2. Sit with the anxiety
Whenever I feel anxious about money I sit down and focus on the part of my body where I feel the anxiety, usually it’s my stomach or my throat. I see the colour and shape of this anxiety on my body and ask out loud - what thoughts are causing this sensation?
And then I sit and observe the sensations and thoughts that come up.
3. Question the beliefs that are giving rise to anxiety
When I made the decision to move from Boston,, MA to South Africa, my anxiety was at an all-time high - I had no job, no clients and very little money.
I was convinced I was going to starve.
I believed this was the worst idea I'd had in a while.
I had no business network in South Africa and only had my family to rely on, so I knew I was going to starve.
I sat down and questioned this belief using the work of Byron Katie:
If I move back home, I will starve
The Byron Katie Method involves a series of 4 questions:
~ Is this true
Yes, past experience had taught me that I need to have all my ducks in a row before making such major decisions
~ Can you know that this is true?
No, because Im not God so I can tell the future
~ How do u react when you think this thought?
I get anxious
~ Who would you be without this thought?
I’d be less tense and more open to possibility.
~ Turn the thought around:
- If I move back home I will not starve and this is true because actually I have family at home
- If my thinking moves back home, my thinking will starve
How does feeling anxious about money impact your financial behavior?
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