Can You Have Too Much Money? How to Determine the Size of Your Money Container by Ken Honda
Most of us want to have as much money as possible. We strive and push to make more and more, but how much is “too much money?" First we must identify and heal money wounds. If you're not sure how much is too much money, here are four things to think about:
Inside each of us there are, in the metaphorical sense, many containers. There are containers for abundance, money, happiness, relationships, work and many more. These containers are like open jars. If they are only half full we tend to feel unsatisfied. If the amount flowing in is more than the size of our container can handle, it will overflow, and we accept only as much as we think we deserve.
2. Money Container Size
The size of our money container is based on what we believe about money, which many times can be negative. These "money wound"’ can be inherited from early family experiences, friends or even our culture, and can look like "money is the root of all evil" or "there’s barely enough to make ends meet." Healing these money wounds is key to changing and finding the right size money container for you.
3. Enough Money
The right money container size for you is where you feel the most happiness. For example, if you make $50,000 a year but feel unsatisfied, you have a bigger container and you’re not filling it all the way up. If you make $100,000, feel unsatisfied, but the energy you spend trying to earn $150,000 burns you out, your container size is somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000.
The goal is to feel like my late mentor Wahei Takeda did, who was known as the "Warren Buffet of Japan": That you have enough. That you are grateful for everything you do have, and you feel you can give some away.
4. Too Much Money
If you try to fill your money container past its capacity, you may break the container, make yourself miserable and lose your peace of mind. This happens because most of us are brainwashed into always wanting more. When you get into the cycle of wanting more, it takes away your ability to recognize what is truly most important in your life.
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