DEVELOP YOUR MENTAL ROADS TO WEALTH (Success Strategy No.25)

Many years ago, Thomas Henry Huxley wrote in his Preface to A Liberal Education, “The chess board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the Laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.” Thus, whether we know it or not there are fixed laws of nature for making money. These laws are neutral, neither positive nor negative. They are indifferent to your personal beliefs, preferences, or desires. They have always existed in business and always will. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, “Nature understands no jesting; she is always true, always severe; she is always right, and the errors and faults are always those of man. The man incapable of appreciating her she despises and only to the apt, the pure, and true, does she resign herself and reveal her secrets.”
One of your major goals in life should be financial independence. You should aim to reach the point where you have enough money so that you never have to worry about money again. One of the strategies of making money through the ages is called autosuggestion or self-suggestion. It is the suggestion you register into your subconscious mind through the fine senses of the brain. You do this by the type of thoughts you hold in your head dominantly. These dominant thoughts of yours pass through to your subconscious mind creating without your knowledge, whatsoever picture you feed it, maybe bad or good, positive or negative. Man was made to control the activity of this subconscious mind but ignorance has made many go through life in poverty because they do not know this secret.
Some years ago, I read Joseph Murphy’s simple technique for multiplying money in one’s experience. He said that the following statements should be repeated several times daily:
I like money. I love it. I use money wisely, constructively me in avalanches of abundance. I use it for good only, and I am grateful for my good and for the riches of my mind.
According to Murphy, recognising the powers of your subconscious mind and the creative power of your thought or mental image is the way to opulence, freedom and constant supply. Accept the abundant life in your own mind. Your mental acceptance and expectancy of wealth has its own mathematics and mechanics of expression. As you enter into the mood of opulence, all things necessary for the abundant life will come to pass. Murphy advised that the following affirmation should be recited and written in our heart:
I am one with the infinite riches of my subconscious mind. It is my right to be rich, happy and successful. Money flows to me freely, copiously and endlessly. I am forever conscious of my true worth. I give of my talents freely, and I am wonderfully blessed financially. It is wonderful!
Thus, the law of attraction is inescapably giving you every single thing in your life based on what you’re giving out. You magnetize and receive the circumstances of wealth, health, relationships, your job, and every single event and experience in your life, based on the thoughts and feelings you’re giving out. Give out positive thoughts and feelings about money, and you magnetize positive circumstances, people, and events that bring more money to you. Give out negative thoughts and feelings about money, and you magnetize negative circumstances, people, and events that cause you to have a lack of money.
If you want to be financially successful, you have to be money conscious. Not only do you have to know precisely where you are, but you also need to know exactly where you want to be and what’s required to get you there. This means that when creating wealth in your life, remember that there is life you want to live now and the life you want to live in the future. The implication of this statement is that the life you are currently living is the result of the thoughts you have thought and the actions you have taken in the past. Conversely, the life you will live in the future will be the result of today’s thoughts and actions. To get the kind of life you want 5 to 10 years from now, as well as the kind of lifestyle you want when you retire, decide exactly how much money you will need to live the lifestyle of your dreams.
The good news about living in today’s world of abundance and opportunity is that almost everything you want to do to survive and become rich has already been done by someone else. It doesn’t matter whether it is online trading, sports consultancy, laundry, computer programming, pilot, restaurant, forex trading, banking, lecturing, or uniform job — someone has already done it and recorded his or her experience in the form of books, manuals, audio and video programmes, university lectures, online courses, seminars, and workshops. So what are you waiting for? Start today your own business or whatever your idea may be. Do not procrastinate further. Somebody said, “Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die today.”

COPING WITH STRESS PSYCHOLOGICALLY (Success Strategy No. 24)

