Saturday, May 28, 2022

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

These days, it’s difficult to pick up a newspaper without reading something in it about poverty eradication. One important idea that’s come up around this is how to facilitate the eradication of extreme poverty through ‘mindset change’.

While many of us may feel that there’s nothing wrong with our current mindset, an improved mindset is really the basis of any sustainable positive change.

Some of us need to change our mindset about the people we believe are causing problems in our lives, be it our colleagues, or our neighbours; while a great many of us need to change our mindset about the amount of money we think we’re entitled to; and therefore will allow to flow into our lives.

Despite writing frequently about mindset change, particularly encouraging readers to be more positive, on most occasions, I still struggle to align my thoughts and actions with the cardinal principle that lasting solutions to anything we may not want in our lives begin first and foremost in our own minds. While it’s easier for me to accept in some cases more than others, in every single instance, it’s absolutely true.

It is the same whether you’re talking about eradicating poverty, or improving your relationship. Yet while many of us may believe this in relation to other problems in our lives, we are less prone to believe it when it comes to money. For far too long, we’ve practiced telling ourselves the story that there’s simply not enough money to go around.

Here’s the truth: the world has infinite resources, which have accommodated countless generations since time immemorial. There is enough for all of us thrive even beyond our greatest expectations. The real issue is: are we willing to?

Many of us have average expectations when it comes to prosperity. Some of us may even expect to be perpetually broke. I once read somewhere, that if you took all the money in the world; and redistributed it equally amongst the rich nations and poor nations of the world, in a few years, the nations that are rich now would still be rich; while the ones that are mired in poverty would revert back to that state in short order. What’s the key difference? It’s the mindset.

Whether you agree with this or not, have you noticed how the rich ÔÇô for instance, Donald Trump ÔÇô may temporarily lose all their wealth, yet make it back again in a couple of years? That’s because they have the mindset of prosperity. They don’t know how to be poor; it’s not something they can even contemplate.

Many of us could learn some valuable lessons from the rich, but to do so, we can’t resent them for being wealthy. Being bitter only makes it more likely that you’ll remain poor. Appreciate and admire other people’s wealth; and understand that you can create the same for yourself.

Create a new story in your life about how prosperous you could be, in terms of finance, health and human relationships. Yes, you can have it all.

In relation to money, regardless of your circumstances, try to develop positive feelings about it. Picture yourself as wealthy; and you’ll be inspired to create wealth in your life.

It’s not always easy to feel good about money, particularly when you have bills you can’t pay. So to begin with, find any reason to be happy. Feeling positive will attract more things to be positive about into your life.

Many of us try to practice this but still find it to be a challenge. Yet practice is exactly what it takes for our dominant thoughts to be ones that are positive. Use the simple exercises below to assist you.

When something good happens to you, milk it for all it’s worth. Keep an appreciation journal where you list all of the positive aspects in your life. Pretty soon, you’ll be in such a great place that things that once seemed elusive will flow to you; yes, even money.

Also, for the next 60 to 90 seconds, try finding anything to feel good about. For example, picture what your ideal life look like. Where would you live; and who else would be with you? Conjure up an image that brings joy to you, and then expect to see it in your life. Some people call this ‘fantasizing.’ Others call it ‘creating your own reality.’ I’m with the latter.

If you find it too difficult to form images, for the next few weeks, look for pictures that ring your bells in magazines.

Also, find a box that is appealing to you. On top of the box, write: ‘whatever is in this box is.’ When you’re feeling joyful, cut out images that resonate positively with you and include them in your box.

If you don’t have a specific image, write out a description of what you want and put that in your box. Next, look out for opportunities to help you draw those very things into your life and act on them. Expect good things to flow to you. Great expectations lead to great results.

A variation of this exercise is the creation of a vision board, where you paste the same images onto a board. Don’t be desperate about when they will appear in your life ÔÇô simply believe they will and take inspired action. Astounding results will follow.

Wallace Wattles, author of many self-help titles including ever popular, ‘The Science of Being Rich,’ writes that: “whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich.”

So don’t wait for the government to eradicate your poverty, think about what you could do to attract prosperity into your own life. As Wattles said: “The purpose of Nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life; and every man (or woman) should have all that can contribute to the power and richness of life.

To be content with less is sinful.”

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