Do you ever feel stuck when it comes to some areas of your finances? Whether it’s earning more money, paying off debt, saving more for retirement or trying to get on a budget, if you’re feeling stuck, sometimes it helps to simply grab your journal, pick up a pen and write.
Write down your thoughts.
Write what you’re feeling.
Write whatever comes to mind.
Journaling is an excellent way to overcome your resistance to money because you’re engaging in self-inquiry.
Journaling is simply free-writing.
Journaling is a powerful method for uncovering the underlying emotions attached to money.
Since money is an emotionally charged topic for women, journaling is an excellent way to explore and dig deeper into these issues, creating huge opportunities for personal breakthroughs.
Studies show that the most transformative journaling practice is to write for fifteen minutes a day for four days in a row. Write about the most troubling or bothersome circumstance in your past relating to money. Write in detail about the incident, the emotions you felt at the time of the incident and the emotions that come up as you are doing the writing.
I have seen huge breakthroughs for both myself and my clients using this one method alone.
Here are a few journal prompts to get you started:
- What is your first memory from childhood about money?
- What is not working in your current relationship with money? (Be honest!)
- What is your biggest fear when you think about your financial future?
- When you think about the amount of money you have in savings, what emotions come up for you?
- As a child, what did you learn from your mother about money?
- What did you learn from your father about money?
- What did you learn from your grandparents about money?
- What is the biggest mistake you’ve ever made with money?
- What do you need to let go of in order to forgive yourself for that mistake?
If you gave yourself enough time and space to explore what came up for you then you may be experiencing uncomfortable emotions at this point. That’s a good sign. It means you’re getting in touch with your emotions around money. This is the way you transform your money relationship.
You choose to feel your emotions. Listen to what they’re telling you. Are there core beliefs blocking your success around money? What can you do to choose a new empowering belief instead?
Hello there! I’m Patti Fagan, an award-winning life & money coach, Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach, former retirement planner, and sought-after speaker on Women, Money & Retirement. I’m dedicated to supporting women on their financial journey and in healing their relationship with money, so they can enjoy wealth and abundance in every area of life.