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Stress is an anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events characterized by such symptoms as guilt about surviving or reliving the trauma in dreams or numbness and lack of involvement with reality or recurrent thoughts and images. In other words, it is pressure, tension or worry resulting from problems in one’s life. The human body is biologically programmed to react to challenges from the environment by mobilising its resources. We can either confront the challenge and fight it or get away from it as fast as possible. The choice in other words is fight or flight, whichever we deem to be more appropriate in the situation. But in order to prepare us for such emergency action the body has to go through a series of automatic changes.
We don’t have any choice in the matter. If our brain, that is our central nervous system, perceives an imminent challenge (e.g., an encounter with armed robbers) the message it passes to our automatic nervous system results immediately in a series of automatic changes including the following:
a) The hormones adrenalin and noradrenalin are released into bloodstream where they speed up our reflexes, raise the level of blood sugar and increase our blood pressure and heart-beat rate. These changes mean extra blood supplies to tense our muscles with and to help us breath more quickly, while the pupils of the eyes dilate to let us see more clearly.
b) The digestive system closes down, allowing the blood used in the normal process of digesting food to be re-routed to the muscles and lungs. In addition, our mouth goes dry and the saliva stops flowing so that the digestive system doesn’t have to deal with it.
c) Endorphins are released from the hypothalamus into the blood stream which reduces pain and sensitivity to bruising and injury.
d) Cortisone is released from the adrenal glands into the blood stream which shows the body’s immune system and shuts out possible allergic reactions that might interfere with body functioning.
e) The blood vessels constrict while the blood thickens, flows more slowly and coagulates more quickly than normal if a wound causes it to flow.
The sum of these changes is to prepare us to deal with a short-term emergency situation. The changes happen subconsciously and virtually instantaneously, and if they didn’t happen as intended our very survival would be endangered. When we are in an emergency situation we use our mobilised resources in either fight or flight, and then after the emergency has passed our body de-mobilises and gradually returns to normal functioning. Now imagine what it would be like if we perceived a challenge sufficient to activate the primary stress response outlined above, mobilised our resources to deal with it but could not actually deal with it.
The physical consequences of not being able to resolve a stressful situation directly by using our emergency resources in fight or flight can be very serious, in fact life threatening. Increasing heart-beat rate and blood pressure for a short-term emergency only, for example, is the body’s natural way of coping, but on a long-term basis it is a prime cause of stroke and heart disease and can also lead to kidney damage. Increasing blood cholesterol level can lead to arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries) and subsequent heart disease. Altering blood sugar levels over a length of period increase the risk of diabetes, and slowing the immune system leaves us vulnerable to a wide range of infections, possibly including cancer.
It is in this sense that stress can be a killer. Our physiological response to the perception of a challenge in the environment have evolved over millions of years and served our ancestors well. But they did not have to work for a living in high-pressured, high-tech jobs for a highly complex organisation within a still more complex society. To the extent that our sources of stress have their origins in the world of work and are an ongoing part of that world, our natural defence against stress is not only rendered useless, it is overtly dangerous. As we will discuss below, these are social and psychological rather than physiological, and they are desperately needed. Stress in the workplace has become the black plague of the modern age. And worse of all, it is on the increase.
HOW TO TURN YOUR STRESS INTO SUCCESS
Striving to stay positive, both in good times and bad, is a great way to improve your quality of life. Life can be very sweet if you live simply and expect little. All it takes is a few adjustments and a bit of effort to become a happier person. To be happy always is a duty you owe to yourself. Nobody, I repeat nobody will do it for you except yourself. I therefore, suggest the following rules for you to turn your stress into success:
1. Always think positively. Don’t dwell on negativity since positive thought produces positive result, and negative thought equally results in negative outcome.
2. Accept the unchangeable. Everything that has happened in your life to this minute is unchangeable. It is history. It is sheer waste of energy looking back at missed opportunities and lamenting past events. Grudge collecting, getting even, harbouring ill-will and vengeful thinking do no good. Success is the only acceptable form of revenge.
3. Remember the good things. Remember the old phrase which says: “Every cloud has a silver lining.” When you are feeling down, count your blessings. Look at all the good things you have and make them outweigh the bad feeling you have. Being grateful for what you have helps you to appreciate life in bad situation.
4. Change the changeable. Change your reaction to what people say and do, and you can control your own thoughts and actions by dwelling on desired results instead of the penalties of failure. The only real control you have in life is your immediate thought and action, and because most of what we do is a reflex — a subconscious habit — it’s wise not to act on emotional impulse.
5. Eat healthy and stay fit. What you put into your body directly affects how you feel on the outside. Chips, sugary drinks, chocolate, ice cream, and starchy foods make you happy for a few minutes, but eventually leave you tired and cranky. Eat healthy, wholesome foods such as proteins, fruits and vegetables for long-term energy. Cutting down on alcohol consumption is advisable. Cutting back on caffeine also helps because consuming high amounts increases stress. Exercise is equally important. Take a few days out of your week for at least a half hour of activity and try to stick to it routinely. Even going outside for a walk and enjoying the sunshine or early morning dew improves your mood.
6. Nourish your mind with mental proteins such as motivational books and films. Reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body. It’s also important to reserve time for rest and relaxation. Avail yourself with breaks in between periods of hard work and fill your free time with enjoyable activities.
7. Surround yourself with positive minded people. According to Jim Rohn, you are an average of five people you associate with. So, be careful because people change us in ways we don’t notice. They can make us or mare us. This is why it’s better to surround ourselves with the ones who make us laugh, smile and become the kind of person we want to be. Think of the top three people in your life who brighten your day. Those are the people you should spend most of your time with if you want to stay happy. Don’t worry about what the future may bring. Instead, focus on living in the moment and doing what you can to make each day better.
8. Make your environment to look better and cleaner. A clean environment is important to our mental health. Plant trees around your house. Beautify your home and office with your favourite colours and pictures. When you are at work, keep the window blinds open and let in as much natural light as possible. Living in a pleasant environment is a great way to keep feeling positive.
9. Always smile and treat each person with compassion and respect. Good feelings come from acts of kindness and selflessness. Making someone’s day a bit brighter not only puts a smile on his or her face but also yours, as well. We are here on earth to serve one another. That is why your reward in life (be it financial or psychic) is equal to your service to others. Remember that you are what you think about most of the time.