Million $$$ Mindset
By Randy Gage
How you view these stories and situations like them says a great deal about your outlook on life, and the prosperity consciousness you approach it with.
A while back, I went to see a movie with a friend, and as we waited in the concession line, my friend JR exclaimed that since a bottle of water was $2.50 — the same price as a small Coke — he was going to order the water.
But think about that mind-set...
He wanted a Coke. But he ordered bottled water because he felt it would cost the theatre more and he thought he was getting back at them for charging exorbitant prices.
Does that strike you as prosperity consciousness, or lack-based thinking?
I have another friend with a retail business. The first thing you see when you go to the counter is the paint peeling on the back wall. For two years I have urged him to sand it down and paint over it.
He has steadfastly refused, because the peeling paint is the result of some previous seepage from the outside of the wall, and he wants his landlady to pay for it. She refused, saying the inside wall is his responsibility.
Finally after three years of back and forth, including his threatening to fix it and deduct it from his rent check, she relented and had it repaired. Cost: Less than $150.
So after three years, my friend feels vindicated, because his wall is painted, and he didn’t have to pay for it.
Meanwhile, how many hours did he spend on this drama? And what kind of impression has he made on all of his customers for the last three years?
Everything we have discussed so far has to do with mindset.
Which is the reason someone could be quite comfortable spending $5,000 a month for fresh flowers, while others would hesitate to spend that much on a car. Which is why some people earn $25,000 a year, while others pay the same amount for their annual Country Club membership.
Recently I was talking with a guy who was lamenting that if he wanted to have the same kind of home he has in the western part of the county — on the beach where I am — it would cost him twice as much, which he said he couldn’t afford.
“So why don’t you make more money” I asked.
“Well I would have to quit the job I’ve had for 14 years.”
“So what’s your point?” I wanted to know.
“Well that’s…well I was going to say that’s easier said than done, but I know what you would say to that. And I can never win that argument with you, so I’m going to just shut up.”
Here he is, confronted with the illogical and irrational nature of his belief, and he figures the best way to handle it is to avoid the issue. This is much like the two year old who closes her eyes and then proclaims, “You can’t see me now.”
Even when someone knows that a belief doesn’t serve him — he hangs onto it ferociously. Even if he knows the belief is irrational, illogical, and he can’t defend it.
Why is that?
Well that’s like asking why people cheat on their spouse, take hard drugs, or let themselves become alcoholics. It may open more questions than it closes. But let’s take a stab at it anyway. I think people hold onto false beliefs because they are not aware of the distinction between beliefs and facts.
A single guy moves to Detroit. He goes to a nightclub and asks a girl to dance. She looks him up and down, and says, “With you? I don’t think so.” He beats a retreat home to nurse his wounds.
A few days later he tries another nightclub, and a different girl. He gets rejected again. This is all the “proof” he needs to illustrate the “fact” that ladies in Detroit are stuck up.
Another guy moves to Detroit the same week. He meets the couple in the apartment next door in the elevator, and they invite him over for dinner. A few days after, his car breaks down and a passing motorist stops to offer him assistance. He becomes convinced of the fact that people in Detroit are friendly and welcoming. So which guy really knows the truth?
Well in each case, it is the truth, as they know it. But in neither case is it a fact. Both guys have developed a belief. One has a belief that serves him; the other does not. Each will probably attract more of what he expects, and each will likely fall prey to confirmation bias, finding continuing “evidence” to support his belief.
So let’s look at how this might play out in your prosperity mind-set . . .
Have you really thought about the things you know to be true about prosperity? Have you made the distinction between what is fact, and which things are simply beliefs you have developed?
Do you believe it’s overboard to spend $5,000 on a pair of shoes or $10,000 on a purse? Do you see all “extravagant” purchases as taking away from “noble” things that could be done with the money instead?
Do you equate wealth with negative elements?
Do you believe that becoming extraordinarily wealthy would force you to be a poor parent to your children? Or a worse friend to those you care about?
Take a good look at your beliefs about prosperity and wealth. Because they are what determine your mindset. And your mindset has a lot to do with what you expect and are willing to attempt in life.
Randy Gage is a recognized ex-pert, author and professional speaker in the arena of success, prosperity and developing a life of true abundance. Randy has authored over 40 books, audio albums, and videos, including the best-selling audio album “Pros-perity: How to Apply Spiritual Laws To Create Health, Wealth, And Abundance In Your Life,” and book series “The Prosperity Series.” For more information visit www.RandyGage.com.
Randy will conduct his Prosperity Power Experience weekend in San Diego on June 25-27. This is the 4th city in his nationwide tour. For more information see page 55 or visit www.ProsperityPowerExperience.com .
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