John Sanei Explains the Intersection Between Money and Emotions

1.    Why is money tied to our emotions?

Money is tied to our emotions because of the narrative we are conditioned to telling ourselves. These hold subconscious triggers that usually originate in childhood and which have a direct impact on how we earn and spend money. 

2.    Are our attitudes towards money shaped emotionally by our childhood experiences? 

They certainly can be. It’s a case of  ‘Your actions are so loud I can’t understand a word you’re saying’. We learn from watching our caretakers and parents deal with money and often inherit their relationship with money. Our parents came from a place of scarcity where the world didn’t have enough information spread around or enough opportunities for everybody. Today we live in a digitally abundant world and we need to shift our mindsets away from the linear, industrial revolution to the  dynamic, digital age that we are entering. 

3.   How do our emotions contribute to us making bad money when we make decisions? 

We make poor money decisions when we tap into an energetic frequency called lack or scarcity. It comes from a place of fear, anxiety or depression. Ideally we’d like to shift those money frequency patterns to excitement, ease and love of money. 

4.   How do we make this shift?

So how do we do this? Well, you take the time to tap into your money storyline and you ask yourself why you have this feeling towards money? What has it ever done to you? What has someone told you about money which you still carry with you? This self-examination and practice of reaching the energetic frequency of money is what will create a new roadmap for the future.

5.    Emotional decisions are also often the most persuasive ones; financial decisions are typically not persuasive – how do we synergise the two?

There are three things we need to give weight to when making a persuasive or an emotive decision.

Firstly, there’s your intention. How much do you want to make, and what do you need it for?

Secondly, cadence, which is how often do I want to make money?

Thirdly, give some thought to your financial container –  the vessel you mentally hold for your income to sufficiently pay for your basic needs and comforts. Is it the size of a swimming pool or a goldfish bowl?

6.    Do you have any tips to control and harness the power of emotions when it comes to money?

Get help, read books, watch videos, get a coach – so many people can help you make the shift. I went on a long course and then had a coach for three years just talking about money. Tapping about money, following abundance meditations – it’s all about a frequency shift away from our parents experiences to a space we can create for new ideas to enter and frequency to be elevated.  

John Sanei is a Trends Analyst and Futurist and Keynote Speaker

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