If you have landed on this article, you are obviously searching for answer on how to make money, or at least how to make extra money for you and your family. There are tons of information out there that are supposed to teach and coach you on this topic. Some of them are helpful, and some are not. If you are like me, you are overwhelmed and frazzled by this endless web of information. On the internet every time you click on a link, you are led to 10 other links or ads. By the time you’ve spent two hours in front of the computer, your brain is fried, and hardly any progress is made. This is why I wanted to write a article that is different from the typical “10 ways of how to make easy money”, or “how to make money online by posting links” articles.
Though some people are reluctant to admit it, many of us spend quite a bit of time thinking about how to make money. You may have had a decent education or even have a decent job, but there is still an inner voice asking if you have reached your full wealth potential, or is it enough to settle for a 9 to 6 job day in and day out for the rest of your life.
So you started looking around on the internet, tried a few options, and almost got involved with a internet scam where a guy tells about making $22,000 in 3 weeks by following a special money generating formula. All this, you find at the end, doesn’t add up and you are back to square one. Soon you realize that making money doesn’t come easy to you. The truth is that the failure rate for starting any business, whether online or offline is very high. A book on this topic would tell you that the #1 reason for not succeeding is lack of planning and preparation. While this is true in the business sense, there is another very important aspect I want to focus on called the “poverty consciousness”.
What is Poverty Consciousness?
You might have heard of the term “law of attraction”, which according to the Wikipedia, is when people’s thoughts (both conscious and unconscious) dictate the reality of their lives, whether or not they’re aware of it. Basically if you really want something and truly believe it’s possible, you’ll get it. But the flip side is true: if you put a lot of attention and thought onto something you don’t want, you are basically praying or wishing for it to happen too.
And here is where poverty conscious comes in. Poverty consciousness is the fear of material lack, or the beliefs, feelings, and values associated with material lack. It may come from different sources, whether from childhood and current experiences, or even religious briefs and upbringings. For example, someone grew up in poverty and experienced abandonment may not be able to shake off the experience of lack and want even after becoming an adult. There is still the fear not having enough food to eat, not having enough material possessions, and not getting enough love and attention. How about one’s religious upbringing? I was brought in a strict religious environment where the desire to gather material wealth is equated with greed and idolatry. It took me years after leaving this religious environment to finally admit that I too, have desire to gain material wealth.
And is it only people who have had material lack in the past carry poverty consciousness? Not so. A top executive of a company who is about to retire but fear losing half of her retirement fund because of stock market volatility, embodies the same poverty consciousness as a man who struggles to pay this month’s utility bill. The commonality they share is the fear of not having enough. And this fear is a genuine reaction to their current situation. But this fear can sometimes cripple them rather than encourage and motivate them.
So here is the basic principle:
Unless you eliminate poverty consciousness, it will only be an uphill fight to master the craft of knowing how to make money.
But if you do possess the belief of not having enough, how do you get rid of it? I have put together a few things that you can practice to achieve a mental shift away from it:
(1) Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have. Sounds simple enough, but we too often have the “glass half-empty syndrome. If you focus on scarcity, scarcity will follow you. Count your blessings, and you feel rich already.
(2) Pay attention to what you say, since words are very powerful. Only say what you want to manifest, not “I am poor”, or I can’t make any money.
(3) Pray for the prosperity of others. This may be hard, but by wishing loving and kind thoughts on others, the universe will reward you immensely.
(4) Every time you have any thoughts of lack or want, which may be for money, relationship, or achievement, note those thoughts in a note book. You can use symbols, like dollar sign for money, or heart shape for relationship. At the end of the day you can make chicken scratches over those symbols and words to symbolize you want nothing to do with those negative thoughts. You will be amazed that after a while, the list gets shorter.
(5) Take your yearly income, multiply by 2, and divided by 1000. For example, if the annual income if $40,000, multiply by 2 and divided it by 1000 give you $80. Every time you make a positive thought on yourself, imagine you are getting $80 as a reward. As time goes one, you will earn more and more. Talk about positive affirmation!
With daily practice of the above methods, one should see a shift in themselves towards being positive, giving, and soon attracting abundance!
I hope this article has been helpful. Good luck to all of us exploring and learning how to attract wealth into our lives. Namaste.