One concept that has been rolling around in my brain the last week as I seek to better establish my business is what both CF. Haanel and Napoleon Hill termed ‘Money Consciousness’.
How does this statement regarding the topic that Hill made in chapter 2 of ‘Think and Grow Rich’ hit you?
“Only those who become “money conscious” ever accumulate great riches. “Money consciousness” means that
the mind has become so thoroughly saturated with the DESIRE for money, that one can see one’s self already
in possession of it.”(Napoleon Hill)
For me, when I first read those words over 20 years ago it was like a hard slap in the face! You see I had been brought up in a Fundamental Christian home where seeking for Money or worldly goods was considered a taboo. You may have heard phrases such as ‘The Love of Money is the root of all evil’ or even ‘Money is the root of all evil’. I believe in the last few years as I have moved forward with my own Home Based Business opportunities, that though I had professed to have given up the idea that ‘Money seeking’ was evil, subtly in the back round this untruth still held me back from reaching my full potential to be the ‘Gift’ God had intended me to be for people.
Lately as I have sought to move my business forward in new ways I have come to the realization or ‘Consciousness’ that I need MONEY! I need money to share my gifts and talents with others, I need money to be free to be the man God desires me to be and I need Money to provide the best service I can for others. Read further what CF. Haanel said about ‘Money Consciousness’
“The money consciousness is an attitude of mind. It is the open door to
the arteries of commerce. It is the receptive attitude. Desire is the
attractive force which sets the current in motion …”(CF. Haanel)
Accumulating or Having Money then is all about an attitude of openness and receptivity and DESIRE is the Key ingredient to attract the resources one may need. So when we the have a positive attitude and an intense Desire for Money we can then be aware or ‘conscious of’ the ‘the arteries of commerce ‘ or many opportunities available to us today.
Let me leave with you today my new ’5 Step Action Plan’ for having a better ‘Money Consciousness’
1.) Give Yourself Permission
“All possession is the result of the accumulative attitude of mind, or the
money consciousness; this is the magic wand which will enable you to
receive the idea and it will formulate plans for you to execute, and you
will find as much pleasure in the execution as in the satisfaction of
attainment and achievement.”(CF Haanel)”
In other words step forward and decide that Money is needed and you are worthy to have all the Money you need to live a Fulfilling and meaningful life. Another book that I browsed when pondering this was ‘The Science of Getting Rich’ by Wallace Wattles. In chapter 2 of his book he is as direct about accumulation of Wealth as one could be. He basically says it Is our RIGHT & if we are to be all that the Infinite Creator intended us to be we will need to be wealthy.
2.) Decide to ‘Cast off the Poverty Consciousness’
“Fear is just the opposite from money consciousness. It is poverty
consciousness, and as the law is unchangeable we get exactly what we
give; if we fear we get what we feared. “(Napoleon Hill)
Hill said basically to not have a consciousness of Money was FEAR or Poverty Consciousness.
There is so much I could say about this point as I think all people can relate to being afraid in their lives. Certain fears such as fearing for your life on a battlefield may be healthy, and yet in my mind we entertain and nurture way too many unwarranted fears in life.Fear or Poverty consciousness keeps us thinking small in business, or not trying new methods and approaches to improve business. From the Bible a Parable that illustrates these contrasting concepts so well is about the TALENTS that a master gave to his servants before he left for a trip.The 1st servant was given 5 talents,the 2nd servant was given 2 talents and the 3rd servant was given one Talent. All the servants were expected to multiply their talents and become more prosperous. When the Master returned he found the 1st 2 servants had doubled their talents and so he rewarded them with more wealth and responsibility. However, the 3rd servant HID his Talent FEARING he might lose it. The Master called this servant unworthy and actually wicked. The moral of the story for us in life and business is just this, if we are not moving forward we will fall behind and actually lose anything we already have. We can not allow fear or Poverty Consciousness to hold us back!
3.) Decide to See and Experience the Possibilities
In chapter 2 (‘Desire’ ) of ‘Think and Grow Rich’ Hill speaks about a time much like ours today when there was the great depression….
“The six year economic collapse has reduced all men, substantially, to the same level. A new race is about to
be run. The stakes represent huge fortunes which will be accumulated within the next ten years. The rules of
the race have changed, because we now live in a CHANGED WORLD that definitely favors the masses, those
who had but little or no opportunity to win under the conditions existing during the depression, when fear
paralyzed growth and development.
We who are in this race for riches, should be encouraged to know that this changed world in which we live is
demanding new ideas, new ways of doing things, new leaders, new inventions, new methods of teaching, new
methods of marketing, new books, new literature, new features for the radio, new ideas for moving pictures.
Back of all this demand for new and better things, there is one quality which one must possess to win, and that
is DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning DESIRE to possess it.”
As the Chinese say about crisis,,,The same word wei-chi can mean both danger or opportunity. So the question is How are you viewing our current time, as an opportunity to attain better ‘Money Consciousness’ and increase your position in life, or are you holding back in fear and just seeing the negative? The choice is up to each of us.
4.) Do It For LOVE!
This above point may be the biggest idea that turned things around for me in regard to ‘Money Seeking or Consciousness’. Having a lot of Money just to have Money and myriads of expensive toys just would not do it for me(though I am by no means saying that I would not enjoy some of these things). For me it is ALL about what I can trade for that Money. I connect Money to changing the world!! For me $100.00 would feed a whole village of 300 families in India so 1 Million dollars would feed 300,000 families!!! I connect Money as a Value to other values I have such as my Mission Foundation to help establish and Train Missionaries. If you have problems with the DESIRE for Money connect this to a cause you are passionate about.
“We make money by making friends, and we enlarge our circle of friends
by making money for them, by helping them, by being of service to
them. The first law of success then is service, and this in turn is built on
integrity and justice.” (CF. Haanel)
As I say many times on this blog when I find and share an impacting statement, WOW!!! Haanel said it all, SERVICE to others is the Key to becoming more prosperous and making more money. The Bible said it this way ‘The servant (Minister) is worthy of his Hire, or to be PAID!!’ IF you in your business are providing service to others that is noble and worthy you DESERVE to be Paid! This is a fact of business and Commerce. So Go forth and ASK!!
So there you have it folks! settle the issue to day, Have More Money Consciousness so you can make the world a better place!
Matt Geib The Great