Did you hear the phrase ‘the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’ when you were growing up? Most people have probably heard (or used it) at some point during their lives.
But what impact can this seemingly harmless belief have on your business success if it formed part of your core belief system in childhood?
Money = BAD
I heard the saying ‘the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’ a lot when I was growing up and it was usually said with disdain, defeatism and bitterness. We were a poor family and struggled for money, even having periods where our social housing was threatened. As a young child, I took this belief on, along with my parents feelings about the world being unfair and that all rich people were somehow bad, greedy or privileged. We were poor and we were destined to always be poor. Money wasn’t for people like us.
There were other phrases like ‘they’re made of money’, ‘money is the root of all evil’, ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ and ‘they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth’; all giving the message that money was scarce and was only for other people.
Needless to say I discovered a whole load of money blocks when I started running my own businesses. It has taken me years to uncover and heal my money blocks which were tied up with trauma, self-worth and confidence issues.
Wealth creation and distribution
There are so many beliefs related to money which limit us but I wanted to explore this one in particular because it seems really apt at the moment when it feels like there is a lot of division and polarising views about wealth and wealth creation. Never before have the richest people in the world been, well richer. And the poor are getting poorer too. A recent Oxfam report says the poorest people in the world are struggling as as result of the coronavirus pandemic.
When we’ve grown up with the belief that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, here we have the perfect evidence to cement our belief firmly into place. Our confirmation bias causes us notice and look for things which support our beliefs, even at a subconscious level.
The problem is that holding on to old limiting beliefs can really impact our reality and results. Even if you aren’t fully aware of where you’re being impacted (because we often aren’t) we take on those beliefs that were passed down to us in childhood as our own…it becomes our belief.
The truth is, there IS unfairness in the world and that can be hard to see sometimes. It’s hard to see an unfair distribution of wealth when people are suffering and it feels wrong to ignore it.
Get curious about your beliefs and call them out
So what can we do? The first thing is to get curious about our belief system. All those core beliefs we’ve had faith in for so many years…there comes a time when we need to explore them deeper and then we realise that perhaps they are doing us more harm than good.
Let’s explore this further; if you have a core belief the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, it’s logical therefore that…
You can only be rich or poor
If you are not currently rich, then by default you must be poor
If you are not rich, then you won’t get richer
If you are poor, then you’ll get poorer
If you’re rich, you must be lucky, because you get richer
If you’re poor, you must be unlucky, because you get poorer
If you’re not rich, you don’t have control over your situation
The world is unfair and there’s nothing you can do about it
If you’re rich, you benefit from opportunities and abundance
If you’re poor, there is scarcity and lack
Can you imagine the impact that having these beliefs has on your everyday thoughts, not to mention when you’re trying to build a business! Do you think that all the above statements are true? Or is there some merit in looking at other possibilities?
OK, let’s try something else – an alternative view where we begin to dismantle the belief that ‘the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’ as we explore the truth of the situation…
Poor people can and have created riches
Rich people have lost their wealth and become poor
Anyone can learn how to create good money habits
There are many different levels of wealth
Richness and wealth means different things to different people
Lots of people have taken control of their financial situation
Lots of people have paid of massive debts
Anyone, rich or poor, can make really crap money decisions
Anyone can be a fair person and create fairness in their corner of the world
Abundance and opportunities are all around us
Do the above statements feel more true to you? You see how quickly the original belief ‘the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’ no longer makes sense when you see it written down like this…and yet we have had faith in that old belief for so many years.
What can you do?
Even with a new belief that wealth is possible for all, there’s still the issue of wealth distribution and unfairness. You might not be able to change the world, but you can change your world.
When the distribution of wealth seems unfair:
- Look for evidence that fairness and justice prevail – it’s out there, I promise!
- Make a concerted effort to be more in control when it comes to your own money, both personal and business, so you feel more financially empowered
- Your morals and ethics count for something and you can create a sense of fairness in your own family, friendships and even in your business
- Donate to a charity that helps redistribute wealth, such as Buy One Give One or Kiva loans. Even the smallest amount can make a big difference
- Follow or support causes and charities who support the most vulnerable and needy in society
- Find people to follow on social media who have created their own wealth, or who use their wealth for good in some way
- Practice daily gratitude for all the good things in your life, no matter how small
- Stop watching the news – media outlets just love a negative story because it gets more views, shares and engagement. Follow The Happy News instead
- Set positive and inspiring goals about how you can create and distribute wealth as your business grows
I hope that’s helped you see just how quickly you can release old, limiting beliefs that no longer serve you, and install new, empowering ones, as well as perhaps making a difference in the world in some way too.
If the belief ‘the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’ still feels really true for you, why not try tapping on it? I recorded the tap along video below to help you shift this belief from deep within your subconscious.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping on The Belief ‘The Rich Get Richer & The Poor Get Poorer’
Did this tapping help shift things for you? Let me know in the comments.