Posts Tagged ‘T. Harv Eker’

“At its heart, business is not about formality, or winning, or ‘the bottom line,’  or profit, or trade, or commerce, or any of the things the business books tell you it’s about. Business is what concerns us. If you care about something enough to do something  about it, you’re in business…”

Richard Branson, Business Stripped Bare

Does the idea of spending your time each day doing something about the concerns you have seem almost like a dream world? I often wonder if people don’t give themselves permission to live their life doing something they care about. I wonder what holds them back from pursuing those things and being rewarded financially for making the world a better place.

At this point in my life, I have been on a journey to LIVE each day pursuing my dreams. This process has challenged me to uncover what matters the most to me, what impact do I want to have in this world, and what is holding me back. The revelations of my search have uncovered a very significant issue that I needed to be address.

The big issue I uncovered came after reading T. Harv Eker’s book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.  One of the steps in the process of having a millionaire mindset is to uncover what you have learned from your family and your environment growing up about money. Many times, what you learn growing up or from your environment is what is limiting you from acquiring wealth. While I know the influence my family had on me is a primary source, the more significant influence came from my time spent in ministry.

The following verses have probably had the most impact on shaping my mindset regarding wealth. Mind you, these verses I memorized and became a part of me very early on in my college years.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

“But you, man of God, flee from all of this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.”

I Timothy 6:6-11, TNIV

Those words are hard to erase from the etchings they made on my soul and mind. Those words have shaped my views on money and influence me on a subconscious level.

I accepted a poverty mindset of being content with just food and clothing. It has imposed upon me to look negatively at riches because look at all the evil just waiting to cause harm and destruction upon my life if I desire to have wealth. So in my time spent in ministry, I never asked for more even when I only had $20 a week for groceries, no money to pay for visits to the doctor, dentist, and optometrist, because a “godly man” was content with poverty.

As I live out my dream to inspire one million people to dream BIG and LIVE their dream, I need to overcome this barrier. I need to recognize that it is okay to earn my living that goes beyond food and clothing while helping others achieve their dreams. I need to internalize this passion within me as an honorable goal and to use my wealth to further my passion.

So I ask you, what is holding you back? What is keeping you from doing what you want to do? All I want to do is make a positive difference in the world. When that is all you want to do, its business.

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PART FIVE

SUCCESS AND MONEY

What do you believe about money? Do you see money as good or evil? What were the dominating thoughts about money from your family growing up? What you believe about money influences where you are today in terms of your financial success.

“To become wealthy, you’ll need to surface, identify, root out, and replace any negative or limiting beliefs you may have about money.”

Jack Canfield, p. 373

Our subconscious may be holding limiting beliefs within us from our childhood. Perhaps we were taught that “money is evil,” “there isn’t enough money to go around,” “money doesn’t grow on trees,” rich people only care about money,” or “you can’t buy happiness.” The things you heard often and early in life about money or the things you observed as a result of trying to get money have ingrained in your subconscious a belief system about wealth.  Uncovering this belief system will help you uncover any limiting beliefs about money.

Write down your thoughts about money. Write out what lessons or ideas about it you received growing up. Identify those beliefs that are negative and limiting. Once you have identified your limiting beliefs, begin this two-step process for turning those beliefs around.

First, challenge your limiting belief, argue with it, or make fun of it. For example, if you wrote down, “Money is the root of all evil,” challenge it with these thougths:

  • Money is the root of all philanthropy.
  • Money is the root of all great vacations.
  • Money is what allows me to be more generous and compassionate, to change the world for good.
Second, create a statement that is a positive turnaround statement. Write one that excites you to the very core of your being. Add this statement to your daily affirmations. You might write something like, “When it comes to me, money is the the root of compassion, love, and making the world a better place.” As you begin to say this daily along with your affirmations, you begin to change your mindset toward a positive money consciousness.
Money in and of itself is amoral; it is neither good nor evil. Money is just a tool used by people for either good or evil. Just like a brick, you can either build something with it or throw it through a window. The brick is at the mercy of the hands that hold it. The secret is to create a positive money consciousness whereby you think of money in a positive light used for good.
One of my favorite books is “The Go-Giver.” The authors share five laws for stratospheric success. The second law they uncover in the book is “The Law of Compensation.”  This law states:
“Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.” (p. 45) 

When your focus is on serving other people to bring value into their lives through your service or products, your income will increase according to how well you serve them. Every business started out with an idea of a product or service that served people. The more people the company serves well, the larger the company becomes. The same is true in your life.

If you are serious about changing your belief system about money, I would strongly recommend T. Harv Eker’s book, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.” He also hosts three-day events, Millionaire Mind Intensives and oftentimes you can receive complimentary tickets to the event.

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(Our daily journey of the last 64 days of 2011 is centered on the principles found in Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” In his book, he encourages his readers to begin teaching others these principles. I would highly recommend that you buy a copy of the book and join us on a journey to a better you.)