As a conscious entrepreneur, you likely have or have had a spiritual practice. I’m not here to knock your religious practice – I honor your path. I’m here to point out your ineffective money mindsets masked by spirituality since these are often so difficult to see in ourselves.
There are still too many good folks in the world today whose spiritual or religious beliefs are getting in the way of their greater potential to serve and succeed. And if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you, or someone very close to you, is one of them.
Oh Those Impure Thoughts!
Here’s a list of some of some false, (shall we say, impure?) beliefs many of us carry about money, service and success. How many of these are you guilty of? Time to let these go for good!
1. “Rich people are greedy.”
2. “The only way to really succeed is to step on other peoples’ backs.”
3. “Most success stories have a ‘back story’ of unhappiness and sacrifice.”
4. “In order to make a lot of money I have to lie, cheat or compromise my values.”
- “I don’t want to be selfish, so I’d better charge less.”
Through The Eye Of A Needle
If you’re feeling uncomfortable with what I’ve just put out there then you may be thinking something like, “But Dawn, remember that line in the bible! ‘It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get into heaven,’” Context, my friend. Context.
Conscious Wealth Creators today are doing amazing things! We have exemplary role models for wild success and wealth who are moral, responsible, and in service to the greater good (think Oprah, Louise Hay, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra … )
So when it comes to that famed quote, “It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle…” I’m calling bull on this outdated notion of “holy broke” helping.
Put Your Oxygen Mask On First
For you to serve in this world in the best way possible, you have to take care of yourself and your material, physical needs. As they say on airplanes — “Please put your own oxygen mask on first before assisting others.” Because the more time you waste doing everything else, the less time you have to actually do your good work in the world.
So while it may seem on first blush that integrity and wealth are anathema, when we dig a little deeper it’s easy to see the error in this argument. An abundance of money is the vehicle by which you are able to be and do more in the world. With high values and high purpose, financial prosperity supports you and expands the good you do.
Armed with this knowledge you can begin to reprogram your outdated money mindsets and align your new outlook with your spiritual beliefs.