Success is like a woman.
If you tell her you don’t like her, she will go away: If you don’t show her love, she will run away.
If you love her, she will love you back.
Success is not all about hard physical sweats and long working hours.
There are many people out there who notwithstanding working 10-18 hours a day are not prosperous. It means that besides intelligence and hard work, there should be other factors affecting our prosperity level as well.
You might have been told many stories and might have read many articles about positive thinking, law of attraction and visualizing you are successful. In actual sense, all these ideas and systems are applying the same principle; the principle of energy.
In fact, success is a type of energy that flows to people who welcome it. It is energy that is concretized and neutral; neither good nor bad. It fetches power and of course responsibility.
Subsequently, one of the rudimentary necessities to be successful is to welcome success with open arms.
Often, “too spiritual people” have negative thoughts about success and money. I had this notion when I was in Sunday school. There are many people who think, “Money is not good; money is the source of all evil” and spiritual people are not supposed to be prosperous.
In African context, someone who is wealthy is said to be successful.
Andrew Carnegie observed: “Wealth is not to feed our egos, but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.”
Contemplate about this, if money is in the hands of the spiritual people, wouldn’t they help more people in lack? Wouldn’t they give more money to donations, which removes poverty from the world? And wouldn’t they fund many philanthropic projects that can benefit the whole world? Religiousness and Success are like the two wings of a bird. We need both to fly.
Often, absence of money is the source of evil.
“The highest use of capital is not to make more money but to make money do more for the betterment of life,” Henry Ford said.
So the first step to get more successful is to remove “failure consciousness” and all negative thoughts and beliefs about success and prosperity and then move on following the below:
1. Stop Stealing
Stealing spawns the destructive aura of poverty. Stop stealing physically, emotionally and even psychologically. Essentially, we are not supposed to take things that do not belong to us. Money theft is a very recognizable type of stealing and normally easy to practice, but also watch out for piracy, misusing office resources, coveting someone’s spouse and the tribute that is meant for others. It is said that “cheats never prosper.” As a matter of fact, jealous judgments and feelings are also a form of stealing as they create sticky thought forms that go and stick to the person’s impression, pulling him/her down. Master Choa Kok Sui observed: “An inability to feel happy when other people are successful will pull you down. Avoid enviousness.”
Be on the lookout for all these behavioral patterns. In addition, try to be on time in paying your arrears. If you run a business, also try to pay your employees well and in time. If you have expenditures to resolve and fees to pay, make them on time. If you adjourn paying other people or pay a lesser amount, money will come back to you with delay and less than expected. In fact, underpaying staff is also stealing.
2. Tithe, Save and Invest
Saving is what many people rarely do. Failing to save can really make a wealthy person go bankrupt. It is said, “The art is not in making money, but in keeping it.” From your earnings, it is advisable to save at least 10%. You may progressively increase your monthly saving to 30% after you pay all your obligations. In spite of everything, a penny saved is a penny earned! You can open a separate bank account for your savings to help you save better and avoid using your saved money; otherwise there is a tendency to spend your savings in times of difficulty. “Put your financial life on autopilot as a form of ‘forced’ saving,” says Suze Orman.
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By putting into practice the art of giving and tithing, within a short time you begin seeing money flowing to you like a flooded river. The mistake most people make is buying expensive things on credit, which leaves them with plenty of monthly debts. Some even go to the extent of buying petty luxuries like dress on fashion through loans. A good example is the time I was an intern at a certain firm. Young men and women would take loans for petty transactions like buying the latest cell phone. There was a case where one of the employees saw my cell phone and said with admiration: "How can a mere student like you have this expensive phone while I use a Kabambe?" She went on and took a loan to buy a phone without knowing the source of my “expensive” phone. This may affect their tithing and saving capacity.
When tithing is compromised, your income reduces gradually. What follows here will be less income and more debts. Watch out. Don’t fall into this trap. Be realistic to yourself. Think, analyze and then spend money.
In addition, saved money should be invested in the right venture. Investment provides more opportunities to gain more, but try to maintain plenty of liquidity at all times. Have you ever heard people say “the poor usually get poorer and the rich get richer?” If you invest in the right business at the right time and at the right place, more money comes back to you. But then again before you invest to make profit, assess the risks and make a right decision. Think about the worst circumstances. If something goes off beam, can you handle the risks? If you desire to begin your own business, calculate your expenses and the profit. One of the common teething troubles in business is the incapacity to calculate the profit and expenses so sometimes the expenses tend to overpass the profit.
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3. Create success consciousness
Success consciousness is basically what helps you to attract prosperity. In order to succeed, we need to change our attitude towards success. If you think you cannot succeed or you do not deserve to be successful, you need to work on this aspect. If you think having lots of money will affect your character and you are afraid of getting rich, you have poverty consciousness. Unfortunately, these kinds of attitudes and beliefs are more seen among “spiritual people” as there is an old belief that “prosperity and spirituality do not go together.”
Above and beyond altering our thinking patterns, we also need to enhance our look. It is not an issue of putting on expensive garments and accoutrements but to project a successful look. Salad dressing, being neat and clean helps us to appear more presentable to others and to ourselves. It also boosts our self-esteem. Using positive declarations can help us to create success consciousness. You may say it once and again on a day to day basis: “I am successful, prosperous and cheerful, success flows to me like a river, money rains on me like a waterfall, money comes to me easily and abundantly, so be it!"
Try this and see how you change your achievement capacity and successful state in a matter of a short period. These stages are not recorded by one person or one nation, most of spiritual teachers and successful leaders were reciting them over and over again time after time. So they work. The bottom line is just exercise and don’t give up until you see the results.
The Author is a gifted Trainer, Consultant and a Life Coach.
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