Acts such as the Emancipation Proclamation are most often remembered during the month of February in connection to Black History Month. In essence and without giving a history lesson, the Emancipation Proclamation was set forth by President Lincoln to allow slaves to become “free”, particularly in the confederate states.
What I found weird about the whole situation is that some slaves who were given the “opportunity” to be free, chose to stay with their masters. While there were likely several reasons for this, it is thought that some stayed out of fear of “becoming free”. What would they do with this “new freedom”? Would they survive?
Slaves usually were not in control of their own decisions as their masters made the decisions for them. Their responsibilities for the most part involved that they behaved in the manner that the master required, they did as the master said to do, and how he said to do it. To suddenly have the responsibility of deciding for yourself and following your own path was likely a scary thing. After all, even with all that came along with being a slave, masters were normally going to ensure that a number of the basic needs of their slaves were met in order for the slaves to continue in the labor or duties that they needed for them to perform.
While the Emancipation Proclamation may have been intended to physically free the slaves, it did not help free the minds (and thinking like slaves) of some. For example, even those who understood their freedom were likely to still refer to their former masters as “Master”. Some even adopted the hostility that was once inflicted upon them by their masters and inflicted similar pain and torment on their fellow former-slaves.
Again, this is not to be a lesson in slavery as we have recognized it historically. I actually began to think of slavery and the emancipation concept after being in attendance at an Infinite Success University webinar on last night. Success Coach, Marquel Russell is admirably candid so when I heard the phrase “I was a slave to money”, I immediately tuned in extra closely. As it became more clear, I began to realize that I too had been a slave to money and had allowed money to enslave me.
Just as the master told the slaves where to go, how to go and when to go, what to like and what not to like, money in its master role had been “calling these same shots” in my life. Similar to the mindset of someone who was enslaved and preferred not to obtain the freedom he was granted, money easily dictated who I was, where I was and where I was going. For example, having limited amounts of money also limited my thinking and my growth as they related to seeing myself beyond the boundaries of the dollar. In likeness to a slave who had grown so accustomed to his situation that he chose not to walk away as a free man, I had become so accustomed to having money dictate to me, that I failed to realize that I was to take control and dictate to the money. I did not realize that money was designed to cater to me instead of the other way around.
Financial Freedom for those who are afraid to take the steps necessary to break away from the chains of financial bondage, afraid to self-invest and seek out opportunities that are going to move them closer to financial freedom, and who become complacent within the boundaries that they allow money to set for them is like the Emancipation Proclamation for those who were afraid to leave their masters. While leaving the master will definitely be a new experience, filled with uncertainties and maybe even failures, at least they were strong enough to leave and were willing to face whatever was ahead as they focused on making their wildest dreams a reality.
By renewing your mind and the way that you think and feel about money, you can change the script. As additional fuel on this journey, I am encouraging you to take charge. Tell your money where you want it to go, how you want it to grow, demand it to do what you want it to do and how you want it to do it. A mindset adjustment is the first step in leaving the money master.
Until next time,