Hey, it’s Marie Forleo and you are watching MarieTV, the place to be if you want to create
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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
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
Let’s wrap this up with a Tweetable.
“Money’s like you and me. It’s attracted to respect and appreciation.”
Now I would love to hear from you. Do you have any weird little money rituals that have
made a positive difference in your life?
As always, the best discussions happen after the episode over at MarieForleo.com, so go
there and leave me a comment now.
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