It’s time for us to hear from our resident Financial Health Coach, Chris Folland. He’s offering an interesting perspective on whether we choose to watch or to respond to our surroundings.
Over to Chris…
I was talking to a heat systems expert earlier this week, given that it’s currently winter here in New Zealand, and we were talking about different thermostats. Afterwards, I was reflecting on this concept in a financial sense.
A thermostat registers temperature and references it within a specific range and ideal setting. For example, when the temperature in a room gets too low for the set range, it turns the system on, and when it gets too high, it turns the system off, so that the room stays in a comfy middle ground.
So, a thermostat reacts whereas a thermometer reads.
And that’s a bit like how we respond in relation to our financial wellbeing.
For example, we might have an ideal salary target, and we probably know a range over which we feel comfortable. This includes the income level that would allow us to coast and the income level that would be too low.
The thing is a lot of our thinking about money comes from patterns we picked up as children that stay with us. Unfortunately, some of these patterns aren’t always helpful.
If we didn’t grow up in a wealthy household, it may feel a bit intimidating to put ourselves out there to earn more. I know this was true for me.
I had what is sometimes called a “poverty mindset” about money.
Two books that really made a fundamental difference in my thinking are The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder and You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor.
With podcasts and audible books being available now, it’s the perfect time to tune in at a time that works easily within our personal schedules.
And often, if we’ve been wanting to increase our income yet haven’t done so yet, it can be a signal that there may be some underlying thinking that isn’t supporting that outcome. So, the thinking that’s behind the vehicle you’re using to make your money may need some adjustment.
Changing your thought process is often the first step toward achieving a different result. 1
It’s where I needed to make changes in my own life, so it’s one of my favorites to discuss.
If you ever want to have a chat about money mindset, attraction laws, or the power of thoughts, just message me.
Until I see you on this week’s #AliveWithFi, you may want to ponder on the thermostat or thermometer concept and self-assess if you might be limiting yourself with your internal beliefs.
It’s also worth checking out those books.
1When we’re being resourceful and trialing different options, and still getting the same results – this maybe a clue that we might need to challenge our mindset. Thoughts come first before action, so “instead of changing what you do, try changing how you think about it.” That process can help us attract and generate new results.
“The Power of Changing the Way You Think” Bigthink.com, (2011)
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador.