Imagine you just won the million dollar lottery. What would you do? Think of all the things you could buy, places you would travel, and people you might help.
Exercise: The One Million Dollar Test
- Beside each item on your list, see if you can quantify the cost of that item. For example, if you want to go back to school to earn a degree, estimate the cost of completing your education. If you bought a brand-new car, look up the price of that car. Make your list, dream your dreams, and put a price tag next to each item. If you are unsure, just guess the cost. Enjoy the dreaming. When you have all the items on your list, add up the total.
- As you were dreaming, you might have heard a voice in your head saying, “You can’t have that—it’s way too expensive.” Or, one of my favorites, “Who do you think you are? You can’t have that! You’re not __________ .” (Fill in the blank with whatever foreign energy rings true for you.)
- Now, double the amount of money you have to spend. Go ahead, be brave. See if you can spend another million dollars. As you dream and spend, tune in to your internal dialogue. The voices might be getting louder and louder as you reach various amounts. Listen to your inner critic as you spend $2 million, then $10 million. What about $100 million?
This is a lesson in examining our boundaries, our set points. At some level, each one of us hits the wall, so to speak, and our internal dialogue—our programming—takes control, limiting our ability to stretch and move to the next level of havingness. Whatever your set point, boundaries are a learned belief and therefore they can be unlearned. You can move beyond your set point into a new territory just by bringing your awareness to the issue and removing the limiting thoughts and feelings.
Perhaps deep down you believe you are unworthy of having gobs of money. Maybe your judgments and internal dialogue about “those rich people” takes center stage and you go into serious less than mode. Examine the judgments you hold around having money. Look at your money web. Consider whether some of those associations are still true for you. Remove some of those negative beliefs, those stories that are limiting your set point—by blowing them up in a rose or tapping on the story of why you are not worthy of having money. All the energy tools that we’ve used to tame the inner critic work on taming the inner money critic too!