By Patricia Arawore
In the last edition, I told you that the first step to becoming successful and wealthy is that you must have a strong desire to create wealth. A desire so strong that you are ready to follow it doggedly and also be persistent in that doggedness. I also said that you must be able to give life to that desire so that it does not die as a mere dream.
You must remain positive and never see failure as an end to your ambition but rather as a stepping stone to greater things to come. And above all, that we must be focused and disciplined as these are the essential tools to success and wealth creation.
Let me quickly warn that there are a lot of ways to get rich, which include: chance, speculation, inheritance, theft, extortion, fraud, graft, lobbying, contract scams, counterfeiting, 419, cross_carpeting from one political party to the other, kidnapping, etc. But this Series (MoneySense) is only interested in one way, i.e the rules of creating wealth and getting paid for it.
The advantage of creating wealth, as a way to get rich, is not just that it is more legitimate but that it is more straightforward, rewarding, fulfilling and comes with of peace of mind.
Now are you ready to move to a new lifestyle of successful living and great fulfillment? If so, the first thing to do is to move from negative to positive energy. It is impossible for you to succeed when you have already made up your mind that you are a total failure, and you parade yourself in that manner. Really if you have no confidence in yourself, how do you expect anyone else to take you seriously? Take a decision to start afresh now knowing that whatever happened yesterday (all our unsuccessful efforts) are in the past. Today is a new dawn with fresh opportunities for you. We cannot change yesterday but SURELY we can do something about today and tomorrow.
It is amazing how some people hang on permanently to the past, spending so much time and energy lamenting why things always seem to go wrong and why they never do well. Year in, year out, they are moaning and groaning, while sparing no time to change their situation.
Surely there is nothing wrong with self_analysis but it must be done towards self_improvement. To be honest with you, I have probably gone to the other extreme myself. I just do not have the time, energy nor space to carry along yesterdayâ€˜s problems, not to talk about the day before. My pre_occupation is how to make the best of today and plan for tomorrow.
Take that decision now knowing that you have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else to succeed as much as you want and the only thing that can hold you back is yourself.
Next, you need to get rid of those societal stereotypes (beliefs) that seem to drag you down and prevent you from achieving your goals.
Such beliefs include:
_â€˜Not everybody is born to be richâ€™.
_â€˜You cannot be rich and serve God effectivelyâ€™;
_â€˜People from poor families are destined to remain poorâ€™;
_â€˜You can never make it without a godfatherâ€™;
_â€˜Every rich man is dishonest and fraudulentâ€™;
_â€˜Happiness and wealth do not go togetherâ€™;
_â€˜Those who are rich are just â€˜luckyâ€™;
WHO SAID SO?Â Let us go back to the beginning and look at a few verses from the Bible: â€œBeloved I wish above all things that thou prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospersâ€ (3 John 2).
â€œAnd you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth,â€¦.. â€ (Deutronomy 8:18).
Finally â€œThus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Isreal:â€™I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profitâ€™â€(Isaiah 48:17).
So how then can we say that it is Godâ€˜s wish for some of His children to be poor?Â That is blasphemy!Â Still on the Bible, the story of Jabez is inspiring. He was born to a very poor family. Not only that, his mother called him Jabez because she bore him in sorrow.
But He DECIDED to move away from poverty and the curse his mother placed on him by virtue of the name she gave him. Thus, Jabez went to God in prayer, asking for the following:
1.That God would bless him and enlarge his territory;
2.That Godâ€˜s hand should be with him;
3.That God would keep him from evil; and
4.That he would not cause pain.
Note that Jabez had a strong desire to move from poverty to prosperity. He went to God in prayer and was persistent until God granted him his request.
He also determined exactly what he wanted and asked that Godâ€˜s hand should be on him in order to protect his territory and sustain his wealth. Finally, that God may keep him from evil and even though his name was PAIN, he should cause no one any pain. And the Bible tells us that God granted him all that which he requested (1 Chr. 4:9 and 10)