“I Don’t Have Any Money”: Bull (most likely…)

If you’ve ever been in a financial pinch, I can almost guarantee that these poisonous words left your lips:

“I don’t have any money.”

Stop it. Seriously.

That’s complete and utter doo-doo. If you want success with money, you better start being literal with the mantras you put in your life.

Absolutes like “everyone,” “no one,” “any,” or “all” have no place in your life because they’re usually exaggerations made for dramatic effect or because someone else says them.

Consider the fact that you most likely do have money. You have at least a buck in the bank. You probably also have some income.

It’s a start. What you really meant to say is you think you don’t have enough money. And that’s a big difference. That’s a difference you can work with and manage. Things can get cut. Extra money can be made.

When you really have no money, then and only then do you have a problem. Then you really have few options; hard times.

Until then, learn to work with what you have. Change your mantras:

  • “I’m working hard to get more money.”
  • “Sorry, but I’m cutting back on expenses right now.”
  • “I’m fortunate to have what I do have.”

Build on the positives instead of steering the ship to the ground unintentionally.

What’s one thing you wish you’d stop saying?

Photo by Alex E. Proimos

4 thoughts on ““I Don’t Have Any Money”: Bull (most likely…)

  1. One habit I recently picked up is saying that I am broke. I am a college student who is working less than before, but I do have enough money to take care of my necessities.

    Saying I am broke is a no no. Ironically, the times I worry the least about money, are the times when the most of it comes.

    Positive thoughts = positive results

    1. Woo hoo! 🙂 My thoughts exactly.

      I had to learn this the hard way from my wife, but one little bad mantra at a time, I’m slowly eradicating all of them.

    1. I agree–that’s such a defeating statement, too–what exactly does it mean to be “broke?” Does it come from bring “broken,” as if someone was “breaking” us? It sounds so violent. 🙂 Definitely not what you want tell yourself.

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