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INTRODUCTION I f youre ready to make more money, you can. I dont care how many times youve tried and failed or if youre so broke youre selling your bodily fluids for bus fare or how often youve found yourself center stage at the checkout counter, feigning shock and indignation: Are you sure? Declined?! Thats impossible. Can you run it one more time? No matter how out of the question it may seem for you at this moment, you can make lots of money. Even Ima-buy-everyone-I-love-a-house-and-a-gold-tooth kind of money, if thats what turns you on. Id also like to point out that theres nothing horribly wrong with you if you havent figured out how to do it yet. Money is one of the most loaded topics out therewe love money, hate money, obsess over money, ignore money, resent money, hoard money, crave money, bad-mouth money; money is rife with so much desire and shame and weirdness its a wonder we can utter the word above a whisper, let alone go out and joyfully rake it in. (Have you been brave enough to read this book in public, I wonder? With the title in full view?) It reminds me a lot of how weve been conditioned to deal with sex, another gold medalist in the Topics That Totally Freak People Out Competition. When it comes to having sex and making money, youre supposed to know what youre doing and be all great at it, but nobody teaches you anything about it, and youre never supposed to talk about it because its inappropriate, dirty, not so classy. Both money and sex can provide unthinkable pleasures, birth new life, and inspire violence and divorce. Were ashamed if we dont have it, were even more ashamed to admit we want it, we will do things/people were not nuts about in order to get it, and I know Im not the only one who has caught myself fantasizing about a stranger dressed like Batman coming up and giving me some on a bench in Central Park (am I?). The good news is if you, like most people, have a troubled or conflicted relationship with money, you have the ability to heal it, transform it, and become such awesome pals with money that you wake up one day to find yourself standing in the middle of the life youve always wanted to live. And you can start making this change right now. All you need to do is wake up to whats holding you back, make new, powerful choices about what you focus on, ensmarten yourself about money, and go for it like you aint never gone for it before. Which is what this book will help you do. I personally transformed my financial reality so quickly and massively that everybody who knows me well is still wondering what the hell happened. And believe me when I say if my broke ass can do it, you can do it too, no matter how rickety or hopeless you may feel right now. Because I knew precisely zero things about making money until I was in my forties. My forties! Thats the age when most people possess things like houses and college funds for their kids and an understanding of how the Dow Jones works. Meanwhile, at forty I possessed a barren bank account, a deep wrinkle line between my eyebrows from stress, and a first-name basis relationship with Sheila at the collection agency. For the vast majority of my adult life I was a freelance writer, forever scrambling for work that paid an insulting nonamount considering how time consuming and challenging it was. Had I actually done the math, I would have realized just how free my lancing was, but I instead chose to be in denial of the facts, work harder, complain more, and just, you know, hope that Id somehow magically start raking in the dough or get run over by someone rich who would then have to take care of me for the rest of my life. My watertight plan for getting out of financial struggle was partly based on having a whole lotta hang-ups about money (money is evil, rich people are gross, I have no idea how to make it, Id have no idea what to do with it even if I did know how to make it, etc.), as well as my perpetual, and torturous, state of indecision. I knew I was a writer, and I also knew I wanted to do more than sit alone in a room in my robe and type all day, I just didnt know what it was I wanted to do. And rather than just picking something already and seeing where it led, I chose to bite my nails down to bloody nubs and wallow in the I Dont Know What the Hell I Want to Do with My Life quagmire. For years. As in decades. It was so painful. And devastating. And utterly paralyzing. This is how I found myself at the ripe old age of forty, living in a converted garage, in an alley, in fear of requiring dental work, excelling at financial mediocrity in the following ways: Eating/drinking/filling my pockets with anything that was free, regardless of whether or not I really liked it or needed it. Walking countless blocks, in flip-flops, to save five dollars on valet parking. Employing duct tape, instead of professionals, to repair things like leaking pipes, busted shoe straps, and fractured bones. Meeting friends at a restaurant for dinner, ordering a glass of water, tap is fine thanks, I love the tap in this city, before explaining to the table how Im really not hungry, Im stuffed actually, and then the free bread is placed on the table and disappears into my mouth in a blur. Choosing between phone service and health insurance. Spending excruciating amounts of time purchasing anything, from a TV to a bedspread to a wooden spoon, in order to thoroughly investigate every possibility of a cheaper option, a forthcoming sale, a coupon code, or to entertain the question, Is this something I could perhaps make myself? If Id put the same amount of time and focus that I put into freaking out about not having money, cutting back my expenses, finding the deals, haggling, researching, returning, refunding, redeeming, rerouting, rebating, into actually making money, I would have been driving a car with working windshield wipers years before I actually did. This making money thing is not about never again making wise, informed purchases or rejoicing in a good sale or filling up on bread. Its about giving yourself the options and the permission to be, do, and have whatever lights you up, instead of acting like a victim of your circumstances. Its about not pretending everything is cool, I love having three roommates, none of whom know how to use a sponge or a goddamned broom, instead of focusing on making more money to afford yourself your own place for fear youll be judged or youll suck at it or that itll be too hard or no fun or out of your reach. Its about creating the wealth that affords you the life youd love to live instead of settling for what you think you can get. The human ability to rationalize, defend, and accept our self-imposed drama is bananas. Especially because we have all the power within us to choose and create realities that totally kick ass. We see it all the time with people who are in miserable or even abusive relationships: Hes just so sad and sorry after he cheats on me. It breaks my heart. Plus, the make-up sex is superhot. We see it when people insist on staying in jobs they hate: I spend my lunch breaks weeping in the stairwell Im so miserable. But the health insurance is amazing. Meanwhile their spirit and their time on this Earth are quickly swirling down the drain. Time wasted rationalizing the mediocre could be time spent creating the magnificent. You have one glorious and brief shot at being the you that is you on Planet Earth, and the power to create whatever reality you desire. Why not be the biggest, happiest, most generous, and fully realized humanoid you can be? After some forty-plus years of scraping by, I finally could no longer bear hearing myself say my mantras of choice, I cant afford it and I dont know what I want to do, or to continue living in places so crappy and small that I could sit on the toilet, answer the door, and fry an egg all at the same time. (It was like living on a boat. Or in a toadstool.) I could no longer sit back and watch all these other people out there kicking butt, making great money doing what they loved, treating their pals to fancy dinners, donating more than five bucks and a thank-you note to charities they loved, traveling the world in luxury, wearing shoes that no stranger had worn beforebasically living the life I wanted to live. I was just as smart, talented, charming, well groomed . . . What the hell was my problem? What was I waiting for? No matter how much I complained or freaked out or tried to convince myself that my present rickety life was as good as it could, should, or would get, deep down I knew I was meant for, and wanted, bigger things. Id get all excited hearing about someones cool job as a globe-trotting journalist or hanging out at someones beachfront house and think, This! This could be me! And instead of using that excitement to propel myself into action, I immediately started talking myself out of going for it. Well, I have nothing well written enough to show that I could be a good journalist. And Im not entirely sure thats what I want to do. Plus, I have a cat. I could never travel the world and leave Mister Biggins behind. Even though staying stuck where I was felt easier and less risky than putting myself out there, it also felt awful. I felt like I was letting myself down, being a wimp, holding back, denying myself a whole lot of awesomeness, snoring my way through life. Because, basically, I was. The knowledge that I could be doing so much better, but wasnt, finally became so unbearable that I got off my butt and made the hell-bent-for-glory decision to get over my fear and loathing of money and figure out how to make some. And to let myself do it in a way that maybe wasnt perfect, but that at least felt sort of right, instead of clinging to the easy out of being unsure. There was no thunderclap aha moment; I didnt narrowly escape dying in a grease fire or get dumped by the love of my life for being such a loser or have some big snap out of it! epiphany. I just suddenly couldnt take listening to myself complain anymore. I just finally woke up. Which is how the desire to make massive change kicks in for most people. The leaps I had to take to catapult myself out of my safe little reality were often terrifying and hugely confronting. For example, I invested alarming amounts of money in putting an online business together: taking courses, hiring mentors, building a Web site, getting headshots taken by someone other than my right arm, etc. I risked looking like an idiot and a fraud because this new business of mine was all about coaching other writers and Id never coached other writers before. I risked losing the aforementioned alarming amounts of money on building an online business because I knew not one thing about running online businesses. Or off-line businesses for that matter. Even telling people that I had a damn business felt ridiculous. It felt pretend, like I was just playing office until someone busted me: Just kidding! Sorry! I dont really know what Im doing! But no matter how scary each step was, it was nowhere near as frustrating as constantly wondering how I was ever going to pay off my student loans or feeling like I was wasting away in my tiny little life when I knew I could be doing so much better. Im now not only making seven figures as a success coach and author, but Im writing a book on how to make money. Me, Jen Sincero, ex-shoplifter and scrounger for coins in couch cushions (other peoples couch cushions)its as unthinkable as my ninety-year-old father becoming an overnight sensation on Dancing with the Stars. And then writing a book about it. Miracles. I believe in em. One of the coolest things I remember is how quickly, once I made the no-nonsense decision to get my financial poop in a scoop, new opportunities and ideas and income streams started showing up in my life. They were there the entire time, of course, I was just too busy clipping coupons and focusing on my ennui to notice. But I want you to know that you have everything you need right now to start turning your financial reality into something that doesnt make you wake up screaming in the middle of the night. You just have to be willing to do what it takes. And heres what it takes: Agreeing to get really really really really uncomfortable. Over and over again. Weve been raised to believe that you have to work hard to make money, and certainly there are times when this is true, but the real secret is you have to take huge, uncomfy risks. You have to do stuff youve never done before, to make yourself visible, to acknowledge your own awesomeness, to risk looking stupid. You must not only admit to desiring, and commit to creating, wealth, but, most important, you must allow yourself to do so. Taking risks is uncomfortable, but its the kind of discomfort thats equal parts eeek! and hell yeah! Fear and excitement are two sides of the same coin, and that is precisely the kind of discomfort Im talking about. Otherwise known as a rush, its the critical, thrilling discomfort of living large and in charge. My hope for you is that you read this book over and over and do everything it says, that you listen to the hollerings of your heart instead of your doubts and fears, and that you continuously leap bravely into the unknown. Ive seen countless clients and friends and people I meet at parties in such struggle around money, its like watching people starve to death when theres an all-you-can-eat buffet just down the hall. The money you desire is here for you. The opportunities, the clients, the teachers, the brilliant moneymaking ideas, theyre all right here, right now, waiting for you to wake up, let them in, and get this party started. CHAPTER 1 ALLOWANCE I have a friend who has an extensive owl collection. It all started when she innocently purchased a wooden carving of an owl in front of her mother one afternoon. Hmmm, isnt that cute? Her mother, in turn, sounded the family rallying cry, the news spread like wildfire, and my friend is now the horrified owner of owl potholders, owl clocks, owl earrings, owl slippers, I dont give a hoot! T-shirts, needlepointed owl pillows, owl salt and pepper shakers, stuffed owls, owl soap-on-a-rope . . . on birthdays, holidays, and graduations, the dreaded flock descends, perching on her shelves, flapping up her wall space, peeking out from her closetits like a horror movie. I dont know how it got so out of control, she moaned one day as she unwrapped an Owl Always Call You Friend cross-stitch wall hanging from her sister-in-law. This went on for years before she finally got up the nerve to put a stop to it, to thank them very much, but declare her world an owl-free zone from now on. Her friends and family were surprised, hurt, and indignant, and although the onslaught eventually stopped, they treated her like she was nuts. Fine, if thats what you want, but . . . People love to tell you what you should and shouldnt want, regardless of how you feel about it. Even worse, were so malleable, if we listen to them long enough well tell ourselves what we should and shouldnt want, regardless of how we feel deep down. If were not careful, we can stay stuck for years, or even lifetimes, in situations that cause us pain because wed rather defend these nontruths than upset or disappoint anybody, our own inner critics included. Wed rather do whats expected of us than give ourselves permission to be, do, and have what feels good and right and awesome. For example, when I made one of my first attempts at crawling out of my lifelong financial stink-hole, I ended up crawling right back in even though I so desperately wanted out. My attempt involved a book entitled The Science of Getting Rich by an old-timey guy named Wallace Wattles. I dont remember what inspired me to finally pick it up, it could have been anythingwhen my cat needed stitches I couldnt pay for and I was too grossed out to sew him up myself? When I lost my ability to turn my head to the left and decided it was time to start sleeping on a mattress instead of my futon from college? That time I accidentally regifted a pair of candlesticks to the same person whod given them to me and I vowed to only buy people presents from that moment forward? What I do remember, word for word, is the very first sentence of this book. Because as I sat reading in my living room/kitchen/dining room/bedroom/guest room, the first sentence of this book leapt out and spat in my eye, offending me to my core. It said this: Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. Whatever! Wattles! Plenty of people are poor and happy and feel complete and successful! The fact that I myself was poor, and that I felt far from successful or complete as a result, was apparently beside the point. The point was Id spent an entire lifetime self-righteously insisting that being rich was overrated and gross, and I wasnt going to back down easily no matter how broke I had to stay in order to prove my point. I could handle the idea of making more money, but saying that one had to be rich? That was unacceptable. I was so disgusted that Wattles could be such a shallow ignoramus that I not only slammed the book shut and didnt pick it up again until years later (at which time it, erm, totally changed my life), I also continued to barely make any money for those next few years. Instead I kept toiling away, taking the odd low-paying job here and there, writing articles, catering, babysitting, knitting, attempting to sell what I knitted, etc. As torturous and time consuming and totally aint getting rich anytime soon as my plan was (example: cost of yarn + time it takes to knit a kaftan + charging anything less than five thousand dollars for said kaftan = seriously not worth it), it was still apparently more worth it to me to keep doing things the way I was doing them than it was to work on my negative beliefs about money and change what I was doing. I was more attached to my truths about how evil money was, and to my beliefs about my abilityand my rightto make money, than I was to my desire to no longer shop for groceries at the dollar store. In my seasoned experience as a grouchy broke person, and my many years of coaching countless people on the topic of wealth, Ive discovered that few things make people want to fight, vomit, or ask for their money back more than telling them that one must be rich to be successful and complete. One of the biggest obstacles to making lots of money is not a lack of good ideas or opportunities or time, or that were too slovenly or stupid, its that we refuse to give ourselves permission to become rich. I see it over and over, the kicking and screaming about how, at the end of the day, whats most important is spending time with those you love, gazing at sunsets, rejoicing in the laughter of frolicking children, helping old ladies cross the street, and other things money cant buy, and I wont argue, but I will ask this: Why the hell does this come up when we discuss the making of money? When did it become an either/or situation? If you partake in the pursuit of wealth, its not like you shall never again attend a family barbecue, hug a puppy, or tiptoe through the tulips. In fact, if you do it correctly, youll be able to afford to spend even more time on such merriments. And do it in style! Not to mention pay for the gas to put in your car to get to the family barbecue, buy the hot dogs, show up wearing clothes, and marvel at Uncle Carls famous card tricks unfettered by thoughts of your crushing debt or how youre going to hit him up for a loan to cover your rent this month as soon as hes had a few beers. Everybody arrives on this planet with unique desires, gifts, and talents, and as you journey through life, your job is to discover what yours are, to nurture them and to bloom into the most authentic, gleeful, and badassiest version of yourself. In order to do this, as a human being in modern society on Planet Earth, you must be rich. And let me clarify what I mean by rich lest you think Im saying your life is worthless unless it involves a mansion and a yacht: RICH: Able to afford all the things and experiences required to fully experience your most authentic life. While the amount of money you need will depend on who you are and what you desire, aint nobody riding for free. No. Body. We exist in a world where, like it or not, nearly everything involved in your growth, pursuit of happiness, and self-expression costs money. If youre an artist, for example, your riches might go toward things like paint, canvases, brushes, a studio, trips to places that inspire you and fill you up with ideas, dinner out with friends and fellow artists to keep your spirits and energy high, hiring a PR firm, someone to walk your dog so you can work, a personal trainer, and a DJ at your art opening, paying the admission fees to museums, buying healthy food, music to listen to, classes, glasses, and a beret. What you need is a very squirrelly subject, heaped high with guilt and confusion and fears, and the only person who can answer what you truly need to be the most joyfully you is you. The trick is getting clear amidst the endless supply of inner, and outer, opinions. For example, maybe youve had an experience similar to this: Youve just hung out at someones lavish home and left feeling like, I want my house wired for sound with speakers in every room too! How have I been living this long without it? Only to visit with a friend soon thereafter whos wearing the same clothes she wore in college more than twenty years ago, whos driving the same falling-apart car and listening to the same crappy stereo, because she feels these things are good enough, why create more waste by throwing them away and upgrading? And you suddenly find yourself feeling dirty for wanting a big fancy stereo and speakers in your laundry room. There will never be a lack of conflicting opinions and information when it comes to any decision you make in life, and this is especially true when it comes to something as controversial as money. Depending on who we were raised by, the society we grew up in, and the people we surround ourselves with, our minds can be littered with thoughts that have us believing everything from the critical importance of making big bucks to keep up with the Joneses to existing on crumbs and sleeping on a camping mattress in order to be a noble, good person. All that matters is whats true for you, which is why getting really good at listening to your intuition and your heart, and following your happiness, is critical. And which is why I want to drive home the following point: If you allow yourself to make all the money you need to flourish and live out your desires, it does not mean you are, or will become, a greedy, selfish, Earth-ruining bastard. A healthy desire for wealth is not greed, its a desire for life. Desire literally means de sire, of the father, and whether or not you believe in God, your desires were bestowed upon you when you became your earthly self, along with other distinctive you-type things like your face and your personality and your affinity for needlecrafts. They are unique to you, they define the essence of who you are, and they act as the road map for your life. Your desires were given to you by the Universal Intelligence that created everything in existence with the express purpose of being carried out by you during your lifetime. As a member of the human species, you are part of nature, and everything else in nature is provided with all it needs to carry out its desire to thrive and flourish, so why wouldnt you be? Nature is a fine-tuned, well-thought-out machine that is all about the fullest expression and perpetuation of life. Mother Nature gets an A+ in systems management and resource replenishment, shes got it down; its when mankind gets freaky and scared and greedy that nature is thrown out of balance. We pollute, strip, and destroy our dear pal the Earth in horrifying and often irreparable ways when we act from fear instead of the desire to collaborate with our planet and the creatures on it. We hoard resources because we fear there arent enough to go around or that were unworthy unless we have more more more. We pollute our water, air, and land and ravage our forests in order to cut costs or make lots of money because were unconscious, insecure, and hence, power obsessed. While its impossible to live on Earth and not make some sort of impact, if we humans were all in harmony with our highest selves, feeding our desires instead of our fears, in the flow with Mother Nature, giving and receiving in a healthy, collaborative, conscious way, this planet would be in beautiful shape. All of nature is forever moving, growing, changing, reproducing, evolvingits all the rage, even the damn Universe itself is expanding. Likewise, you are not meant to just survive, to stay stagnant, to settle; you are meant to keep growing and thrive. Just like the tree that sucks up nutrients, water, and sun, grows to its tallest, mightiest height, and drops shit all over our yards that will then spawn the next generation of trees, and the frog that miraculously grows from egg to tadpole to adult, you too are meant to reach your fullest expression of the you that is you, to inspire and birth awesomeness in others, and to use whatever resources you need along the way. We all have seeds of unthinkable badassery inside of us, yet only some of us will allow ourselves to grow. The difference being, of course, that, unlike the tree and the frog, you are human. So unless your truth involves living in a cave on rent-free land, carving images of caribou on the wall with a pebble while dining on nuts and berries not owned by Monsanto, pretending that you can reach great heights without the proper funds is cray. In fact: If you are here to become the grandest, most generous version of yourself, which you are, and if that costs money, which it does, it is your duty, as a hallowed child of Mother Nature, to get rich. Even if we could live on whats within reach, sitting under an apple tree next to an endless stream of fresh water full of fish with a cocktail waitress stopping by every couple of hours, eventually wed get bored, seek new lands, want to go for a bike ride or something. Humans are curious by nature, our desire to keep evolving physically, mentally, and spiritually is part of who we are, which is why settling, staying stuck in a rut, treading the lukewarm water of mediocrity (or worse) is so excruciating. All of Mother Natures creatures are designed to fully flourish before they drop dead. You, just like all living things, are meant to take up space on this