Business classes and self-help books both offer steps for how to attract money into your life. The first teach revenue goals and action plans. The second may add positive vibrations, affirmations and visualization boards. But both share some essential truths. If you want to attract money, you have to know what you want, intend to go after it, and believe that your efforts will be successful. You have to get out of your comfort zone. You need to be thankful. And you have to do the work.
Know what you want. The clearer your idea of what you want your life to be, the better chance you have to make it happen. In the words of Lewis Carroll:
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Of course, lack of a desired destination may be exactly what you want. But you could find yourself nearing retirement still wondering what to do when you grow up. This failure to decide is what author Joss Conlon calls “wishy-washy thinking” and keeps many of us from realizing all our lives could be.
Deciding what you want deserves your attention. It doesn’t have to conform to anyone else’s ideal. If you want to attract money into your life, decide what you really want to achieve. What do you want to create? Who do you want to be? Then picture the results that more money would mean. A better home, college for your children, a zero balance on your credit cards?
Intend to make it happen. This is the “I will do it” step. Making a plan and sticking to it. The step that created major corporations out of the ideas formed in someone’s basement or garage. Once we decide to go after our own life’s work, we create the fertile ground for ideas and inspiration. A mind focused on our intention is quicker to recognize creative sparks than a mind cluttered up with muddy thoughts.
Believe you can make it work. Once you intend to succeed at whatever you want to do, doubt doesn’t take long to set in. So you have to believe in yourself, as if your goal was already accomplished. You can’t just hope, or imagine how nice more money would be. You have to believe that you can learn whatever you need to learn, do what you need to do, and that you are strong enough to ignore those who expect you to fail.
A positive outlook makes believing easier, and the more you believe the more positive you become. Meditation and feeling connected to a universal source boosts your positive energy and can help you feel supported by something greater than yourself.
Be willing to get out of your comfort zone. This is vital to attracting money, or anything you want in life, because believe it or not, there is a part of all of us that doesn’t really want to rock the boat. Maybe we’re afraid we’ll fail. We might just be uneasy about rising above our background. Or deep down, we don’t want to make the effort to do something we’ve never done before. Or maybe we’ve become so used to distractions and amusements that all we look for in life is to be entertained.
As the adage goes, you can’t expect things to get better if you just keep doing what you’ve always done.
Be grateful for present abundance. We all know that modern life is stressful, and you may desperately want to attract money to keep yourself afloat. But what about the riches you already have? Just getting up in the morning we have hot water on tap, heat and light at the touch of a switch, clothes we can change every day…the list goes on and on. The more gratitude you can feel for today, the brighter you can make your tomorrows.
Life coach Kristen Howe suggests “framing” each day with gratitude, feeling thankful as we wake up, and ending each day grateful for every moment we had. Gratitude keeps us positive, and reminds us to be happy.
Do the work. To achieve what we want, we must take action. Hours on the couch, dreaming of what you want, are only apt to attract more upholstery. Maybe you’re thinking, “I am already working so hard that I am exhausted, and financially I’m getting nowhere.” Then the question must be asked whether or not you are working toward what you really want.
If you are in a dead end job, or even high paying work that makes you miserable, is all your effort moving you toward your dreams, or toward someone else’s? Taking on work that you find fulfilling could be far less draining, and give you energy to pursue your own vision of success.
Once you see yourself succeeding at what you really want to do, the doing part is all that is left. Follow Benjamin Franklin’s advice and apply diligence, industry and self-reliance toward your own personal dreams. When you do, you may find you attract more money into your life than you ever imagined.
Want to read more? Try:
Benjamin Franklin, The Way to Wealth. Excerpts from his autobiography.
Joss Conlon’s Magic of the Universe series of short books.
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