6 – January 6
“One plus one is two. Two plus two is four. But five will get you ten if you know how to work it.”—Mae West
We create our own reality from our attitudes, beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. What you focus on expands—focus on fear and you will become more afraid. Focus on love and acceptance and you will get more of that. As you focus on and believe in your ability to create financial abundance in your life, you will begin to receive it: Believing is seeing, not vice versa. Saying prosperity affirmations daily will help you to do this.
Yes, yes, I know you’ve heard of this before. Prosperity affirmations aren’t new. But I ask you: Are you doing them? Consistently? Every day? Because you are thinking about money every day, and I know from experience, what most people are thinking about money is not prosperous or affirmative. Do you clench your teeth when bills arrive in the mail? Do you shudder when you hear the word “taxes?” Do you respond with envy and sour grapes when a rich person is mentioned to you? If so, you need to start reprogramming your consciousness to develop a healthier attitude toward money so that you can attract it into your life.
Now, if you try doing prosperity affirmations for three days and then give up in disgust, it’s not going to work. Neuro-linguistic programming states that it takes twenty-one days to establish a new habit. In order to reframe our attitudes and beliefs about money, we need daily practice. For twenty-one days in a row. That means that if you practice saying positive affirmations for ten days and then forget a day, you have to start all over again. What we want to happen is for the new programming to become second nature so that when we hear the word “money” or “wealth” we brighten up, lighten up, and feel like we own it.
Claude Bristol, in his book The Magic of Believing, suggests a technique called “mirroring.” Stand in front of a mirror and say your affirmations out loud with power, meaning and energy. Try this for five minutes at the beginning of each day. There is something utterly transforming about talking yourself up this way.
Obviously, if we say positive affirmations for five minutes each day but then go back to our old negative groove for the other twenty-three hours, fifty-five minutes of the day, it will take a long time to notice any progress. It is important that you monitor your thoughts and words throughout the day and catch yourself in any negativisms. When you notice one, repeat two positive affirmations—one to counteract the negativism and the other to move yourself forward.
Find additional times and places to practice your affirmations. Standing in line at the post office or the grocery store, waiting for a bus or a friend at a restaurant, or while taking a shower are great times to run through your list. Another great affirmation time is while driving. It only takes 5 percent of your brain power to drive so use the rest of your brain positively!
“My affirmations work for me, whether I believe they do or not!”
I’d better mention that although 5% of your brain will take care of the mechanics of driving, it will take a bit more than that to make sure you follow all the rules and read the signs or you’re likely to end up in Timbuktu when you were headed for Santa Barbara. I’ve often “come to” in the car and wondered where the heck I was.
And when you’re doing affirmations standing in a line somewhere, it’s best to do them silently to yourself so people won’t think you’re a crazy person talking to the air.
Once a man in my workshop said that he wasn’t doing the affirmations because it made him feel silly. I suggested that doing the affirmations was something I felt was responsible for the successes that people continually had with my workshops. He still looked dubious. But I got him when I said this, “Would it be worth it to you to feel silly for 5 minutes a day if it would help you double your income?”
That looks like a pretty good trade-off, doesn’t it? I told him to try it for the 8 weeks of the workshop. If it didn’t work, he didn’t ever have to do them again. But to not even try doing them is to have contempt prior to investigation. He doubled his income.
Secret Code Alert:
The Law of Attraction was well-known to me and I had been practicing positive thinking for years when I began my workshops in 1990. “What you focus on expands” is a well-known phrase attributed to many different people, from Edgar Cayce to Abraham-Hicks. I quoted it without attribution because I couldn’t determine the originator of the phrase. But including it rings a bell for all the Law of Attraction followers, and they recognize me as one of “Their People”.
It’s great to leave clues like this in your writings. I left another one with “contempt prior to investigation” that I mentioned above. It’s a well-known phrase used by a popular 12-step program that I belong to. I’ve included many of them throughout the book, and I’ve received many emails from people in the program asking me if I’m a friend of Bill W? That’s another code used by people in the program to identify each other. More about that when we get to page 79 in March…
Aren’t codes fun?