It Doesn't Matter How Much Money You Have

It doesn't matter how much money you have, it matters how you feel about the money you DO have.

This morning I would like to share an Inspired Personal Story from my book Extreme Thought Makeover. It is from Day 8: Charity, and was submitted by Karina Matthews in Madison Wisconsin. Here it is:

I would like to share a story about gifting. It has really helped me shift my energy and emotion. Recently I completed a three-month contract for a client that had a discretionary bonus clause upon completion. Well, the contract went absolutely as well as could be, perfect, without any obstacles. I actually provided service well beyond what was required, and delivered a final product that far exceeded my client’s expectation. My client was rumoring all along that he would honor the discretionary clause to it’s fullest, which would have resulted in approximately a $10,000 bonus to me at the end.

Well, Dr. Rick, and you might have seen this one coming, when we wrapped up the last detail of the contract, he did not back up his promise. Instead he told a story of how tough it was financially right now, and that he had lost some money in the stock market, and just couldn’t “afford” to pay the full bonus. He opted to give me only ten percent of the bonus, $1,000. I was really hurt, and felt betrayed and manipulated.

I stared at that $1,000 check and could not find positive energy in it. Okay, I understand that $1,000 is a lot of money, and could be celebrated, but unfortunately what it represented to me was that it was $9,000 lacking. I needed to do something to shift my energy around this check. Just then, Day 8 from your program came to mind: Charity. Of course, I would give the money away! So I found two people to give $500 each to who were really, really wanting financial help with purchases very important to them.

Wow, the energy about that $1,000 completely shifted, and it is still filling me up with the abundant feeling of the legacy it has. I am thankful that I was able to go through this experience. I am so wonderfully impressed that by following such a simple idea, charity, that I could totally transform my feeling about a bonus from disappointment, betrayal and lack to generosity, love and abundance. That small $1,000 bonus was transformed into two giant $500 gifts. Thank you.

Enjoy, Rick

Rick Schaefer, M.D. is known as the Happiness Coach. He is the creator of Guilt-Free Coaching, and is the author of Extreme Thought Makeover™… 37 Days to Maximum Life! He speaks throughout the U.S. and has a following in more than 50 countries. To learn more or to work with Dr. Rick directly, call 414-573-8880 or go to