How long has it been since you thought about Ebenezer Scrooge from the famous children’s story?
Are you aware that that miserly, cruel old penny-pincher could be having an impact on the financial success that you are realising (or not realising) in your life and business RIGHT NOW?
In today’s Thursday HotSeat we explored the idea that if you are having trouble changing something, it’s likely that you have sub-conscious thoughts or feelings telling you that heading in that direction is not simply a bad idea.. it should be avoided at all costs.
For example, our Member in focus today, shared that he was aware that improving scheduling in his business would really help him manage his work/life balance better. He had the LEEDAA priority management system that we use in the Club ready to go to get swift results, but he was struggling to make it happen.
We delved deeper to uncover any thoughts or feelings that he had, which were running contrary to his goal of improving scheduling in his business, and he got some answers. He was worried that he would lose his authority and ability to handle things as they arose if he scheduled his day more. He was also worried that he might lose his freedom to live spontaneously if he planned things too much.
With the support of myself and the Brain’s Trust, by the end of our session he had moved beyond these limiting beliefs and was able to see how he could have everything he wanted and that putting scheduling in place would only benefit him.
And what has this to do with Ebenezer Scrooge?
Well, the answer is that it is widely accepted that during the early years of our childhood, up to the age of about 7, we are like a sponge, taking in information, concepts and views of the world which form the basis of our understanding moving forwards. Therefore the concepts and ideas that we internalise during that time about how the world works directly impact our choices and successes now.
Can you remember how old were you when you first encountered a Scrooge-like character?
Perhaps Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, or Scrooge McDuck in Duck Tales?
This character introduced the idea that the love of money turns warm hearts cold and is to the exclusion of all else – including other people. And while our discerning, rational, adult selves would know that we have a choice in that, it’s likely that our 7 year old selves were not so able to discern fable from fact.
it is easy to see how we could have adopted the belief that we can only have great wealth ora positive impact on others, but not both.
Is it therefore possible that your loving and caring younger self made choices based on Mr Ebenezer Scrooge’s example which could still be impacting you today?
It’s worth some thought..