The Money Dare
Step 1: Remove a dollar bill from your wallet (or whatever is the lowest denominated paper bill for your country) and hold it out in front of you with both your hands.
Next, rip it in half. But be fully present (meaning pay attention) to how you feel as you do so.
Step 2: If you successfully completed step one, move on to the next lowest denominated paper bill (i.e. in the U.S. this would be the five dollar bill)…and then rip that in half too.
Again, pay attention to how you feel when you do so.
Step 3: Continue on until you reach a hundred dollars (or whatever the equivalent is in your currency) being ever mindful of your feelings as you complete this dare.
So, did you accept the dare and complete it in its entirety? Or are you still staring at the one dollar bill in your hands and trying to figure out who is crazier…me, you or this “stupid” dare?
More importantly, were you surprised at the various (yet perhaps unexpected) feelings that arose when you attempted to rip in half your first paper bill. Feelings such as:
- anxiety that it’s wrong to do such a thing with money;
- worry that you’ll never get the money back;
- fear that it may be your last paper bill (ever!) or
- judgment that this dare wastes valuable resources?
You may also be tempted to discount, minimize or criticize this money dare altogether. To do so, however, would be a huge mistake.
Because the only way you can ever break free of money’s restrictive control over you and your life and then step into a powerful wealth consciousness is to first become aware of its (often hidden) hold on you. This money dare is the first step toward doing just that.
In addition, this dare also allows you to experience firsthand all the crazy, ridiculous and limiting beliefs you hold about a piece of paper. (Because let’s be honest, that’s exactly what it is!)
Beliefs your mind will insist and argue are both real and valid too.
Beliefs that have kept you stuck in a mindset and subsequently a life (read: job, relationship, business, etc.) that is not what you want or is less than your heart’s true desire—and which is limiting your overall life experience in the process.
Instead, this exercise can begin to help you understand money is and will always be simply a re-source (a material “good” returning to you, the source) and nothing more.
Thus, money’s regular and steady appearance or flow into your life—or lack thereof—is the direct result of what you think or believe about it. And it’s only when you truly understand this concept beyond just a theory level that you shift into a powerful wealth consciousness where everything is possible.
Above all, you embrace and experience an unlimited financial freedom that originates from within you–and then effortlessly create whatever resources are needed to live the best life, money included.
So now, about accepting that money dare…
There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.
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