planet. Shrinking back and denying yourself the things that bring you great joy, living under a cloud of guilt, refusing to make an impact aint why youre here. The Earth is not here for us to pillage, but it is here for us to enjoy, care for, and appreciate. You living your fullest life and making all the money required to do so doesnt take anything away from anyone else any more than you refusing a ham sandwich because someone, somewhere, is starving, helps them. Greed comes from the same lack mindset as poverty. Staying broke because you fear its gross to be rich or that you dont deserve money or that you getting rich somehow prohibits someone else from getting rich too is all rooted in lack. Lack is the state of being youre in when you believe youre in need of, when you believe that what you desire doesnt exist, when your outlook on life is a glass with a hole in the bottom as opposed to a glass half full. A lack mindset believes that theres not enough to go around, that youre not good enough or worthy enough to flourish, that the money you spend may never make its way back to you, etc. Pigging out on money and things and experiences is also based in fear and lackfear of never having enough, fear of not being secure, fear of being unlovable, trying to fill a bottomless hole in your heart. Nothing in excess is healthy: Gluttony is just as devastating as is anorexia. You denying yourself your hearts desires is not noble, its a waste of some damn good desires. And it denies the world our only opportunity to bask in more of you. If you sometimes feel hopeless because of all the pain and suffering in the world, and worry Who the hell am I to get rich when others are starving and being bombed out of their countries and enslaved? know this: One of the best things you can do is get rich. Because of the way our world is structured, money and power are intertwined, so if you want to help make a positive change, money is one of the most effective tools you can use to do it. Yes, you can donate your time, organize, protest, lobby, alert the masses, post incensed rants on Facebook, but you will be much more effective if you have the energy, options, and freedom that come with not being in financial struggle, not to mention the resources to spend however you see fit. Instead of complaining and freaking out about the power-mongering, greed-obsessed fatheads who are perpetrating such harm on the planet, and handing them even more power by staying broke because you dont want to be like them, why not focus yourself on getting rich instead so you can make a big difference? You can do some really cool stuff with money; dont let the jerks who give it a bad name ruin it for you. You cannot give what you do not have, so if you want to help others you have to take care of yourself first. This is why they always tell you on airplanes that you have to put your oxygen mask on first before you help someone else with theirs. They have to remind us of this because its counterintuitiveunless you are a sociopath, its your nature to help. Few things light up the human heart like helping/bringing joy to others. Trust in the fact that when youre well taken care of financially, youll be even more poised, and inspired, to spread the love. Our world, now more than ever, needs as many compassionate, creative, bighearted, conscious people to be as rich as possible so we can turn this mother around. I mean, imagine if you and all the people you love and respect had assloads of money? And if they felt grateful and empowered by it, not icky and guilty? And if they could afford to spend it on themselves and others and on saving our planet in ways that uplifted everyone involved? Please take a moment to really envision the specifics of this as it pertains to yourself and the spectacular people in your life. Take them all one by one and imagine how theyd feel, who theyd become, what theyd spend their newfound wealth on. If yer peeps are anything like mine, it makes the whole concept of being rich something worth writing a love song about. There is no such thing as too much awesome. Ima go ahead and say it out loud (join me, wont you?): I love money. Theres no need for explanations or apologies. I also love pizza and I can say that without tacking on a bunch of disclaimers: I love pizza, but, you know, its not everything. Spending time with people you love and being of service are important too. Lets take back the word money and decriminalize it, because until you do, you arent going to be terribly motivated to let yourself make much. Ive been broke and sad, rich and sad, broke and happy, rich and happy, and Ill take the rich version over the broke version all day long. Because money gives you freedom and options and I really love freedom and options. Who doesnt? While were at it, lets go ahead and decriminalize rich people, shall we? Contrary to popular belief, the rich are just people, theyre not intrinsically filthy, nor do they deserve to be killed, eaten, or robbed. We live in a society thats made a sport out of judging people with lots of money, so regardless of how you feel in your conscious mind about the rich, i.e., Some of my best friends are rich! its important to be aware of any negative beliefs you may be harboring deep down. Of course, there are some rich people who totally suck, but some of them are awesome, just as some poor people totally suck and some of them are awesome. The problem is that its socially acceptable to roll our eyes when someone drives by in a Bentley or talks about how very many dollars they made this year, meanwhile its part of normal conversation to complain about how broke you are or to announce that you got your boots for a mere five bucks at Goodwill. Snobbery works in both directionsif youre rich, thinking youre better than those who arent is as equally lame as being broke and thinking youre better than those who are rich. Start paying attention to any disparaging comments that may fly out of your mouth, or your mind, when it comes to rich folk, because if you plan on becoming one of them its gonna be a whole lot easier if you actually approve of who youre becoming. Take a deep breath, trust your desires, and embrace the fact that your quest for riches is a quest to become more of who you truly are. We dont all desire to live a huge, fancy life or solve world hunger, thats not what this is about. Its about you letting yourself be the biggest badass you can be, whatever that happens to look like for you. You are meant to thrive, and by thriving you automatically help others to thrive too. Think about it: Just standing next to someone whos being totally who they are, who is lit up by life, who goes for it fully, who believes anything is possible, who is excited to be in on the adventure of spinning around on this planet, who allows themselves to look stupid, to fail, to succeed, to be rich, to be generous, to basically be, do, and have all the things and experiences that make them the most themselvesit makes you feel like you could go out and flip over a car, right? So why not be that for someone else by being the most you that you can be too? If youre a political activist, be as active as you can possibly be, if youre a musician, rock on with your bad self, if youre an attorney, fight for whats right, if youre a stay-at-home mom, raise awesome kids with great manners. It all counts, it all contributes, were all equally vital, its not a competition. There wouldnt be room for all of us to do all of the same things the same way, which is why we each desire to fill our own special spot in the world with our own special selves. Understand that your gifts, talents, and desires were given to you because you are meant to thrive and share your youness with the world as only you can. Please oh please, allow yourself to get as rich as you need to be in order to bestow upon us your greatness. SUCCESS STORY: IF HE CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU. Charles, 54, went from making $20,000 a year to over $145,000 a year in less than seven months: I always thought I loved money, but I realized after a while I had a problem with it because I never made any. After some serious introspection I realized that because I grew up poor in a broken home and my father never paid us a cent in child support, the message that I received, and came to accept as truth, is that Im not worth anything. So throughout my life, as opportunities came along I would somehow allow that underlying belief to sabotage any success. I started saying mantras of encouragement to myself about my greatness, and would express thanks to the Universe, to everybody and everything around me, for things that I hadnt received yet. And it changed me, it elevated me to be a more positive person, and I went forward doing things that I didnt believe were possible, but I did them anyway. I also began learning skills to improve myself, some at a great expense. I practiced interviewing for jobs by doing hundreds of interviews until I got good at it. One thing that helped is I looked at the others around me, even the ones hiring me, and found that I was a great deal more knowledgeable and better skilled than even they were. My confidence slowly began to develop. I continued interviewing and landed my present job, where I make over $145,000 a year. Today, Im living in the best home that Ive ever lived in, my children are all in the best schools that they have ever been in, I drive the best car that I have ever owned, and have luxuries that I had never imagined would be possible. My doubts about my self-worth still rise up every now and then, but I keep working on it and know I can beat it. Its an amazing feeling. TO GET RICH Suggested Money Mantra (say it, write it, feel it, own it): I love money because I love myself. Please give at least ten answers to each of the following: 1.Make a list of all the reasons why you deserve money. 2.Make a list of some beautiful things that have happened in this world thanks to money. 3.Make a list of all the awesome things and experiences money will add to your life. 4.Make a list of how you being rich will benefit others. Please fill in the blank: Im grateful to money because ____________________. CHAPTER 2 WHY YOU AINT ROLLIN IN THE CHEDDAH. YET. W hen I was a kid, every so often my parents would get my brothers and sister and me all dressed up, file us onto a plane, and off wed go to visit my dads side of the family in his hometown of Naples, Italy. I have such vivid and random memories of those tripsmy first-ever glass of blood-red orange juice, unthinkably purple and delicious, that I sipped on the balcony of our hotel room with my bare feet up on the railing. My grandfathers giant green parrot, who screamed at us in Italian (In Italian! A bird!). My Aunt Lucia, greeting us with her arms lifted high over her head in prehug enthusiasm and the shocking mound of armpit hair thus revealed, the likes of which Id never seen on a lady and which was so terrifyingly obscene to my American sensibilities it was as if shed greeted us by spreading her legs in my face. During one of these trips, when I was around seven years old, my Uncle Renato took the whole gang out to his favorite seafood restaurant, someplace overlooking the water with a big patio full of picnic tables. The horde of Sincero cousins, siblings, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and grandparents vied for prime placement around two long tables, and by some stroke of luck, amidst the chaos, I managed to score the most coveted seat of seats, right next to my dad. My father was the focal point of everything on these trips, not only because he was like a celebrity: the dashing eldest son returned home with his beautiful American wife, proud brood, and successful doctors practice, but mostly because he was the only one who spoke both Italian and English. Which meant that every time anyone said anything, four long rows of picnic benches and twenty sets of eyes were transfixed on him, blinking in eager hopes of him translating some witticism or anecdote that would allow us to turn to one another and laugh, nod, and feel that sense of tribe that families who actually understand what the hell one another is saying feel. Right after we were seated, the owner or chef or someone important came up to our table and made a big show of greeting Uncle Renato, who was clearly a celebrity in his own right, and there was much handshaking and cheek pinching and benvenuto-ing before the man clapped his hands together, announced, Welcome, my frens! I hope you are hangry! and disappeared inside the restaurant. Moments later, a steady stream of food that would continue nonstop for the next four hours began appearing in front of us. At some point the waitress brought over a plate that was piled high with deep-fried circular somethings, and my dad pulled me onto his lap and told me to try one. What is it? I asked. Just try it. Yeah, but what is it? Instead of telling me, he turned to the rest of the table, pointed at the plate, and rattled off something in Italian, the only parts of which I understood were the words Jennifer, mangia, and the laughter that ensued. Now there were four rows of picnic benches and twenty sets of eyes staring at me and this stupid plate of fried circles that I was suddenly terrified of. My father, in spite of his celebrity status, is a pretty shy guy, and truth or dare isnt really his scene, all of which made me think that whatever was on that plate must be really bad if he was willing to put on this big a to-do about it. My mind immediately went to worms. It couldnt possibly be anything else. You hear all the time about these foreign countries where they eat things like tarantulas and eyes and brains, so, of course, some people must eat worms. I imagined how one could easily make a circle out of a worm, dip it in batter, and deep-fry it. I mean, what other creature could you do that with? The answer: Only worms. As deeply disturbing as this thought was, I hated being teased, and I hated losing at truth or dare even more, so in front of the entire Sincero Nation, I popped a mystery circle into my mouth and chewed, gagging and wincing while waiting for the worm to explode. But much to my surprise, there were no guts, instead it was more like eating a rubber bandchewy and tasteless and dumb. My father then yelled in my face, Its squid! and everyone erupted in laughter and applause and my Aunt Alberta patted me on the head and I retreated into a deep, seething blackness of hatred and humiliation that had me up and bolting for the bathroom in a fit of tears. I was a kid who liked fish. Had I known the truth about what I was putting into my mouth I could have avoided the gagging, the drama, and the scolding I got later that evening for kicking my brother hard in the shin when he imitated me trying to choke down a worm. Which brings me to the point of this story: Our realities are make-believewhatever we make ourselves believe, we experience. When it comes to forming, and transforming, our human experience, the power of the mind reigns supreme over any type of external truths. If you believe money is evil and/or difficult to make, your bank account will have tumbleweeds blowing through it. Strong religious beliefs inspire everything from wars to glorious houses of worship to cutthroat charity pie-baking contests. The belief that you are hot and sexy will have you getting hit on by strangers on the street. And if you believe youre eating worms, you will gag. Theres a neuroscientist named Vilayanur Ramachandran who uses the power of belief to help amputees in excruciating pain find relief. Many people whove lost a limb experience whats called phantom painvery real pain sensations in a part of their body that no longer exists. Because the limb is no longer there, theres no way for them to massage it or soak it or do anything to relieve the painhello how freaking torturous is that? Through the use of mirrors, Ramachandran reflects the image of a patients existing limb to where the missing limb used to be, so it appears that the missing limb is no longer missing. Then, if theyre missing an arm, for example, they move their existing arm, unclench their hand, relieve the tension however they can, and the mind is tricked into believing that this is happening to the missing arm and the pain disappears. By making the mind believe that the nonexistent exists, he is able to help his patients change their physical reality. Your external world is a mirror of your internal world. If you can make yourself believe the thoughts that are screwing up your financial life, i.e., I cant make money because of X (Im a single mom, I live in the middle of nowhere, Im an idiot, etc.), you can make yourself unbelieve them too. This is how powerful we are and how deceptively simple changing our lives iswe can literally create the reality we desire by making ourselves think and believe what we desire to think and believe. How awesome is that?! Our beliefs, along with our thoughts and words, are at the root of everything we experience in life, which is why consciously choosing what rolls around in your mind and falls out of your mouth is one of the most important things you can do. This conscious choosing of your thoughts, beliefs, and words is called mastering your mindset, and master it you must if youd like to live large and in charge instead of being bossed around by your circumstances. Heres the lowdown on how your mindset works. BELIEFS When it comes to money, most people feel like their beliefs are in pretty good shape: Hell yes, I will gladly let you give me money all day long, thank you very muchhere, I just so happen to have a bag for you to put it in! But what they dont realize is that this is their conscious mind talking, and that deep down we all have our subconscious mind, which is the motherboard that controls all of our results. And if mama aint happy, aint nobody happy, so no matter how much you may think youre all about the money in your conscious mind, if your subconscious believes that you will get cut off from all family gatherings if you get rich because as a kid thats what you saw your jealous grandfather do to your dad when he got rich, you aint gonna be rollin in it anytime soon. Heres why: THE LITTLE PRINCE The subconscious mind is like a seven-year-old prince who suddenly becomes king when his father dies: Hes running the kingdom of your adult life based on information that he gathered, and processed, while doing somersaults and pulling down his pants in the front yard. Meaning, he didnt really process any of it at all. When youre born, you dont have any attitudes and beliefs about money. You arrive blank, open, game for anything. You base your truth about money on what you learn from the people around you and the experiences you have. All this information flows into your subconscious mind before your brain has matured and developed any sort of filter or analytical ability to be like, Hold on a minute, just because Mom and Dad fight about money all the time doesnt mean money is bad. It could mean hes jealous that she makes more than he does. Or that she wants him to pay more attention to her so she picks fights with him. When youre a kid, all this information comes in through a much simpler, kid-sized perspective, meaning you take whats right in front of you at face value. So, with this example where you grew up seeing your parents fight about money, you might believe money = fighting = scary = bad. Or: If I make money, I will be yelled at and unlovable. Or: Money scares the hell out of me because it looks like someones about to get hit every time the topic comes up. And this information, in this very basic, emotional form, gets lodged in your subconscious mind like a meat cleaver as the truth. And there it remains for the rest of your life (unless you reprogram it, which I will show you how to do later), serving you well if its positive and helpful, and frustrating the crap out of you if it holds you back from creating the life you desire. Here are the three basic attributes of the subconscious: Its primal. The subconscious minds number one concern is survival. As a little baby who cant take care of or fend for itself, losing love and being abandoned literally equals death, so anytime we come near to putting ourselves at risk, the Little Prince goes crazy and tries to stop us. This is one of the main reasons we stay stuck in lives were not nuts aboutwe dont wanna risk trying and failing, trying and succeeding, losing weight, getting rich, having a new opinion, a new love life, a new strut in our step for fear the people we love will reject us when we change. While this may work for a little kid whos doing the best he can to survive, it sucks for an adult. Its sneaky. Most people have no idea that theyve got all these underlying beliefs holding them back. Theyre only aware (somewhat) of their conscious thoughts, so they work on those and leave the real culprit beneath undisturbed. This is how we get trapped in our patternsdating the same weirdos over and over, repeatedly working for people who treat us like poo, spending all our money the second we make it: The Little Prince, and your unquestioned conscious beliefs, are ruling the roost. It doesnt want to be dethroned. And your Little Prince will pitch a full-on temper tantrum if it looks like things are headed that way. Lets say you make the bold decision to quit your job as a kindergarten teacher and open the day-care business of your dreams. You put very clear and no-nonsense financial goals firmly in place, set about securing a loan to rent a space, come up with a name, like, perhaps Who Cares? Day Care, and neatly get all your ducks in a row. Meanwhile, beneath the surface, if you believe that struggling is more noble than succeeding because thats what your parents taught you, and that everyone who loves you as you used to be will judge and abandon you when youre rich, your subconscious self might attempt to protect you by suddenly getting the flu, by picking fights with people who can help you, by inspiring you to procrastinate, make terrible investments, drink your face off the night before (or morning of) an important meeting, etc. When you change who youre being, youre basically killing off your old identity, which completely freaks your subconscious self out. Change hurls you into the unknown and puts you at risk for all sorts of loss and, of course, all sorts of unthinkable awesomeness, which is why it brings your biggest fears to the surface. Your Little Prince is desperately trying to keep you in a safe, known space, otherwise known as your comfort zone, but if the truths youre running your life on no longer fit who youre becoming, its like trying to squeeze into the snow pants you wore as a kid when youre thirty-six years old. Not so comfy after all. Yet we do it all the time because even though they cut off our circulation and hold us back from who we so desperately want to become, the puffy pants are familiar, cozy, and feel safer than trying on an outfit that weve never worn before. We are so attached to the unhelpful familiar, in fact, that we will spend our valuable, very finite time here on Earth crafting excuses to keep ourselves right where we are, instead of leaping into the glorious unknown and growing into who were really meant to be. The walls of your comfort zone are lovingly decorated with your lifelong collection of favorite excuses. Love your Little Prince for being a great pal by trying to protect you, but its time to step into your power, put on your grown-up crown, and take your kingdom back. Along with our overbearing Little Prince, the quest for Earthly security holds people back from living the lives of their dreams more than almost anything else, and the ridiculous part is it doesnt even exist! People will spend lifetimes slogging it out in secure jobs they hate, staying in relationships with people they dont like rather than risk being alone, never spending money on anything fun in order to save it for a rainy day, meanwhile we are flying through outer space in an infinite Universe on a planet prone to earthquakes and plagues and ice ages. That secure job at that secure company could dry up, some lunatic could run up and start beating you to death with a tree branchanything could happen at any time. Now, of course, focusing on this wouldnt be helpful in living a productive or happy life because wed be crouched under tables and clinging to buildings while trying to walk down the street, but Im reminding you of it in hopes of liberating you from the pointless, oftentimes life-sucking trap of sacrificing living your dreams for false security. To free your heart up to follow your joy and ride the wave of awesomeness instead of limiting yourself and playing it safe. Trying to protect yourself from your fears protects you from experiencing a fully evolved and juicy life. Im not talking about putting yourself in harms way, pooh-poohing safety precautions, or acting like an irresponsible maniacScrew it, were all going down anyway, lets cash in the kids college funds, buy a bunch of blow, and drive to Mexico! Im talking about freeing yourself up to thrive in abundance instead of living life clinging to your fears. Im talking about focusing on your hearts desires, on infinite possibility, on enjoying the crap out of your life instead of worrying about what you might lose. Be responsible, put money aside for the future, wear your seat belt, make big, fun plans with your friends and family, dont walk through shady neighborhoods alone, invest your money wisely, exercise your body and your mind, practice safe sex, dont smoke cigarettes or get drunk in public and bad-mouth your neighborsact as if youve got a long, happy life on Earth ahead of you. But do not shrink back from something you desire because its too risky. Just being alive is risky. Allow yourself to experience whatever your heart desires as if this is your one and only chance to take the ride of your life. WORDS Our perception of reality is also greatly influenced by our words. Words bring our thoughts and beliefs to life and help anchor them into our realities through repetition. Words help us form our identities; we get attached to our lingo, our schtick: My memory is crap. I left the keys in my front door againwhat a choob! The more you tell yourself youre a forgetful choob, the more you will believe it, and hence, act like a forgetful choob. You tell a kid that shes stupid enough times and shell believe she is, even if she just taught herself to read in Chinese. I told myself