This tip isn't directly related to writing, speaking, presenting, publishing or how to develop a prosperous and successful website. Rather, I want to explore what is often referred to as prosperity thinking.
Developing a deep, authentic belief that you have a genuine right to the kind of prosperity you seek in your life is, I believe, essential to help build the kind of positive mindset that can help release your best creative efforts.
If your current life is anything less than happy, rich, free, and harmonious, always believe and KNOW, that circumstances and events can change for the better, especially if you can take full control of your days. Why? Because that is the simple truth. There is ALWAYS another way.
As an unashamedly ardent Star Trek fan, I'm reminded of Jean Luc Picard, captain of the star ship Enterprise television series, who when crew members reported or suggested a course of action, so often cited: "Make it so." You too, can "Make it so" your way.
Below, I want to share what I've come to believe:
- The "Make it so" outlook always starts from within each of us. By changing how we think and certainly by banishing all negative habits and self-beliefs whatever they are and from whatever source, we can steadily transform our circumstances — and of those who are closest to us.
- Our lives are never set in stone. Everything in our own personal universe is continually moving and responsive to our own actions, belief and intentions. What I mean by that is our reality is not fixed. What happens next is modified by what we do now.
- For every action, billions of different outcomes are possible, depending on how we choose to react to what happens to us. Recent discoveries in the science of quantum physics suggest that in the physical world, things really are not quite what they seem. What we may perceive as fixed on day-to-day, visible level, is in reality, not fixed at all! Everything is in motion, moving and constantly changing.
- Thoughts have remarkable power. Does a thought somehow go straight out of our head and attract back to us what is similar? Do we simply get more of what we think about most? I think so — we just don't run the game plan, instead we get to be a passenger and can enjoy the view and the surprises that often appear along the way. Our thoughts create ideas, that can become actions, which create outcomes. Focus on working towards making great outcomes.
- The quality of life we inhabit at any particular time seems to result from what we truly expect. At first glance, that sounds weird. For example, if we expect to never have enough, or to fail constantly, perhaps we affect conditions around us sufficiently to create the circumstances which conspire to support our beliefs. In the same way, if we expect the best, most positive outcomes, irrespective of our current situation, guess what can happen? But outcomes also have their own timescale.
- The booby prize: our subconscious mind. I do believe that our subconscious mind has a lot more power and influence on our lives than we may realise. Our attitudes shape our thoughts. Perhaps in many instances, our subconscious thinking is even responsible for most of what happens to us. For example, we may not even be aware that we may be "putting the brakes on" on a result we dearly want. How? On a conscious level in the company of others, we can have have a remarkably positive mindset, working properly and doing all that can benefit our goals. Yet when alone "with our thoughts" we can be running the opposite film score in our subconscious mind. Result: we wonder why we don't get the results we seek when we seem to be doing all that we should be doing.
- Thinking is crucial. Planning is helpful. However, without action, thinking and planning are dreams, or what could be. Take action daily.
How We Can Develop "Prosperity Thinking"
Consider the following guidelines:
- Squash negativity in all its forms. Change traditional fear-based thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations. We're not talking about seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses, only about focusing on what is good, instead of wallowing in the bad stuff.
- Control your exposure to news and the media. Remember, news makes its living from your reaction when you pay more attention to only the bad stuff they deliver. To protect your sanity, limit your exposure. One short blast of news headlines every day or two is enough to keep you current and aware of what is happening elsewhere in the world.
- Don't spend much time over-analysing your perceived life mistakes. Understand, truly understand, accept, and believe that mistakes and errors are sometimes essential steps that we need to occur, so that we know how to make the next right move. So many good things would not have happened had some serious errors been made early on.
- It's not what we say, it's what we really think that counts. Somehow, our most cherished beliefs seem to create our reality. If our own personal world is not as we would like it, we can change our beliefs to reflect the kind of reality we want over time with learning, patience, persistence, planning, and implementing action steps.
