Does the word “money” break you out into a cold sweat and cause you to panic?
Do you think that because you’re helping others you don’t deserve to pay yourself a decent wage?
If you act from your heart and follow your passion, you may start to wonder if it’s disingenuous to earn a decent living from it.
Does making money make you heartless?
let me share a secret
When I’m speaking confidentially to people, they tell me things that they won’t tell you.
The tell me they’re terrified that they aren’t earning enough to sustain themselves, let alone sustain their business.
When they aren’t able to contribute their share, they feel guilty.
Tears stream down their faces when they consider the future and the things that they may not be able to do – send their children to school, buy a home, live a little bit, plan for old age.
They feel as though they’re letting people down.
They feel like failures.
what money really does for us
Money allows us to exist.
It allows us to put a roof over our heads, food on the table, and clothes on our back.
Money allows us to pay the bills.
And it means that we don’t have to worry about all of life’s necessities, so we can go on doing the work we love. We can help others, we can make a difference, we can create impact.
I think about survival. Does providing for yourself and your loved ones make you heartless?
I picture the alternative. You have to go out an get another job to make ends meet. You divert from the work that matters and limit your impact. If you want to put 100% of your focus on your business to help others, does that make you heartless?
let’s get honest about money
Without money, your business will fail.
If your own needs cannot be met, your focus will shift towards fulfilling those needs, rather than staying on course with the steps you need to take to build your business.
Understanding your finances will enable you to feel on top of things. Feeling on top of things will help you to focus. With focus, you will make progress. Making progress will get you where you want to be.
over to you
Have you shied away from the financial side of your business? Are you resentful for putting in blood, sweat and tears without knowing how your needs are going to be met? I’d love to hear how you see the relationship between heart and money, so leave a comment below and let us know.