Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Money and wealth: As a man thinketh

Why we need to get money and wealth
}  We exist in 3 realms at same point: Body, mind and spirit
}  Full expression of all three is important, none is less important than the other
}  Expression by the 3 requires material (money)
  1. Body- good food, clothes, recreation (rest) & shelter
  2. Mind- needs learning, observation, fellowship, captivation, objects of art
  3. Spirit – need to express love through giving, worship to God, ministry to others
Why we need to recondition our minds for wealth
}  How you think affects how you act, and the results you get (cause and effect)
}  Financial success begins with your mind (As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Prov. 23:7)
}  God has given potential at birth in the mind – to create, manage and grow things that you desire (incl. wealth).
}  Our upbringing, belief system, culture, shapes how we think about money 
}  We learn how to think through observation, hearing & doing

In his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Think Rich to GetRich!, T. Harv Eker lists seventeen ways in which the financial blueprints of the rich differ from those of the poor and the middle-class. According to him:
  1. Rich people believe: “I create my life.” Poor people believe: “Life happens to me.”
  2. Rich people play the money game to win. Poor people play the money game to not lose.
  3. Rich people are committed to being rich. Poor people want to be rich.
  4. Rich people think big. Poor people think small.
  5. Rich people focus on opportunities. Poor people focus on obstacles.
  6. Rich people admire other rich and successful people. Poor people resent rich and successful people.
  7. Rich people associate with positive, successful people. Poor people associate with negative or unsuccessful people.
  8. Rich people are willing to promote themselves and their value. Poor people think negatively about selling and promotion.
  9. Rich people are bigger than their problems. Poor people are smaller than their problems.
  10. Rich people are excellent receivers. Poor people are poor receivers.
  11. Rich people choose to get paid based on results. Poor people choose to get paid based on time.
  12. Rich people think “both”. Poor people think “either/or”.
  13. Rich people focus on their net worth. Poor people focus on their working income.
  14. Rich people manage their money well. Poor people mismanage their money well.
  15. Rich people have their money work hard for them. Poor people work hard for their money.
  16. Rich people act in spite of fear. Poor people let fear stop them.
  17. Rich people constantly learn and grow. Poor people think they already know

  1. Millionaires think long-term. The middle class thinks short-term.
  2. Millionaires talk about ideas. The middle class talks about things and people.
  3. Millionaires embrace change. The middle class is threatened by change.
  4. Millionaires take calculated risks. The middle class is afraid to take risks.
  5. Millionaires continually learn and grow. The middle class thinks learning ended with school.
  6. Millionaires work for profits. The middle class works for wages. 
  7. Millionaires believe they must be generous. The middle class believes it can’t afford to give.
  8. Millionaires have multiple sources of income. The middle class has only one or two.
  9. Millionaires focus on increasing their wealth. The middle class focuses on increasing its paychecks.
  10. Millionaires ask themselves empowering questions. Middle-class people ask themselves disempowering questions.
Notice the similarity of these distinctions with those by Harv T. Eker.

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