pretty much every day for forty years that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and, as a result, remained in the fetal position of hopelessness and confusion for decades. Had I replaced the phrase I dont know with Clues are all around me! I would have opened myself up to receive tidbits of clarity instead of slamming the door on lawd only knows how many golden opportunities. What comes out of your mouth comes in to your life. Because we are creatures of habit who tend to have our words on repeat, they become like a chisel that forms grooves in our minds, playing the same stories over and over, anchoring in our thoughts and beliefs and defining our reality. Our words are like water flowing over rocksover time they have the power to create grooves the size of the Grand Canyon. This is what I love about the phrase stuck in a rutyoure literally stuck in a rut or a groove of thought, beliefs, and words, and in order to free yourself, you need to consciously create a new groove, and a great place to start is by getting yourself some new, better words. Language defines and shapes our perception of reality by giving it an understandable structure. We create, and reinforce, boundaries around time, for example, talking about what we did yesterday, how tomorrow cant come fast enough, and how someday Im gonna start eating healthy but right now Im going to explore what a cheeseburger tastes like with a slab of butter on it, etc. Meanwhile, according to Einstein, time is an illusion, its flexible, nonlinear, and the whole twenty-four hours in a day thing is a giant hoax. Weve all heard this before yet we are a staunch seven days in a week, fifty-two weeks in a year kind of culture, and this is made real by our language. The Hopi people, who perceive the world more in tune with Einsteins findings, have no words in their language to express the past or future because they basically exist in the now. In fact, they dont even have a word for now because to step back and call it something would take them out of the moment. There are countless realms of reality, and the words we use wrap us up nice and tightly into whichever perception were participating in. Words also have an incredibly persuasive effect on us. Think about how incredible it is when someone speaks directly to what youre feeling or thinking or fearing. The right words spoken at the right time can make you feel recognized on a deep soul level, and can be so powerful as to inspire entire nations of smart people to vote idiots into office or a whole community to drink lethal Kool-Aid. So start paying attention and notice if youre repeatedly announcing how much you hate/fear/mistrust money via language such as: Im an idiot when it comes to money, I could never afford that, I hate that rich bastard, etc. If youre bad-mouthing money, youre gonna want to go ahead and knock that off. THOUGHTS Your thoughts inspire emotions that inspire action that forms your reality. When I was little we lived next door to a family with a bunch of kids close to my age. Their parents were German, and while I was playing at their house one day a couple weeks before Christmas, they let me in on some very valuable information. Apparently, not only were there presents to be had under the tree on the twenty-fifth of December, but there was another holiday they celebrated in Germany at the beginning of the month, called Saint Nicholas Day, and if you left your shoe outside overnight, it would be full of presents the next morning. Hello! I immediately went home and picked out the biggest shoe I had, a clog, waited nine million years for the rest of the day to go by and dinner to finally be over so I could sneak outside and leave my clog right next to the front door as instructed. As I lay in bed that night listening to my parents clean the kitchen, my heart suddenly leapt out of my chest at the sound of the front door opening and the dog being called. In a matter of moments my name was being called too. Jennifer! Get your butt down here right now! My mother was standing at the bottom of the steps waving my clog over her head, demanding to know how it ended up outside. I mumbled something about taking it off and forgetting to bring it in, apologized, and slinked back upstairs with my freezing-cold shoe. Great. Now Id have to sneak out again after they went to bed and risk getting in twice as much trouble. Yet as serious an offense as it wasit was a brand-new clog on top of everything elseand as grave as the repercussions would no doubt be, it was totally worth the risk. Because . . . presents. The story ends with me getting no presents, obv, getting busted again thanks to the stupid dog, who needed to be let out early to pee, and being put on a full month of hamster-cage cleaning duty as well as dishwasher-emptying duty, made all the worse by the glee it brought my newly chore-free siblings. We are creatures who are driven by emotion. When were all fired up, we aint listening to nothing else, not wisdom and logic or fear and doubt. Our emotions compel us to participate in staggering displays of both the magnificent and the moronic: We will flip over parked cars in the street when our team wins the World Cup, date people covered in red flags, spend hundreds of dollars on a beautiful pair of shoes that dont fit, risk a second round of scolding from our parents for leaving our clogs outside, etc. We will also accept an exciting new job that were unqualified for, overcome our fear of flying to visit a friend in need, step onto a stage in front of hundreds even though were terrified, go into the red to launch the business of our dreams, etc. You cannot have an emotion without having a thought first (e.g., We won! I love my friend! I wanna be my own boss!). When you learn to master your mindset and focus on thoughts that elicit strong, positive emotions, you wield your power to take crazy leaps of faith in spite of your fears and your Little Prince trying to hold you back. It all starts with your thoughts; they are the catalyst that brings on the shift that changes what you believe and how you act. To get a better idea of what Im talking about, heres a breakdown of how your mindset works: Your beliefs are driving the bus. They take you where youre going whether youre paying attention or not. Your thoughts are the tour guide, the person up front with the microphone and the clipboardshe can lean over and yank the wheel, slam on the brakes, step on the gas, flip the busshe can do whatever, whenever she wants. She usually works in harmony with your beliefs, but she has all the veto power. Your words are the assistant to your thoughts and beliefs. Your words back them up, voice their opinions, anchor in their message, keep it real. Your emotions are the fuel. They are ignited by your thoughts, and can change your beliefs and the direction of your life. Without emotions, yer going nowhere new and exciting. Your actions build the road. They pave the path for your beliefs, but will reroute should thoughts and emotions make a change of plans and decide they want to stop at Dairy Queen or something. When all these facets of your mind, body, and spirit are in alignment, focused on the same desire, singing Ninety-nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall as they merrily roll along, you can manifest all the riches you desire. But if youre thinking about how much youd love to make an extra five thousand dollars a month and how you have no idea how to do it, if youre feeling terrified and extremely doubtful, believing that people wont take you seriously (yourself included), if youre saying out loud I love money and it comes to me easily every morning in the mirror, and if youre making one sales call per day after which you give up and crack open a beer, you aint gonna get very far. All members of team mindset must be on the field bringing their A game, yet its your thoughts, and I hate to play favorites here, that are the biggest badasses of them all. In order to get your thoughts working at their max potential, lets take a look at some of the most common beliefs about money that we often unconsciously accept as the truth and blab away about all the livelong day. Pay attention to which of these remind you of something you may have heard yourself thinking or saying, because awareness is the first key step in breaking the spell of your not-so-awesome financial reality. Heres the drill: Become aware of what your limiting thoughts and beliefs are. Question and investigate them. Rewrite them. Say it out loud and proud. Im going to do this for the first few so you can see how it works: Unhelpful thought: Money cant buy happiness. Question: What makes me happy? Answer: Hanging out with the people I love, grilled cheese sandwiches, being loved and loving others, laughing my ass off, giving great gifts, traveling, hiking, playing with my dog, taking road trips, listening to music, drinking beer, having my own business, leaving huge tips, freedom, getting massages. Question: Does having money help me achieve any of these happy things? Answer: Yes. Rewritten thought: Money supports my happiness. Unhelpful thought: Id rather focus on having fun than making money. Question: Is it fun when you make money? Answer: Yes, when I make it its fun, but what I have to do to make it isnt fun. Question: Would it be worth your time, during your one and only life, to find or create an occupation that is fun? Answer: Yes. Question: Do you understand that anything you set your mind to is possible, even having a job that is lucrative and fun? Answer: Yes. Rewritten thought: I make making money fun. Even if youre not 100 percent on board with believing these new stories yet, do you feel how much more emotionally uplifting they are than their original sad sack versions? Do you understand how shifting the narrative with the same diligence a mechanic might replace a busted carburetor isnt a bunch of pain-in-the-ass busywork, but something that can help you make real transformation in your life? Here are some other commonly held beliefs that are real winners, and that may sound familiar to you. Pick whichever ones sound like something youd think or say and reframe them: You cant be rich and spiritual. Money isnt important, people are. Never go into debt. Save your money for a rainy day. Rich people are lucky, gross, selfish, entitled, snobby, shallow, egomaniacs, holier than thou. You have to work hard to make money. You cant make money doing X (whatever you love to do). Im too irresponsible, lazy, clueless to make money. Its not polite to talk about money. Its important to have a good, secure job. If you get excited by making money it means youre shallow. Money doesnt grow on trees. You must go to a good college to make money. Money causes stress. Theres never enough money. Money is trouble. I dont want to be a sellout. You have to sacrifice having a good/fun life to make money. Money is out of my reach. You have champagne tastes on a beer pocketbook. Always have a backup plan. Its lonely at the top. Who has that kind of money? He/she is only about the money. Imagine walking around experiencing similarly icky thoughts and feelings for something just as omnipresent as money. For example, what if you thought these things about the sky? The sky is the root of all evil, its not polite to talk about the sky, loving the sky makes me a bad person, the sky turns otherwise decent people into pigs. Youd barely be able to leave your house, let alone relish the joys of life. When you (consciously or unconsciously) resent money or cling to your limiting beliefs about money or refuse to participate in making money, it does not serve you, it does not make you more noble, it does not help you or anyone else. What it does is put you on a hunger strike by cutting you off from that which you need not only to survive, but to thrive. By embracing money and getting into the flow, you open yourself up to the abundance that is trying to reach you this very moment. SUCCESS STORY: IF SHE CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU. Heres a great story from Sandra, 44, who put more faith in what she desired to believe than what she was raised to believe: I used to live in my truck in the Midwest. I now live in my dream beach house in California and am a successful actress. My main limiting belief around money was that if I made lots of it, my life would get too complicated and I wouldnt know how to handle it. You know, math, taxes, investments, etc. I was afraid that money, beyond necessity for the day, week, or month, would be more than I could understand or control. I didnt feel smart enough or good enough. Blah-blah yawn. Step One: I got up and did the work. Thoughts and beliefs are key. I got clear about my fears around money and hammered myself with new beliefs like: I love and approve of myself, I am open to all the good and abundance of the Universe, I know what Im doing, I deserve success and respect and awards and money and the best the world has to offer, there is plenty of money and prolific prosperity for everyoneespecially me. . . . Step Two: I aligned with mentors and hired people who knew how to handle the stuff I didnt know about, was scared of, or disinterested in. I focused on being me, creating and delivering something of value to the world. I let other people handle the selling of it, the business of it, the legal of it, but kept my eyes open so I didnt get screwed out of what was mine. Step Three: I fell down and got back up more times than I ever imagined. I am still falling down and learning how to get back up. Success is not an end-of-the-road game. Its a never-ending-road game. I am practicing seeing and feeling the success fullyas if its already done, won, and in the bank. Love yourself because you are the only one of you ever. Do something badass with the you you have got. Even if people think youre crazy. Whatever it is you decide to do, do it with joy, gumption, and dedication so it will be your moneymaker and your merrymaker. TO GET RICH Suggested Money Mantra (say it, write it, feel it, own it): I love money and money loves me. 1.List the five main things you remember your parents telling you about money. 2.Take any negative thoughts that came up for you in the first step above and break them down (as I showed you how to do earlier in this chapter here). 3.Rewrite your new truths about money. 4.Take the new truth that has the most charge for you and write it down every morning and every night, feel it in your bones, repeat it in your head as often as possible, say it out loud, keep hammering yourself with it until it sinks in. 5.Notice how youve been clinging to security in a way thats holding you back in any part of your life. This could be dating someone who you know isnt the right person, never letting yourself spend your money on something fun, doing anything that bores you to tears because you want to be liked/you feel you should/youll be judged if you dont, being scared to tell your blabbermouth neighbor that stopping by unannounced is unacceptable, etc. Find something thats not serving you that youve been scared to let go of because of the security it provides, and take the first step in letting it go. This is large, Marge, so if you cant think of anything off the top of your head, stick with it until you do. It could make a gigantic shift in all areas of your life. Please fill in the blank: Im grateful to money because ____________________. CHAPTER 2A A TINY BUT MIGHTY CHAPTER ABOUT UNIVERSAL INTELLIGENCE T here is no lack of opinions and theories when it comes to the Universal Intelligence that created, and continues to create, all that exists. Some people call this mighty power God, some call it Spirit, some call it a load of crap. If youre one of those people who happens to be skeptical about buying into such woo-hooery, and you desire to get rich, I strongly suggest you put your grouchiness aside and agree to take some new beliefs for a spin. Because not only could you very possibly see gigantic results by partying down with Universal Intelligence, but Im telling you, whether you like it or not, you already sort of believe in it. You believe in something, somewhere. Whether its fate or luck or divine intervention, youve knocked on wood before. Youve said a prayer when your teams about to lose or you suddenly notice blue and red flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Youve thanked someone named God before or stuck an oh my before his name while watching a video of an old lady jump over a pile of her grandkids on a skateboard. Youve gotten a magically knowing hint from somewhere. I dont know what made me think to stop off at Moms house on the way home, but if I hadnt shed still be lying on the floor. Youve caught a glimpse that there might be something out there that you cant totally wrap your head around, that is participating in our lives with us. Youve felt it tickle the hairs along the back of your neck. Even if its just the tiniest smidgen of recognition, youve said howdy to Universal Intelligence. The reason Im insisting on this is because once you acknowledge that theres a force larger than your physical self at play in your life, you can start working with the highfalutin and limitless power of the Universe to make some money around here. Weve been taught to treat the information delivered to us via our five physical senses as the truth. Meanwhile, without sounding like an ingrate for all the awesomeness provided by my eyes, ears, nose, skin, and tongueseriously, guys, huge thanksthese senses of ours are limited. Our senses provide only a certain scope of information limited by the reach of those senses. For example, our sense of smell is far inferior to a dogs. A dog can smell a package of salami being opened the second the seal is broken. From the other room. While sleeping. Bats can totally make fun of us right in front of our faces at frequencies too high for us to hear. Cats and their bionic night vision will always beat us in an after-dark obstacle-course competition. Most people define their reality from the confines of what their five senses tell them, but there is so much more going on, like, say, an infinite, eternal Universe worth of stuff. Just like electricity and gravitytwo things that impact our everyday lives that we dont actually see, that few of us understand, and that, hello, everyone believes in anywayUniversal Intelligence and the power of our thoughts are real and affecting our lives every single moment. You show your faith in gravity by not flinging yourself off roofs and your faith in electricity by not picking at a light socket with a fork. You may not understand the intricacies of how it all works, but still, youre totally down with following the rules. I want to encourage you to follow suit with the information Im giving you nowput it into practice as you embark on becoming rich and let the results speak for themselves. Because trust me, once you start experiencing how powerful your thoughts and Universal Intelligence are, even though you may not totally grasp the entire WTF of everything involved, youll be down with the program when youre rollin in the dough. We live in a Universe that is made up of energy, everything is vibrating, moving, changing, and buzzing. This goes for all thats visible as well as all thats unseen: this book, microwaves, your car, a brick, thoughts, money, words, a rock, a peck of pickled peppers, etc. One of the ways we interpret this energy is via our five senses: Our eyes pick up on light energy, our ears translate sound waves, our touch interprets energy as solid mass, etc. But this is only an interpretation of reality, and a limited one at that. This interpretation of our reality is also run through the filter of the belief system weve formed via all the information weve picked up over the course of our lives. Between our five physical senses and the truth blueprint created by our belief system, our perception of reality is, shall we say, a tad limited. Heres the thing that makes me so excited to be alive on planet Earth as a human being with a conscious mind: We have the power to participate in the realm of reality that goes far beyond what our truth blueprint tells us, what our five senses tell us, or even what a dogs, cats, or bats senses tell them. And the way we blast beyond this limited realm is with our thoughts. Nothing happens or comes to be without being thought first: our staggering solar system, your favorite song, the amount of money in your bank account, all of it. Our thoughts are linked to the invisible energy that makes up all that is, and they help mold it into that which we experience on the physical plane. And heres the real humdinger: Universal Intelligence and your thoughts are basically the same forcejust as the water droplet that lands in the ocean is part of the whole sea, so your thoughts exist as part of Universal Intelligence. In other words, you are one powerful motherfucker. The invisible world creates the visible world. The more conscious you are about thinking powerful thoughts, and the less youre caught up in the limited aspects of the illusion created by your five senses and your truth blueprint, the more in-tune and connected you are to Universal Intelligence, and the more ease you will have in getting rich. The way you communicate with and stay connected to Universal Intelligence amidst the distractions and mayhem of your daily doings is through two types of thought: outgoing thought and incoming thought. OUTGOING THOUGHT We are the only creatures on Earth with the power of conscious thought, and we use it to mold our realities and our paychecks by alerting Universal Intelligence that this is how it is. Universal Intelligence created all that is and all that will be, and your thoughts are how you use your free will to harness the power of Universal Intelligence to mold your reality. If you send out thoughts like, I cant afford to go on vacation and I dont see that changing anytime soon, the Universe is like, Noted! You cant afford it. Stuck at home it is! Just as your thoughts created the financial reality youre experiencing right now, you can also use them to overpower what is to manifest whatever reality you set your mind to. And I mean whatever you set your mind to. This is because everything you can think of already exists in the Universe, otherwise you wouldnt be able to think it. I know, bananas, but stay with me here. All information, physical, mental, and spiritual, originates from the same source: Universal Intelligence. Where are your thoughts before they come into your mind? Where is the flower that grows out of the teeny tiny seed? Where is the reality of you doubling your income with your awesome new cat costume business? All of this already exists in the energetic realm, and its through our mindsand how our mindset inspires us to take actionthat the new reality is made to manifest on the physical plane. If you can think a thought, that thought already exists. And since all things come from Universal Intelligence, that thought must exist in a physical form as well. If you have a desire to make fifty thousand dollars, that money, and the way for you to make it, already exists. Otherwise you wouldnt be able to think it up in the first place because the thought of the money, and the money itself, are the same stuff. This concept is a 3,897-page book with a prayer mat and a bucket of ayahuasca thrown in, but for the sake of our work here, this is the gist of how Universal Intelligence works. Your thoughts dictate the truth. So if youre presently living in your mothers basement working at the Chicken Shack down the road for $7.95 an hour, and you fixate your thoughts with unwavering determination on owning your own two-hundred-acre chicken farm and a Cadillac, that chicken farm and sweet ride are your truth. Your thoughts alert Universal Intelligence to start arranging the energy in such a way as to make your desires manifest in physical form (you need to learn how to see and receive the new opportunities that will lead you to your goal, which we will go into more deeply later). Your thoughts also trigger your emotions, which get you off yer ass to take action, and your reality begins to shift. This is how people in wheelchairs climb mountains and those who grow up in extreme poverty become richthey consider their thoughts to be the truth, regardless of how their reality may appear, get all worked up into an excited tizzy about it, and make it happen. They use the power that all of us have to create what they desire instead of settling for what they see surrounding them. Opportunity is in the eye of the beholder. Mastering the mindset of wealth is choosing to think about money, and your reality in relation to money, in a way that will make you rich, not keep you poor. When you consciously focus your thoughts on the wealth you desire, imagine yourself rolling around on a big ole leaf pile of Benjamins, feel how right and good and exciting it feels to be in the financial flow, you arrange the energy around you, and within you, to vibrate at a high frequency, and, as a result, your reality mirrors back to you high frequency opportunities and things. You can feel this energy, it literally lifts your spirits and pulls into your radar all the high frequency opportunities and things you shut yourself off from when youre all low vibe and sad sacky about your wimpy bank account, your lack of job options, your botched attempt at trying to get a raise, etc. Meanwhile, thinking about how amazing its going to feel paying off your fifteen-thousand-dollar credit card debt, telling yourself Im so grateful this card is paid off in full I can hardly stand it over and over, writing out an actual check for the precise amount to pay it off and looking at it every day, all of these thoughts arrange the energy around you to vibrate at a higher frequency and to take the physical form of that which youre focused on: fifteen thousand dollars. These positive thoughts release your resistance to having the money come inyoure on board, youre believing it, youre feelin it, youre lovin it! Once resistance is gone, youre back into your natural state of flow, theres no doubt and fear cluttering up your energy, and the Universe can deliver you the riches you desire. INCOMING THOUGHT The Universe is constantly showing up, cup of coffee in hand, wanting to discuss how to increase your finances and offer a helping hand. It connects with you: Via your intuition: I just know in my gut that I should buy this house even though it costs way more than what I wanted to