“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” - Napoleon Hill
Are you constantly asking yourself why your life seems so hard, so unfulfilling? Do you sometimes wonder if this is all there is? Is there no way to gain control of your life? We’ve all asked those questions, but where do you find the answers? It’s all in your mind, it always has been. You are in control, you just don’t realize it.
The more success you wish for, the more abundance you need to enjoy. In order to enjoy more, you must think more abundantly. So, living abundantly must begin in your mind.
It’s very important to develop an abundance mentality. There really are enough resources out there for everyone. There will always be enough out there to help you achieve your ultimate goal and still leave plenty for others as well. It’s altogether possible that your success could insure the success of others you do business with, making it a win/win scenario for all parties.
A positive attitude is key for an abundant mentality. You see the glass as half-full, rather than half-empty. Instead of seeing nothing but problems, you see solutions and numerous possibilities. Rather than an obstacle in your path, you see the opportunities available to you. ‘Can’t’ is not in your vocabulary and your motto is ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’
With this attitude, you begin to realize that the more you give, the more you receive; the more you discover, the more there is to discover. It’s a never ending well of abundance. If you need money for something, it appears, in one form or another. If you need people in your life, for whatever reason, they appear. Whatever you need, you find the answers. As Wallace D. Wattles said, “Nature is an inexhaustible storehouse of riches; the supply will never run short.”
For many, the opposite mentality seems to be the norm. They are terrified that the supply of money, food, or whatever it is that they need, will run out and they won’t be able to obtain any more. Oftentimes, this mentality causes them to hoard items in case of this imagined emergency.
Constant worry about paying bills could be a sign of a ‘sense of lack’ or a scarcity mentality. They are just certain that their lives will be better as soon as they pay off their bills and start bringing in more money. In this instance, money is not the answer to their problems.
They might also believe that they are not deserving of abundance and that they can’t have everything they want. This kind of mentality can even bring about self-sabotage, even as they come near to success.
There have been stories of very odd reactions to impending success. Just as success is almost within their grasp, they experience profuse sweating, nightmares, panic attacks, and even illnesses. At the moment when they should be celebrating a victory, they want to flee in the opposite direction.
Once again, these blocks can be dealt with and even done away with; you just have to challenge your core beliefs and find out why you are keeping yourself from success.
If you’ve heard the old line about how you have to work hard and suffer through life to get what you want, or that you have to work for others, deny your own dreams and desires, and do what’s sensible, stop right there! Push this lie away once and for all.
The way is easy. Decide what you want in your life, as well as what you don’t want. Clear away the blocks that stand in your path to abundance and then take action. Dale Carnegie said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” And Robert Ringer tells us that, “Nothing happens until something moves.”
Your conscious mind tells you that you do indeed want more money; but your subconscious is still telling you how you can’t possibly have what you want, based on what it remembers from your past. It’s time to override this bad habit and start a new one of reminding yourself of all you can have. Dr. Phil McGraw says you have to behave your way to success.
Remove negativity from your world, and that means in every form. Replace the negative thoughts with positive ones; replace negative people with folks that are more positive. Negativity has an enormous impact on your life. Friends and family might mean well, but you know what they say about the road to hell being paved with good intentions. Fill your mind with positive ideas. Tell yourself you can; never, ever say you can’t do something.
“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit,” said Helen Keller.
Positive thinking takes time to master. You must practice it until you can do it automatically. You may have to offer yourself a reward for positive thinking. People who are by nature positive thinkers don’t often consider this because they have something inside them that always pulls them forward to another new thought. Donald Trump said, “Negative isn’t on my radar screen.”
Be sure and see things in your world as they are; see each for its truth, its intention, and its influence. Don’t wave things off as no big deal. “Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage,” according to Claude M. Bristol.
Whether we realize it or not, we are all creating our own reality every day; with every thought, we change a belief or try to cast that belief in stone. There is creative power in thought, one of the basic energies of our universe. You are constantly visualizing and creating your world. What you think about, you will produce in your life. According to Napoleon Hill, “All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.”
