Grant Cardone suggested a simple reframe in his The Millionaire Booklet that was inspired. It came from an entire career of trying to get under-earning people to get over their issues around making money.
Imagine money were sticky notes.
Would you feel nervous asking someone for sticky notes, if you had something they would gladly give you sticky notes for? Would you feel guilty for asking for more sticky notes?
We’ve all heard from “success gurus” that money is just paper, and it’s better to think of it in that way instead of putting it on a pedestal. This little sticky-note thought exercise actually does that for you, if only for a second.
It creates a little gap, a distance between money and all the shit we wrap up in it. Maybe, just maybe, it’s enough to begin re-wiring how you feel about the Benjamins.
The Gamer’s Perspective
I once wondered why I had no apprehension towards winning points or virtual money in a video game, yet I resisted real life money so much.
I used to play Prison Architect, a game where you build prisons and have to manage stuff to prevent escapes and fights yet keep building the prison and keep it profitable. I had no apprehension becoming a fake millionaire in that game. I wondered if “Corporate Architect” would make a good game. No doubt I would crush at that too, and that’s when it hit me. It was bullshit that this game-money was fun to make when in my real life (where it really mattered) making real money was only a source of stress and apprehension. Some of the world’s most successful people seem to have already made that shift (or were raised with it). They see money as the world’s greatest game. And they’re right.
The “sticky-note” reframe could help develop the money-game perspective later in life. Beyond having enough for basic necessities, money is a game. It’s a points system. The more you win, the better prizes you get. Yet so many of us have guilt and embarrassment and fear wrapped up in it.
If you made money with the emotional ease (or excitement!) that you rack up points in your favourite game, how would that change your life? I hope it’s possible.