This I Believe

Michael - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Entered on May 11, 2006
Age Group: 50 - 65
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Five Authentic Principles for Prosperity.

Principle Number One: Enjoy everything.

We should understand the world does not owe us a living. We will succeed or fail by the amount of joy we have for the project we will call our work. The number one ingredient is enthusiasm and commitment for the job in hand.

We have to understand that very few things will go in the direction we desire, and the more we practice our skills, the luckier we will become. We manufacture our own luck, and recognizing opportunities is the key to success.

Every viewpoint, in every business day, ought to be explored. Never say no to anything until we have examined every possibility and outcome. Even if we find that it is not what we desire, we leave the door open for future development. If we are only interested in what we can get out of any action of the moment, we are doomed to failure.

Principle Number Two: Become a giver not a taker.

A key ingredient in a successful venture is giving rather than taking. In other words give the best and you will receive the best. If you do not have the ability to give the best, keep on trying different approaches until you can give the best. Whatever you give, you will get back in abundance. The mistake many people make is they want to take as much as they can, as quick as they can, with the least amount of giving.

There are those who have achieved money and status by devious means. They may have all the trappings of the luxury lifestyle, but they do not possess the clear mind to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Therefore, they are not a success to themselves.

All the stresses and strains of cheating will one-day manifest into an illness. You can mislead other people, but you cannot lie to your immune system. Therefore, it pays big dividends to give other associates a helping hand up the ladder of success. Alchemy works in both directions so if you oppose the good … you will end up with the bad.

Principle Number 3: Overcome adversity.

Enjoy the failures more than the successes. Understand, there is no such thing as failure. Each lesson learnt, is a lesson gained. Just don’t keep making the same mistakes. Everything is a gain, gain situation. Negative people are our stepping-stones to wealth. The more they tell us it can’t be done, the more energy they give us to get the job done successfully. Always remember, beauty is relative to the eye of the beast. Adversities are sent to test our resolve … become a good hurdler, and learn how to jump over them.

If you require an answer to a difficult problem you need to solve, ask any question to yourself a few minutes before going to sleep—and then forget about it and go into a sound deep sleep. The next morning, on awakening, you may get an idea from “out-of-the-blue” that solves the issue. If not that morning, then it may take more time. Keep asking the question every night until the matter resolves itself…if it is a genuine question then you surely will find a truthful answer! If, after a long period, you cannot find any answers that solve your predicament, then examine the question. Distinguish if it is to serve the greater good of your business and everyone connected with it, or just a selfish search for instant wealth. Change the question and you will find the authentic answer. Then perhaps you can change your attitude to the problem.

Principle Number Four: Stay debt-free.

Not too many people became millionaires by being in personal or business debt and paying high interest rate charges. Why put yourself behind the field before you start the race?

It is far better to walk before you can run. You must not pile up too much debt. If you cannot afford something, then you need to work a little harder and longer until you have the funds to expend. I know this is not the modern way of thinking and there are always exceptions to the rule, but being debt-free sure makes for ‘peaceful sleep.’ Being ‘under pressure’ to pay bills is no way to live. So practice, plastic surgery and cut up most of your credit cards. Your purpose of being on earth is to enjoy life and your labor must be a labor of love without demands. The greater the love for the job -in -hand … the more rewarding the prosperity results.

Principle Number Five: Enjoy endurance.

Remember the three P’s Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance. If we trust in our ‘true self,’ we cannot fail. As long as we are enjoying our business activities in the same way as we enjoy our leisure, success is assured. If it takes a few years more than we thought to achieve our goal, then so much the better, because we have more time to gain extra experience.

Personal integrity cannot be bought; therefore, once we gain authentic credibility, everything else we do eases into its appropriate space. It will eventually mean other people will regard us as experts in our field. We have mastered time and space.

With these five principles for prosperity deposited into our memory banks, we are ready to build new bridges, network with all the new and innovative companies in our field.

“I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.” – Ernest Hemingway

There is just one other point to understand. It is important to note that we will never actually own anything. We only possess what we can take on our eternal journey. We are just renting space and time, so our success, is not measured by our bank balance. We live in a materialistic world, and to become truly prosperous we need to establish one very important point … When we reverse our conditioned mind’s way of thinking, we find creativity within a universal spirit, guiding us on an authentic life course … Intelligence is channeled from the spirit with-in … Are you connected-in-frequently? When the frequency is tuned-in to the authentic wave bands, we incorporate powerful-foundation-seeds … Yielding an easy direction to follow towards alchemical prosperity!