If you’ve ever had the chance to attend a T. Harv Eckard, Millionaire Mind Intensive the phrase “I Rule Money, Money Doesn’t Rule Me” will sound familiar to you and bring back memories. If you haven’t had the chance to attend, I’d highly recommend it.
It’s been a while since I’ve actually attended one of Harv’s events. However, this week as I brought on another team member (aka employee) I was reminded of this phrase and what it means. Why? Because, this choice required me to stretch…again.
Today, I took some time to consider the aforementioned phrase. Here is how I understand its meaning.
One who is wise commands his money to perform the action of carrying out his vision (grow a business, build a new house, support a community, expand a country etc.), he creates a plan and mindfully releases the money (i.e. hires workers and pays for goods and services) to return with the desired results of his plan. He understands that money is energy. While it is aways working, it is never far and longs to return to its master because this is its duty and purpose.
The wise man knows that he must diligently and sometime evenly frugally manage the remaining money in his possession to achieve his goal.
He does not compare his results to his peers and is not discouraged by what he sees in his bank balance. He knows that his success no matter how great is for his growth and to enrich the lives of others. He expresses gratitude for all he has and is inspired by his vision of a better world because of his efforts.
On the converse, one who is afraid does not command his money. He is ruled by it. This individual has limited vision and allows his situation and others to dictate the worthiness of himself and his plans. He hopes that money will be kind enough just to stick around and not leave him poor and on the street. He prays and pleads that the “money god” will be merciful to him and grant him a discount, a break or , a “big” client or contract.
He is non-committal, undisciplined in his thinking, and obsessive about getting things for free. In fact, he unknowingly feels entitled to it. The person in fear only thinks of how money or the lack thereof will affect him or his family. It is difficult for him to see the full picture of how his choices affect others.
One who is ruled by money is a hoarder, regularly worrying that he will not have enough. He compares himself to others and is always second place in his mind. He complains about what he has, all the while never realizing that all that he has is sufficient.
The one who is afraid has yet to realize that money is here to serve him so that he can serve others.
Are you ruling money or are you living in fear?
What steps can you take today to begin taking command of your experience with money?