I have a practical exercise for you today.
It’s one that has proved to be extremely enlightening for me and I want to share it with you.
I want you to write a letter to money.
Because taking a few minutes to personify money and write it a letter is going to be insightful for you, especially if you’d describe your relationship status with your finances as ‘It’s Complicated.’ ?
“What do I write?”
Anything you like. Although if you’d like a few suggestions, I’ll share them below.
Tell Money how you feel about it. What emotions stir when you think of your daily interactions?
How do you think Money feels about you? Address this as well.
What do you think Money’s purpose is in your life?
How would you like your relationship with Money to look like moving forward from today?
And anything else that feels important.
I’ve done this activity multiple times now and can tell you I’ve learned a lot about both my mindset towards money and my financial experience as a result. I promise you, if you do this, you’re gonna have some light bulb moments as well. ?
A couple of points to note:
- There’s no right or wrong with this exercise. You can’t get a wrong answer. Just be truthful.
- A lot of people have painful emotions surface the first time they do this. (Conflicting emotions are common as well—like love-hate.)
- Don’t vilify yourself if you do recognize pain. You’re not bad or wrong.
- If you want to take the process a little deeper, consider your childhood and any defining moments or beliefs systems you adopted from your experiences growing up.
Once you’re done, I’d love to hear from you. What did you discover? Do any of your current experiences with money make more sense now?
Drop me a line and let me know what you learned. I’d also love to hear any requests you have around upgrading your money mindset or stewardship. This is a topic I love and I’d love to create resources you’d find beneficial.