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I Feel Guilty About Wanting More

By Jessica Craddock

Oct 05

Not too long ago, I had someone ask me: "How do I stop feeling guilty for wanting more? I've already got a lot! I've got a nice house. I've got kids, I've got a husband. I've got a practice I love. And I still want more and I feel guilty about it. How do I move past that?"

I wanted to share the two tricks that I shared with her in order to help her move past some of that resistance so she could go out and get that money that she desires in her art business.

Trick number one: Realizing that if you receive money, that does not mean someone else will not be able to do the same. 

There is more than enough money floating around, and by you grabbing a piece of it that has nothing to do with there being less for someone else. More money is printed every day.

One of my favorite movies is "Hello, Dolly." In the movie, Barbara Streisand quotes her husband as saying saying, "Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It's not worth a thing, unless it's sprinkled around encouraging young things to grow." And that is what you are.

By letting people sprinkle money on you, that is going to help your business grow into its own raving empire. When you have money, you are able to reciprocate. You can do the same. You can spread money around for other artists, local businesses, farmers, bookstores, whatever it is that you so want to support. By having that money in your hands, it is only going to better the world.

Trick number two: Adopt the mindset that we are not here for money.

It sounds odd. Trust me, just follow along for a minute.

Money is not a real thing in itself, right? It's just an arbitrary number. The reason that we want the money in the first place is because it allows us to have the feelings that we desire. It allows us to have the rich life that we are pursuing. It allows us to live our dream.

When you connect money with your values. What are your values that are so important to you?

It could be freedom. It could be expression. It could be nurturing the people around you, it could be safety. It could be any number of things. (And my guess is those things tie into your art as well, but that's another video for another day.)

Money equals those things for you. It's not just money in a bank account. It's the ability to have those values, desires, feelings.

When you look at it that way it makes it really hard to equate money with evil or selfishness or all of these things that money's given such a bad rap for.

So if you've been feeling guilty about wanting more, go back and:

1) Look at where you would spend your money. Where would all of that be sprinkled around too?

2) Also what parts of yourself would grow into who you want to be as a result? Okay. I hope that was helpful.  

See you next time.

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About the Author

I'm a consultant for artist entrepreneurs who have started building their following online but haven’t figured who would buy their art. My unique approach enables artists to create a signature brand around their art and work smarter so they can sell more & spend their days creating beautiful things. My clients have doubled their social media following, raised their prices, and sold 3x more art within a matter of months.

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