If you’re like me, you file a tax extension every year, because April just comes too quickly after the holidays.
And since I’ve just done my deferred taxes from the year prior, why on Earth would I want to do them again so soon?
So when the deadline to file my extended taxes started barreling towards me, the dread built up even further at the thought of actually having to do them.
In previous years, my taxes were complicated. There were forms for everything! For business, for investment properties, and for a while, I even had to fill out a “farm form.” Preparation was expensive, and there were a lot of receipts to wrangle. Even getting to the accountant was a monumental task.
But this year, I let all of those obligations go. I was dragging all of it behind me with a chain. So I sold or gave away everything I had, and adopted a life of true freedom.
And I still filed for a tax extension.
If I gave away everything, why would I still dread my taxes? Surely there can’t be too many forms to fill out.
Consider how we predict the outcome of future events based on past ones. Taxes have “always” sucked, and so this year they will suck again. It’s proven itself true for past years, hasn’t it?
And because we tell ourselves things like this, it’s broadcast to the Universe, and that’s exactly what we get back.
Yet there might come a time where you are willing to try something different. The old way hasn’t been working. Is there another option for viewing the process of preparing a tax return?
Of course there is. There are an infinite number of viewpoints surrounding taxes. For accountants, it’s dollar signs. For software companies, it’s market share. For the IRS, well, that depends on who you ask.
So next time you’re ready to dread something, try conceding that there could be another option. Try the statement “Let’s see what happens.”
As ambiguous as that sounds, it’s a great step forward!
You are allowing the larger part of You to steer you this time. It can be scary, trusting yourself like that. But through little increments such as this, you learn that you and your Self are on the same side.
How about telling yourself that things could be different? Try an affirmation, and let’s see what happens:
“OK, this year I will suspend judgment about my taxes.” (…they still suck).
Doh, was that an afterthought, tacked on right after your awesome affirmation?
That’s how the unconscious works. Its aim is to serve you, even if you don’t want its help. But since you’ve repeatedly told yourself that taxes suck, it’s been ingrained in you, and your admonition that “taxes suck” is now a belief.
Beliefs won’t be restructured until you face them head on.
So, let’s try it again, and this time, monitor the thoughts that try to append themselves to your aspiration:
“OK, this year I will suspend judgment about my taxes.” ….
……. for how long can you feel the impact of the first statement, and maintain inner silence afterwards?
You’ll soon start to catch yourself if you append non-serving thoughts to benign statements. It will get easier to make adjustments when they show up.
“OK, this year I will suspend judgment about my taxes.” Period.
So now that you’ve set your intention, you sit down and do your taxes. You’re punching in numbers, and it’s looking pretty OK. You might be surprised at how much easier it was than in previous years, with technology and all. Aside from that, you could be getting a refund when you expected to pay.
(Whether you end up paying, or not paying, both are your responsibility. You might learn some lessons about handling money, and about procrastination. Yet the process of filing your taxes is the same whether you owe or not.)
The purpose here is to bring your attention to how you label something, and how easy it is to accept that label as fact, simply because it’s been reinforced by your beliefs about it, over and over.
Since you are creating your reality through your beliefs, life will show you things that support them. And since you previously believed that doing taxes sucks, it happened like clockwork every year. Until you change that belief about taxes, you will continue to dread the process. By even conceding that PERHAPS you could have a better experience this year, you are allowing new potentials to surface that your tunnel vision would never have allowed before.
Here is how you can change a belief about anything:
- Think of a subject, person, or situation
- Look at how you label it
- Consider that there are other options
- Allow an alternate option to present itself
- Make a more aligned choice about your subject, person, or situation
- Keep thinking it
Restructuring beliefs will be the single most forward-moving action you can take to propel you into a 5D perspective. By rethinking your belief about taxes, you have paved the way for better options to present themselves; and soon, your physical reality will reflect those new beliefs.
So next year, no extension for me. And this year? No “farm” forms, and I got a refund.