I was just rereading Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman’s book Spontaneous Evolution (2009, Hay House). It is fascinating and packed with thought-provoking ideas. Somewhere around the middle of the book they write: “We must redirect our awareness toward reduction of our environmental footprint so that we shift our influence toward greater sustainability.” It struck me that we would all have a healthier financial environment and more financial enlightenment if we make a commitment to our own fiscal sustainability.
So what does it take to be more “green” with your money? It starts with an exploration of your own money values. What is truly important to you in your life for yourself, your family and your community? Does your spending reflect this? Most people are pretty unconscious about where their financial resources go. If instead you are intentional about how you spend as well as how you save, you will be taking a big step forward in your fiscal sustainability.
Is your financial belief system polluted with thoughts of scarcity? We become what we focus on most. Do you spend a lot of time worrying about what you don’t want to have happen? Instead, clean up your mental clutter about money and use that energy you were spending worrying on creating a plan to reach your financial goals.
One of the best ways to care for not only your financial environment, but to create sustainability to a larger community of people, is to be a dedicated giver. You don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet to be a philanthropist. You merely need the desire to make a difference for others and the abundance mindset to trust that when you are giving of your financial resources to causes that are meaningful for you, you will be rewarded. Approximately 50% of the world’s population lives on less than $2 per day. To create true sustainability we need to not only responsibly care for ourselves but for others as well.
Our financial system almost crumbled last year. This is a warning of sorts that we must reduce our scarcity footprint and cultivate a financial life grounded in abundance. I can see the bumper stickers now, “Go Green with your Green.”