spend. It still feels right. Via synchronicity: I wonder what ever happened to Janet from cooking class. Oh look, there she is, calling me right now. Via inspiration: Check out this awesome idea for a song that just popped into my head out of nowhere! Via desire: I just know Im meant to be rich even though none of my screenplays have sold yet. Via coincidence: I just opened a book to the perfect pageits exactly what I needed to read! If you are truly committed to kicking ass, youll want to strengthen your relationship with the Universe in the following ways: Learn to quiet your mind and receive the information its trying to send you. Trust that this information (aka your intuition) provides all the answers youre seeking no matter how terrifying/bananas/unacceptable they may seem. Surrender and have faith that when you bravely head into the unknown, the Universe has your back. Accept that you dont have to know how to do what you dont know how to do yet, and that the Universe will lead the way. We all have the ability, through our thoughts, to harness the power of the Universe. If that doesnt have you heading out to purchase a superhero cape and tights, I dont know what else I can say. CHAPTER 3 SHOW ME THE MONEY E arly one morning while visiting my mother, I came downstairs to find her standing in the kitchen in her bathrobe, empty coffee cup in her hand, frown on her face. Were out of milk for coffee, she informed me flatly, clearly unamused by the prospect of getting dressed and cleaned up for the brief walk down the hill into town. She announced that shed rather just head to the store wearing her damn robe, sneakers, a baseball cap, and too much orange lipstick, and finally commit to becoming, as she put it, an interesting town character. Im in my seventies, I think its time. Mom has one of the most delightful senses of humor Ive ever experienced, and is hilarious in general, which is why I was so surprised when she phoned one day to inform me, mortified, that shed just learned what the word twat meant. Really? I thought. Hadnt she been calling my brother one for years? But she was upset for real, utterly devastated, unable to find one funny thing about a word that iscome onfunny. This call came in during a time when my mother was an active member on the board of trustees in her historic and charming suburban town. During her tenure, she pleaded her case on issues that were near and dear to her heart, such as protecting her favorite park from falling into the hands of developers, planting daffodils in the median on Main Street, and keeping the road signs along the scenic town reservoir to a minimum. Apparently it was preserving the integrity of the reservoir that caused her to place this particular call of distress to me, while facedown on her bed, mumbling Oh God over and over through her pillow into the phone. From what I could make out, earlier that day shed posed an argument to a roomful of upstanding and respectable fellow trustees that went something along the lines of this: Its a slight bend in the road, why do we need five, FIVE, signs with arrows on them before, during, and after the curve to alert people to the fact that they need to turn slightly to the left? The signs are an eyesore and a waste of taxpayer money and if youre that much of a twat that you cant navigate the road without an arrow every two feet, you shouldnt be driving. I was then to learn that this was not the first time shed paraded the word twat before the esteemed councilshe had apparently been flinging it around for years in response to the twats in the mayors office responsible for passing her least favorite ordinances, the high school twats who spray-painted Class of 2003 on the sidewalk in front of the deli, and, most passionately, the stupid idiot twat of a drunk driver who took out a phone pole on Elm Road last Halloween. I thought it meant twit, came her muffled voice. And Ginny Adams, the head of the garden club and a full-fledged twat in the truest sense of the word, thank you very much, is the one who pulled me aside and told me to clean up my act. Oh God. By taking a stand to end the twittery in her community, my poor mother not only discovered the power of choosing her words wisely, but she discovered that shed unwittingly become an interesting town character. When you dont investigate whats going on with your words, thoughts, and beliefs, you risk stumbling through life on autopilot. You may, for example, automatically assume that your beliefs are founded in your own truths rather than perhaps the truths of your parents and/or the people around you. Or that your words accurately express your beliefs, instead of being mindless regurgitations of stuff youve heard before or proof that you have a lousy handle on vocabulary. And dont even get me started on how much time we waste spinning out on thoughts that are, shall we say, less than productive. Once you wake up, become aware of your thoughts, beliefs, and words, and start choosing them wisely, you can avoid staying stuck in a life of excruciating ho-hummery (or worse), constantly being in financial struggle or, as in Moms case, getting reprimanded for having a potty mouth by someone who is a far inferior gardener than you are. When we dont master our minds, we risk building our lives on a foundation of flimsiness. Mastering your mindset is important in all areas of your life, and its especially critical when it comes to money because money plays such a massive role here on Earth. We literally cant function without it. Realizing youve left the house without your wallet is as alarming as realizing youve left your journal on the subway or forgotten Grandma at the truck stop. Not a day goes by where we dont use money, or use something that was paid for with money, or have an experience that is somehow connected to money. Not. One. Single. Day. Moneys in the roads we drive on, the food we eat, the music we listen to, the freedom we enjoy, the adventures we have, the babies we birth, the showers we take, the poems we write, the noses we blowits everywhere, like dust or temptation or hormones in high schoolers. And yet we rarely, if ever, stop to investigate how we feel about money, how we speak about it, or even what the hell money actually is. So Ima stop right now. MONEY IS A MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE Back in ancient times, before the invention of money, people exchanged goods and services by bartering. Theyd do things like build a stone wall for someone in exchange for a pile of animal pelts and a bag of salt or trade you a castle for a couple of your daughters. Then it basically got to be too much of a pain in the ass to carry around pelts and rocks and took too much time to build stuff so the humans came up with the idea of money, assigned a value to the coins and notes, and now all you have to do is reach for your wallet instead of five of your best camels if you want to buy a car or something. Money is a unit of measurement used in the act of giving and receiving. Contrary to popular belief, money itself is neither good nor bad, friend nor foe, filthy nor cleanits just blank, minding its own business, trying not to get jammed in a soda machine. Money is just the messenger. Its what you do with it and how you think, feel, and speak about it that give it a personality. And depending on the personality you give it, youre either gonna want to surround yourself with it or stay the hell away from it. Which is why thinking money is bad or dirty (without, erm, really thinking about it), and reinforcing these thoughts by speaking badly about it, is one of the leading causes of serious brokeness. For example, heres a little sumthin you may have thought and/or said before: Money is the root of all evil. Yes, our world is full of unspeakable horrors and injustices born out of the things people do for money, but the wrongdoing is caused by the perpetrators, not the money. Its like deciding cars are intrinsically evil because people turn into obscenity-hurling jackasses behind the wheel or that vegetable peelers are hateful just because you sliced your finger open with one once. Money, cars, and vegetable peelers are also conduits for great joy, tasty adventures, and they all make excellent wedding gifts. In the words of the late, great Ayn Rand: Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. There are lots of words in the English language whose meanings sort of seep into each other. Its easy to get confused about where one ends and the other begins. For example: love/lust, being nice/lying, confident/drunk. When it comes to the desire to make money, the most common term people confuse it with is greed, especially when discussing the root of all evil and other such unpleasantries. With all of these examples, taking a moment to discover the truth can save a lot of disappointment and heartache. So lets be clear: Greed: An insatiable, excessive, selfish craving for more more more. Another term thats oft confused with money is power mongering: Wielding influence in a tyrannical and supermean way. And let us not forget ye olde corrupt: Morally bankrupt, focused on personal gain whilst giving nary a crap how your actions affect others or what the law says. Here are some other popular ways people use the term money incorrectly: Money ruins everything. Money and friendship are like oil and water. Money makes monsters out of otherwise good people. Pretty harsh, right? Its not like money broke into your house and punched you in the face fer feks sake, its just trying to help you buy stuff. Heres something else thats important to realize about money if youre going to go out and make a whole lot of it. MONEY IS CURRENCY AND CURRENCY IS ENERGY Money is a blank slate that gets its value from the energy and meaning we give it. For example, the fifty bucks you make by raking leaves for the lady across the street has a very different energy than the fifty bucks you steal out of some guys pocket on the subway. The same ratty chair youd buy in a thrift store for five dollars might be worth five thousand dollars if David Bowie had had it on his tour bus. Some artists charge two hundred dollars for their paintings, other artists charge twenty thousand. When you get hired to do something and realize halfway through that you way undercharged, your payment, when it finally comes, feels like youre being handed a soggy napkin. Or if you way overcharged, it makes you cringe, feel lowdown and dirty. And if you charge the perfect amount, you feel uplifted, like a supastah. Giving and receiving money is an energetic exchange between people, and your job is to consciously get your frequency in alignment with the money you desire to manifest and open yourself up to receiving it. This means getting clear on the value of the product or service youre offering, being excited and grateful instead of weird and apologetic about receiving money for it, and having total faith that this money is on its way to you instead of worrying about the possibility of its not showing up. Heres an important concept to understand: Money always comes to you through other people, but it comes from Universal Intelligence, as do all things. Which is why focusing on the frequency of your thoughts, not the people you hope to make money from, is the key to getting rich. For example, lets say you need to make four thousand dollars to fly Grandma first class to the quilting convention in Nova Scotia that shes always dreamed of attending. Youve decided to sell your unopened Obi-Wan Kenobi figurine to raise the money, and youve got someone seriously interested in buying it. Raise your frequency to match the frequency of the four thousand dollars coming toward you instead of focusing on the particular person you hope to get it from. Focus on the fact that youre giving someone the most awesome piece of Star Wars memorabilia, complete with double-telescoping lightsaber, in exchange for the money you desire and deserve. Imagine Grandma chatting up the folks in first class, sipping her free champagne, soliciting suggestions on which fabric swatches to use for her quilt. Your focus needs to be on your desire for this money and what its for, your excitement to share something of value with someone in order to obtain the money, your clarity on how joyful it will make that person, your gratitude that this money is coming to you, oh hell yes it is, and your belief that the Universe has got your back. People are to money what a French fry is to ketchup: Theyre just the conduits. Not only is it none of your business to try to make anyone do anything, but focusing on a particular person who may or may not be the conduit for the money you seek potentially cuts you off from the person with the big bag of money that the Universe is trying to connect you to. Its like deciding that youre going to attract the love of your life. You focus on the qualities this person has, your excitement over being with him, your glee that he too is searching for you, you do things like smile more often, doodle little hearts on everything, leave the house smelling like a wedding bouquetthis is your job description. You do not spend your time trying to convince the uninterested hot guy from the coffee shop with the motorcycle and nothing in common with you that you are his one true love, thereby missing out on the awesome guy at work with the big nose whos perfect for you in the process. Same goes for making moneyyou do the energetic work, get your thoughts, actions, and words in line with what you desire to create, and surrender the rest of the details up to the Universe. Its all about the energy of exchange. I learned so much about this back in the day when Id give my pals the friend discount/freebie for my coaching services. Devaluing my work gave them an easy excuse to devalue their efforts: They had no incentive to rise to the occasion and really push themselves because they literally werent invested. I ended up doing all of us a disservice by lowering the frequency around the money instead of demanding we all put on our big people pants and pony up. These favors were a big fat waste of time for everyone involved and could have been avoided if I hadnt come from a place of feeling weird and shamey about charging my friends. Because money is currency and currency is energy, when you shrink down and lower your prices to accommodate someone, youre basically saying the equivalent of I dont think you could grow and manifest the money you desire to work with me. I dont believe youre that powerful. I also dont think I have the right to charge what Im worth or to make the decisions around here about what to charge. Not discounting my rates doesnt mean I dont donate my money and services, offer scholarships, put things on sale, etc., but I only do it if the energy around it is clean, aka coming from a place of power and possibility instead of insecurity, shame, cant, lack, Im a greedy, bad friend, etc. Money is a renewable resource. It comes and goes, it ebbs and flows, its meant to move. When were cheap about spending it or weird about receiving it, we block its natural course, we put ourselves in a place of lack instead of abundance, our energy becomes richus interruptus. Even something as minor as leaving a big tip for a waitress, or picking up, instead of passing by, a quarter laying on the street, or letting your neighbor pay you for watching her dog all day, which you totally would have done for freethats all coming from an energy of abundance and a healthy, happy appreciation for money. What you focus on you create more of, so if the plan is to get rich, youre gonna want to focus on abundance as much as possible. Give as much as you can as often as you can, receive with gratitude and joy, think of money as your pal, raise your frequency and get in the flow, yo. SUCCESS STORY: IF HE CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU. How Joe, 40, attracted money to himself and went from making $40,000 a year to over $100,000 a year: When it came to increasing my income, I was my biggest block. I didnt think I deserved money and was overly critical of myself, which resulted in self-destruction. I started reading and listening to lots and lots of self-help books. My morning commute was an hour at the time and I would listen to at least two hours daily. My turnaround started when I realized how much the Universe/God wanted to give me all I wanted. Then I had to get out of my own way, because the trick is that you have to really want it too, to the point where you believe that its already yours. I work in a corporate setting and I started moving up the chain once I applied myself and shifted my mindset. I took on more responsibility and got out of my comfort zone as much as possible. What keeps me going is remembering why I started doing the work that I do in the first placebecause I love helping people, I love using my brain, I love being challenged on a regular basis, I love the camaraderie at my office. I also remember that I dont want to be stuck in the same place as I was when the project started. The sense of accomplishment is like a drug. Before, money was difficult to get, now money is all around me and I attract it. I normally pay for everything via credit card, however I make it a point to have some cash in different places in my house at all times. Not so I can necessarily spend it, but more to set an unconscious reminder that money is everywhere and all I need to do is reach out and grab it. I know . . . corny, right . . . but for me it works. It helps take away the anxiety when unexpected things happen and things get tight. Get over the fearget to the root of the fear and deal with it. TO GET RICH Suggested Money Mantra (say it, write it, feel it, own it): I love money because its the root of so much awesome. 1.Write down five positive words to describe money. 2.Practice saying thank-you every time you receive money, think to yourself, See, money loves me, it just cant stay away, do a victory lap around your house, kiss your checks, celebrate the momentous gift of being in the flow with abundancewhat you appreciate appreciates. Do this whether money is sent to you in the mail, shows up as interest on an investment, is handed to you by a person, etc. Relish the feeling of gratitude and the joy of being in the flow with money. 3.Spend at least five minutes every day sitting in silence connecting with the energy of money. Imagine money flowing all around you, filling you up, moving into and out of your heart. Also, walk around all day feeling into this as much as possible. 4.Leave money around your house in various places so you get used to seeing it all the time. Remind yourself how abundant it is. Make it like an Easter egg hunt. Please fill in the blank: Im grateful to money because ____________________. CHAPTER 4 BEST PRACTICES FOR BUSTING YOURSELF S omewhere along my journey through overcoming my financial flimsiness, I attended a weekend seminar called Manifesting Money Like a Millionaire! I dont remember the specifics, but it was probably in Las Vegas, probably in some fairly cheesy hotel conference room, definitely outside my comfort zone. There was about a three-year period in my early forties when I went to these types of things all the time. This particular event happened sometime after I started my online business helping writers get their book proposals done, before my business broke six figures for the first time, and months after moving out of chez garage into a house built for humans. I usually had to drag myself to these seminars because I felt so out of place at them. Not because I didnt desperately need the information, cuz lawd knows I did, but because if any of my friends caught me there with a name tag pinned to my chest, discussing the power of gratitude in my little breakout group, participating in the call and answer: Whos a wealth magnet? Im a wealth magnet! I cant hear you? IM A WEALTH MAGNET! Id never live it down. In other words, I felt above it all. Too cool for school. Snarkasaurus Rex. Sort of like people who love to travel (tourists) and love to comment (me) about how amazing a place would be if only there werent so many tourists. Basically, I was obsessed with the idea of self-transformation, my own in particular, I was fascinated by concepts like the power of mindset, and I realized I wanted to be a life coach at the level of the guy up on stage instead of remaining the Book Lady for the rest of my life. But I was embarrassed to admit to any of it because I was afraid of what the people in my life would think. This was still back in the days when life coaching was regarded with the same highly questionable legitimacy as was (is?) psychic readings or hair-growth tonics. What the hell is it anyway? Is it like therapy? Does it involve doing jumping jacks? Anyway, the event was being held by a coach Id been following for a while but had never worked with before. I was on his mailing list, had read all his newsletters, and came to discover that he was a brilliant and captivating speaker. For some reason, hed say things Id heard a million times before and suddenly the light would go on, Id be on my feet, fist in the air, sobbing with newfound understanding. I AM a wealth magnet dammit! I am, sniff, I really am. I knew he was the guy I needed to work with to completely transform my life, my business, and crack the code to making multiple six figures consistently, easily, happily, and hopefully while holding a fruity cocktail in my hand on a beach somewhere. On the last day of the seminar, while we were all fully grasping the profundity of our own limitless potential, he pitched us two opportunities to work with him. One was a group coaching package where youd gather in person a couple of times a year, get phone support, e-mail support, group cheerleading, etc., for $15,000. Then there was the big, fancy, no-nonsense yearlong package where you got to work with the master one-on-one. This option was for those of us who were really not screwing around, who were ready to completely transform our financial realities, and who knew he was the right mentor to get us there. This was me. This was exactly what I needed. This cost $85,000. At the time Id already invested thousands of dollars in getting coachingprivate, group, anything, dont care what kind just help me get past my shitand every time it was a major, terrifying financial stretch for me. Yet every time I worked with the right coach I got great results for a couple of reasons. First, because Im an excellent coacheeI love to learn and challenge myself, Im malleable, motivated once I make a decision, terrified of getting in trouble for not doing my work, etc. I also had officially reached my pain threshold for feeling at the mercy of money, and had tasted enough little victories to know I could blow the roof off the sucker and go as big as I wanted with the right guidance. But $85,000, that was some serious cheddah! To even entertain the concept of someone like me getting my hands on that kind of money seemed impossible, as far-fetched as stopping by Saturn for a carton of milk on my way home. This was house-sized money. This was more than my annual income. This would get my friends to stop laughing at me and start intervening. Yet . . . because Id just spent the past three days raising my frequency and my fist, and expanding my perception way beyond the limits of my present reality, I wasnt thinking about what a delusional freak this guy was, I was thinking about how I could come up with 85,000 extra dollars. And the moment I switched how I was thinking, when I went from No way to There must be a way in a flash, I suddenly realized what was perhaps the biggest obstacle that had been holding me back from making money for my entire life. There are a whole bunch of tricks that will help you unearth your deep-seated, money-repelling subconscious beliefs, and Im going to start with the most powerful, which is this: Hurl yourself into the fire. Run face-first toward your biggest fear. Take big, audacious action in the direction of your dreams and do not let the fact that youre wetting your pants stop you. For me, the combo of forking over such a gigantic chunk of change and the realization of just how big and visible I could/would get if I applied myself at this level launched me into an alternate reality. The possibility of the money and the success felt really really really real for the first time, and it freaked the Little Prince right out of me. This is the feeling youre going for when you make a huge leap in your life: equal parts excitement and terror. And if you succeed at staying the course, one of the many glorious results can be that youll freak your subconscious out so massively (remember, its trying to keep you safely tucked away inside your comfort zone) that it will rise up, guns a-blazin, and reveal itself to you like a pheasant being startled out of a bush. This is exactly what happened to me. By thinking a thought Id never thought before that was way outside my comfort zone, aka Im the kind of person who can manifest $85,000 for a coaching program and become gigantically successful, one of my deepest, darkest beliefs that was hidden at the very bottom of my subconscious appeared before me, all covered in slime and seaweed, clear as day. And it was this: If I became a financially successful woman, my adorable father, who worked his whole life to provide and care for me, would be crushed, defeated, and abandoned because I would no longer need him. As I waited in line to hand over my credit card and put down a deposit, I had an image of my sweet old dad, standing there in his yellow V-neck sweater that he was never seen not wearing, staring down at his tennis shoes with his hands in his pockets, at a loss for what to do or say. Even though he wasnt supporting me, my fathers favorite method of showing me love, and feeling needed and valued, was to give me money, and I realized that I subconsciously believed that if I got rich, Id be rejecting his love and basically stabbing him in the heart. This realization was easily some of the most important information Ive ever received in my life, aside from learning that Jeff Rumarez had a crush on me in ninth grade too. Once in possession of my heartbreak over dear old Dad, I was able to question, defuse, and rewrite my limiting, subconscious belief and grow forth in grand, new ways. . . . BUSTING YOURSELF TIP #1: BUM-RUSH YOUR FEARS. Figure out something you can do right now that will take you a giant step closer to your goal of getting rich. Make sure its something