Consumer: Money Talk with Helen Collier

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‘I CAN see clearly now the rain has gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s going to be a bright, bright sunshiny day’.

A fitting song on a damp, foggy morning in Leeds.

How do you view money? Is it from a bright, sunshiny view where everything in the garden is wonderful or is it more from the dark clouds side where so many obstacle are in the way?

When I think about my work, it’s about helping bright, smart people discover their obstacles to a brighter money life and helping overcome them. The obstacles are the beliefs we have in our heads about money. A belief that says ‘money is not important’ could lead to neglecting to pay attention to the money and in some cases to overspending or under earning.

Get curious and ask yourself questions about your beliefs.

Is it absolutely true that money is not important? What would I be doing differently if couldn’t even think that thought? What would be more true?

Money is not important. No it’s not completely true I need it for the mortgage. If I couldn’t even think it wasn’t important I’d probably be looking after it better. It would be more true to say that Money plays an important part in keeping a roof over my head.

Dean Johnstone, chief executive of Minds Ahead and joint leader of the centre of excellence in Leeds.

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