Your Money Mindset Profile: The Crusader

The nine money mindset profiles, although described as a type of person, are really states of mind that create the characteristics of an archetype.  Consequently these states of mind can be changed and along with the change in mindset comes a change in behaviour and attitude towards money.  The mindset states are fluid and although some people may occupy a particular state for a long period of time, it is possible to progress through these states organically.  However, the majority of people who get stuck in a particular state fail to shift it without external intervention.

This is because it is impossible to break free of your limiting behaviour and beliefs unless you know exactly what are the limiting behaviour and beliefs you are trying to replace. Do you spend more money than you have? Do you feel that you don’t deserve money? Do you believe that you have to compromise your ethics to make money? Are you rarely contented with your financial situation? These are just a few of the questions that you will need to answer in order to begin to break free from your bad money habits and restore money harmony in your life.

The 9 money mindset profiles I have identified are based on my observations of how people I have worked with, lived with, mentored and coached interacted with money.  In addition I have also drawn on the work of Deborah L. Price (a highly regarded financial advisor and money coach in the USA) in her book Money Magic

The crusader money mindset imageThe Crusader: These people have bought into the negative philosophy surrounding money. i.e. money is evil; money brings resentment and unhappiness; people who have a lot of money are greedy and selfish etc. These beliefs coupled with low self worth lead to them feeling that they don’t deserve money and others do. Either because others are more in need of money so they are more deserving or because they are more skilful at obtaining it. The Crusaders are lost in the intellectual theories around the idea of money; therefore, they fail to connect spiritually with the concept of true wealth and abundance being available to them.

On the plus side Crusaders are great at fighting other people’s causes and will protect and preserve those who they see as weak and needy.  Unfortunately Crusaders are so busy fighting financial wars on behalf of others that they don’t notice their own needs.  Unconsciously the Crusader believes that there is merit in suffering on behalf of others.  This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as they are often let down by the people they are trying to help and so end up suffering on their behalf.  The biggest issue with Crusaders is their need for perfection and often they spend far too much time getting it right rather than getting it done.  However because of their determination and high expectations of themselves they can, with the right application have the capacity for achieving their financial goals.

For people stuck in the Crusader money mindset, the key lies in forgiveness of their past. The Crusader must learn to forgive themselves and others so that they can let go of the past.  Forgiveness is a gift that you give yourself.  It is the key to your personal freedom.  Many people believe that forgiveness requires remorse and acceptance of blame to be present.  However forgiveness requires nothing more than a willingness to be open to the love and grace that true forgiveness offers.  Forgiveness has the power to transform past hurts into gifts; that is, show you something about yourself that requires healing.  In order to start the process of forgiveness, The Crusader must be willing to trust that their experiences, memories and feelings are their perceptions as opposed to how they currently see them; i.e. as a set of historical facts.

Forgiveness asks you to recognise and own completely your experiences without blaming or judgement-in other words to take complete responsibility.  Once The Crusader is able to heal the past they realise that they have so much more to give by living in the present than wallowing in their history.  The real awakening happens for The Crusader mindset when they recognise they are far more than the sum of their experiences.

Typically Crusader money mindset profiles are: domineering, controlling, tolerant, reserved, self-sacrificing, critical and judgemental, perfectionists, resentful, passive aggressive, compassionate, openhearted, thinkers

Your money mindset profile result is based on the questions you answered.  If you’re concerned that you do not fit the money mindset profile selected, it could be that you are a mixture of one or more profiles and the one identified has a slight dominance.  This is not an exact science.  The money mindset profiles are designed to help you heal issues in your relationship with money and it aims to provide you with useful information in this matter.  However, if you feel that these are not your issues, please look through the other profile types and work on the issues that you feel would best serve you.