scary, something that youd really rather not do because its super uncomfy, something that makes you feel like you might puke, e.g., renting the massive space for your new handbag company, flying across the country and figuring out how to get yourself in front of the guy whos hiring for that engineering job that youre perfect for, cold-calling ten prospective clients, hiring a new full-time employee, etc. Notice any limiting subconscious beliefs that may get scared out of hiding as a result, and if you have anything come forth, write it down. Or, you know, have a meltdown. In public. Like I did. I broke down into such an unraveled state of sobbing hysteria in the middle of this seminar that the only reason I survived was that I didnt want to spend my last days on earth in Las Vegas. But afterward, I felt great. It was like hurling up something that really needed to leave my system. I felt lighter, relieved, like Id been handed a permission slip to finally grow up. Once youve uncovered your heretofore unknown unhelpful belief, take the time to feel whatever feelings come up. I mean itpause, acknowledge, and let any sadness or frustration or heartache out of your system: Damn you, limiting subconscious belief! I spent half a century eating clam chowder from a can at home instead of dining at the fancy steak house because of you! Let your feelings rip, but dont hang out there for the rest of your life. Your Little Prince was trying to keep you alive and loved, so once youve had your temper tantrum, focus on where youre headed, not on resenting the past. Once youve discovered whats been holding you back and given yourself a chance to start releasing it, begin feeling into a new story using the specifics of what youve learned. For example, I visualized my father being so happy and proud of my financial success. I imagined myself telling him how much I love him, thanking him for being such an awesome role model, and felt him being relieved that I was able to take care of myself financially. Another thing that I did and still do is let him give me money. Im so much more aware of how it lights him up, which then lights me up, and my newfound understanding of the energy in this exchange makes me receive the money with even more gratitude and love for my dad than I had when I actually needed it. He has no idea about any of this (um, Dad, are you reading this?) and thats not the pointthis is all your stuff, these are the beliefs that you created yourself, its about releasing the energy inside you, not about involving other people in your therapy session. BUSTING YOURSELF TIP #2: WATCH YOUR MOUTH. If I say to you, You cant make money because youre a moron, it conjures up a thought and a feeling in you, just as, You are awesome, infinitely powerful, and I love you, brings up a thought and a feeling too. Your thoughts are the superhighway to the spiritual world, which is where Universal Intelligence is hanging out, filing its nails, waiting for you to place an order. And since words and thoughts are total bestiesthey share everything, finish each others sentences, back each other up, and pass information and emotions back and forth like secret notes in high schoolif youre broke or not where you want to be financially, you can be sure that your language could use an upgrade. Just like taking massive action can call forth buried beliefs, so can noticing what falls out of your mouth. Words are great truffle pigs to uncover your hidden thoughts and beliefs about money. Luckily, the process of busting yourself on your words is pretty easy. You basically just have to make the decision to pay attention. Now that youve made the commitment to read this book and figure out your money stuff, make the commitment to become aware of your language. Make this your mantra: Slow down and shut up. Get practiced at taking deep breaths before you speak. This will give you the space to stop, notice what was about to come out of your mouth, and course correct if needed. Paying attention to what other people say is another great trick (and, you know, kind of a good thing to do in general). Itll give you the chance to think: Hmmm, is that what I sound like? This is usually very enlightening because the people we hang out with most tend to share our own perceptions of reality, and hence tend to verbalize the same beliefs about money that we do. Here are some phrases to watch for with others and yourself: I want (= I lack) I wish (but Im not in control = disempowering) I need (cuz I aint got = lack) I cant (obv) Im trying (but Im not committed) I hope (might happen/might not = lacks faith) I should (but maybe I wont and maybe I dont wanna) I dont know (spoken as truth, slams door shut on finding out) Here are some excellent replacements: I have I create Im grateful for I enjoy I can I choose I love Additionally, two words we need to be particularly stealth about sniffing out are the words I know.* Nothing slams the door on further investigation and radical action faster than Yeah, I know its important to be aware of my thoughts. No need to explainnext topic! Theyre very sneaky words because we tend to think were rather impressive for knowing things, when in reality, no matter how much we know, there are always more sides to the story, giant leaps of faith, and an infinite number of questions that could massively expand our awareness. Especially in the realm of self-helpery, where we often need to hear things over and over and over before they click, its critical to stay wide-eyed and wondering. The other thing I know does is shut us off from receiving information from Universal Intelligence. When were so convinced by, and attached to, what our brains are telling us, we lose out on receiving this much deeper knowledge. What were basically doing is acting like were smarter than Universal Intelligence, the stuff that created all that is in our infinite Universe, meanwhile we can barely remember which day is trash day. *IMPORTANT I KNOW NOTE: You have clearance to use I know when used as a confirmation of awesomeness, as in I know I can make buttloads of money, I know I am a badass motherfucker, etc. Which brings me to my next tip. BUSTING YOURSELF TIP #3: SHUT UP EVEN MORE. One of my favorite sayings is: A wise man once said nothing. I love this quote on so many levels because it reminds us that when we get silent, step out of the way, and listen to the big smarty-pants known as our intuition and the Universe, true wisdom can reach us. And flow out of us. And that so much of what falls out of our mouths is about Look at me! Im going to tell you five million awesome things about myself so that you will love me! Im gonna make fun of myself before anyone else can so I dont feel stupidtype stuff. Words are powerful tools for connecting with our fellow humans, to share with them information, love, hilarity, ideas, chicken piccata recipes. The more you slow down and shut up, the better chance you have to make powerful choices, and the more space you have to catch yourself in the moment and ask: Why am I about to say this? One of the best ways to blast past the noise in our brains and discover whats going on underneath is through meditation. Sitting in purposeful silence. Even if its just for five minutes a day, if you do it every damn day it will make such a difference you wont believe you didnt sit down and shut up sooner. Set a timer, sit in a comfortable position, focus on your breathing, notice what thoughts come in and gently push them back out by refocusing on your breathing. I highly recommend keeping a notebook nearby to write down any thoughts that come through that you want to remember and investigate further. Ask yourself a question about something youre struggling with before sitting down, like, What thoughts about money are blocking my flow? Another revealing exercise is visualization. Take five or ten minutes to imagine yourself living out one of the specifics of your desire for riches. Lets say one of the reasons you want to be rich is so you can take your family on a trip to Madrid. Picture yourself there, notice how it feels, how it smells, where you stay, what you see, eat, buy, yell at the cranky cab driver about. Imagine what other people think of you taking this trip. Stay in the feeling and notice if any gnarly beliefs come up, anything about not deserving to travel or being selfish or People are in dire need all over the world and youre spending your money whooping it up at the Museum of Ham? Write down anything that comes up and question it. BUSTING YOURSELF TIP #4: HAVE AN US TALK WITH MONEY. Whether you realize it or not, youre having a relationship with money. If you aint got any money, its because if you treated the people in your life with the same regard you treat money, youd be dining on a Thanksgiving chicken for one every November. One of the best ways to find out how you truly feel about money is to write a letter to it as if it were a person. I personally found this exercise to be a real humdinger and have heard from clients and readers that they too realized they were acting like total fruit loops when it came to money. Back in the day, my letter to money went something along the lines of: Dear money, I love you and wish I had more of you, but I resent the crap out of needing you. Youre never there for me, I totally dont trust you, I feel dirty admitting I want you, but I get so excited whenever you show up. I worry about you all the time. I wish I didnt need you. You suck. Please for the love of God show up in huge quantities soon. I had such a push/pull relationship with money, as do most people, its a wonder I was able to bring in any at all. My energy was all about blocking it while trying to welcome it in at the same time. Here are some snippets of letters sent in by readers to show you that you are not alone in your money madness: Dear money, I feel confident and secure when youre here, and I like to spend you when youre around. I feel generous to others. But sometimes you leave without saying goodbye. Youre like a lover who comes and goes on a whim, and yet I always want you back. It makes me feel resentful and frustrated. I get so scared when you go because Im afraid maybe youll never come back. It makes me feel bad about myself. Why cant you just enjoy being together? Dear money, I love you and respect you and try really hard to use you wisely, but I often feel like I let you down. Unless I work really hard I dont feel I deserve to have more of you in my life. I know all the wonderful things that we can do together: enjoy amazing vacations, bless my family, give to charities I believe in, and yet I often dont feel I deserve to have more of you in my life. Dear money, I love you and Im scared of you. It would be amazing to have more of you but I feel weird admitting that. Like it makes me a bad person somehow. I also dont know what I would do if I made tons of you. I feel like I would just give it all away because I dont know anything about investing so Im probably blocking you from showing up so I dont have to look stupid. Dear money, I love having you around and I want to keep you safe so you can help me if an emergency comes up in my life. But Im afraid if I have too much of you others may be resentful or my husband will try to take you from me. I dont have an education or skill set that will pay me enough to have as much of you as I want. Dear money, I really hate you. I hate that you have the ability to literally cause me physical pain when I look at bills. I hate that my stomach leaps into my throat whenever I look at my student loan balance. I hate that you have this much power over me. I actually would love to dedicate my life to helping people but I feel beholden to take jobs that I dislike so I can make more of you. I wish that I could have a clean slate with you. I want to come from a place of abundance and not one of fear, anger, and regret. I heard a story about a monkey trap thats used in certain parts of Africa and India thats a great metaphor for how we choose to hold on to our limiting beliefs about money. What they do is take a box, put a hole in it, stick a banana inside the box, leave it where the monkeys hang out, and wait. When a monkey comes along and sees the box, he reaches in and grabs the banana and gets trapped because his fistful of banana is too big to pull out through the hole in the box. If he wants to be free all he has to do is let go, and if he insists on holding on he will be trapped. I cant remember where I first heard this story, but its made the rounds in the personal development world for years and Im pretty sure its total BS. First of all, how would the monkey know theres a banana in the box? And second, how do they catch him once hes sitting there, stuck, holding onto the banana? Do they hang around all day in the jungle, smoking cigarettes and playing cards, waiting for the monkey with their nets at the ready? I went to one Web site that suggested that when they saw the monkey they quickly put him in a jar. A jar! Lame. Ive decided to use this story anyway because: a.I could be wrong, it could be true. b.It illustrates a point Im trying to make really well. c.The point Im trying to make is that we make up these total BS stories and all we have to do is let go of them if we want to change our lives and be free, so what better story to relate it to than one that also might be total BS? We choose to stay in our stories because we get what I call false benefits from themwe get to keep our identities as a broke person, we get to blame our brokeness on things outside ourselves (I dont have time, I have seven kids, the economy sucks, I cant find a pen to write down my to-do list with), we dont have to push ourselves outside our comfort zones and risk failing, looking like an idiot, losing money, changing and becoming different from our family and friendsthe list goes on and on and it all comes down to this: You have to want your dreams more than you want your drama. As we embark here on busting you on your limiting beliefs, I want to caution you against getting so wrapped up in processing your blocks that you dont take the action necessary to change your life. Ive seen many cases where people get so obsessed with their issues that they spend years journaling, going to retreats, weepily deconstructing their inner selves as an excuse not to take giant scary leaps forward. So I want to encourage you to do both at the same time: Investigate your BS and take forward action. I want to reiterate that taking huge scary leaps into the unknown is the best way to scare your BS to the surface anyway. Its like a two-for-one dealyou make progress and you unearth your shit. The key is to keep moving forward when you uncover your deep-seated fears and beliefs, not retreat into endless self-analysis. Im not proud to report that when I had my big breakthrough about my dad at the money seminar, I did exactly what I just told you not to doI didnt take immediate action on getting the $85,000 together and moving forward with my goal. I shrank back and focused on all my old fear, doubts, and worries instead of staying focused on how right this opportunity was for me. I hesitated, and instead of signing up and bravely leaping into the next chapter of my life, I snuck out of the conference room and went home. Id love to blame it on the fact that it was an insane amount of money for me to come up with at the time, but it was my lack of determination and my fear that failed me, not the amount (I ended up manifesting that exact amount one year later to get coaching from someone else). This is such a key point. When you get a hit on whats holding you back and realize what you need to do to move forward, act immediately. You are battling very deeply ingrained, and up until this moment, extremely successful limiting beliefs that have been your truths for your entire life. If you hesitate when you get a knowing hint, you give those familiar, limiting beliefs the time and space to take over again. Hesitation is the crack that all your favorite excuses will burst through, drown out your resolve, and sweep you back to the safety of your comfort zone. Listen to your intuition, trust Universal Intelligence over your fears, have faith that what you desire already exists, and leap like the mighty badass that you are. You can doooooo eeeeeeet! TO GET RICH Suggested Money Mantra (say it, write it, feel it, own it): I love money because money is always here for me. 1.Write down the five most common limiting words or phrases you and the people you hang out with most use to talk about money. 2.Shut up, slow down, stop using them. 3.Meditate for at least five minutes every day. Before sitting down, ask the question, What belief is blocking me from making money? Write down any insights you get, question them, come up with a new story and repeat it to yourself as described in the previous chapter. 4.Come up with one superexciting reason that you want to make money and spend five to ten minutes visualizing all the details of it. Notice if any limiting beliefs come up and, if so, follow the drill in number 3. 5.Write a letter to money. Notice the key, most emotional limiting beliefs that come up for you and do the rewrite drill for them too. 6.Listen to your intuition during meditation, visualization, or just running around being you, and the moment you get a brilliant idea that would move you in the direction of your financial dreams, jump on it. Go for it like youve never gone for it before. Leap like the largest leaping leaper ever. Notice any crappy thoughts that come up while youre in midair, and rewrite them, but do not stop your forward motion in order to do so. The successful completion of this one exercise could land you in full-on badassery. Just sayin. Please fill in the blank: Im grateful to money because ____________________. CHAPTER 5 THE HOLLERING OF YOUR HEART I wrote the first You Are a Badass book while I was staying on a farm in northern California. The deal was I could have the entire seventeen-acre paradise, complete with beautiful sunny house and views in all directions, if I took care of their horse and two goats. Im a little scared of horses (and dont you need a special license or degree or something to take care of an animal that large?) and knew nothing about goats other than that they can chew through cans, but I loved the place, and I love animals, and staying there ended up being one of my favorite chunks of time ever. Id spend my days sitting on the couch in front of the giant windows, typing on my laptop while gazing out at Diablo Mountain. The goats spent their days sitting on the porch in front of the sliding glass door, gazing at me, waiting in vain to be let inside. Sometimes theyd get up and chase the horse around the yard or run full speed into each others heads, but for the most part theyd just glare at me with their weird goatly eyes, aggressively chewing their cud, insulted and unamused by their outdoor-only status. Every so often, when they just could not believe I still hadnt gotten up and invited them in, theyd take matters into their own hands and hurl themselves against the glass or get up on their hind legs and pound it with their hooves. One day while I was off in town shopping, I returned home after about five hours to find the horse standing in the driveway by himself. Although he was truly one of the biggest horses Id ever laid eyes on, he was also one of the neediest, and was rarely, if ever, more than twenty feet away from his goats. What are you doing out here all by yourself? I asked him as I got out of the car, pausing to listen to the familiar sound of goat hooves banging against a glass door. My first thought was how strange it was that theyd be trying to get in when I wasnt home (they were equally as needy about me as the horse was about them). My second thought was Holy. Fucking. Shit. I realized they werent trying to get in. They were trying to get out. In a slow-motion sprint, I ran up to the house, let myself in, shoved the goats out, and did my best to shut and barricade the newly compromised door. I then proceeded to stand frozen, with my hands over my mouth, uttering Oh my God over and over and over as I took in the sight before me. It was like witnessing the aftermath of a particularly debauched fraternity party full of amateur drinkersepic, shocking, and so staggeringly horrible you cant help but look even though you really dont want to. The goats had finally made the impossible dream come true by knocking the sliding glass door off its track and bursting through the screen, which subsequently closed on its own, trapping them inside with nothing else to do but completely destroy the place for five delirious hours. Their handiwork involved knocking over every single potted plant, smashing the planters and kicking dirt, planter, and plant debris in an impressively wide radius. They pulled the dish towel off the counter that I had glasses drying on, thereby shattering glass all over the place. Then there was the pooping and pissing party, which took place on every single piece of furniture and in every imaginable corner. They excreted their excrement on my bed, the white couch, the coffee table, the dining-room table, the bench in the hallway, and inside my shower. There was such an incredible volume of urine, in fact, I imagined that they somehow must have waved the horse inside so he could get in on the fun too. For their grand finale, they hopped up and down and knocked nearly every single piece of artwork off the wall onto the floor. I mean, who thinks to do that? My first reaction was shock, but I have to admit, after that I was pretty damn impressed. They really did a great, thorough job. We could all learn a thing or two from their tireless commitment to detail and the pride they so clearly took in their work. Here are some secrets to success that the goats modeled beautifully: Chewing, kicking, stampeding through any obstacles in their paths. Pooh-poohing the rules. Dreaming. Bigger than goats are told they can dream. Never taking no for an answer. Following their hearts no matter what. Not stopping until they reached their goal. It opened up a whole new world for them, literally and metaphorically. They transcended their Outdoor Farm Animals status and became Creatures Whove Experienced Thousand-Thread-Count Sheets. They were forever changed. What this meant was that they became colossal pains in the ass, and more destructive than any goat has ever been, which is saying something. Drunk with power on their victory and newfound mindset that anything they desire is possible, they broke through the gate and started terrorizing the neighborhood on a regular basis. They began jumping all over peoples parked cars, tried to break and enter any sliding glass door they happened upon, tore down bird feeders, obliterated gardens, and chased after small dogs, all the while maniacally screaming, yelling, laughing, and pissing wherever they pleased, like a pair of carousing psychopaths. I quickly got the gate fixed, patched all the holes in the fence surrounding the property, and covered my car in giant slabs of plywood to keep them off it, but the horse and I never looked at the goats the same way again. We were both kinda in awe. Doubts, fears, and other peoples rules are no match for a heart on a mission. In order to become rich, you must connect to your desire for money with the passion of a goat who wants in off the porch. And the key to doing this is by getting clear on the specifics around your Why: Why do you desire this money? What will you spend it on? How will it feel to make it, spend it, and bask in the manifestation of your ever so important Why? Just wanting to get rich isnt going to cut itthere has to be meaning behind the money or else the second it gets hard or expensive or someone tells you youre high if you think you can get rich by selling your homemade ice cream, youll slink back to your goat pen of complacency instead of doing whatever it takes. Start by thinking about what inspired you to pick up this book. How is more money going to add value to your life? How will getting rich change who youre being in the world? Which of your gifts are you the most excited to share in exchange for money? Where do you feel you bring the most value to your fellow earthlings? How does it feel to share your biggest, badassiest self with others? If youre going to make more money, you need to get in touch with the emotions surrounding your incentive for making it, because emotions are what drive you to action. And if youre going to make the kind of money youve never made before, youre going to have to do a whole lotta stuff you aint never done before, which will scare and challenge (and excite) the crap out of you. So youre going to want to be real fired up about getting rich and very clear about why its so important to you. Here are the best ways to do that. GET REAL SPECIFIC The average person is barely motivated enough to scrape together what they need to make a living with the occasional splurge on impractical, yet supercute, shoes thrown in here and there, let alone saddle up to bring in the kind of money that can change their entire perspective of the world they live in (i.e., from a frustrating place of limitations to an oyster of awesomeness). Dont get me wrong, every single person has the ability, but you need to have a big, burning blaze of desire roaring away beneath your fanny if youre going to take the risks, make the mental shifts, and stay the course until you reach your new, sparkly financial reality. In order to inspire ourselves to make money, the exciting kind that weve never made before, we need to be . . . excited about it. And because money on its own is a meaningless pile of paper and coins, youre gonna want to get crystal clear about what the money is for, what it means to you, and how it makes you feel. This will be that fire for you. Vague aspirations lead to vague results; specific aspirations lead to kicking ass. There are a couple reasons for this: 1.Specifics allow the Universe to fulfill your order. You wouldnt go to a deli and order a sandwich by saying, Hi, yes, Id like a sandwich, please. Youd order the specific kind you want: Roast beef, mayo no mustard, pickles, lettuce, tomato, on a roll, pleaseactually not that roll, can I have that bigger roll over there? And you would, hence, receive the specific sandwich you ordered. And it would make you happy. The Universe needs details too. It will respond, it always responds, but if you just focus on how awesome it would be to make more