People usually use their lack of money as the primary excuse for not investing.
But when will money ever be enough? When you reach 45? 50? 60 or too old to count?
Investing while you’re broke is possible; you just need to make that mindset shift.
One of the Money Magic students recently asked if I don't I get tired of doing the inner work and the money work.
Of course, I get tired!
Inner work is hard on most days.
I don’t always want to meditate or look at my finances or show up for Wealthy Money work.
Sometimes I want to stay and in bed and do nothing.
And to be honest, when I feel like that I do stay in bed or I hop on a plane or a scooter and go on an epic adventure.
But, as the saying goes - I always take myself on all those adventures and my problems follow me, so at some point I get back to doing the inner work.
I realized when I was heavily in debt that I could do all the practical money stuff and see some shifts, but if I wanted the major shifts, I needed to commit to the inner work and that nothing would change until I changed whatever was blocking me internally,
And this is one of the reasons I keep doing the inner work.
I worked 3 jobs to pay for my undergrad at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
My mom was unemployed and had no money and my uncle was going through financial difficulties.
My dad could have helped me pay for university but we’d had a fight about something (can’t remember what) in my first year and I was proving a point that I didn’t need him in my life.
And since he was the only adult who could help me; I ended up working 3 jobs to pay my bills.
I won’t lie, times were hard - I barely had money for food (I would skip meals to save money for rent and transport) and was always sleep deprived.
At some point, one of my friends forced me to go to the financial aid office to ask for help and it turned out that I was on the Dean’s List and was able to get a little bit of funding for my studies.
My friends had to beg me to take money from my mother and to apply for a student loan.
I only took the money from my mom because I was at the end of my tether; I remember feeling so ashamed that I took money from my mom, like I’d failed in some way.
Even in all my financial struggles, I had a very hard time receiving money.
This inability to receive money and allow money into my life has been one of my greatest entrepreneurial challenges.
It was a huge contributor to the collapse of my first business because it’s not enough to ask for money from clients and the universe, you also need to be energetically open to receive the money you asked for.
When I was struggling with depression; a friend of mine asked me a very interesting question:
“How do you know that the depression you’re struggling with is your own?”
He explained that since traditional therapy hadn’t worked for me, it was possible that my depression could be from my ancestors and from 400 years of oppression.
He advised me to start connecting with my ancestors and to consider ways of healing my ancestors, at the same time I was healing myself.
It would take me years to fully grasp the power of that conversation. That conversation opened up a whole new way of healing for me and got me to start exploring inherited financial trauma.
I often get people asking me how I was able to build a company that allows me to travel.
I think the real question people are asking is: how did I build a company where people pay me for huge ticket items like retreats and coaching without ever having met me in person?
The short answer is: branding and having a really good brand manager.
My sister, Honey Makwakwa, the founder of Sangoma Society, is my branding manager and she was one of the first people to teach me about the importance of an authentic brand when it comes to building a company.
So I invited her onto a Facebook live to share her knowledge with us.
A few months ago, my friend Wanda, the founder of the Black Women Travel Podcast, said something interesting to me, “We can mirror a successful person and take the exact actions that they take, but that doesn't mean that we're going to get the same results that they get.”
I've been thinking about this lately, because I spent the first 28 years of my life doing what I was told would make me successful and it didn’t work for me.
I went to university, got a finance degree, got an MBA, studied entrepreneurship, wrote the 30 page business plan, got an A in the business planning class, got a board of directors and my business still failed.
In fact, I was a mess from running that business. I was stressed and had daily panic attacks.
When the business failed, I tried to get an investment banking job with all my qualifications and still couldn’t get a foot in the door.
When I decided to follow my passion and be a writer (ironically the failed business was a writing and spoken word business), I was told that it would be easier to get a publishing deal if I was a successful blogger.
So I did what all smart people do - I followed all the successful bloggers who wrote about being a successful blogger and copied all they told me to do.
I read tons of blog posts, I did exactly what the top bloggers said I should do - I studied Search Engine Optimization, signed up for blogging courses, learned how to write the right eye catching headlines, but I still couldn’t get the same results.
I’d talk about the same things they did, I even tried to write the same way they wrote and it just didn’t work.
I couldn’t grow my blog traffic beyond a certain point. I was stuck.
I felt cursed!
It took me a while to realize that people respond to our energy not our actions.
Our lives are shaped by our thoughts, words, emotions and actions.
This is the law of cause and effect: negative thoughts and emotions (cause) create a negative outcome (effect).
You're the creator of your own reality and your external environment is a reflection of your internal environment because what you focus your attention on persists.
If you want to attract wealth into your life you have to focus your thoughts on abundance, talk about abundance and take action that attracts wealth.
Abraham Hicks claims that our thoughts are the root cause of our emotions.
Changing our focus, changes our thoughts, which changes our emotional set point, which in turn changes what we attract into our life.
In their book “Ask and It is Given” Abraham Hicks says, “By paying attention to the signals of your emotions, you can understand, with absolute precision, everything you are now living or have ever lived.
“And, with a precision and ease that you may have never before experienced, you can use this new understanding of your emotions to orchestrate a future experience that will please you in every way.
“By understanding your emotional connection to who you really are, you will come to understand not only what is happening in your own world and why, but you will also understand every other living Being with whom you interact.
“Never again will you have unanswered questions about your world. You will understand—from a very deep level, from your Non-Physical perspective, and through your own personal physical experience—everything about who you are, who you have been, and who you are becoming.”
Napolean Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich says that the emotions of sex, love and faith are the most powerful emotions because they can colour the way we think and influence us to achieve things we thought impossible.
Take the case of a man who's angry at the justice system: he can use the emotion of anger to either destroy the justice system and make a mockery of it or reconstruct the entire justice system.
He can hold the image of destruction in his mind and use his anger as an energy beam to attract destructive resources to him because the words he speaks when he's in that state will attract a certain type of person and lead to a different negotiation outcome for resources than if he were angry but focusing his attention on social change.
If he was angry and focused on social change the people he attracts through his thinking process and the words he speaks would be more focused on building and rewriting what’s wrong with the law instead of blowing up court rooms and killing judges.
Emotions have the power to attract things (good and bad) into our life because we'll change our way of talking and behaving, which in turn will affect what we manifest in the material plane.
Clearly we can’t afford to ignore our emotions when making financial decisions and when using the law of attraction.
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