Some call people searching for money materialistic; others call them gold diggers. My search for money and prosperity, though, is not actually because I want to buy more than what I have. I am just generally interested in why money is such a large aspect of our lives. Here, I highlight the crucial mind sets we must master to build a successful business. We all know money does not rain from the sky. Physical action is required to manifest it.
Principle Number 1:
God answers our prayers based on our actions, so if you want more prosperity, delve into the world of trade or provide services outside your regular job.
We all have talents, and with today’s technology, you can sell to your community whatever hobby, talent or product you might have to generate extra income.
I was walking down Regents Street with my materialistic friend who now renounces money and nearly, she says, wants to gather all her possessions in a backpack. I ranted on and on about money—what is it? How can we get it? She said to me, I don’t worry about money. I know that whatever I want, money will come for it. Astonished, I realised that even though she renounced her possessions, she had discovered
Principle Number 2:
Have no fear, for whatever you need, money for it will come.
Practically speaking, once you need something, just walk and act with the certainty that you already have it. The difference between need and want is crucial to understanding this formula. Wanting stems from insecurity and ego, from a place where you identify with your material possessions (or lack of them). What yields success is focusing on things that you need.
I don’t mean basic needs, here—some people might need a Ferrari or fame! For instance, consider Prince Harry, who lately has been talking about mental health and grief. In doing so he has done more for mental-health awareness in 25 minutes than psychologists and their institutions over the last 45 years. So, yes: Harry needs the fame to accomplish his purpose.
On the same walk, this friend told me to stop obsessing about money. Her advice came from a sacred spiritual verse, “I will increase those who are most thankful.” She simply said, just be thankful for all that you have.
Principle Number 3:
Be thankful, and always focus on that which you have and how to make it grow.
Gratitude not only means being thankful or appreciative of that which you already have. It also means thinking of ways to make what you have grow by investing even more time. Gratitude and responsibility are interlinked in this way. We are given things, traits, fortune, or looks—things that are stepping stones to what we need. Part of gratitude is to acknowledge those things in our life and put them to the right use. Just like Prince Harry’s example, by putting his fame in the right place, his fame also eventually grows. This is the aspect of gratitude that involves appreciating what we have, taking care of it, and making it grow.
Principle Number 4:
Be the flow, not with the flow.
To be the flow, you will need to generate money from a seemingly dark place, putting your creativity and product to the test against time and space.
So many times, you will disagree with your business partner about which direction to take. You might want to choose to specialise in towels, while he is convinced table linen is a better opportunity. You might have the same ideas about how to grow the business, but your approaches will be different. How can you know which decisions will bring more prosperity? How will you know which decisions are correct? This brings us to a seemingly contradictory concept to Principle Number 4, but if understood correctly, you can master the balance.
Principle Number 5:
When in doubt, don’t make decisions, but let the situation unfold.
There is a crucial balance between being the flow and not making decisions. So many times, we put ego-based energy into things, coming from a place of want or fear. By holding ourselves back from making decisions that stem from the ego, we can let a situation unfold through us, and we become channels through which we can direct our energy with more clarity. Here are some tools to test when to make decisions—and when not to:
Are you rushed for time?
Do the pros and cons seem very close to each other?
Are too many people involved? Or, alternatively, are you depending too much on one person?
Do you feel strong emotions, such as fear or excitement, about your decision?
If you answered yes to the above questions, your decision is coming from a place of ego and will. You should simply apply Principle Number 5.
As I write this, I took an important phone call from someone I am mentoring about a fraud case, in which they are taking her property. I could sense her fear on the phone, and it led me to deep reflection. She is worried that she might lose her home due to a divorce. This brings me to
Principle Number 6:
What is yours, no one can take; what is not yours, you can never keep.
This simple truth should push you to earn what you want, which we will discuss in next month’s financial prosperity blog. Many of us fear loss, especially if we have lost money or been without it in the past. Using this principle as an affirmation can help create certainty and a positive relationship with money.