We all know that money makes the world go 'round and we all have to pay our bills. However, what level of obsessed are you with your bank account? Being money crazy, money motivated, and overly concerned with money can have some serious downfalls. Now I do believe there is such a thing as a money addict, but that is not who I want to talk to in this blog right now. This blog post is also not for those suffering in poverty and have real financial stress as to how to meet the needs of their family. I want to talk to middle class America, the ordinary lover of money.
Whether you have much or just enough, your view of money can have a direct impact on your mental health. When we idolize money, prioritize making it over all else in our life, or spend what we don’t have for our own perception, we can create really dangerous habits.
Here are some questions to ask yourself for keeping yourself in check when it comes to your thoughts about money:
How much time each day do I spend thinking about how much money I have or want to have?
What have I sacrificed in the last day, week, month, or year in order to make more money? Am I sacrificing too many of my values?
If my loved ones were to die tomorrow, but I had all the money in the world, would I be happy?
Am I spending money I shouldn't to keep up with the Jones?
What am I willing to give up to meet my financial goals? If that were to happen, how would I feel? Would it ever be enough, or will the ceiling keep rising?
These are a few questions to start with, if you find yourself thinking more about money and earning it than your other values, it may be time to explore your own mentality surrounding the love of money. As with most of life, there's a balance to everything-even making, having, and spending money :)