money, you may receive ten bucks instead of the tens of thousands that would make a significant change in your life. 2.Specifics create emotions, and emotions give us the no-nonsense determination to do whatever it takes to reach our goals. For example, feel into the different levels of emotional drive in the following scenarios: Youre ready to get rich and you decide to make an extra fifty thousand dollars. You think about how exciting this will feel, imagine your bank account with all the new zeros in it, feel the power of being able to manifest that kind of cash and picture yourself doing victory laps around your house. While all of this is great, it doesnt have the same emotional charge as something more specific, like: deciding to make fifty extra thousand this year, forty of which youll use to make the renovations on your kitchen that youve been talking about for years. Youve cut out pictures of awesome kitchens from various home design magazines and put them on a vision board that you look at every day, youve priced the entire project out down to the cost of the cabinet knobs, you imagine yourself joyfully cooking your ass off while surrounded by dear friends and family. You feel the space, smell the food, see yourself feeding the people you love, and you experience the satisfaction of knowing you created it because you can create anything. The other ten thousand dollars youve decided you will give to your sister to help her launch her new dog grooming business. You love your sister, and seeing her overcome by joy that she can live her dream, and that you have helped her, makes you want to do cartwheels. Knowing you are the kind of person who has the means to help others gives deep meaning to your life. You want to feel so turned on by the thought of this money that youre leaping out of bed in the morning to the sound of trumpets, rather than slowly putting on your socks thinking, yeah, that would be cool. Here are some examples gathered from my readers that will hopefully help you get clear on your Why. I love being rich because: It makes me feel confident and powerful knowing I did what it took to stop being broke and get rich. The more money you have, the more freedom you have with your time. I want to be able to let my nanny go, and hang out with my kids more. I can contribute thousands of dollars a year to charities that help save animals. I can spend my money on going to the movies, buying clothes I love, going out for dinner (which I love to do more than anything), instead of having to use it just for bills, necessities, etc. I can buy great gifts for people and finally take my family to Portugal. I can see myself in the best possible light, Im being the best version of myself, Ive let myself be all I want to be. Ill be an inspiration to other women like my daughters and women in struggle, specifically those who feel trapped in abusive relationships with men. Ill sleep peacefully at night knowing Im in the black. Right now Im not sleeping so well due to stress. Early retirementwoot! The other reason to fall in love with your desires for riches is because love is your greatest weapon against your limiting subconscious beliefs. Love is all consuming, it muscles its way in front of all other thoughts and emotions, including all the fear, doubt, and worry buried in your subconscious mind. Think about itwhen you fall in love with a person, thoughts of them overpower everything else. Love is like a drug that alters your ability to participate in logical thinking, to focus on anything other than the object of your desire, or to have interesting conversations. I know, there are a lot of flies in this restaurant. Bob, the guy Im in love with, had a fly in his house once. Same thing goes for when you fall in love with the specific reasons you want to get rich. Any coping mechanisms, compliments of your limiting subconscious beliefs, that might try to keep you right where you are will be no match for your burning desire for greatness. Any fears and beliefs that youll become a sellout or a greedy fathead like your awful Aunt Sally will be drowned out by the harps and chirping of bluebirds taking up space in your head and your heart. We fall in love with very specific things and people, so getting mighty clear on the details of your impending richness is critical. ALIGN WITH YOUR TRUEST YOU After the goats raped and pillaged my home, it took me several days to get it back to normal. I also wound up spending a thousand dollars getting the hood of my (brand-new, thank you very much) Audi replaced after they kicked away the plywood and tap danced all over it. Yet I couldnt get mad at them. Not only were they ridiculously cute, but theyre goats. Its in their nature to destroy, to hop on things, to wake up in the morning and think, What shall we fuck with today? It would be like getting mad at my dog for barking at crows or mad at my ninety-year-old Italian father for refusing to eat anything but Italian food. Ever. Ninety years of uninterrupted pasta. Theyre just being true to who they are. All living things come hardwired with certain traits and characteristics that are part of our nature. Meaning that these things come naturally to us, theyre what were meant to do and theyre how Universal Intelligence flows through us best. Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, the guy next to me at the coffee shop right now gotta eat his granola with his fingers. When we push against who we naturally are, we feel stress, things dont progress easily, we beat ourselves up for getting crappy results, everything is an effort. This is why listening to what everyone else thinks you should be doing (including your scaredy-cat self) is so deadly. You wind up trying to force your way through life, which can make sitting on your butt at a desk all day utterly exhausting if its not what you want to do. Meanwhile, when you listen to your heart and connect with who youre meant to become, you have energy because youre in a state of flow, things happen more easily, opportunities land in your lap, youre turned on, inspired, engulfed in a sea of brilliant ideas. Yes, there will be challenges and things will blow up in your face, but learning experiences are different from wasting your life pushing a boulder up a hill. Pay attention to the things youre drawn to, the things youre good at, the things you lose yourself in, the things that make you stand up and say, My foot! I cant feel my foot! because youve been sitting in the same position for hours, totally engrossed. Allow yourself to be pulled by your heart instead of pushing your way through a thick fog of shoulds. So often we discredit the things that come naturally because weve bought into the idea that success needs to be difficult, or that if something comes easily to us, it must come easily to everyone, and therefore isnt worth pursuing in any serious sort of way. I have a friend who toiled away for years at a job as an advertising executive that he loathed. Hes an old buddy of mine who is, among other things, a brilliant performer, pant wettingly hilarious, and the main reason all my parties back in the day were so damn fun. Hed do things like wait by the front door and announce each new arrival through a bullhorn made out of a toilet paper roll: Presenting Catherine Atkinson, of the once lived next door to Jen Atkinsons. Please make her feel welcome by complimenting her on her excellent posture. Hed organize impromptu talent shows, music jams, and have willing guests sit for him while he painted their portraits on crackers with spreadable cheese. Not surprisingly, he was constantly getting asked to help organize and host everything from bat mitzvahs to Thin Lizzy tribute nights, and while he enjoyed the work and did it well, at the same time, it was, you know, work. He believed, however, that he couldnt charge for this type of thing. First of all, he had fun doing it, which for some reason meant he couldnt get paid. Second of all, he felt weird asking for money from his friends. Lastly, he felt that anyone could herd people around an event and crack jokes on stage. What value did he bring? He went on for years basically working two jobsthe one he got paid for and hated and the one he loved that made his eyes look like two pissholes in a snowbank from exhaustion. Then one fateful day, he saw a professional MC at some corporate advertising event he had to go to for work. The guy was not only getting paid, a lot, but he was nowhere near as hilarious, charming, or adored by the crowd as was my pal. Im pleased to report that this guy was so profoundly bad, and pissed my friend off so massively, that he finally got over his attachment to cant, shouldnt, and wouldnt, and started charging for his brilliant MC services. He also asked everyone he worked for to spread the word about his new profession, and today is in high demand as a professional MC. By having the audacity to follow his heart instead of his fears, he was able to quit his hateful job and now spends his valuable time on Earth getting paid to be the life of the party. Your heart is the most powerful muscle in your body. Do what it says. TAKE A STAND FOR THE AND While taking this dictation from your heart and getting clear on your Why, make sure you dont fall prey to the deadly either/or syndrome. Heres the deal: We live in a fear-based society that totally gets off on cautioning us, on reminding us how difficult life is, on warning us how hard it is to make money, on holding us back lest we bite off more than we can chew, on screaming Look out! instead of Rock on! As a result, weve bought into this idea that its better to limit ourselves than to stretch, and weve developed this fun-free either/or take on whats available to us: Youre either doing what you love or making money, youre either a good person or a rich person, you can either help the world or you can help yourself, you can either go on vacation or pay your car loan. Y.A.W.N. Instead of looking to where you can cut back, save, and play it safe, look to how you can expand, grow, and start acting like a badass whos in control of your own life: Have a big fancy career AND be a great mom. Be a good Christian AND make tons of money. Travel the world AND run your own business. Be at your desired weight AND eat chicken wings. Get a time-share AND save for your old age. As you take the time to imagine your life as the biggest, boldest, and most authentic expression of the you that is you, dont be a cheapskate when it comes to taking inventory of what lights up your heart. Act as if you live in an abundant Universe (which you do) and have the ability to create whatever financial reality you desire (which you can), and that by doing this youll be sharing the most magnificent version of yourself with the world (which you will). OPEN WIDE I know I just spent several pages screaming about the importance of specifics, but you must also stay open to allow Universal Intelligence to deliver what you need, and the thing or person or opportunity that makes your heart sing may be in a different form than the one you were thinking. Once again, we must trust that the Universe knows more than we do, and if we white knuckle it over things like, I see myself making $12,500 by selling three extra cars at my dealership this month, you will block the very same riches that the Universe is trying to hand you via a film company renting out your showroom to use in a movie. Your job is to envision your life with all the specifics you can muster up so you can get all emotional and excited and take inspired action. Then you hand the rest over to the Universe. Otherwise known as surrendering, this is a key factor in consciously managing your energy to create an awesome reality for yourself. IMPORTANT NOTE IF YOURE IN THE I DONT KNOW CAMP: If youre like, I have no freaking idea what my heart desires or what I want to do with my life other than I dont want to buy my groceries at the dollar store anymore, here are some things you can do right now: 1.Take action on what you do know. If there are bits and pieces that you are sure of, that feel totally right, focus on those instead of waiting until youve got the entire picture figured out. For example, if you know that you want the freedom of working for yourself, you love drawing, youre happiest when youre around animals, you want to help people, start with these pieces and act on them. You could volunteer at the local animal shelter and see who you meet and where that leads. Or start a business making drawings of peoples pets. Or assist someone who helps people overcome trauma by working with horses. Once you start taking action youll be able to discover more things you like, more things you dont like, and a clearer picture of what you desire to do will begin to form. Taking action leads to answers, mulling ideas around in your head forever leads to indecision and grouchiness. 2.Stop saying how clueless you are about what to do with your life (what you focus on you create more of) and talk about how excited you are to be filling in the pieces. 3.Make sure youre not pretending you dont know what you want to do when you actually do know, but youre scared. I dont know is different from I cant make money doing what I love, Im too old, people will think Im an egomaniacal fathead for wanting to be a model, etc. Roll up your sleeves, study those whove gone before you, decide youre unavailable to live your one and only life treating your dreams like theyre not as important as your fears, demand of yourself that you figure it out and make it happen. We have, after all, figured out space travel and how to make jam out of a cactus; you can figure out how to flourish doing what you love. Dont waste your precious gifts, and life, drowning in doubt. Nobody else can want you to grow into your gloriousness for you. You have to be serious as a heart attack about creating an awesome life in order to crowbar yourself out of your comfort zone and make it happen. Youve moved mountains before, I know you have, and its because you really really desired to be, do, and have whatever it was that you desired. Maybe you asked someone on a date who was out of your league, faced your fear of speaking in public, started your own business, gotten a job you were unqualified for, raised children, or moved across the country with nothing but five bucks in your pocket, a thermos full of hot cocoa, and a dream. When your desire is strong enough, nothing will hold you back. So . . . how badly do you want to have all the riches required to live all the life you can live? Spend some time hanging out with your heart, get clear on your almighty Why, and let your fears know they aint the boss of you. SUCCESS STORY: IF SHE CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU. Heres an awesome story from a client of mine, Anita, 32, who got real specific, trusted Universal Intelligence, and put more faith in her Why than in her Are you freaking kidding mes and manifested $75,000: I was thinking about where I wanted to take my life next, and I assumed that what I needed to do was quit my job and start a new and exciting chapter. It had been something Id been thinking about for a long time. But every time I focused on that goal, it just didnt feel right. Finally, I realized that in order for me to really be ready to quit my job, I needed to close out some key household debts. Our mortgage was nearly paid off and the car loan wasnt too bad, so I determined that if I could just pay off those two loans, I would feel okay with quitting my jobespecially being the primary wage earner in our family. The sum of these debts was about $75,000. Okay, so now I have a goal to find $75,000!! How the heck am I going to find $75,000. I thought, this is crazy! What gives me the right to expect that this is even possible? Im not going to find a pile of money lying around, and Im also not going to be able to take on another job or sell something that would earn that amount. I started feeling sort of silly (and maybe not worthy?) about my goal. I felt stuck. After about a week of whining about it, I stopped the fear crap and started focusing on the number 75. I meditated on the number 75, I wrote 75s all over my journal, I BELIEVED that something would work out . . . and then . . . nothing was happening. Geesh! I laid in bed one night and thought that there must be something Im not seeing. There must be somewhere I havent looked for the money. I reminded myself that all that I desire is already here . . . somewhere. And then I remembered that way back in 1999 I had received as a gift some stock for participating on an advisory board of a tech start-up. Hmm, now that the company had gone public, I wondered what it was worth. The stock info was buried somewhere in our home office files and, miraculously, I found the file easily the next morning. I did some research to find out whom to contact about these stock shares. I called the phone number of the management company to understand the value and how to sell them. I had no idea if they were worth anything, but I had to give it a try. The fund manager was extremely helpful and walked me through the process of selling the shares. I asked her what the value would be worth since it was a gift initially valued at about $200. And guess how much it was worth now? Are you ready for this? Yep, $75,000. On the freakin nose! I nearly dropped the phone when she told me. I am still in shock and also extremely excited. Pardon the crudeness here, but THIS SHIT WORKS! Dont give up on your dreams!!!! TO GET RICH Suggested Money Mantra (say it, write it, feel it, own it): I love money because I love living an awesome life. 1.Write a fantasy Day in the Life. What would a typical day in your life as the richest, happiest, and most successful version of yourself look like? We can rattle on all day about what we dont want, but being very clear about what you do want usually takes a bit more doing, especially since youre looking to radically change your lifeyouve never experienced or owned many of the things youre seeking, so how the hell can you know? This is why its so important when youre writing this to come more from feeling than from your analytical brain. Give yourself time while you write it, do it stream of consciousness and see what you come up with. Write it in the present tense, as if money werent an issue, think what would be so fun, not just reasonable, what would make you most excited to give back or leave as a legacy, go to town. 2.Once youve written your day in the life, write down the five strongest emotions you feel when you read it. 3.Do the numbers around your day in the life, get an idea on the page of how much this life of yours is going to cost. 4.Boil down your day in the life, taking the most exciting details of it and combining them with the cost and the feelings they bring up so you can create a mantra. Dont worry about fitting everything in, just the most compelling parts. Then write a five- to ten-sentence mantra, something like, I love making three hundred thousand dollars a year as an interior designer. Its so exciting working with clients who are smart and who appreciate me, traveling the world and discovering new ways to be creative. It makes me feel happy and invigorated and like my heart could explode. Im so grateful that this affords me the opportunity to live by the beach in San Diego with my soul mate and that we go surfing every day. . . . 5.Read your mantra every night before going to bed and feeeeeel it. 6.If youre not sure what you want to do, make a list of the things you do know, be as specific as possible, and write down five action steps you will take right now to move yourself in that direction. Please fill in the blank: Im grateful to money because ____________________. CHAPTER 6 YOUR MENTAL MONEYMAKER T heres a great story that the actor Jim Carrey told on the Oprah Winfrey Show about how he used his mental mightiness to manifest $10 million and a successful acting career. He always knew he wanted to entertain people, discovered he had a face made out of Silly Putty at an early age, and got his first gig at a comedy club at fifteen. After a series of ups and downs that included dropping out of high school to help support his family by working in a factory during the day, and then getting laughsand getting boosin comedy clubs at night, Carrey wound up broke and living in a van with his aforementioned family. He eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a famous actor for reals. He said that even though he was broke and jobless, hed imagine having directors interested in him, visualize people he respected coming up to tell him they liked his work, hed focus on thinking things like, I am an awesome actor, powerful people in the industry are out there waiting for me, and it made him feel better even though he wasnt exactly getting mobbed by fans at the hardware store or anything. He also wrote a check out to himself for $10 million, dated it three years in the future, and put in the memo that it was for acting services rendered. He carried this ratty thing around with him in his wallet for years as he got more comedy gigs, TV gigs, and movie gigs, none of which made his career, or his finances, take off the way he was hoping they would. But he kept believing anyway, kept visualizing himself using his riches to care for his family and fueling his feeling of success, kept working his ass off and, to make a very long story short, just before the date hed written on the check in his wallet, he landed his role in the movie Dumb and Dumber and got paid $10 million for acting services rendered. We all have the choice to think what we want to think, and to take responsibility for the fact that our thoughts create our financial realities. Universal Intelligence is like a giant ear with a glass pressed up against your mind, listening to your thoughtsotherwise known as its working ordersso it can get down to business and help you create whatever you set your mind to. If its on your mind it will soon be in your lap. I love this story about Jim Carrey because it illustrates what it takes to master the mindset of wealth: Get clear on what you desire, get specificWhat is your purpose? How much money do you desire to make by expressing this purpose? By when will you make this money? Why do you desire it, what is it for? Hold the vision of this reality in your mind with a no-nonsense resolve and a relentless sense of purpose to make it real. Fall so madly in love with your vision that its no match for any limiting subconscious beliefs that pitch a fit and try to stop you. Have faith as firm as a firefighters fanny and wide-eyed gratitude that its already yours, even if it feels like its taking for freaking ever. Never lose faith. Ever. Take action with hell-bent-for-glory purpose and faith. Carreys story also speaks to one of the most common objections I hear when discussing your mindsets role in making money, which is: What if your financial reality depends on the actions of other people? How can your thoughts control what other people do? I hear this a lot from those who rely on other people to hire them, like actors, corporate types, plumbers, caterers, babysitters, leaf blowers, etc., as well as people in multilevel marketing businesses who rely on the people in their down line to bring in the money they then get a percentage of. If you think about it, all people rely on other people to buy their products and services, to strengthen their investments, to pay the cover at their gigs, or to spare them a dime for a cup of coffee. Money comes to us from Universal Intelligence through other people, so no one gets to use the ole I cant control other people as an excuse for staying broke. My first experience with the power of mastering your mindset was just as beyondo, and, dare I say, magical as Jim Carreys $10-million check situation. It happened when I was working with my very first private coach, the one who helped me start my online business helping writers complete their book proposals, called writeyourdamnbook.com, and who was also helping me hone my chops as a life coach. At the time, Id worked with a couple of private coaching clients of my own here and there, and had basically tripled my annual income with writeyourdamnbook.com. Tripling my income was hugely exciting, but wasnt gonna have me flying first class anytime soon, considering people working the drive-through at the Friendly Fajita made more than I used to make. I wanted to bring in the kind of money that would make me feel like a different person. I wanted to feel large and in charge, like I could make whatever I decided to make, like I was free, flying, fucking around no more. My coach asked me to come up with an amount that, if I totally hustled and busted my ass, I could make in a week with writeyourdamnbook.com. She said not to think about it, not to do the math, not to figure in what other people were charging, but to just let the amount come in intuitively. The number that popped into my head was five thousand dollars in one week. Until then, the most Id made in a week was probably one or two grand. It was terrifying, but I was excited and dare I say a little bit cocky about my ability to make it happen. Great, she said. Now double it. Once I came to, we put together a plan of action. I would work privately with three people and help them write their entire book proposals for three thousand dollars each. I was also going to sell one of my already existing thousand-dollar group coaching programs, which would bring my total for the week to ten grand. I had no idea how I was going to talk three people into spending that kind of money for the pleasure of working with me. All I knew was that I was going to make that ten thousand dollars because I was officially unavailable for any other outcome. Then we did the energy work, and I got clear on things like: Why do I want the money? To feel in charge of my life and to feel free, like Im not at the mercy of money. What will I use the money for? To pay off my ten thousand dollars worth of credit card debt. I hate being in credit card debt, credit card debt is a giant sucking thing. What will I do to make the money? Sell three private book proposalcoaching packages and one spot in my group coaching program. As well as stay open to any suggestions the Almighty Universe tosses my way. When will I make it by? This question was a doozy because I knew, in order to pull this off, I had to go at it like it was a life-or-death situation. I knew Id have to be so unflinchingly focused on making this