- Foster a healthy mindset. Sure, we have to do the follow-up work, but the right mindset is crucial. Key tip: especially examine limiting beliefs — often, the key lies in childhood experiences. Most everyone is unsure, unsteady. Those that aren't are most likely simply "faking until they're making". Some don't want to move forward or move back. But a few people, make up their minds to tell themselves a different story called self-confidence with method: start telling yourself similar stories.
- When first having the courage to make big changes in the way you think, quietly and confidently avoid negative people. Later, when you're stronger, you may choose to help with a few carefully considered kind and encouraging words, but for now, you need to build up your own mental reserves first.
- Take the decision to choose where you want to go in life. If we don't, life (that is, other people) will choose to run our lives for us. If we're okay with being led, that's fine. Though the end result will almost certainly not be our dream.
- Don't be vague or too flexible. Be specific about what you want. Feel it; taste it and get to know "it" in your mind's eye. Get to like visualising the details.
- Have clear goals and remind yourself of your big goals every day during a few minutes of "quiet time." Your key goals don't have to be "set in stone", yet, whenever we start on any journey, we need to have some idea of where we're going and how we plan to get there. To start on our jaunt, some kind of road-map is a good idea — even if we change the route as we continue our travels.
- Don't reveal your highest dreams and aspirations to just anyone. Your big dreams are like personal treasure: kept them private under mental lock and key. Reserve such special thoughts for those people who have earned that right: often, that means those who are REALLY closest to you, or those you trust without hesitation. Why? Otherwise you risk diluting your power of focus and self-confidence. How? Most people — sometimes even close friends and relatives — can be driven by deeply set negative belief patterns. We live in a world that is awash with negativity. Many of the wrong drivers are deeply held in place and which can affect peoples' mindset profoundly. Negativity is rife like a virus. When we're developing self-motivation, it's not our job to fix the human race: that job is for other gods, however, we can fix ourselves, address our own weaknesses and shortcomings, though without the punishing judgment.
- Take at least one step every day that puts you closer to your goal and remind yourself of your progress often — especially the small wins. Every big jump is achieved on the back of multiple hops.
- Remember to value you — just as you are with all your flaws, limitations, personality faults (welcome to the human race). Yet, any blade worth having has two sides. Our faults, whether real or imagined are an essential part of us. The power we use to create or strengthen a flaw can also be used to overcome that same weakness. Once we address the weakness, our personal power for that event doubles, and shows up as progress. That's how, as we grow, the quantity and intensity of our shortcomings seems to fall.
- Understand that everyone with a dream starts their growth from where they are. We can do likewise. We're all in different places, different situations. Step by step, little by little, next week, next month or next year, our consistent steps can outrageously transform our lives.
- Believe in no limits. Just because something seems impossible or unrealistic, doesn't mean that it can't be done, however impractical the idea may at first seem. Consider and remember how many "impossible" things already exist in our world. Why: because, there's always at least one other way. Our personal challenge is to find our way through the tangle.
Following In The Footsteps Of Visionaries
Throughout history, men and women of vision have stated goals that at the time seemed impossible or even absurd.
When faced with what is new, a familiar three-stage pattern seems to take place in the minds of many:
- First our visionaries are most likely ridiculed. "What nonsense", some say.
- Next, they're opposed. "What impudence. Jail them!", they say.
- Finally, when others catch on and catch up, what our visionaries said all along is accepted as self-evident. "Well, of course, I said all along, this was the right way ...", most may say.
I'm reminded of the experience of the Wright Brothers. Before Orville and Wilbur Wright proved that manned flight was possible, leading scientific authorities and noted experts of the day talked about the impossibility that anything heavier than air could ever fly. Let me repeat, noted scholars determined that humans could never fly or survive flight in any kind of aircraft that would be of realistic use.
However, Orville and Wilbur Wright were engineers, practical men who knew what had to be done. Rather than accept what they were told, they decided to find out for themselves.
Through a program of hands-on development, structured testing, hundreds of strategic modifications and retesting, the Wright Brothers set in motion the first powered aircraft using their "three axis control" technology.
A true "Believe in no limits" demonstration, wouldn't you say?