Friday, April 3, 2009

Achieving Prosperity

Mindset: Beauty & the Beast

You may or may not have heard of the term ‘lack’ or ‘poverty’ mentality, and I’m here to tell you that right here is where the changes begin. The first thing you need to do to change your financial situation, is to change the way you feel about your financial situation. If you’re constantly worrying about bills, bills and more bills, you’re dwelling on… you guessed it… bills! This is giving a negative situation far more attention than it deserves and making your own life miserable in the process.

Wealth is not just having money, it is about being abundant in every area of your life. To have loads of money and fantastic relationships but be constantly sick and run down isn’t wealth, similarly to be in amazing physical condition and spiritually in touch with the planet and still be lonely due to lack of friends is not wealth either.

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are right.”
- Henry Ford

There are plenty of millionaires out there who are constantly concerned about hanging on to their money, making sure they never lose it, focusing on not spending it too much for fear they won’t have it anymore. This is not a wealth mentality, it’s a lack mentality and it can’t possibly be enjoyable in any way. Can you think of anything worse than finally getting to a financially comfortable position and not allowing yourself to enjoy a moment of it?

Conversely, there are many families who have none of the material things many of us would now take for granted. Telephones, computers, even the opportunity to attend school, or a house with four walls and a meal every night is more than many families ever hope to see in their lives. Yet they can find peace and joy in small things, such as spending time with the ones they love, clean water, or a beautiful day. This is a wealth mentality, because wealth is so much more than money.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
- Winston Churchill

So the next time you go to tell your friends or family how many bills you have this month, or what you can’t afford to do, stop for a moment and be grateful for what you do have instead.

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