In many cases, our associations with money have become such a negative influence in our lives that it can be challenging to shift our negative beliefs into healthy ones. There is also a huge amount of pressure from friends, family and society to succeed, or at least display the material symbols of success. Thus, for many of us, success doesn't exist without money.
One approach to altering a negative relationship with money and relieving some of the stress that relationship causes is to redefine your view of money as your only reward. Look for emotional rewards in your personal achievements and successes and recognize that money is merely a manner in which society agrees to recognize that success along with you. In other words, your worth as a human being is based on the sum total of what you achieve in your life and what you bring to the society in which you live rather than the amount of zeros in your checking account balance.
By shifting your relationship with your finances you can eliminate some of your anxiety and feel more powerful in your associations with money. Money itself is neither a positive or negative force, it is simply the manner in which we recognize the exchange of time and energy. It can provide you with many comforts, experiences and opportunities but money is only one of many tools at our disposal that you can use to improve the quality of your life.
If you allow money to become one of the results of your journey rather than the main goal, then you are recognizing a bigger form of achievement and will often be surprised with how much more fulfilling your journey through life becomes. As you release the fear and anxiety that money can stir up, you will find there is more room to enjoy the rewards of a successful and happy life.