When you live in a busy culture where you’re told that the answer to all your financial problems is simply working hard, it can be easy to run into burnout. The problem is, how hard you work can actually be part of your bank account.
In business, there will always be times when you will be working harder than others. All-nighters happen, and it’s time to really hustle. But you need to maintain a balance to maintain your health, keep growing and enjoy your life.
For business owners and entrepreneurs around the world, mindset has been a huge area of focus, and it has been powerful to see the industry step up to the plate to overcome the sabotaging beliefs that hold people back. But what if there is something else – something deeper – that you need to address in order to completely free up your earning potential?
This is where the work of unresolved trauma comes into play. Here are four ways an unresolved trauma could be sabotaging your bank account right now.
1. Trauma is often misunderstood
First, you must understand what trauma is and how it affects your mind, body, and energy. Trauma is any event that leaves a negative impression that you were not able to fully process at the time, and as a result, have left unprocessed feelings, thoughts, and belief systems in your mind or body that lead you to another place. Can go guess yourself and the world around you.
It can be mental, emotional or physical. Trauma can happen in many ways, from a statement you made, a betrayal of your trust, a physical dispute, a sudden accident, or even a stressful moment. One of the biggest misconceptions around trauma is that it should be considered a major event.
Trauma doesn’t have to come from a chaotic, life-long event. It can be much simpler than that, happening in a moment that is easy to miss altogether, which can make it so insidious. Now that you know what trauma is, you can understand more deeply how it affects your mind, body, and energy.
When trauma is introduced into your system, it causes a fracture in your energy, shocks your nervous system, and can mark a moment in your mind where you weren’t safe. In order to heal the sabotage that results from the initial trauma and the subsequent repercussions, you need to approach the trauma holistically. If you let go of any of these pieces (mind, body, energy), it’s only a matter of time before you repeat the pattern of sabotage and push the money away from you.
2. Unresolved traumas compromise your self-worth
Money is tied to our relationship to who we are and our self-worth. Because trauma can compromise aspects of your confidence and make you question your worth, it creates a barrier against money. Questioning your worth may not always sound like “I don’t feel worthy.” Sometimes it looks or sounds like this:
- “It’s not for people like me.”
- “Things don’t work out for me.”
- “Of course it happened to me!”
- “I haven’t earned it yet / I have to work hard to get it.”
- “I do not deserve it.”
- “People like me don’t get it.”
Whenever there is a feeling of not having enough in any way, it can compromise the flow of money you get.
“Traumatic is a fact of life. However, it should not be punishable by life imprisonment.” – Peter A Levine
3. Unresolved trauma makes the unconscious blind
Unresolved trauma results in unconscious blocks and patterns that keep you from getting what you want by creating blind spots in your mental, emotional and creative vision. When unresolved trauma is present within the subconscious, it creates a coherent chain of events that triggers you right beneath your conscious awareness.
Your subconscious mind remembers everything, so any part of life becomes a playground for triggers. From walking down the street and going to the grocery store to working and negotiating your goals, anything resembling your thoughts, images, body sensations, and feelings during a traumatic experience can create a subconscious trigger. So all day long, without knowing it, you’re making subtle moves that keep you safe and also prevent you from reaching the financial success you aspire to.
By allowing unresolved trauma to flare up, your decisions come from the past (trauma or fear) rather than from a place of choice and opportunity. Fixing it helps you see more clearly. This happened to a business owner who was struggling to break through the six-figure-plus threshold in revenue. When she dives into her childhood, she discovers that she was scolded when she was yelled at, when she asked for more.
She developed a belief system around the idea that asking for more was selfish which went into her business. She tried to increase her income, but nothing worked because her fundamental belief system from the unresolved trauma was that “making more and asking for more was selfish”. Once she reconciled the trauma and the belief system that went with it, her glass ceiling collapsed.
4. Unresolved trauma causes feelings of being insecure
Unresolved trauma disrupts your body’s “root chakra” which is your hallmark of security and belonging in this world. This energy center is directly related to money. This often happens when you have a trauma from your childhood that shakes the foundation of your security, both physically and emotionally.
When this happens, it can prevent you from feeling secure in your life and cause you challenges in obtaining money. When you get used to feeling insecure, that feeling takes comfort and your subconscious mind will struggle to keep things as status quo. So you will resist earning more money.
Another way this particular red flag appears is when you receive money and spend it quickly or it runs out soon after you get it. There is an underlying issue of feeling unworthy when this scenario occurs.
There are all kinds of ways that trauma can create a tough money situation for you, but now you know the red flags so you can address the underlying trauma. The after-effects of trauma are not something you have to go through or live with for the rest of your life. It’s not how things should be. If you can identify where the trauma is causing problems, you can get the help you need for healing. Heal the trauma, and you can heal the cycles of trauma that have been created.