Dollars and Sense: How Your Mindset Affects Your Finances
by Shate’ L. Edwards –

Get excited Superstar!

I have a very special guest for you today. Meet Shate’ from the Working Dancer.

Shate’ is a fantastic role model of mine within the performing arts industry. The care she takes with each of her clients and her earnest commitment to their success has certainly inspired me more than once. And she’s graciously created this guest content today just for you!

So strap in, Superstar. Here comes an entirely fresh perspective to conquer your Money Monsters.


 by Shate’ L. Edwards –

Most people want more money, right? Especially artists. We’re always looking for ways to get more work so that we can make more money.

Because, let’s face it. We do need money to maintain a decent quality of life. Yes, our art gives us those top-of-the-world highs, but top-of-the-world highs don’t pay the bills. Money does.

When it comes to making money, we’re culturally wired to believe that only luck or a certain amount of effort brings about favorable sums of money. According to this way of thinking, we must either win the lotto, luck up on an inheritance, or bust our butts with some mega hustle in order to become financially wealthy.

I’d like to suggest that only part of that belief is true. The part about the lotto is pretty true, but when it comes to working hard, hustle alone won’t get you the big bucks if you don’t have the right mindset to support it.

Law of attraction dictates that you’ll produce more of what you think on most. Which means, you can have all the hustle in the world, but if you’re hustling from a mindset of lack, you’ll just be producing more lack. For instance, if you’re building a freelance business, and you approach every client consultation (or audition) from a place of desperation or a place of “I really need this opportunity to pay my bills,” then chances are you won’t book that opportunity. Even though your actions support generating income, your thoughts support lack.

What you believe about any given situation will always trump your actions surrounding it. In fact, limiting beliefs are one of the biggest obstacles you may face, and they get you nowhere fast. If you truly want to reach your goals, financial or otherwise, it’s critical that you align your thoughts with your actions. Here are a few tips to help you level up your mindset, which will, in turn, help you level up your money too.

1. Get Clear On What You Want

The life you desire first starts in your mind, and one of the best ways to improve your outward experience is to first know exactly what you’d like that experience to be. If you wander aimlessly throughout life, you open yourself up to be moved by your circumstances instead of by your choices.

With that, set specific goals for yourself, and then write or speak them aloud. By getting clear on what you want, you’re able to set measurable goals that you can work towards. By writing or speaking them out loud, you’re setting the power of your intentions into motion.

When it comes to mindset, clarity translates into focused action. When you’re clear on where you’d like to go and what you’d like to experience in your life, you begin to take actions that are aligned with that goal. So start with setting a clear goal or intention, then pay attention to how it begins to take shape.

2. Change Your Focus

In order to stay on track with reaching your goals, you’ve got to learn to pay attention to the things that are going well instead of all the things that are going wrong. This is where many people get stuck. In fact, some people set their goal, and then focus on how long it’s taking to achieve it, or on how it seems to not be coming to pass at all. Trust me…I’ve been there. And we know from our brief mention of the law of attraction, that focusing on what’s not working will only bring about more things that aren’t working, right?

So instead of acknowledging the lack of your goal having not been reached yet, look for all the signs that prove it’s on its way. Let’s use the freelance business example from before once again. Changing your focus means you’re noticing how many inquiries you’re getting and not on how many people have passed on your service. It means you’re celebrating the clients you currently have instead of sulking over all the clients you wish you had. It means, you acknowledge the inspired idea you have to create a new revenue stream instead of dwelling on how you haven’t reached your monthly income goal yet.

Needless to say, this may be one of the most important steps in your mindset journey. This step is the main ingredient that helps you align your thoughts with your actions. There’s just one more step that will help you turbo charge the momentum on your mindset shift.

3. Get Happy

Most folks want what they want because they believe the thing they want will make them happy. Make sense? This means that the underlying belief surrounding what you want is “I’m not happy now, but I will be once I get it.” That’s the signal you send off when you get frustrated when your goals don’t materialize as quickly as you’d like.

And what does that signal bring you in return? Yep, you got it. That signal will bring more “I’m not happy now” situations into your experience. The key to changing that signal is to get happy now, exactly where you are with what you have.

In fact, it’s common perception that money and success cause people to be happier, but research actually shows that it’s the other way around. Happiness is the leading factor. People who are happier are more successful and earn more money over time.

To get happy now, start with step two by changing your focus. Once you’re in a daily routine of seeing the good, then start doing things that make you happy, just because. Dance around the house to your favorite songs. See a movie on a weeknight. Plan a trip somewhere exciting. Read a book in a hammock…or build a hammock, then read a book in it. Take a candlelit bubble bath. Whatever it is, do more of what makes you happy, and you’ll put yourself in a position to attract more of what you’re working towards.

So, there you have it. When it comes to making money, it’s not all about the work you do, it’s also about your frame of mind while you’re doing it. If you set clear goals, look for evidence of those goals coming to pass, and then get to work on being happy, you’ll not only be that much closer to achieving them, you’ll be enjoying the ride too.

Shate' Edwards, MFA

Shate' Edwards, MFA

Choreographer & Career Mentor

Shate’ L. Edwards is a choreographer, performer, former dance professor, and entrepreneur.  In addition to choreographing productions and teaching classes both domestically and abroad, she also educates dancers about creating sustainable careers through her personal development company, The Working Dancer.  For free resources to support your artistic career, visit: