“I don’t charge as much as I’d like to for my services.”
“I tend to give away my products.”
“I’m afraid to ask for a raise or a promotion.”
Do any of these statements sound like you?
If so, you’re not alone!
Many of us (especially women) struggle with defining our value – and asking to be compensated accordingly. Studies show that women are less likely to negotiate their salary or ask for a raise. If we do and we’re told there’s no money in the budget, we’re more likely to give in, feeling guilty for asking in the first place.
Men, on the other hand, are more apt to stand their ground and keep pushing until they get what they want. Clearly many women have self-worth issues that tend to come out in particular ways around money – and we often put on financial blinders as a result.
There are many reasons we put on financial blinders, but one in particular is hard to recognize. What would happen if our hard luck stories related to money – to not having enough – turned out to not be true? What if we deserved and could have an infinite financial future?
If that were true, it would invalidate a whole bunch of ideas we have about ourselves… for example, the idea we aren’t worthy! We’d have to expand our current comfort level to having more. We’d have to stop playing small.
Accepting our greatness means no longer playing small. It often starts with baby steps. But eventually it means making major changes – in our lives, jobs, relationships and dreams.
If I had believed in my own self-worth, I would never have been willing to make the financial moves I made in the past. How many years did I waste, postponing a better life, simply because I went into hiding and didn’t see I was worthy of something better?
An infinite attitude toward money and our own self-worth starts with taking off the blinders and seeing where we’ve kept ourselves in the dark. And the good news is, you can start now to do things differently and create the abundant life you desire and deserve!
When you understand your self-worth, you understand that you are worth being paid for the value of your work. It’s easier to put on financial blinders, because then we can be comfortable with the hard luck money stories we’ve been telling ourselves. It’s time to expand our comfort level to having more, and embrace our self-worth and our abundance. It’s time to stop playing small!
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