Posted On: 2005-11-02
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Hi, this is Joan, and this is episode 11 of The Prosperity Show. Thanks for tuning in. Our main site is prosperityplace.com where we have lots of information about improving your relationship with money and yourself. And we have a new listener line now, it's an easier number to remember, it's 206-888-HELP. That's 206-888-4357. And we'd love to hear from you because it's your questions that stimulate a lot of the information on this program.
Today we're going to talk about the law of attraction which states that you should act as if you're rich and you'll become rich. We got an email from one of our listeners who's name is John, who said "how do you reconcile the acting as if you were rich rule, with the fact that you will empty your bank account more quickly if you buy more expensive stuff, like the things that you really want instead of a cheaper alternative. In essence, it feels as if I'm stuck between two completely different paradigms. The old paradigm that says live frugally and save as much money as you can, and the law of attraction paradigm that proclaims, act as if, think as if, and feel as if you were rich, and hey, you'll become rich." Well the problem, John, is that you're equating being rich with free spending. And it's not, that's not what it is. If you were to talk to self-made millionaires, you'd find out that they were the people who were careful with their money, who actually made decisions to spend less and in many cases, buy the cheaper alternative. There's this, there's this fantasy, and I've talked about this before. That being rich means there's a big pile of money and you just get to spend the money. But that's not what it's all about. And in order to become rich you have to have financial behaviors that allow you to build up surplus. I know people who don't make that much money, and have more surplus than people who make a hundred to two hundred thousand dollars a year because they've made choices. Now really what you're talking about John, is the feeling that you get when you have to buy the cheaper alternative. I would guess that you feel that you're trapped in a particular position, and can't buy something more expensive, that you have no options, and that when you look at your choices, you feel deprived. It's the feeling that doesn't feel rich, not the fact that you're looking at the cheaper alternative. The question to ask is, what does being rich mean? And what does acting as if I was rich really mean? For example, to me, acting as if, would be imagine that you have an extra hundred thousand dollars...