As I explained in the book “The Spirituality of Money,” I am a big Florence Scovel-Shinn fan. She wrote the books, “The Game of Life and How to Play It,” “Your Word is Your Wand,” “The Power of the Spoken Word,” and “The Secret Door to Success” back in the 1920’s and 1930’s. I have copies of her books in the bathrooms of our homes, in our cars, in my office, everywhere. I make a point of reading at least a few paragraphs every day.
In these books she explains how our thoughts and the words we speak create the circumstances in our lives. Even after years of knowing the truth of this I still periodically find myself saying or thinking self limiting things and I have to catch and correct myself.
In our society almost everyone worries about money. In fact, the wealthiest people I know seem to worry about it more than anyone else, probably because the more you have the more you could potentially lose. If you watch the news, or read the financial sections of the paper you soon begin to feel that you are doomed, that you will never be able to retire, that the real estate market will never recover (or if you are in a booming market like Toronto that it is about to burst!), and that everything that seemed like a good investment in the past is now too dangerous. Well delete these thoughts from your mind, and quit talking about them unless you want to see them come true in your life!
If you expect something to happen then it will eventually show up in your life. So change your expectations and change your future.
Every time you catch yourself saying something self limiting try replacing those words with some of Florence’s affirmations. Some of my favorites include:
I now draw from the Universal substance, with irresistible power and determination, that which is mine by Divine right.
My seeming impossible good now comes to pass, the unexpected now happens.
Endless good now comes to me in endless ways.
I am awake to my good, and now gather in the harvest of endless opportunities.
Does saying these affirmations mean that you can just sit back and wait for good things to fall in your lap? It could happen, but what is more likely is that by changing your expectations you will begin to see opportunities all around you.
The Quaker’s have an expression,
“When you pray move your feet.”
This basically means that you can ask the Universe for help, but you also have to do your part, which is to grab hold of the opportunities as they float by you.