By: Angela McNally, Regular Contributor
Last night my boyfriend and I saw The Wolf of Wall Street. All of the award season buzz had it as our top pick to see. Off we went to endure the three hours, which, for me, ended up feeling like emotional turmoil.
Although the acting was incredible and the acclaims well deserved, it was the story line that had me all twisted up inside. I couldn’t quite articulate last night what bothered me so much about it. But today after a long quiet day that included some yoga, deep breathing, and deeper thinking, I’ve had time to really feel my emotions and process the films messaging.
Since I was a little girl I have associated wealth with people doing bad things. This stems from a mixture of negative media messages and personal experience including a core belief system that was instilled in me from a young age.
Realizing this and working through it was a really hard stage in my not so distant past that brought on many breakdowns, but happily many breakthroughs as well.
For me, watching this film really brought up a lot of this pain again.
Why is a life of extreme luxury so often demonized in the media?
Why do we teach our society that wealth must always be coupled with infidelity, drug use, illegal activity, and taking advantage of others?
Why do women need to be sexualized in order to be worthy of the “rich” man?
I know I am not alone in this thinking, whether you have made it a conscious thought or not. This sort of messaging bombards our lives on a daily basis. The first step to moving past this belief system is to be aware.
If believing the rich are not good people is keeping you poor, or you are justifying bad behavior to get ahead (I’ve been guilty of both in the past) then you need to know that a life you love IS attainable when you are a good person! If what I am saying is resonating with you, this can be a life-altering realization.
Here are some of the tools I used to work through this blockage to create financial abundance and a life I am in love with:
Are you someone that decides the way a situation must turn out and hold on to that outcome by controlling and manipulating the way things unfold? I was too. It left me unhappy with many of my choices, broke and feeling like a failure.
Deciding to let go and let life flow was the best decision I ever made for myself financially and in so many other areas of life. Now I set my financial intentions, put in the work that needs to be done, and let outcomes unfold as they will.
Let go of goals and try setting intentions. Here is one to try:
“May this or something greater show up in my life. I welcome financial freedom however it arrives”
So many people ignore bills, don’t even know how much debt they are in, and never pay attention to their bank accounts. Stop this now! Getting real with the numbers in your life can be incredibly painful – but it is also the first step to recovery and creating a life of wealth. Don’t let bad past mistakes handicap your future. Open those bills, make a game plan, and let go of the timeline. Often as soon as you are open to healing abundance has a funny way of swooping in and recovering things a lot more quickly than you planned.
Here is an intention to try:
“I love myself enough to clean up my financial act. Loving my money is an act of loving myself.”
It’s simple: Quit rolling your eyes every time a bill arrives. How lucky you are to have a home, cable, a cell phone, and Internet! The more you are grateful for what you have, the more that flows into your life. When you diligently pay your bills it is an act of gratitude.
Being a good customer who pays is just like good karma: the more you pay, the more you get to pay. That means more wonderful hard earned luxuries by being a good person! (Take that wolf.)
Here is an intention to try:
“I receive the money I earn with joy. I gratefully pay all my bills.”
Angela McNally is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Self-Love Coach from Toronto, ON. She loves green juice, gourmet food, writing and yoga. Her mission is to eliminate ‘the diet’ and reignite health through self-love in women. Angela is the founder of Eating Pretty Nutrition and is excited to release her coaching website (AngelaMcNally.com) in spring of 2014.
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