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Something happened a few weeks ago that made me realize that I have some weird little rituals around money. In fact, the next time I saw my team I actually asked them. I said, “Does anyone else do this thing?” And it sparked a really great discussion.
Now, money is a super hot button topic. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t have a complex and sometimes tumultuous relationship with it, myself included. However, I’ve realized that over the years some of my weird little money rituals have actually made a huge positive difference in how I feel and how I act around money.
Now, a lot of these took root when I was having a really hard time financially, when money terrified me because I was crazy in debt and any time I opened my checkbook I was filled with so much anxiety I could barely breathe. And I believe that these weird little money habits have helped train my brain to actually invite more of it in, to appreciate what I have, and to give more away.
So today I wanna share 2 of my weird little money rituals with you that you might wanna try out for yourself. Weird money ritual number one: never say no to honest money. So here’s what I mean by that, the other day I was walking home from a video shoot right here in New York City and I have to say I was pretty fried. I was like toast. My head was down, I had this huge bag on my shoulder, and I’m walking and I noticed a penny. Now, it didn’t register at first and I walked a few steps more and then I said, “Woah, wait. That was a penny back there.” So I turned around and I went back and I picked it up.
Now, I have to be honest, part of me feels like I should be embarrassed or, you know, I’m picking up money off the street. Isn’t that pathetic? But then, thank goodness, the wiser part of me said, “Screw that, that’s money. I’m gonna pick it up.” That’s because I have a little pact with myself. I never say no to honest money, and that includes Honest Abe.
I am not too good to pick up a penny or a nickel or a dime or whatever off the ground. And whenever I notice money just laying there, I pick it up and I say, “Thank you. This is awesome.” For me, it’s a reminder that the universe is always there to give me whatever I need and all it takes for me is to be present, to keep my eyes open, and to not be too good for the little things, for, you know, the small blessings. I think there’s also something really humbling about honoring that loose change because, you know, about a billion people in this world live on less than a dollar 25 a day.
So to just walk past money, no matter what the amount, seems incredibly arrogant and disrespectful. So you may wanna try this one out for yourself. Never say no to honest money. If you see loose change, scoop it up and say, “Thank you.” Weird money ritual number two: keep your money tight and right, meaning I like to keep my physical money really tidy and organized. Now, you may have heard me talk about how I used to literally wash and iron my money back when I was a kid. You heard of money laundering? This was the real deal. Now, as an adult I no longer do that, but this habit is something I probably picked up from all my years working in restaurants, specifically as a bartender. I never crumple my money. I’ve always gotta have the bills facing in the same way. I have all my fives together, my tens together, my ones together. They are all organized and neat and they lie flat in my wallet.
You might think this sounds silly, but for me, keeping my money tight and right is a sign of reverence and respect. Respect for myself, for the money that comes into my life, and for the money that flows out of my life. I feel like I’m being a good steward of it for the time that it’s with me. This one has zero embarrassment factor since you get to do it in private. And I highly encourage you to give it a go. Now, these two money rituals are super simple, but I’d encourage you to try them and at least see if they make a difference in your life. And if you haven’t seen our other episode on 6 money mindset shifts that pay off huge, you may want to check that one out too. It’s really good.
Let’s wrap this up with a Tweetable. “Money’s like you and me. It’s attracted to respect and appreciation.”
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