By Tami Gomez
I frequently write about prosperity and abundance principles, and the power of creative thought. I have seen some wonderful changes in my own life since I began my practice of these techniques, and I've observed equally impressive improvements in the lives of those around me.
But how exactly do we do this? How do we create something out of nothing?
Perhaps you've had some measure of success, but still can't seem to get really where you want to be. This was my experience for years. I would practice the techniques for a time and have some success with them, but then my life would revert to what it was before. I couldn't seem to sustain long-lasting change.
Has this been your experience also?
There are often inner blockages that keep us from manifesting the true wealth and prosperity we desire.
So I began thinking more about these abundance and prosperity principles, and I questioned why I had had such limited success with them thus far.
- What was I doing wrong?
- Was I meant to struggle in life?
- Or could I really create what I wanted?
I browsed back through some of my journals where I had written on the topic, and eventually, an obvious truth began to emerge. Then several truths. How could I have missed this?
Once I realized what I had been doing wrong, I decided to try doing things differently, correcting the “errors” I felt I had been making. The results were nothing less than astounding. Within a week, the universe had gifted me with exactly what I had asked for.
What did I do differently to make this happen? Why was I not able to create this in my life before now? And will I be able to continue this “good luck” streak? If you have read this far, you obviously have an interest in this topic, and you are likely wanting to achieve similar abundance, prosperity, and growth in your own life.
Below are a few Dynamic Laws of Prosperity that I used to create positive change in my life. I encourage you to try the techniques below and see if they can help you to manifest your true heart's desires.
1) What do you REALLY want?
I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I haven't exactly been specific in my petitions to the universe. I kept affirming that I wanted a generous income and fulfilling work, but I didn't clarify exactly how much I wanted to earn, and in what form I wanted the work to arrive. That's like walking into a restaurant and telling the waitress, “I want food.” What kind of food? How much food? Hot or cold? Would you like a beverage also? What condiments would you prefer with your meal?
Many of us are vague in our desires. We know the general result we'd like (an end to financial difficulties, a better job, etc.) but there are many more facets to consider.
First things first – we need to have a pathway for the prosperity to enter our lives. In my case, the pathway is helping people. It's my greatest passion, and it's the way I wanted to earn my living. For you, it might be business management, or hair styling, or baking. It is possible to earn great money doing something other than what you truly love, but too many of us make the mistake of settling for something less, and we never reach the true fulfillment we yearn for. We say to the waitress, “I'd really love a steak, but that's not possible, so I'll have a tuna sandwich.” The waitress may raise an eyebrow and wonder why we think a steak isn't possible, but she won't try to talk us into ordering one. She'll just bring us a tuna sandwich. It's her job to serve us by bringing what we ASK for.
The universe works in the same way. You may dream of being an artist, an actor, or a doctor, but you don't think you have the ability or talent for it, so you pursue a field that seems more possible for you. But by doing this, you are turning away from your dream. If you have a deep desire to do something specific with your life, you WILL be given the tools and resources to make it happen. But first, you have to believe it's possible. Even if you can't imagine how it could be possible right now, be willing to suspend your disbelief.
So the first big step to take is to get really clear on what you want and ask for it. Don't be vague. Don't ask for something less just because you don't think your true dream is possible. Ask for EXACTLY what you want. You can do this aloud, or write it down on a sheet of paper. Or both. But you need to “place your order” with the universe. Be very specific in the things you say. For example: “What I REALLY want is to be a successful sculptor, creating work that is fulfilling and meaningful to me, and I want to work no more than 25 hours per week and earn at least $40,000.00 per year.”
A special note about the amount of money you ask for: You may be thinking that asking for a massive amount of money (like millions) is better than asking for a modest amount of money. I advise against doing that, at least in the beginning. If you really do have blockages that are preventing you from creating what you truly want in life, you will find ways to hold yourself back from it, if your dream makes you the least bit uncomfortable. For most of us, the thought of actually manifesting millions of dollars in our lives seems too impossible.
Instead, try setting your sights a little bit lower at the outset. I'm not suggesting you ask for less than you truly need or desire, but I also don't want you to bite off more than you can chew and sabotage your efforts in the process! Remember, if you can manifest a reasonable amount of abundance right now, you will gain confidence and be able to focus your efforts on greater abundance later.
2) Be willing to sacrifice for your greater good.
The human mind is still a great mystery, especially the subconscious mind. It is very possible that I had some blockages that just wouldn't allow me to move forward until I processed them in some way; purged them from my system, so to speak. Just like our outer circumstances can affect our health, so can our inner beliefs affect our physical reality.
The point is that sometimes we DO need to sacrifice what may no longer be serving us, to gain circumstances that do serve us and more closely resemble our dream. Take a few moments to think about things that may no longer be serving you, and ask yourself if you are willing to release them. As I described last week, this can be any number of things: stagnant relationships, too much idle time, or not enough discipline. Or perhaps your “sacrifice” is simply to take a chance on something you want, rather than holding yourself back out of fear. We'll go more into that in a moment…
3) Affirmations and Intentions.
