Sunday, 11 November 2007

Funny how talking about money can bring all kinds of emotions to the surface.

This week I was told a story by a lovely lady who’s been a successful businesswoman and brilliant fundraiser. Yet to get on in life she had to tackle a huge fear of asking for money. The fear stemmed from when, as a young woman, she asked her dad for a small emergency loan. He’d handed over the money - together with a contract for her to sign detailing the terms of repayment and interest rate! She said that for a long while afterwards she avoided all situations that involved asking for money.

Then the anger at the way her father had used his power took hold and she vowed never to feel that way again. She now regularly extracts large sums of money from people for a very worthy cause. A great example of how fear can be deactivated and how we don’t have to be prisoners of our past experiences.

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