Many people believe that they feel or think a certain way because of their circumstances, not knowing that the truth is this…
Their thoughts created those very circumstances, whether wanted or unwanted.
That’s hard for some to hear. But the truth is that reality creation is an inside job.
Your thoughts and actions literally create your life.
If you don’t believe me, look around right now at your life (where you live, the job you have, the cars you drive, the relationships you have, etc) – all of these things are a direct result of the thoughts you have constantly focused upon up until now.
Thoughts create everything. But here’s the problem. Most people spend their time thinking about what they don’t want, and then are left wondering why what they don’t want shows up, over and over again.
Here’s what’s happening: When you think, speak, act and focus in a negative way and on what you don’t want in life, you keep that very thing alive. You are feeding it. Which brings me to a story…
One evening, an elderly Cherokee chief told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said “My son, there’s a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, pessimism, envy and self-pity. The other is good, positive, confident and self-empowered.” The grandson though about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old chief simply replied, “The one that you feed.”
You’ve heard the old expression, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” But that’s not really how it is. The truth is more like this: “You’ll see it when you believe it.”
Because your thoughts set up the model of what you experience, it is important to think about what you want in life rather than what you don’t want. You will not get what you want by complaining about its opposite. For instance, having money does not come from complaining about not having money. Whatever you focus on is what you get, for energy follows thought.
I want to be clear here. I’m not talking about some metaphysical mumbo-jumbo. There’s plenty of “secret” books out there telling you that you just need to sit in a corner and think happy thoughts and poof, you’ll become a millionaire. That’s junk. Positive thoughts followed by positive action creates wealth. Period.
What I am saying is that’s it’s important to think in positive ways. Indeed, there is power in positive thinking. When you think and talk about what you want and how to get it, you feel happier and in greater control of your life. When you are thinking about something that makes you happy, your brain actually releases endorphins, which give you a generalized feeling of well-being. As a result, you develop a positive attitude.
And there’s two main reasons why a positive attitude matters greatly in wealth building:
1. On the road to wealth, there will be setbacks. There certainly were setbacks for me on my journey. Your attitude towards the setbacks will make all the difference in the world on what will happen next in your life. You see, optimists seek the valuable lesson in every setback or reversal. Rather than getting upset and blaming someone else for what has happened like the pessimists do, they take control over their emotions by saying, “What can I learn from this experience?” That way, they transcend their setbacks instead of becoming a victim to them.
2. Optimists believe that their own actions result in positive things happening, that they are responsible for their own happiness, and that they can expect more good things to happen in the future. They see the good things happening in their life as a natural result of their efforts and hard work. Pessimists think the opposite way, however. They blame themselves for the bad things that happen in their lives and think that one mistake means more will inevitably come. Pessimists see positive events as flukes that are outside of their control—a lucky streak that probably won’t happen again. This attitude precludes them from ever taking responsibility for building wealth. I can tell you that a person that doesn’t take responsibility for what happens to them financially will never be wealthy.
Wealth and financial freedom does not come through accidents, it comes from purpose.
If you’ve had less than positive thoughts about money and your ability to build wealth for yourself, I would encourage you to start eliminating those thoughts and replacing them with positive ideas about money.
Thinking negatively about yourself, wealthy people, investing, or financial issues breaks the connection between you and the actions necessary to create wealth. When you criticize any aspect of wealth, it only serves to separate you from having it. The content in your brain will determine the context of your life, and limiting thoughts about yourself and wealth will naturally limit your ability to reach the goal. It’s simple cause and effect.
Remember, your thoughts determine your actions and your actions determine your results. Have positive thoughts about money and then act positively to achieve your goals.
Be free. Nothing else is worth it.
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