Now that you have a clear idea of what you want and you know what you're willing to sacrifice, it's time to begin stating your intentions to the universe, in the form of affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements spoken aloud (or at least mentally, though verbally seem to give stronger energy). Basically, you are taking the “I Want” statement from above, and turning into an “I Have” affirmation. In other words, state aloud that you already have what you desire. Using the same example, you'd say, “I AM a successful sculptor creating fulfilling and meaningful work. I work no more than 25 hours per week, and I earn $40,000.00 per year.” No, of course, your mind isn't going to believe this right away because it hasn't happened yet. But by saying it aloud repeatedly, you are training your mind to believe it's possible, and attracting the right energy to make it happen.
You might also include some generic affirmations because they help reinforce what you're trying to accomplish. Here are some that have helped me: I am wealthy. I am blessed. I attract abundance and wealth. I deserve abundance and prosperity. I can achieve anything I desire. Anything is possible. Say these aloud several times a day. Write them in a journal, over and over. Write them on a sheet of paper and post it up where you will see it during your day, and say these phrases out loud as often as you can.
4) Practice consistency.
Here is where I went wrong for so long. :-) I was really good at saying my affirmations for a day or two, but then I'd slip back into my whining and complaining voice, and undo all the progress I'd made! For affirmations and intentions to really work, we need to keep working them. We need to retrain our minds to think positively, rather than negatively. The only way to do that is by repetition. Say your affirmations as many times as you need to. Positive thinking is just like anything else; practice makes perfect. The only reason you feel stuck in negative thinking patterns now is that you (or your surroundings) have reinforced them for so long. You can change it though, moment to moment.
5) Active faith.
This is another one I had a difficult time with. Faith is a challenging concept when things around us seem so dark. How can we believe that things will get better when we have no assurance that they will? Ah, but that is the very definition of faith! To believe in something you cannot see.
How can we create positive change when we have so much working against us? By using what I call “active” faith. This means affirming that things will be okay, even if you don't know for sure that they will. Ironically, it often requires you to state the exact opposite of what you truly believe.
Let's use an example: You have been struggling financially, and you are trying your hardest to create more abundance and prosperity. Then one day your electric bill arrives in the mail, and you see that it is much higher than you expected it to be, and you don't have the funds to pay it. Your first reaction would be to cry, scream or sink into depression and wonder if you'll EVER be able to create better circumstances.
But practicing active faith would instead have you look at that electric bill and then say aloud with passion and power in your voice, “I don't know how yet, but I WILL acquire the funds to pay this bill on time. I affirm it, and I intend it to be so. God (or universe), I know you will help me to find a way to make this happen. Thank you!” And then allow yourself to feel thankful that a solution is on the way. Don't fret about it, don't let yourself get tense or anxious.
I know, this a tremendous leap of faith! I must be honest; this technique has worked for me every single time I've used it. The problem is that I kept forgetting to use it. Give this technique a try, even if it's on smaller things first. Keep practicing this type of mindset, choosing to believe that success and abundance is right around the corner for you, even if you can't see any possible way for it to happen yet.
6) Be willing to try and accept.
How often do you hold yourself back from trying something because you don't believe it would do any good? I think most of us block ourselves from success before we can even get started! Perhaps we don't have faith in our own abilities, or we feel we're not talented enough, or experienced enough, or deserving enough. If we don't believe we have what it takes, and if we don't believe we deserve to achieve our dreams, then we definitely won't do it.
Imagine standing outside a restaurant and saying to yourself, “Boy, I'm hungry, but I bet they wouldn't serve me anyway, so there's no point going in.” It sounds laughable, but yet we are doing the same thing to ourselves if we refuse to even try. So in addition to changing your thoughts, be willing to TAKE ACTION! Apply for a job, sign up for a class, do something to make a move toward your dream. Even a small step will begin to open doors for you.
When your prosperity arrives, embrace it with joy, even if it arrives in a form you weren't expecting. Keep affirming aloud each day, “I accept the blessings the universe holds for me now.”
7) Patience, timing, and acceptance.
I do believe that timing has a lot to do with the achievement of our dreams and goals. There are many factors we can't control, and timing is one of them. If we've reached the point where we've done all we can do, then the wait can be maddening. But rather than sinking into frustration and despair, we can keep practicing active faith and affirmations, which continues to lend positive energy to our vision.
Keep repeating to yourself, “I know this is going to happen for me, I just know it will. And it will happen soon; I'm so excited!” Keep infusing your energy into your dream to give it the power to manifest.
And lastly, work on accepting your current circumstances. Acceptance does NOT mean you choose to remain where you are forever. It simply means that where you currently are is exactly where you need to be in this moment. I know that's a tough pill to swallow if you are in unhappy circumstances. But be willing to believe that there may be a reason for it. Perhaps you are there to learn patience, or humility, or to be strengthened by your struggles. Accept these lessons with grace, while affirming that they will not last forever.
Tami is one of the World’s Leading Authority on the Law of Attraction. She has directly impacted the lives of thousands of people on five continents with her best-selling book, public speaking engagements, and live events. She is committed to helping stay at home moms find legitimate work at home job opportunities. You can see her legitimate work at home resources for home businesses and work at home jobs on her website at www.TamiGomez.com. She is currently offering a FREE eGuide on how to learn the 5 Simple Steps to making 6-7 Figures in Less Than 24 Months. Visit TamiGomez.com to get your free copy.