What is chump change? The Urban Dictionary defines it as “(A)n insignificant amount of money. Money that can be easily disposed with” and “(H)aving little to no significant value.” My dog defines me as “Mrs. Chump Change.” So, what does that mean in terms of your relationship with money?
One of my presentation topics is “Does Your Thinking Limit Your Success?” which I do for Productive Learning. It would appear that we often put blinders on our eyes. You know we do this with race horses to keep them focused on the finish line. It is so they don’t get distracted by the horses, birds, and the crowd around them. For race horses this can be a truly successful strategy. For you and your money, this might cause you to miss opportunities because you just don’t see them.
Years ago, in a psychology college class, my team and I decided to see how many people would pick up a penny off the ground. We also wanted to see what would happen if we made it just a bit more difficult than a simple pick up. We found a place where we could observe and record the actions of people on the street when we placed a penny on the sidewalk directly in their path. To add a level of difficulty, we did superglue the penny to the sidewalk.
It was interesting to watch the number of people who walked around the penny and kept going, who stepped over the penny and did not stop to pick it up, and who stopped, looked at it and then moved on. I am not sure whether they thought it was not worth picking up just a penny or what.
The statistics on lost pennies is astounding. There are approximately 7.5 billion pennies taken out of circulation in a year. Imagine if these pennies came into your life and you still thought of them a chump change and not worth the time and effort to pick them up. What would be the result?
Don’t get me wrong; there were people who tried to pick up the penny. The question became how much effort were they willing to put into actually getting the penny? There were several who worked it out and finally got the penny, while others gave up with the first attempt.
What am I saying here? I believe that a happy, healthy relationship with money brings money into your life. I know I do money intentions every day as to my love affair with money and how much am I intending to realize that day. Personally, the sources of the money are not what is important here, although being legal is paramount to staying in integrity for me. However, if the money does not show up in the mailbox, then I become even more aware of what is going on in my environment. I have found it amazing when I see money everywhere – especially the sidewalk. In fact, just the other day I was walking with husband from getting lunch and lo and behold there was a $5 and $1 bills blowing our way. Would you say to yourself, oh, that is someone else’s money, I won’t pick it up or would you say the universe has sent me this money, and I will pick it up? I did look around for someone who might have lost it out of a pocket and no one was there. Yes, I picked it up!
What rules do you have about money that are keeping you from realizing money to its fullest intent? What opportunities are you missing because you hesitate or have reasons why the money is not for you? What is your relationship with money? Are you wooing it like a lover as Ann Evanston would suggest or are you at odds with your money and so it deserts you?
Take a look and see how you can heal this relationship and begin experiencing the joy of manifestation in the realm of money.
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Linda Patten, MBA, BSN, RN has over 30 years of experience leading women to success in building and achieving their dreams. She turns networking marketing women from product sellers to leaders of highly functioning teams. To learn more about her innovative programs, click on Contact Us.