolute zero.
This sensation is different than a spending hangover when you might regret the shopping spree or extra rounds of fancy drinks you ordered.
This is when something you know is a necessary and important purchase comes due.
As you build your reserves of abundance (and that definitely includes but is not limited to your bank account), you may find yourself focusing on only growing the bottom line, pulling the cash flow into a tighter and tighter net to catch all the greenbacks you can.
Yet this is what you might call a spending anorexia. An attempt to exert control over your circumstances by reducing your personal needs in increasingly stringent methods.
Discipline can be good when it comes to building up wealth.
But, like working out too hard, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
Give yourself the freedom to know how much spending is actually a healthy part of life and how much is beyond your personal limits.
And if you just aren’t sure, be sure to book a Time to Shine 90 minute Intensive with me here.
As a creative, you may love what you do. You just maybe don’t make the MONEY you want to make at it.
You may make great MONEY but don’t love what you do.
You may love the MONEY you make but not what you create.
It can be so many forms of chasing your emotional tail when it comes to MONEY and your creative career. Each accomplishment pushing a key part of your creative vision further away.
Or so it seems.
Funding your best creative life means taking the time to get aligned with what is the best use of your sacred spark in this moment, in this season.
It requires a tapping in and knowing about what is needed in the days ahead. As you get better at knowing what your inner self is directing you towards, you can create for longer stretches into the future.
One of the challenges that sometimes creatives struggle with is that the path to abundance is unclear. Sometimes it seems to veer off road into the wilderness.
That’s the joy of it.
The path to financial success for creatives is one of in-the-moment responses and staying open to possibility. If there was a straight shot to the corner office, would you really even want it?
Creatives love adventure. Discovery. Passion. Delight.
Tap into those pursuits and learn to love the journey. That’s what ignites what some might call the ‘Law of Attraction’.
MONEY follows love.
But it isn’t love.
It’s the result of your offering of what lights you up. It draws buyers to the flame and creates the abundance you are seeking.
There may come a point in your MONEY journey where the overwhelm kicks in, the path divides, and the step forward becomes uncertain.
Explore your options.
The best part of building secure financial foundations is that you grow in strength as you gain wisdom. As you learn more, you gain more. As you gain more, you learn more. These are siblings to keep you company on your path.
Perhaps you feel like there are too many options ahead. Remind yourself that this is a good problem to have and seek to learn more.
Perhaps you feel like you are facing a dead end. Breathe and begin to tap into discovery. Where are you not yet looking for choices?
Perhaps you feel like your path is looping back behind you to return to a previous version of itself. Celebrate the opportunity to explore fresh approaches to familiar challenges.
Trusting yourself with your MONEY is a lifelong journey. But knowing that you are packing smarter all the time because you are gaining the experience and wisdom to make great decisions on the fly?