ten thousand dollars that you could pelt me with rocks, cut off my electricity, and let a gorilla loose in my living room and Id still stay the course until I was victorious. I didnt know how long I could sustain that kind of no-nonsensery, so even though my coach said I had a whole week to make the money, I decided I would make it in two days. So Im on the phone with my coach and were figuring all this out and Im all psyched up and freaked out and ready to make money my bitch and suddenly this idea pops into my head out of nowhere. There was a man who Id worked with a year ago, he was actually my very first private life-coaching client. I hadnt heard anything from him in at least a year, but maybe I could reach out to him to see if he wanted to work together again. He wasnt a writer, but maybe he wanted to do some general life-coaching stuff? Almost as soon as the idea popped into my head, an e-mail popped into my in-box. From him. I had heard nary a peep from him in over one year and the moment I thought of him, he appeared in my in-box. My hair is still standing up over this one. In his e-mail he said he wanted to start working together again, what kind of life-coaching packages did I have and how much did they cost? To make a long story maybe actually come to a freaking end around here, I sold him a six-month private life-coaching package for twelve thousand dollars and ended up selling one of my three-thousand-dollar coaching packages to a writer the next day, which meant I made fifteen grand in forty-eight hours. Which for me at the time might as well have been a million dollars in eight minutes. There are a couple of things I want to point out about this story. One is that the money came to me through a different person in a different way than I thought it was going to. Part of working with Universal Intelligence is doing everything you know how to do but staying open to ideas and opportunities that come out of nowhere. Your job is to get your energy aligned, be dead serious about bringing this money in, and take all the action you know how to take. Universal Intelligences job is to move what you desire toward you in whatever way it sees fit. The other thing to point out is the mindset shift I had to make in order to charge my client twelve freaking thousand dollars. I adored this man, Id had such an excellent experience working with him before, and I really wanted to help him. The last time I worked with him I was charging something like twenty-five bucks an hour for my coaching services. My twelve-thousand-dollar coaching package put me at three hundred dollars an hour. At least. Sending him back an e-mail with that price tag on it was one of the scariest things Ive ever done, because part of me, the part I was in the process of shedding, felt like a bad person, like who the hell did I think I was to charge that amount? This part of me felt like if he wrote me back and told me to go to hell, I would respect that. But the part of me that was ready to play big, that had the audacity to think I could make ten thousand dollars in forty-eight hours as well as do anything else I set my mind to, that understood the different energy behind charging three hundred dollars an hour versus twenty-five dollars an hourthis part of me felt my price was right on. Id been coaching and studying coaching for years at this point, I knew I was good at it, and charging that amount of money, as terrifying as it was, was also totally exciting, empowering, and felt, energetically, where I was meant to be. I knew I would show up as the best damn coach I could possibly be, and when he wrote back immediately and told me to sign him up, I realized he was ready to stretch himself and play at that high a level too. By being clear about where I was at, and aligning with money at that high a frequency, I offered him a chance to participate at the level I was at too. And I will tell you, it was so much money for both of us that we both kicked so much ass Im still feeling it. I became Super Coach and he went out and manifested a multimillion-dollar business deal within the next few months. While its true you cant control other people (except through physical force and manipulation if youre lame that way, of course), you can control your thoughts and actions, and that is what you need to focus on to shift your financial reality. The people who complain and blameblameplain?stay stuck: The economy is swirling down the toilet bowl right nowof course my new electrical business is tanking! How the hell are my thoughts supposed to control that? Instead of upgrading their mindsets and demanding of themselves, and the Universe, that things start to change around here, they insist that everything is out of their control. They hand all their power over to their circumstances instead of taking responsibility and changing their lives themselves. Then there are people like Jim Carrey, parked on Mulholland Drive, overlooking the City of Angels, with nary a prospect in sight, all giddy with belief and gratitude that he is rich and famous as he sits there, eating beans out of a can with a plastic spoon in his crappy car. You can have your excuses or you can have success. You cant have both. Whichever outcome you train your mind on dictates the reality you see before you. Some people have much bigger struggles and obstacles to overcome than others, but were all given the same choice as to how we perceive our reality. There are people raised in extreme poverty, with little to no education or prospects or support, who believe they can create riches anyway. They focus their attention and actions on getting wealthy, instead of on the negative aspects of their circumstances, and go on to make millions, even billions. There are also people who are born rich, who get educated at the best schools, who have fancy connections, vocabularies, and monogrammed pillowcases, and who wind up living on the streets. Success is not about your circumstances, its about who youre being. People have gotten rich doing and selling everything and people have also gone broke doing and selling the same things the exact same ways. YOUR ATTITUDE HAS THE WHEEL Here are some surefire ways to harness the almighty power of thought to get as wealthy as you wanna: FOCUS What you focus on you create more of. This is such a simple concept, but it bears repeating over and over, and I will repeat it over and over, because its so damn powerful and so immediately flung out the window because were so attached to the way things are. We dont want to believe that things could be that easy, to give up our right to feel sorry for ourselves, to relinquish the comfort we take in knowing a thing or two based on our past experiences, and to, erm, take responsibility for our lives instead of being like, I can barely afford to buy a bag of Fritos, how am I supposed to hire someone to get my Web site up and running? Meanwhile, we use our mighty power of focus all the time and we dont even realize itwe use it to create unhappiness in our lives via our dear pal worry. Worrying is praying for stuff you dont want. Because youre focused on the worst possible scenario and all the reasons you cant possibly have what you want, and there are lots of emotions and specifics and faith involved, you create more of what you dont want over and over with expert precision. But the beautiful news is, if youre one of those people who are particularly skilled at worrying, this means your focus muscle is in great shape, and all you have to do is choose to focus in a different direction. Lets say, for example, that youre twenty thousand dollars in debt, youve got twelve children you need to support, you hate your job, and you live in a shoe. Choosing to focus on these aspects of your reality and freaking out about them will do the following: Anchor in the belief that your life sucks the big one. Trigger thoughts about how hopeless your situation is. Activate emotions of terror and sadness and loseriness. Inspire you to get in the fetal position. Now, twere you to make the conscious choice to shift your focus and view the very same situation in a new light, such as: When I needed twenty thousand dollars it was there for me, which means if I need money again it will be there for me again, Im so grateful I have money coming in from my job, and believe that since I got a job once, I can get an even better job, because I am clearly very hirable, I am surrounded by love and family, and I live in a shoehow cool is that?! This new perspective allows you to: Anchor in the belief that you have things to be grateful for. Trigger thoughts about how blessed you are. Activate emotions of joy and hope and excitement. Inspire you to get out there and make more awesome stuff happen. Changing your focus to the positives of what you have and what you desire changes your attitude and raises your frequency so you can align your energy with, and open yourself up to, everything you need to change your life: the moneymaking opportunities you didnt notice before, the people you can help and the people who can help you, and the ability to visualize a bigger life for yourself. It also sends thoughts of what you desire, not what you fear, out to Universal Intelligence, so it can start moving it toward you. Heres another important aspect of focus: Its impossible to focus on one thing and see another. Which is why when youre trapped in worry, you not only keep creating more of it, you literally cant see all the other possibilities that are surrounding you. For example, once when I had a hankering for a tuna fish sandwich, I went to the pantry to grab a can and found my craving crushed under the realization that I was tunaless. The little blue can of albacore was nowhere to be found (insert sad trombone sound here). Right before I left the pantry in defeat, I thought to myself, I KNOW I have some damn tuna, so I kept looking and suddenly, lo and behold, right in front of my face, there appeared two cans of tuna. The thing is, the cans were red, not the usual blue (I switched brands, you see), and because I was looking for blue, not red, I did not see them. Im sharing this lunchtime suspense thriller with you because it illustrates how often we miss out on the golden financial opportunities, life-changing connections, and heart-opening experiences that we crave because were stuck in old ways of thinking, believing, and hence, focusing. When you focus on your past, you are blind to your present. You are the master of your reality, and your perception is manning the control knobs. EMOTION When it comes to ramping it up to rake in the dough, any positive thoughts youre choosing to think that lack emotion are flaccid, useless, and windbaggy. Affirmations like I love money, money flows to me effortlessly, I am a badass at making money, if buried beneath the heavy sigh of as if, are a big fat waste of everyones time. Just thinking something doesnt mean you believe itits only when gargantuan positive emotions are involved that thoughts are able to access their superhero powers to create new expansive beliefs, fearless actions, and as a result, exciting new realities in our bank accounts and other areas of our lives. Because we are both spiritual and physical beings, weve got a whole slew of things going on in the realm of the unseenthoughts, beliefs, intuition, imagination, emotions, etc., all of which affect our physical realities here on Earth. When youre in emotional pain, for example, you cry, your face gets all tight and weird looking, maybe you sometimes even puke youre so upset. When youre excited, your heart speeds up, your body tingles, and you run into traffic, drag a stranger out of their car, and kiss them all over their head. Our emotions are the motivating kicks in the rear that alert our bodies that its time to take action and make a thought a physical reality. Just like the table lamp takes electricity and transforms it into light, our bodies take thoughts and turn them into results. In order for this to happen, in both cases, a switch needs to be flicked. Emotions are the switch. If you find yourself swirling in a whirlpool of suckery its because of this chain reaction: You think something that triggers an emotion that then causes you to act in a way that keeps you caught in a loop of frustrating results. Lets say, for example, that your complaint of choice is Im broke. Its your go-to whenever faced with the possibility of fun or growth: Want to go to the movies? I cant, Im broke. Want to go out for dinner with exciting, successful people who will inspire the crap out of you and very possibly change your life? I cant, Im broke. Want to buy a magic pill that will make you rich, young, and hilariously funny? I cant, Im broke. Instead of rallying and accessing your imagination, your will, your Ima figure it out because this is important to me, oh yes I am! muscle, the emotions of despair and hopelessness keep you in a state of constantly re-creating your ho-hum realityyou cant see past your present situation, youve blocked your ability to imagine, youve chosen victimhood. I mean, with that sad-sack thought of Im broke looping through your head, you barely have the energy to bend down and pick a nickel up off the sidewalk let alone leap bravely into the unknown. To break free from your rut, you must make the choice to think something else and slather it with emotion. The thoughts, beliefs, and emotions we dont consciously reject, we unconsciously accept. Awareness is the key to freedom. When you pay attention to how youre thinking and feelingHmm, when I say Im broke it makes me feel like crapyou empower yourself to make a better choice, to instead think thoughts that light you up like a yard in Queens at Christmastime. The best way to be as mighty as you can be is by getting crystal clear about, and extremely attached to, your Why. Employ the muscle of imagination, envision yourself in the life you desire to live, feel the feelings that having this money and this life call forth. Conjure up the emotions associated with your purpose for making money and cling to them like a baby monkey. As James Allen says in As a Man Thinketh: Thought allied fearlessly with purpose becomes creative force. Heres some other helpful things to know about emotions: Emotions dont like to share their space. If youre sick of feeling scared or sad or frustrated, focus all your energy on building up the opposite emotion. Compassion drowns out hate and vice versa, excitement drowns out fear and vice versa, belief drowns out skepticism and vice versa. I was at a funeral for a friend from college, sitting in a row with all my old pals, and a very old lady sat down in front of us, wheeling an oxygen tank behind her. One of my friends looked down at the row of us and mouthed nitrous and we all fell apart laughing, our sadness suddenly, and temporarily, nowhere to be found. IMPORTANT EMOTIONS NOTE: We are feeling creatures, we are meant to experience, not deny, our emotions. Ergo, its not about being all yippy skippy every moment of every day and never ever feeling sad or angry or freaked out. Expecting yourself to feel only positive emotions is not only impossible, but will most likely make you feel like a failure instead of like a normal human. Feel what you feel, have a temper tantrum, shake your fist in the air and curse thy enemys name, lie facedown in your driveway and weep, let your emotions live large and then . . . make the decision to move on. Its when we wallow in our negative emotions that we let them hold us back. Experiencing them, however, is healthy and critical to releasing them. Love is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Love beats the crap out of fear, hate, jealousy, worry, insecurity, irritation, grouchinessits stronger than all of em. If we all just spent our days focusing on strengthening our love muscles, lawd the changes wed see. But for you, dear soon-to-be-rich person, practice viewing everything in your world, and I mean everything, even your backed-up septic tank, with love and appreciation and behold where it gets you. Fall madly in love with your purpose for making money and you will be unstoppable. STRETCH YOUR IMAGINATION One of the coolest gifts we have to help us on our road to riches is our imagination. Imagination is the mental kitchen where we cook up two types of make-believe: 1.The kind where we take ingredients from our surroundings and experiences and mold them to our liking: I see myself living in a house just like the Nelsons next door, I see myself showing my kids whats possible by creating my dream life, I see myself buying drinks for everyone down at the Drunken Tomato, etc. 2.The kind where we take ingredients from the spirit realm and bring them to life: the invention of space travel, the idea for the first skyscrapers, the creation of the electric can opener, etc. Imagination is awesome because it doesnt rely on physical circumstances, our five senses, or anything our parents told us about how important it is to have fresh breath if you want to succeed in life, for validation. Its through our imagination, not our current version of the truth, that were able to play with the infinite possibilities that are available to us. Anything goes when our hearts and our imaginations are at the helm. Stretching your imagination is critical if you want to radically change your life, because were asking ourselves to picture our dream lives from the realities we currently exist in. Well, Im fifty-eight, I work in a shoe store and support my wife and two kids, and youre telling me I could own the hotel of my dreams on Lake Tahoe and teach people how to fish all day? There is no way I can see that happening. Ever. We dont dare think too big because it seems ridiculousI mean, we can talk all day long about how making a few million a year would be awesome, but to actually set about making that amount with the unwavering knowledge that it is happening dammit and not stopping until we get there is a whole other banana. It takes some serious noive to even allow yourself to entertain the idea, let alone go for it with the conviction that its going to happen. When something seems so big, so magnificent, so out of reach, it requires you to believe its possible before youve got any proof that you could ever pull it off. In fact, it usually requires you to ignore a lifetime of proof that you probably cant pull it off. Its much easier, and more realistic, to pare down the dream, shoot for whats reasonable, ask for less. Riches come to those who believe anything is possible even when all signs point to No Way in Hell. When I was toiling away back in the day, making about thirty grand a year, it occurred to me that after spending four decades trying, and failing, to become financially successful on my own, perhaps it would be wise to get some help. This is when I decided to hire my first coach, who is the one I mentioned in the beginning of this chapter. At the time I was freelance writing, knitting, etc., but I was also facilitating/coaching groups of women entrepreneurs on getting their businesses off the ground (ironically, I was great at helping other people figure out their lives). I met my coach through this entrepreneurial group, and she charged me seven thousand dollars to work with her privately. Which, if youre math oriented, feel free, otherwise Im just gonna go ahead and say that this was a terrifying percentage of my annual income. It was also twice what I paid for my car, cost more than all my furniture, clothes, and frozen burrito purchases put together, and it was more than the amount I still had left to pay on my student loans. In our culture, there are a few words to describe this kind of behavior: Irresponsible. Delusional. Full-goose bozo. Because what I also did was go even deeper into debt by maxing out the credit cards I had, as well as the new one I somehow miraculously applied for and got. If you want to change your life, you must be more available for the ridiculous than your reality. For me, making money was about freedom and options. Getting my ass out of debt, traveling the world, moving to a house where I could entertain more than two people at a time were all great incentives, but what really got me rolling up my sleeves every morning was my determination to become a different person. I wanted to be someone who created whatever I set my mind to instead of someone who settled for what I could get. If I got an idea about a trip I wanted to take, a cause I wanted to invest in, or a giant hat covered in fur and feathers that I wanted to buy, I wanted the feeling of freedom that came along with knowing I could do it or have it. I wanted to be in control, not at the mercy of, the circumstances in my life. Regardless of where you presently find yourself, if you spend time hanging out in that imaginary space of big possibility, relishing the details of your dream life, where riches flow to you no problemo, you can start to embody what success feels like and connect to the meaning that making money has for you. By imagining and envisioning yourself where you want to be, you start to get excited, you start to develop belief, faith, and hell-bent-for-glory purposefulness. These feelings are key to getting yourself to do what it takes to make your dreams manifest in physical form. These thoughts also inform Universal Intelligence that you are not screwing around, and it sets about the process of flinging everything you need to manifest your dream in your directionincluding such incredulities as coincidences, intuitive hits, and opportunities straight out of the clear blue sky. Your role is to keep your mindset strong, open, and ready to receive. And to do a whole lotta stuff youve never done before. Especially stuff that scares the living crap out of you and hurls you outside your comfort zone. When it comes to changing your life, if youre not scared, youre doing something wrong. When I decided I definitely wanted to work with this coach, my desire to change and to no longer be a victim of my rickety reality inspired me to switch my thinking from I aint got the seven grand to pay her to I will find it dammit. I focused all my energy on my desire to work with her and my belief that she could help me change my life. She not only specialized in helping women make money, but she walked her talk. At the time, she was making multiple six figures with her coaching business, but she had once been so broke she had her electricity turned off and one evening had to turn away the pizza delivery guy for lack of funds on her credit cardI mean, this woman turned away a pizza. Talk about having been through it. What was far more important to me than her fee or my debt or the very real possibility that if I didnt pull this off Id be sharing an address with my mother, was my mindset. I had gotten to the point in my life when I was so freaking sick of being broke, of feeling trapped, of knowing I could be doing so much more with my one and only life that I made the no-nonsense decision that no matter what, I would seize all opportunities that resonated with me to learn about money, to make money, and to do what it took to get rich. So when I met a coach who I felt could help me, instead of looking at the price tag and my bank account and thinking, Oh well, not exactly a match made in heaven, maybe Ill call around and see if anyones up for a beer, I hustled and demanded of myself that I find the money for her seven-thousand-dollar fee. This is the critical moment for us allthe moment the Universe places before you exactly what you need and asks you to rise to the occasion. Are you going to stick with low-frequency thoughts like: Im broke, it says it right there in my bank account. The end. OR will you stretch, raise your frequency, and find your way to My financial situation is temporary, its not who I am, its where I am, money is all around me, Ima find me some and make this happen. What you can and cant afford is all in your mind. If I told you to go out and make two thousand dollars in the next twenty-four hours, if your mindset wasnt in the right place you might give it a shot for a few hours and then succumb to thoughts of I cant because Im too clueless/lazy/busy, I tried everything and it didnt work, there is nothing l can do, not thats legal anyway, etc. However, if I chased you down the street swinging a sock full of nickels over my head threatening to beat you with it if you didnt increase your income, you would open yourself up to possibilities that, before you made the decision that it absolutely had to happen, you literally could not see (taking out a loan, selling your car, approaching important, intimidating people for help, etc.). Where theres a will theres a way; we just prefer to pretend there isnt a way so we dont have to take responsibility and do the uncomfortable stuff required to grow. An excuse is nothing but a challenge that youve given your power to. The big secret to getting rich isnt so much about brilliant plans or hard work or good connections or amazing timing as it is about thoughts and emotions. Our thoughts and emotions catalyze not only our actions, they also supply all the ingredients for the Cocktail of Creation: Belief Clarity Focus Faith Urgency Decisive action Tenacity Gratitude When youve got all these pieces in place and working together, aint nothing you cant do. DETERMINATION I got writeyourdamnbook.com up and running a couple of months after signing on with my coach, and to my great glee, I started making money almost immediately. The business angle made sense for me: I was a successful, albeit broke, freelance writer, I was tapped into a national network of women entrepreneurs thanks to my job coaching the ladies on their businesses, I was tech savvy enough to handle the Internet and computer requirements, and I was serious about getting my act together. To my great horror, I also became one of those unforgivably cheesy salespeople hocking their stuff online. I knew that supersmart online marketers had tested the methods I was using over and over, and that I was making money right away because I was following their wise lead but . . . why did it have to involve, among many other horrifying things, posting on the World Wide Web for all to see, a sales banner with a big picture of me on it, looking professional and oh so together in my business casuals? I begged my coach to tell me there was another way to do things, and she just looked at me and asked, Do you want to be broke and cool or rich and cheesy? You cant experience new lands from the confines of your