Michael James on Money: The Problem With Money? It’s Not About The MoneyJane Honeck believes that at the core of our money troubles are unexamined beliefs that drive us to self-destructive behaviour that limits our ability to succeed financially. In her book The Problem with Money? It’s not about the Money! she lays out a series of exercises designed to root out your hidden beliefs, examine them, and find ways to break out of old patterns.
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Wallet Pop Canada Book Review: The Problem With Money by Renee Sylvestre-WilliamsOne of the interesting things about writing about lifestyle finance is that people will send you books about how to deal with money problems.
Many such books offer basic advice – make a budget, stick to it, don’t make it easy to access your money and finally, stop using your credit cards. Jane Honeck’s The Problem with Money? It’s Not About the Money! goes deeper and suggests that your adult relationship with money stems from your first or even subconscious childhood impressions of money. Only by acknowledging these influences can you, according to Honeck, become ‘financially conscious.’
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If you have issues with money (and who doesn’t?) this book is a great way to begin getting at the reasons. In The Problem with Money, Jane Honeck points out that it isn’t actually our skill in handling money that causes problems – it is our underlying beliefs about money. What we learned about money from parents and society in our early years is most likely what shapes our financial behavior, even though what we learned then may not be in our best interest today. Let’s face it, managing our financial interests can be stressful. But far from being a stressful read, Honeck’s book is a lighthearted and guilt-free trip down memory lane designed to get at just what our hidden attitudes that underlie our money behavior really are. Examples from some of her real life clients illustrate how these beliefs can cause us to behave in ways that are actually contrary to our best interest. Honeck uses some fun meditation-like exercises help us bring these hidden money values to the surface. She asks us to use a journal as we read, and provides workbook space to record our findings as we journey through the beliefs and values landscape. She gives tailored affirmations to lead the way to begin modifying the beliefs that are not useful and guides us into developing our own blueprint for changing our money handling approach. As she says, we can finally be financially conscious!
Amazon.com - By Steve Burns “Author of “How I made money …Nashville, TN) (TOP 500 REVIEWER)5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming Financially Conscious, November 5, 2010
I really liked this book because it addressed the behavioral and psychological side of money. It is not about the left brain managing of money but the subconscious unexamined beliefs we hold that influence the choices that we make. This book is about removing the blindfolds and becoming financially conscious in life with fully examined beliefs so when we make money choices we are making them with our eyes wide open. It is not about the money itself, money is a neutral thing that can be used for any purpose we choose. It can be for good or bad, to invest or waste, it can be used to gain freedom or bondage to things. What this book is about is our beliefs and values that control how we manage and spend or money.
Our beliefs cause our behaviors around money. What we do with our money is a reflection of behaviors and beliefs we learned as children or young adults. this book asks you not to blame those who gave you bad advice or led you down the wrong road, it asks us to take full responsibility for how and why we make bad financial decisions. The books aim is to make us fully conscious of our behaviors regarding money.
Through exercises, examples, and stories this book does a great job uncovering money beliefs in seven areas of life-our earliest memories, family of origin, significant relationships, education, work, spirituality, and worldview.
“We are motivated to grow by the power of our dreams rather than our problems.”
Great book for those with money problems but can never figure out why they can’t stop making the same mistakes over and over again. This book could be a financial life saver by getting to the psychological root of the problem once and for all.