Start Your Prosperity List
By  Joanne Rodasta Wilshin



“Happiness is an inside job.” — Wally “Famous” Amos Prosperity happens when you have what you really want. This is not a question of how many bazillion dollars you have in the bank or how many friends you have waiting to be included in your life. Ultimately prosperity comes down to having what YOU want and need to experience a sense of safety and happiness. If money and friends don’t do it for you, what is it that you really want?

One of the biggest obstacles to creating prosperity is figuring out what you really want. Perhaps you’ve already gone through the ordeal of thinking you want one thing, only to discover that it is totally dissatisfying or that you really want something else. Perhaps you wanted a certain job or a specific car, only to find that having it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

To help you create prosperity in your life, I’d like to give you some hints about how to successfully figure out what you truly want. A great way to do this is to start a Prosperity List. Just starting the list will make creating prosperity easier: keeping your list up-to-date will amplify your abilities and increase your momentum.

FIRST, understand that you are designed to want, just as you are designed to eat, breathe, and sleep. Your thoughts, including your wants, possess a creative power. Which is why thinking about what you don’t want ultimately creates — what you don’t want! And thinking about what you do want creates what you want! Our maker created us to be able to think prosperity in our lives. We just need to know how to use this incredibly valuable tool.

SECOND, pay attention to your emotions. If prosperity means feeling safe and happy, then feeling unsafe or unhappy means you’re not prosperous. In other words, when you don’t feel emotionally good, you’re thinking unprosperous thoughts. You need to get at the thoughts so you can turn them around.

A simple way to work with this is to notice when you don’t feel emotionally good (i.e., sad, angry, jealous, etc.). When you feel this way, ask yourself, “What do I fear?” The answer will be a belief you hold which can potentially create what you don’t want.

For example, if you feel sad, your answer to the what-do-I-fear question might be “I’ll never get what I want,” or, “I won’t have the love I want.” These fears are really beliefs which you might not be aware you have, but which can create experiences in which you don’t get what you want or you are not loved in a satisfactory way.

The important reason to pay attention to your emotions is because they reveal beliefs that can hinder your ability to create prosperity. Acknowledge the feeling, but then get to the belief that is being disclosed.

THIRD, examine the belief. Is it something you want created in your life? Do you want to feel unsafe or unsatisfied? If not, ask yourself, “What do I want instead?” The answer to this question is what you put on your Prosperity List.

You don’t want to feel unsafe? What do you want instead? Your answer might be, “I get what I want,” or, “I am loved in a comfortable way.” Write your answer on your Prosperity List. If you get a couple of answers, write them both down.

FOURTH, make sure that whatever you write on your Prosperity List is written in the positive. Write something like, “I have plenty of time,” instead of, “People don’t bug me about time.” The latter explains what you don’t want, but to be prosperous, you have to know what you DO want. That’s why, “I do have plenty of time,” is a great one for your Prosperity List. Having plenty of time will make you feel safe and happy. Having plenty of time is one thing that will make you feel prosperous.

FIFTH, make sure that what you want is also good for everyone involved. If you’re having a problem with your boss or a client, involve him or her in what you want. For example, if your boss keeps telling you that he cannot give you a raise because there’s not enough money, think about what you want for him: Money flowing easily into his company!

Of if you have a client who is not paying your agreed upon sum because she is lacking money, see her having plenty of money in her life so she can easily and happily pay you.

It’s a myth that we can’t create good for others. We definitely can, and you’ll be impressed by how much easier life becomes when you remember to create prosperity for others as well as yourself. Don’t hesitate to write prosperous thoughts for others on your Prosperity List!

SEVENTH, constantly update your Prosperity List. The more you pay attention to what you really want, the more refined, and less general, your list will become. As the weeks pass, you’ll notice more about what you want to create for yourself and others. Keep adding to and tweaking your list!

And EIGHTH, see yourself having what you’ve written on your Prosperity List. When you see it in your mind’s eye, you’ll feel it emotionally. Feeling something emotionally imbeds the experience as a belief in your body. You want to have these positive beliefs registered in your body because they’ll be creating good for you even while you’re not paying attention.

In a month, evaluate your progress according to what you’ve put on your Prosperity List. What have you created for yourself? Be sure to count the small steps as well as the quantum leaps. What do you still have to create for yourself? If something on your list is making no movement at all, evaluate if it is what you really want. Meditate on it. Ask for understanding. It will come, and then you can move forward.

 “Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.”
 — Charles F. Kettering

Joanne Rodasta Wilshin, MA, is a manifesting coach and the author of “Take a Moment and Create Your Life! “( and “How to Run a World-Class MindAffectsTM Support Group”
( ), as well as numerous published articles on consciously creating. You can connect with Joanne by e-mail,  ; phone (949) 759-9300; fax (949) 759-5432; or check out her website at .  

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