And your subconscious takes all that creative thought, real or not, and uses it to create your own reality. It’s essential that you develop a healthy frame of mind. With it, you can be happy, regardless of your circumstances, money or no money. Without it, it won’t matter how much money you make or what possessions you acquire; you’ll still be miserable all the time. Doris Mortman said, “Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.”
Developing a healthy frame of mind enables you to feel good about yourself and the world around you. You’ll see people and situations more clearly, and will be able to make better decisions and choices.
Dr. Stephen Covey told us that “Effective people are not problem-minded; they are opportunity minded. They feed opportunity and starve problems.” Here again, these kinds of people don’t make up their minds immediately that there is no way to resolve a problem. They know that a solution exists, it’s just a matter of finding it. They believe there is an answer to everything, a solution to every dilemma.
Keep in mind that it’s your thoughts coupled with your emotions that make you capable of obtaining abundance or chasing it away. You want to live a life of true worry-free abundance. Anthony Robbins said, “Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, ‘Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, and my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.’” And Mohammed said, “Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind.”
Beware of self-sabotage! I can almost hear you asking indignantly how that could be possible. Of course, you’d never sabotage yourself. You want to succeed, you want to experience that abundance we keep on talking about; you’d never do anything that would get in the way of that natural flow.
But it happens, over and over. You have a great opportunity for a new job, All you have to do is show up for the interview and charm them. Yet you delay, and show up thirty minutes late for the interview. All the charm in the world won’t help you now. They consider you irresponsible. All you had to do was be punctual. You don’t even have an excuse for your tardiness; you just didn’t have your act together.
And so, you sabotaged yourself. That niggling little voice in your head told you it wouldn’t make any difference, you wouldn’t get the job anyway, so what did it matter if you were on time? You even rationalized that you probably couldn’t have handled that job anyway, why were you thinking of even applying for it?
How many times have you agreed to a particular project, only to continually delay it or to reprioritize your life, to put as many obstacles in the path of that project as you could find?
We’re all guilty of self-sabotage at one time or another. Recognizing that you’re doing it and then working to change that habit is the next step. Stop putting so many obstacles in your path; get yourself out of the comfort zone and try new things. Napoleon Hill told us, “If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.”
While your thoughts are powerful, so are your words. Listen to yourself speak in the course of your day; record yourself if necessary. Watch out for negative thoughts turning into negative words, spewing from your mouth. Curb the impulse to speak the first words you think of, in any given situation.
Most of us are more careful in social and business situations regarding how we phrase our thoughts and express ourselves. It’s important to be just as careful with our families and friends. Words are powerful; they can heal or they can hurt. Negative thoughts allowed to escape from our mouths can damage a relationship, hurt feelings, even cause life-long scarring in our children. Dr. Phil McGraw said it takes a thousand ‘atta boys’ to make up for one ‘you’re worthless’ kind of comment.
It’s just as important not to listen to negative thoughts and words from other people in your life, either. Friends and family might mean well, but the negativity is damaging to your self-esteem, and once again, can cause a blockage in the natural abundant flow. They might not even be aware that they are using negativity; many think they are simply being realistic and passing on their wisdom to you.
Promise yourself that you will learn new words that will help you and others each day. Be positive, not negative in your responses to others. Make a commitment to personal growth in this area of your life, so that you may help someone else to grow as well. Be a good example to others.
The knowledge that thoughts are powerful and can affect our lives is an idea contained in many books, one of which is “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles.
While the short book contains much of interest to those committed to obtaining abundance, these are the three most important principles contained in his book :
Mr. Wattles went on to say that, “A person is a thinking center and can originate thought. All the forms that a person fashions with his hands must first exist in his thoughts. He cannot shape a thing until he has thought that thing.” Thoughts are powerful tools in the quest for abundance.
“If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent places” - Rainier Maria Rilke