Minutes from my house, I have my favorite lounge to relax in; it’s called Parq at The Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. This is where I meet several of my clients, business colleagues, and all my new prospective clients. What they don’t know, is a little secret I am about to reveal; One of the reasons why I chose The Montage as my meeting point (besides conveniently located and just aesthetically beautiful) is because I observe my client’s reaction to The Montage. Parq is extremely luxurious, and the clientele is anyone from rock stars, actors, celebrities, CEO’s, wealthy business folks, etc. The place smells of money. Over the years, I have enjoyed the various reactions. It is clear that many of my clients feel very comfortable in that type of setting, while for others, it is clear they would rather be anywhere but there.
Amongst the goals they want to achieve, most of my clients have “make more money” at the top of their list. My prospective clients are very eager to tell me their woes about money and how they don’t understand why they are not making more. More often than not, these are the clients that are extremely uncomfortable at Parq. They are the ones making the negative comments about the rich that surround them. So I ask them, “what do you think about the rich?” and I usually get the same responses, “snobby”, “thieves”, “obnoxious”, “greedy”, “show-offs” etc.. In one of my all-time favorite books, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, by T. Harv Eker, he says, “you have to realize that if you view rich people as bad in any way, shape, or form, and you want to be a good person, then you can never be rich. It’s impossible. How can you be something you despise?” Eker continues by saying that growing-up he had the belief that rich people were “snobs and greedy” but that he then noticed that this wasn’t true at all. As a matter of fact, the richest people he knows, are also the nicest. This is very true for me as well. The wealthiest friends that I have are extremely nice, loving and generous. They are also the most Spiritual, creative, and inspiring. Yes, I said Spiritual. This brings me to my next point. Do you believe that in order to be Spiritual, you must be poor or middle class? Another one of my favorite books is The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace Wattles. Wattles says, “you must get rid of the last vestige of the old idea that there is a Deity whose will is that you should be poor, or whose purposes may be served by keeping you in poverty.” I completely agree. I am very spiritual, and I believe that God wants us to live in abundance and not lack. Wattles continues, “It is the desire of God that you should get rich. He wants you to get rich because he can express Himself better through you if you have plenty of things to use in giving Him expression. He can live more in you if you have unlimited command of the means of life. The universe desires you to have everything you want to have.” Yes! I believe this 100%. What type of God would want his beloved children to live a life of sacrifice and struggle? In the book, Spiritual Economics, Eric Butterworth says that this notion that being Spiritual means to be poor, “is a doctrine that has had a tragic, repressive influence on millions of people through the ages of Christian history.” I can’t tell you how many clients I have spoken to that believe money is the root of all evil. They have the belief, that money turns you into a nasty person. So untrue! If you are a nice, generous person, more money will only make you an even nicer and even more generous person. If you are a jerk, more money will make you an even bigger jerk. The point is: there are nice people that are poor, and there are nice people that are rich. Just like there are jerks that are poor, and there are jerks that are rich. If you know rich people that are jerks, trust me that just means that they are extremely insecure. That has to do with their character, not their money. The more money my husband and I make, the more goes to charity and to volunteering, it is that simple.
So here are a few tips on creating more abundance, wealth and money in your life:
Be grateful- now! Butterworth says, “As you feel grateful…you release a vital energy that draws to you opportunities, employment, and a secure flow of substance. Everything begins to work in your life in an orderly and creative way.” This is one of the most important laws of life: be grateful for what you have now. Stop complaining. How many people do you know are constantly complaining about what they don’t have, and are not grateful for what they do have?
Be generous and giving. Most say, “once I am rich, I will give money to the poor. Right now I can’t!” but they have got it wrong. By being extremely generous and giving, we receive abundance in our life. But here is the catch: we cannot give only because we have an agenda to receive. It must truly come from our heart. Butterworth says, “if you give, really work in a giving consciousness, you must receive.” And in the book, Wealth Warrior by Steve Chandler he says, “A life based on giving becomes a life that produces wealth. A life based on getting is a life of anxiety and money problems.” Here is an example; are you a good tipper? Do you leave 20% or more? Or do you just leave a few dollars no matter how much the bill is?
Do you help others? If money is truly an issue and you are unable to give money to charity, then give your time and volunteer. There is always someone less privileged than you, so help them! Instead of doing pointless activities such as watching television, get out and help those in need. Become obsessed with giving, not getting.
Steve Chandler believes we must tap into our “creative side” and start creating. He asks, “What will you create that produces wealth? What product, what skill, what talent, what entertainment, or what service?” We all have a life’s purpose. And if you are still wondering what yours is I am going to lovingly tell you to stop pretending you don’t know. We all know what we love to do, it’s just that most of us are too scared and don’t believe we can make money by doing what we love. Society did not raise us to believe this. If there are several things you want to do, Steve Chandler suggests to just pick one and go for it. But if you just sit there and wait for your life’s purpose to come knocking at your door saying, “I’m finally here!” you will die waiting. Just get up and do something now.
Create something that inspires you. Figure out what skill/talent you have that people need and are willing to pay you good money for. Then, be committed to constantly serve. Chandler says, “To understand why you are not making the money you want to make, I first want to see where you are not serving…Businesses fail because they do not serve. Individuals too.”
Stop wasting time. Steve Chandler calls it “drifting”. Sure, we are really great about complaining about our life but how much time are we spending trying to change it? What takes up most of your time? How much time do you spend working on that business idea, your life’s purpose, or your path? No one is going to do it for you and you are not getting any younger. What are you waiting for?
Act as if you are already rich. Have you ever heard the saying, “fake it until you make it”? I am certainly not implying that you lie to people and tell them you are rich when in fact you are negative in your bank account. What this means to me is that you start visualizing the world around you from an abundant place rather than a place of lack. Are you always going around saying, “I can’t afford that?” or “one day I will win the lotto and then I can do what I really want!” Stop acting poor and start acting rich. It’s not fun when people constantly complain about not having money. This victim mentality will not get you anywhere. It has been proven that there is a direct correlation between positive people and success, just like there is a direct correlation between negative nellies and failure. You want to be around people that are happy, friendly, and have an overall positive disposition. It’s no wonder why big things happen to these individuals. People love working with them. Who wants to be around someone that is constantly complaining about their job, the economy, and life in general? Or around someone that is always frowning and doesn’t have anything nice to say? Think about when you walk into a store or a restaurant; how would you like to be treated? Those that give exceptional customer service truly understand what serving is all about.
Still convinced you have no idea where to start? Chandler tells an interesting story about a man that could not figure out that he wanted to do, so he grabbed the Yellow Pages and went through each page as if it were a life purpose menu. He narrowed his choices down to three and became highly accomplished in all three areas. The point is, he did not let the excuse “I just don’t know what I want to do” get in the way. He just chose. The most important thing you can do is choose and start right away. We are blessed to live in this amazing country where anything is truly possible. Stop waiting for things to happen to you and make them happen now.
Trust me, one of the greatest feelings is figuring out what you love to do, serving others, and making great money from that. Just as Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Sending you lots of love and positive energy,