“The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.” ~James Allen
I was one of those who used to say, “Money isn’t taboo for me! Not in a million years!” That’s until I became aware of the knot in my stomach during a phone conversation with a potential business partner.
I intended to explain how I award commissions for client referrals.
“Well,” I said, “I offer a…gift to friends and colleagues who refer potential clients to me.”
“A gift?” he asked on the other side of the line.
“The gift is…uh…” My mind searched in vain for a synonym of “commission.” I cringed as the word left my mouth.
I realized that wasn’t the first time I had felt my stomach clench during money-related conversations. I had experienced a similar feeling at the time to discuss my fees, or even at the time to bill current clients.
That’s when it really hit me. I was uncomfortable talking about money.
I was taught it was “bad manners” to ask people how much money they earned or how much they paid for something.
When I was growing up, focusing on wealth or having a large fortune was also negatively seen. You might have been raised in a similar environment. “Filthy rich” is cliché…