One of my favorite mentors, Dan Kennedy, the author of one of my favorite books on time management: No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs: The Ultimate No Holds Barred Kick Butt Take No Prisoners Guide to Time Productivity and Sanity, taught me something that has changed the way I see wealth. I remember going to see Dan many years ago when I was living in Atlanta. I spent “a ton” of money to attend one of his seminars to see him, and many other speakers, live. I also remember being sick with what was turning into a nasty case of the flu. However, due to the fact that I spent so much money, and that I really wanted to see and hear Dan speak, I forced myself to get ready and get there. It was one of the best decisions of my life.
Dan spoke on the topic of wealth attraction. I’m going to paraphrase here so I don’t get too long winded, but basically he said that everyday we are being programmed little by little. We see something or hear something, and it gets tucked away in our brains for future reference. He says that our continuous exposure to ideas, products, habits, people, etc. can eventually take permanent root in our minds and shape the way we think, what we believe and how we view the world. He goes on to say that pretty much everything that causes us to take some form action in our lives starts in this way. And that if we want to be wealthy and successful, we need to take better control of what we allow ourselves to be programmed with.
Fast forward to today and over time, I have learned that programming myself for wealth was not always easy. I had childhood beliefs that prevented me from growing my wealth and attracting wealth in certain areas of my life. I always believed that money was difficult to earn and difficult to replace. I believed that being “cheap and frugal” with my cash was the way to prosperity. I also believed that I didn’t deserve money because I wasn’t “good enough, worthy enough, (fill in the blank) enough.”
Dan Kennedy said that for someone like me, coming from deeply ingrained and limiting ideas about money that were NOT conducive to wealth, I had to start with my environment. I had to program myself to see wealth and abundance in all forms, as frequently as possible. He had these tips to share:
- Carry cash and use cash as much as possible so you can see, feel, and even smell money to tell yourself that it’s tangible and that it’s available.
- Place money in several visible places throughout your home to remind yourself that money is always there and that it’s easy to get.
- Always keep some cash in your wallet so you always “see” your wallet as filled with cash and never empty.
- Keep items that represent wealth to you around you at all times. Pictures, logos, quotes, etc. in your home, your car, your desk, your locker, etc.
- Get comfortable with over tipping for excellent service, because “the hole you give through is the hole you receive through.”
- Make a decision to give a percentage away of ALL the money you earn or receive. I do ten percent, but you can do what is comfortable for you.
- Also, make a decision to save a percentage of all the money you receive from this point on that is specifically targeted for future wealth building.
- Understand that cheapskate behavior is poverty-conscious based and really means you are focused on lack and limitation.
- Do not be afraid to give based on self-serving interests. Giving based on guilt, obligation or altruistic motives never results in wealth attraction. The wealthy give to benefit themselves AND others, and they never feel guilty or apologize for doing so.
That last tip really was confusing to me. But now that I understand, I see that Dan is correct. He taught me that the wealthy think differently and that one of the problems for me not attracting wealth was because I had ideas that wealth equates to greed, selfishness and arrogance. He added that “the best way to help the poor is to not become one of them.” Again, another wake up call, but a motivating one for sure.
So I have done what I can for years to program myself for wealth and yes, it has worked. I now operate from the “attract don’t pursue” mode in all areas of my life. I admit, it’s not always easy and sometimes I don’t get it quite right, but I always come back to what I now know to be true and it eventually gets me back on track.
What about you? Are you programmed for wealth? Or are you being programmed for poverty and don’t even know it? Remember, you’re either making progress or you’re falling behind. And you always control it both ways.