The worst response when feeling poor is to do the very thing that should prove you’re not: spend money. Sure, that might make the feeling go away for a time. But as soon as you realize you’ve just plunged yourself deeper into debt, you’ll feel even poorer. It’s a vicious cycle that comes to no good end.
I have a better idea. Stop feeling poor in the first place. Here are three surprising steps to follow. And I guarantee that if you do them, you’ll start feeling different.
- Commit to a Clean Car. No matter how old, how scratched, how new, how leased or how ugly, if you keep your car sparkling clean inside and out, you won’t feel poor. Remove every coffee cup, every paper, and every item other than the emergency equipment in the trunk every time you leave the car. Wash it weekly. Make sure the windows are always spotless, the tires scrubbed and the chrome shiny. Do this and you’ll feel like a million bucks. Really.
- Curb the Clutter. I don’t care how clean your house may be; if you have clutter, it’s pulling you down. It invites chaos, which leads to depression and feelings of deprivation. So, clear your closets, drawers, cupboards, garage, and counters of everything that you don’t need or doesn’t bring beauty to your life (and while you’re at it, sell the stuff on eBay or Craigslist to make some extra cash). Clean, open spaces radiate tranquility and simplicity, chase away feelings of poverty, and open the door to joy.
- Tuck a C-Note. A “c-note” is a one-hundred dollar bill. I want you to get one, fold it neatly, and tuck it into a secret place in your wallet. Do not tell anyone about this. Just like *that*, your c-note is going to make you feel prosperous and quite smart. For sure you will not feel broke, because here’s the curious thing: You are not likely to spend it on a whim. In fact, you are not likely to spend it at all. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s because breaking a hundred-dollar bill is a big deal. You wouldn’t do that for a hamburger and fries. That would be ridiculous, right? But if you get caught in a true emergency, you’re covered. If you can’t do a hundred, start with a five. Soon, trade it for a ten, then a fifty. Before you know it, you’ll have a Benjamin in your pocket, hidden away where only you know.
Feeling poor is not a financial condition. It is a state of mind, and something you can change starting right now.