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How you think about money is the single most important factor that determines whether you are wealthy or not.  So, if you want more money in your life it is essential that you develop a positive money mindset.
However, many of us are taught to think negatively about money.  We are told things like, “money is the root of all evil” and “money doesn’t grow on trees.”  It is no wonder that we have such a difficult time thinking positively about money!  You may have even been taught that rich people are greedy and as a result are subconsciously avoiding wealth and missing out on the great opportunities having money can provide. 
As long as you hold on to negative and incorrect beliefts about money, you will never create the wealth you desire or deserve.
To change your money mindset, you must first recognize that money in and of itself is not good or bad.  Money is just a tool.  In fact, more often than not, money is used to good rather than bad.  Think about all of the wonderful charities that have been able to help people all over the world.  Appreciate all the good that money can do and is used for.  It is an important part of life and is used to make positive changes in the world.  Money should be sought after…not avoided. 
Recognize that money is abundant.  When you were young, you were probably told by your parents that money doesn’t grow on trees.  If you are holding on to that belief now, you’re own mindset could be stopping you from attracting money.  Of course money does not literally grow on trees, but there is an abundant amount of it for everyone, including you…even in this challenge economy.  However, if you believe that money is scarce, that belief will help keep it far away from you.
Giving money away is another way you can help develop a positive money mindset.  Wanting to hang on to every cent you have is a stingy mindset and can reinforce that there is not enough of it.  Giving reinforces the concept of abundace.  It doesn’t have to be a huge amount…just a little something is ok.
Finally, be happy for those who are successful and have money.  Many of us were often told, and are still often told today by the media, that those who have money are greedy.  As a result, we are very tempted to thing negatively about them.  In fact, the opposite is usually true.  Rich people often accumulate their wealth by sharing what they have with others and  believing in the idea of abundance. 
When someone else has money…don’t resent their success!  If you have feelings of jealousy, that will only hold you back from achieving your own wealth and success.  You should be happy for them and remember that there is enough wealth for you too and you can work towards making your turn come!
By making these changes in how you think about money, you will be well on your way to developing a positive money mindset.  Once you begin thinking about money in a positive way, you will have taken the first step on the path of achieving your own wealth.
Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. She is the Director of Communications for Our Milk Money, the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of Buy By Mom and Buy By Mom Blog. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for Examiner.com. She also blogs at A Wishful Thought. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.

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