Do you believe your words have the potential to impact your finances?
Let me tell you a story. When we first moved to California, we set up our life to have the exact same things we had in Minnesota. Kids in private preschool, house, same pets, new car, same eating out budget.
The cost of living in California and Minnesota is not the same. Not even actually close. So we felt broke. Probably at least once a day we would say “we can’t afford it.” Or we are so broke. This went on for a year. Until the fateful day we got the year end statement from our kids preschool. The statement said we spent $30K on preschool in 2016. A light bulb went on. Holy shit, we’re not broke, we’re heavily leveraged in the Spanish preschool industry.
I made a resolution to never say “I can’t afford it again.” As I stopped saying “can’t afford it” and “broke” something weird happened. I stopped being broke. 2017 was the year that we started giving 10% to our church. It was the year that we started affording things that were written in my goals…trips, new beds, business courses and still fancy preschool.
I had known the power of words for a long time, but never really thought about their power to actually change finances.
Everything that comes out of your mouth is a little prayer to God. So if you are trying to get your money to get you more of what you want, saying “I can’t afford it.” Or “we’re broke” is like a little prayer to stay in your current financial reality.
Practice using your words to create the financial that you really want. If you want to continue to be able to not afford the life you desire, for sure keep saying “I can’t afford it.” If you’re ready for a new reality, here are some new words to create a new reality.
10 things to say in place of “I can’t afford it”
Educating our kids is important to me. Honestly, so is alone time. I am an unbelievably introverted human who needs a lot of alone time to maintain life as a me. This investment seems astronomical to lots of people, but it is still worth it to me.
This is what we’re doing in Buh-Bye Broke. We’re setting priorities. We’re making our money deliberately match our desires. We’re learning how to use better language, budgeting tools and being honest about what we want to create a reality that we actually want to live in. If you’re ready for more luscious living and less broke, you can still enroll at the presale price of $197. We start January 11, just in time to make good on your New Year’s Resolution.