I wanna be a billionaire, so freakin’ bad…
Anyone else? ;)
I (Jody) love the song, “Billionaire.” The lyrics often get stuck in my head… And is that such a bad thing to want? What’s the point of having $$? We love what Dave Ramsey (the smartest man on business and finances we know). He says money is good for three things – saving, spending, and giving. I love that! Ever since we came across Dave Ramsey, almost 7 years ago we have followed that idea as well as his financial principles.
We’re always eager to learn more about how we manage our money better, and of course, grow it! (Not sure where to start with your finances? Try reading Total Money Makeover by DR). I recently picked up a book, Think and Grow Rich, thanks to the high recommendations from a friend of ours. Our friend read it, applied the principles, and a year later, made $1,000,000. Um, if that doesn’t get my attention I don’t know what else will!
I started the book on vacation and am about a third of the way through. It’s really good stuff so far and I wanted to share the biggest thing that has struck me so far.
The battle for your success will first start in your mind.
Yup, read that again and soak it in… then move onto these quotes from Think and Grow Rich.
“…no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty” (p. 22).
“Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought” (p. 30).
“There are millions of people who believe themselves ‘doomed’ to poverty and failure, because of some strange force over which they believe they have no control. They are the creators of their own ‘misfortunes,’ because of this negative belief, which is picked up by the subconscious mind, and translated into its physical equivalent” (p.33).
“If a man repeats a lie over and over, he will eventually accept the lie as truth. Moreover, he will believe it to be the truth. Every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind” (p.35).
Our successes and failures begin in the mind. Your mind will determine if you will win or lose. This reminds me of Zach’s story. What’s cool about this is it not only applies to finances but to life as well. For those of you not aware, Zach great up in a small, cold, northern, depressing town. For 21 years he did the same thing, until his youth pastor took him out, breathed truth and life into him and Zach immediately was encouraged to think that he could do anything and didn’t have to settle for what everyone else was settling for. He got out of there and look where is he today. It reminds me of Prov. 18: 21a:
“The tongue has the power of life and death.”
If you want something different for your life, if you want something better than what you have now, know that you CAN do it and the only limitation is yourself! Surround yourself with positive people who love and encourage you and BELIEVE you can do it!
Some food for thought this week :) To read the rest the book has to say, put it on you To Buy list and dig in!
And now, I leave you with this poem from Think and Grow Rich…
“I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.
“For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you bust bear the task.
“I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.”