A New View on Money

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think about money? 

Are they positive thoughts or negative ones? Do you wish you had more cash-flow or are you content with your situation?

In the world of alternative and holistic health and wellness, money is essential. It is also one of the greatest barriers to people seeking holistic care and pursuing a holistic approach to illness on a long-term basis. People can tell you all day long that preventative care is less expensive than crisis-based care, but at the end of the day, money you don’t have now is the same as money you don’t have later.

What can you do? Finding credible alternative health resources to pursue is only half the battle. Being able to pay for them as you are led down a slow and expensive rabbit hole of trial and error is quite another.

My goal in this section of my blog is to encourage a shift in thinking about finances. A shift that takes us away from a polarized emotional reaction toward a centered neutral response, and ultimately toward learning how to develop additional income to support your precious journey and goals.

Here are three tips I’ve learned to think about:  

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    Begin with the result in mind. What specific result are you looking to see in your life/health? Not the label you are seeking to better define your struggle, but the long-term result you want? Many individuals get stuck on the insurance train and only pursue testing or treatments that are covered. While this is understandable, does it take you where you want to go? For some yes, for others no. Consider this. If you are in California and want to end up in Florida, what happens if you get on a road and start driving Northeast toward Montana? Unless you make a course correction you will not get where you want to go. The traditional medical system can give you specific things, but if you’re not looking for those things, than what benefit is it to you to stay in that system? I have and still do use both traditional care, and holistic care. I blend the two based on my needs, but I don’t let the insurance train dictate my choices. I make the best choices for my body regardless of who’s paying. I encourage you to do the same.
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    Play the long game. If what you’re doing isn’t working, consider trying something different. If you deeply desire to choose holistic resources as a part of your lifestyle, but aren’t currently in a place financially to act on that desire, pause for a moment. What is something you can do differently right now that will add up over the years to improve your cash flow so you can support different choices? I encourage you to be an active participant in your financial process, not a passive one. If what you have isn’t covering all the bases now, chances are it won’t be enough five years from now either. Whatever it might look like for you, get up off the sidelines and begin doing things to set yourself up for success in the years to come.
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    Perspective is EVERYTHING. Change how you view ‘failed attempts.’ Alternative things that don’t work aren’t ‘wasted money.’ They can certainly feel that way when you spent everything you had on something that didn’t work, but keep number two in mind here. If you “play the long game,” things that didn’t work can transform from failures and wasted money to neutral events and priceless knowledge.  They provide information you didn’t have before and information is VALUABLE. I suffered an infectious brain trauma at 19. It took me roughly 8-10 years to get fully back in the saddle of life after all the doctors and trauma and junk, but dude. I know a billion things NOT TO DO to a brain AND the human being attached to that brain. Along the way, I did discover a precious handful of things TO DO and that DID WORK. All these years later, I hold the thousands and thousands of dollars spent out of pocket as a valuable and priceless education. Each attempt that didn’t take me where I wanted to go taught me something and all those somethings are PRICELESS.

Because my health issues began as a teenager, I learned a lot watching my parents think through things and make decisions on my behalf. We didn’t have a ton of money growing up, but we had enough to cover the bases. I do know they took on some dept on my behalf as we began exploring alternative resources. I watched my dad transition from being an employee to starting and growing multiple businesses. In the beginning we only did things that were covered by insurance, but as you might know, insurance for entrepreneurs isn’t simple and we reached a point where the insurance path wasn’t taking us where we wanted to go with my health. Before we I knew it, we began off-roading. 

Money is a tool. 

It’s neither the devil nor god.

Money can be earned, lost and earned again.

You always have choices. 

It’s painful and tough, but discovering what freedom is for you specifically is worth it.

About the Author Shannon McClurg

I have learned to thrive in the midst of acute & chronic health challenges. My personal experience drives my quest to seek out exceptional resources for living: real health for your body, real tactics for renewing your mind & real access to strong finances. My 4 favorite P's are puppies, pineapples, princesses and pole fitness! My hobby jobs all involve kids. I love bringing joy to children's lives and making sure they know they are important.