At JOYN, we believe money is simply a tool to enhance your life. And while that is the truth, getting to a place within yourself to accept this truth can be a challenging process. The reason?
Money is incredibly emotional.
Money is a complex beast. It’s an anxiety magnet that can drive fears and stir uncertainty. Yet when you have a healthy relationship with money it can bring elation and support what’s truly important in your life. Furthermore, our thoughts and beliefs about money are passed down generationally and developed in childhood — becoming strongly imprinted in our subconscious.
These beliefs are called “Money Messages” and they are directly related to your income, net worth, debt, financial behavior and other aspects of your financial health.
Every money message has an element of truth to it — just not the whole truth. Your money messages have served you well in many circumstances and have most likely propelled your success. The value of knowing the drivers of your beliefs about money cannot be overstated. The money messages you have adopted will always influence your financial beliefs and behaviors—which impact every single aspect of your life.
Because money messages are transgenerational, your heirs will also be impacted by your messages. It is a big ripple effect.
Now that’s a lot to unpack!
How we feel about things defines how we interact with them. Understanding your emotional relationship with money can be transformational. Why? Because our thoughts and beliefs about money drive our behaviors and those behaviors become habitual. I encourage you to take a moment to consider your own beliefs and feelings about money. Ultimately, the better you know yourself the healthier you become.
And isn’t that what we ultimately strive for?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adrienne Criste is JOYN’s full-time Behavioral Wealth Specialist. A licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Adrienne’s 15 years of professional experience are defined by helping people work through life challenges and behavioral issues, whether that be poverty, early childhood development, foster care, and improving mental health.
Read more about her here.