comfort zone. The Universe will always send you what you need. It wants you to succeed, it wants you to grow and blossom and shine, its the law of nature fer feks sake. But just like the emperor penguin that has to carry his one egg eight trillion miles through perilous icy terrains to his hatching grounds, or the giant sequoia tree that needs intense heat from raging forest fires or some scary insect to crack open the cones that house its seeds . . . when it comes to birthing new life, the Universe wants to know just how serious you really are. For the first few years of my business, I lived a dual life. I was terrified that my friends and fellow musicians (Id been in rock bands for years) would stumble upon my goobery online marketing materials. I also lived in fear that my new book proposal clients would discover pictures of me in my punk band, Crotch, wasted and rocking out wearing a hair bikini, and politely ask for their money back. For years I tossed and turned in the midst of this major identity crisis, but my determination to make money was more important than my discomfort over what I had to do to make it. If I had to look cheesy, I did. If I had to spend even more money on hiring tech people to help me, I did. If I had to go to endless amounts of networking events and hand out my business card, I did. How determined you are determines your outcome. Deciding to get rich means you put that decision above all else (except doing illegal, amoral, revolting things for money, of course). You need to be ruthless with yourself because youre not only growing a new moneymaking mindset, youre battling a whole lot of subconscious beliefs about money that youve probably never faced before. Any chink in your armor will offer your old conditioning an opportunity to take over and steer you off course, which it will do so quickly you wont know what hit you. You cant: Be weird about the fact that you not only desire to get rich, but that youre going to focus everything youve got on making it happen. Make sure everything is perfect before starting. Theres a fine line between perfectionism and procrastination. Get the damn Web site up, the business cards made, the headshots taken, whateverget yourself in the position to start bringing in money and deal with fine-tuning it later. Be precious about getting rid of all the distractions in your life. Distractions are like unwanted hair. Get rid of one and another will sprout up somewhere else. Get rid of whatever is most easily dealt with, and as far as the rest go, learn to stay focused on making money in spite of them. There is never a lack of great excuses or reasons to shift your focus and slow your roll. Stay determined, stay focused. Whine about how little time you have or how nobody around you is supportive or that youre already working forty hours a week, how the hell am I supposed to do more? Take responsibility for the fact that you created everything in your life via your thoughts, beliefs, focus, actions, and energy, and that you have the power to shift your mindset, raise your frequency, and create new things that will serve you better. Get out of victim mode and into badass mode and be diligent about your mindset. Need to know exactly what youre doing before moving forward. Get practiced at taking the next step that feels right. There is no greater teacher than experienceyou will get all the answers you need as much by falling on your face as you will by knocking it out of the park. Get advice from people who arent farther along than you are. We tend to want to involve our old pals and people we feel comfortable with when were pushing ourselves into a new financial zone, but if you really want to grow, you need to hang with people you can learn from, who know what theyre doing, not just with people you feel comfortable with. Taking advice from people who are nowhere near where you want to be is one of the best ways to stay right where you are. If you stick with it and start seeing some real results, everything, including your subconscious mind, will start to shift. SUCCESS STORY: IF SHE CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU. Katherine, 52, shows what having unshakable belief in yourself, and your pal money, can do: Ive always been able to make good money. Ive always believed I was good at making money and that has been a self-fulfilling prophecy. I can make money even when Im not trying to. I started off as the lowest clerk in a financial services company, making about $15,000 a year, which was enough because I didnt spend a lot, but I worked hard and quickly moved up. I ended up as a vice president, making over $500,000 a year. As I started making more money, I took each raise that came and put half of it into savings, which was matched by the company, and retired very comfortably at age 40. Even after I retired, I started a gardening hobby, which soon became an income-producing business for me. I had no intention of doing that, my gardening business just seemed to evolve on its own. Making money is natural and easy for me; I see opportunities everywhere and am not afraid to jump in and see what happens. I think believing that you can make money, that you are worthy of it, is most important. Its one area Ive always believed in and not struggled with. I always applied for jobs I wasnt sure I was capable of doing and then worked hard to figure out how to do them. Fake it until you make it. Act as if you know what youre doing and work your ass off until you do. If you believe you are capable of making money, you will, even when you dont try. Believe that you are worthy of financial freedom. Do something you love and then all you ever have to do is be yourself to succeed. If you sell something you love, then you just sell love, not a specific product or service, and that will show. TO GET RICH Suggested Money Mantra (say it, write it, feel it, own it): I love money because it comes when I call. 1.Write down what your Whys are for getting rich and give three reasons that each one is stronger than your fear. 2.Come up with three ways that you can fall more deeply in love with your Whys and do them every day. (Example: If your Why is To take care of my family, you could look at a picture of them every day, repeat the affirmation My family is happy, healthy, and living abundantly because Im a badass at making money, cut out pictures of the specific things youll buy to take care of them with, and look at them every day. Stuff like that.) 3.Notice three things about your financial life that youre focusing on in a negative light and make the conscious choice to shift your focus. (Example: My bank account is a cavernous pit of emptiness and sorrow becomes My bank account is wide open and ready to receive.) Please fill in the blank: Im grateful to money because ____________________. CHAPTER 7 FAITH AND GRATITUDINAL GOLD I magine that some sort of Grand Pooh-Bah Master of the Universe came down from the heavens and informed you that all the riches you desired were in a warehouse down the street, and were totally 100 percent guaranteed to show up in your life, if you kept diligently working toward them: the money, the dream house, the thriving new business, the killer speaking career, your foundation fund to help the homeless, your mortgage payments, the certified, authentic tube top that Pat Benatar wore on her In the Heat of the Night tour that you saw on eBay, all of it. How would you show up in life if this was the case? If you werent distracted by feelings of doubt and worry niggling away in the back of your mind that maybe it wasnt going to happen for you after all? Youd probably be more relaxed, more excited, youd enjoy your work moretweedily twee tweeyoud be more playful, positive, generous, grateful. Youd say things like, When I get my boat Ima let you drive it! youd invest whatever terrifying amounts of money you needed to into your business, youd doodle Me + the Universe = 4ever on all your notebooks, youd leap into new exciting/terrifying opportunities with a grateful expectation of victory, recover from mistakes more quickly, your words would be mightier, your swagger would be swaggier. Basically, youd be psyched. The person I just described has the mindset of someone whos wealthy, theyve got all the fixins weve been talking about throughout this book so far. I also just described the mindset of someone who has unshakable faith in themselves and the Universe. Your fortune is in your faith. Faith is required if youre going to upgrade from rickety to rolling in it because faith is the part of us that dares to believe that an unseen, unproven, and often proven otherwise, brand-new, and awesome reality is within our grasp. Without faith, aka belief in miracles, what would be the point of trying to create anything new and grand? Wed take one look around us and be like, Alrighty, so, I reckon this is as good as it gets. . . . Check, please! Faith is the rocket that you ride into uncharted territory to get to your wildest dreams. And it needs to be mighty sturdy because youre flying through some crazy stuff, much of which is trying to knock you off course. The life youre determined to create depends on your rocket not falling apart. Youre up against not only your own bonkers beliefs about money, but youll most likely have people hurling their crappy fear, doubt, and worry at you too like a bunch of wild monkeys. Your faith must be fierce, fiery, not fuckin around. You must believe that everything you desire really is available to you and that you possess all the tools, power, and permission to manifest it. Heres how having faith helps you get rich. Faith helps you give How the heave-ho. You created the life youre presently living by doing what you know how to do, and by being the person you know how to be. When you make the no-nonsense decision to get rich, you may not see any solutions or opportunities to make this new kind of money no matter how hard you look. This is because youre so busy focusing on what you think the How should look like that you cant see the new, unrecognizable How that the Universe is excitedly wagging in your face. Faith shifts your focus off the past, your old ways of doing things, and opens you up to new opportunities, new Hows, that will create a new reality. For example, when I was a struggling freelance writer, I decided I was going to get a part-time job that required getting dressed, leaving the house, and collaborating with other people. I didnt know what this job looked like or how I was going to find it, all I knew was that I was serious about making more money, helping other people, and having a reason to brush my hair. One day a friend told me about an entrepreneurial think tank that helped women launch their own businesses. The old me would have instantly passed up this opportunity for fear of spending the money to join only to sit there, week after week, looking like a boob with zero ideas for a business. Yet even though it cost a lot of money for me at the time, and I had no idea how it could lead to me making any money, something about it just felt right. I was hell-bent on changing my financial situation, and since this opportunity involved leaving the house and hanging out with other people who were investing in getting their shit together, I forked over the money and joined up. As I sat there listening to all these women brainstorming their ideas, I still had no idea for a business of my own, but I realized Id be awesome at helping them figure out what to do with theirs. To make a very long story short, I asked the lady running the group if she needed any help facilitating, she hired me, I began my first foray into coaching, which led to me starting my own business as a coach, which led to me making mad money, which led to me sitting here writing this book. If, instead of taking a leap of faith, Id focused on my fear of wasting my money, of looking like a boob, of not yet seeing how those meetings would lead to me getting rich, I very possibly would be writing a book on Ten Easy Tips for Declaring Bankruptcy instead of a book on how to get rich. You created the financial reality youre in right now by doing what youre doing how youre doing itbuying into your present excuses and limitations and working at the same old same old. If youre serious about creating a new reality, you must do different things and think different thoughts. Faith allows you to release the need to know How its going to happen, to trust that the way will be shown, and to take action before having all the answers laid out before you. Faith raises your frequency. When you trust that your riches are on the way, instead of biting your nails over the what-ifs and how the hells, you shift your emotional state from doubt and fear to excited expectation. This shift raises your frequency, opens you up, and makes you aware of people and opportunities you werent seeing before. This higher frequency also gives you the huzzah to take action on these new, unknown opportunities when they present themselves, instead of running screaming in the other direction, no matter how terrifying or expensive or are you freaking kidding me these new opportunities are (and trust me, they rarely come in any other form). Faith helps you shape shift. In order to become the new, richer you, you must relinquish your attachment to your present/old identity: Im broke, I hang out with other broke people, and we do broke things together. We believe we are X (noble, stuck, safe, screwed, etc.). We love our broke tribe and do not ever want to break it up. Instead of focusing on what you risk losing when you grow, faith helps you focus on, and believe in, all you have to gain. Faith strengthens your relationship with Universal Intelligence. When you have faith enough to say, I may not know exactly how Im going to double my income, I just know that I am, you are trusting that the path to riches will be shown to you. Instead of expecting yourself to have all the answers, youre leaping into the unknown fully trusting that Universal Intelligence has your back: Here I comes U Dawg, I know youre gonna catch me! Your past and present knowledge of reality is being tossed aside for something that doesnt exist yet. If you didnt have faith that the Universe had something awesome in store for you, was there for you, and was, you know, smarter than you, you wouldnt let go of your present truth. Faith strengthens your self-confidence. If youre badass enough to leap off the edge of your present reality into the void, is there anything you cant do? The answer: No. Nothing. Faith strengthens your abundance mindset. Faith in the unknown and the miraculous removes your focus from what you lack, and homes in on infinite possibility. What you focus on you create more of. Hence, faith = abundance mindset = youre gonna need some bigger pockets. Lets put faith into the context of stand-up comedy because its a great metaphor for the sort of grit it takes to put yourself all the way out on the edge. If you lob a joke out into the audience and all you hear is crickets, its just you up there with nowhere to turn, sucking on stage for all to see. You might as well just go ahead and do it naked to complete the nightmare. But when you nail a joke, all eyes are on you, all the laughter and glory is yours. Its thrilling, its terrifying, its all or nothing, and its all you. When you go big and take the scary leaps you need to take to change your financial sitchhire an expensive stylist, enroll in beauty school, write your book, buy a castle and turn it into a discoyoure up there on stage with no idea whats on the other side of those blinding lights, free-falling through space. But heres the great news: If you nail it, party time! If you bomb, you now know what didnt work, so when you go out there and give it another shot, you get to do so with more info. Taking a leap of faith is a win/win. Treading water in your comfort zone for the rest of your life is a snore/yawn. Faith, like all other facets of our mindset, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. The bigger the leap, the stronger your faith muscle needs to be. Staying steady, focused, and fixated on your faith when the poop really hits the fan marks the difference between those who are successful and those who fail. Its usually right after we think we literally cannot take one moment more of the uncertainty or the waiting or the pressure or the disappointmentsHoly hellballs, are you trying to kill me over here?that the big investor comes through, or the counteroffer is accepted, or the soul mate walks through the door. A test of faith is like playing chicken with the Universe. The Universe wants you to grow and bloom into the most glorious version of yourself. Growth happens through friction and challenge, and the lessons we learn through these experiences. Because the Universe is so excited for you to be all you can be, it is going to send you all the learning experiences you need: Heres a flat tire on your way to your wedding! Heres a hurricane and a flood the day you open your new business! Heres nowhere to park when youre late for the job interview of your dreams! When you have faith that everything happens as its meant to, you open yourself up to receive the lesson, to stay the course until youre successful, and to not totally lose your shit. In the midst of the particularly trying lessons and growing experiences, you have to hang in there like your life depends on it. With the really big stuff, very often youre required to get to the point where your faith is the only thing youve got left, because youve gone so far out to the edge that anything familiar or safe or rational isnt even a blip in your rearview mirror anymore. Its like flying or surfing or tripping: You have to focus on your faith and surrender to the cosmic rock tumbler because your only other option is to freak out and crash. Badassery comes to those who take risks. I recently had an offer from a production company to option the rights to one of my books. The offer was good, but we were haggling over one critical percentage and neither of us would budge. I wanted more, they wanted to give me less, and no matter how much we rearranged and tweaked other parts of the contract, this one point always just sat there, staring at us with blank eyes, the dead cow that wouldnt move. I loved these people, felt they really understood my writing and my sense of humor, and was so psyched to work with them. When they said the dreaded words, This is our final offer, and that damn percentage had yet to go up, I had to take a big ole leap of faith and pass. I didnt want to, we didnt have offers from any other production companies I was anywhere near as excited to work with, but the percentage felt low and I knew Id be resentful if I took it. I had to have faith that an even more awesome offer was right around the corner and that my decision was solid, instead of freaking out about what the hell did I just do, I just passed up the opportunity to have someone make a TV show out of my book while I lie around getting hot stone massages and count my money. Consciously keeping my focus on my faith was a challenge, I aint gonna lie, but I did. I kept reminding myself that, of course, the deal I desired was on its way, I kept envisioning this deal, kept feeling into it, kept being grateful for it. Im thrilled to report that their final offer was like Chers never-ending final tourthey came around the following week and offered us what we asked for and now were all happily moving forward together. I never would have had the strength to pass, stay the course, and wind up in this awesome situation without dear old faith. At the end of this chapter Im going to share some of my favorite methods for developing faith muscles so firm you could bounce a quarter off them. But now I want to spend a moment talking about the granddaddy of all personal workout coaches: gratitude. Whether its strengthening your faith or your beliefs or your frequency or your thoughts or your relationship with Universal Intelligence, gratitude is one-stop shopping on your road to mightiness. Unlike almost anything else, gratitude puts you in close contact with the spiritual realm. Gratitude, above all other thoughts, unites you with Universal Intelligence because youre basically matching your frequency to the frequency of the Universe via thoughts and feelings of love. Think of it like this: Lets say you live in a neighborhood with lots of kids and you bake a batch of cookies and hand them out. Some kids are so wrapped up in their play that they wolf them down without giving it much thought, some kids whine about wanting seconds, but theres one kid who shows deep appreciation. Hes grateful for the cookie, for the gesture, for your big ole heart, he helps you clean the kitchen, refill your bird feeder, set up your iPhone. Hes the kid who gets as many cookies as he wants and gets to lick the bowl. Hes met your energy of giving with his energy of gratitude and his high-frequency response opens him up to receive more of that same energy from you as well as someone else. Wealth appreciates for the appreciative. Gratitude allows you to raise the energy you meet each situation with. When youre grateful for the lessons in challenging situations instead of feeling pissed off or put out or sorry for yourself, you raise your frequency and open yourself up to receiving more high-frequency experiences instead of repeating crappy old ones. Resentment attracts more resentment; denial keeps you stuck in the same place. But gratitude gets you out of the loop of lowness, opens you to new possibilities, and sets you free. Lets say youre unemployed and youre driving to a job interview and you get into a car accident. Now youve missed the interview, lost the potential income and youre going to have to go deeper into debt to get a new car. Im all for cursing and kicking tires and bursting into tears and getting the rage and frustration out of your system. This isnt about denying or suppressing your feelings, but it is about choosing to perceive your life in a powerful way. Even if you have no freaking idea what the lesson is in this situation, once youve had your temper tantrum, be grateful that it happened. You are in one moment in time, stranded on the side of the freeway, suddenly surrounded by shattered glass and traffic cones, and you have no idea how this situation is going to play out in the scope of your life. You could discover years later that it saved you from taking a job you would have hated instead of getting the one you now love, you could fall in love with the EMT who shows up on the scene of your accident. Or you could finally wake up and decide to do whatever it takes to get rich because having your car totaled was the final straw that inspired you to face your money issues and go whole hog to change your life. You can choose to be a victim to your circumstances or take responsibility for how you choose to perceive them. You cant see the silver lining through victim goggles. Have faith that you and the Universe have created everything for your growth and be grateful for it. No matter what. Get practiced at making gratitude your go-to, notice the eight trillion things around you at all times that you can be grateful for, and feel into the grateful expectation for all the things coming your way. The good, the bad, the ugly, the salsa stain you just got on your new white shirt, become a gratitude machine for all of it. There is no lack of things to be grateful for if you remember to pay attention. If youre feeling frustrated and upset by your lack of income, spending some real time on gratitude is critical, especially if you feel like youre doing everything rightif youre clear on your specifics, hauling ass, taking big risks, making scary sales calls, paying people money youre scared to spend to help you get your Web site up, and still . . . no dinero. WTF? If youve got everything right, but youre dropping the ball on being grateful, you are most likely pushing the money away out of desperation for this freaking money to come in, already. Desperation repels, gratitude attracts. When youre desperate, youre stuck in the worry that the moneys not there and that you need to get it rather than knowing that its already here and theres no need to get anything. Remember, money is currency and currency is energy. When you switch into gratitude mode and focus on feeling grateful for all you have and all thats coming your way, even if there isnt any money anywhere in sight at the moment, you strengthen your faith that the money will be there for you and align yourself energetically with this belief, and you will start manifesting the very things and opportunities youre grateful for. I have a friend whos an interior designer. At the beginning of every year she figures out how much money shed like to make, what its for, gets all in a tizzy about it, and then she drives around her town and looks at all the houses, seeing each one as an opportunity to realize her dream. She obviously doesnt decorate every house, but she uses this exercise to anchor in the belief that there are countless houses and people who could use her services, who she could help and who can help her in return by paying her. For this she is deeply grateful, her faith is rock solid that, of course, she can have what she desires, and every year she meets her goal. Even if she doesnt have one damn client at the beginning of her little driving tour, she is grateful for all the clients that she knows the Universe is sending her. Its like when youre on a plane and you take off on a drizzling, dark, depressing day. You look out the window at the gray sky, the sad little houses below getting misted with rain, then you head right into the dark clouds themselves. Its black and bumpy and scary and thenta-da!all of a sudden you pop out on top of it all into blue sky, fluffy clouds, and sunshine. The sunshine and fluffy clouds were there all along, you just couldnt see them from your perspective. I dont care how insane or hopeless your situation appears to you right now, because its not the truth, its just what youre experiencing at the moment. Theres an entirely different and sunny reality out there waiting for you, all you have to do is make the decision to blast through your own storm clouds of fear, doubt, and worry, stay in grateful expectation with unshakable faith that the sun is there even though you cant yet see it, and stay the course through the turbulence until you reach the other side.
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