Stephen Hopson is guest blogging for Phil today.
I found some great ways of making myself feel financially abundant, regardless of the present state of my bank account. It works amazingly well because as I’m doing them, I truly get excited. According to the Law of Attraction, you have to feel good about abundance before it can flow into your experience.
1. Withdraw a $100 bill from your bank account (an actual $100 bill, don’t ask the teller to break it up into twenties, tens, etc.). Put it in your wallet or purse. Several times a day, open it and look at it. I don’t know about you, but it’s been a very long time since I’ve physically seen a $100 bill. But every time I see it, I get excited. As you go throughout the day, imagine spending it 20 or 30 times. Say to yourself, I can afford to get (name of product or service you want). What will happen is you’ll increase your financial well-being vibration by spending two or three thousand dollars a day. The universe sees that you are feeling good about money and will respond by giving you more of it.
2. Create a fake bank account on your finance software (i.e. Quicken) or if you don’t have one, buy yourself a ledger. On Day 1, deposit $1,000 and increase daily deposits by an extra $1,000. For example on Day 1=$1,000. Day 2=$2,000, Day 3=$3,000, Day 25=$25,000. Create at least one deposit and one withdrawal every day. Before you make a withdrawal, have some fun with it and do research. Find out how much something you really want costs. You want that high definition TV from Best Buy? Look it up and then go “buy it.” Do you owe money on your car? Look up the balance and pay it off! Pretty soon you’ll be feeling prosperous. The universe does not know the difference between your real bank or fake bank account. What it responds to is the level of emotion you’re experiencing. And if you have fun with it and “play along,” you won’t be able to help but feel excited.
3. Get yourself a “treasure box” (perhaps a cardboard box) and write “Treasure Box” on it. Every time you see a picture in a magazine of something you desire whether it be new clothes, a nice house, a big TV, cut it out and put it in your treasure box. Put the box in a place where you can see it every day. On the days you feel “down” for whatever reason, dip into the treasure box and look through the contents and re-inspire yourself. Absorb the energy it gives you and breathe it in. (An alternative to this is to get yourself a bulletin board and tack up those pictures and words (or phrases) so that you can absorb the feelings your “vision board” gives you.)
4. Look in your closet and wear the nicest clothes that you have in there. Wear whatever clothes make you feel “abundant.” For me, I love wearing attractive polo shirts and docker pants (or shorts). It makes me feel prosperous when I dress in “business casual” clothing. Give yourself the gift of buying a nice outfit once in a while so that you can feel more prosperous with the clothes you have just bought. Make a conscious decision that you will wear something that makes you feel good. And then wear it often.
5. Do you have a dream car? Why not visit your local dealership and go for a test drive? It won’t cost you anything. The salesman will give you a couple of brochures to take home. Then cut out pictures of your dream car and put it in your treasure box (or up on the vision board).
6. Go on a huge rampage of appreciation. Consciously appreciate the beauty of nature or send thank you cards to people who have made a difference in your life. The other day I was at a small lake by myself. The autumn air was cool but the sun was out in full force. The water was incredibly calm, reflecting the trees surrounding it. I drank it all in, consciously thanking God for such beauty. By the time I left, I was feeling thankful. An attitude of gratitude is a powerful force – it brings inner peace, happiness and spiritual wealth.
7. Tithe 10 percent of your income to whatever source (i.e. your church, a nonprofit group) that provides you with spiritual nourishment. What you give away, you get back.
8. Treat yourself to a fabulous dinner or stay in a fancy hotel for one night. Give yourself the gift of luxury and take it all in throughout the experience. This will make it easier to remember the sights, smells, sounds, feelings and tastes when visualizing yourself living that way later. It’s like taking your dream car for a test-drive. Because you’ve actually experienced it, you’ll have an easier time visualizing it.
Stephen J. Hopson is a former award-winning Wall Street stockbroker turned motivational speaker, author and the first deaf pilot in the world (yes, you read that right) to earn an instrument rating in 2006. This is a rating that allows him to fly as pilot in command through "bad" weather where radio use is actually required (how?? – email him at stephen(at)sjhopson(dot) and he’ll tell you!). He just moved his "Adversity University" blog from Blogger to WordPress at www.adversityuniversityblog.com If you’d like to see him in action as a speaker, you could visit his professional speaking website at www.sjhopson.com