If you’re reading this right now you probably have been broke, are broke, or know someone who is struggling with being broke. The pain and suffering of being in this state is truly awful. Being broke causes thoughts of despair, feelings of failure, desperation, struggle, lack and need. Being broke prevents us from reaching our potential and from living our lives freely. Being broke prevents us from being wealthy.
How is this possible? Because thoughts become things! If you believe you are broke, it is because you have taken you mind off of your blessings and put your focus on your perceived lack.
Consider the following statistics that have been anonymously emailed and quoted time and time again:
- This morning, if you woke up healthy, then you are happier than the 1 million people that will not survive next week.
- If you never suffered a war, the loneliness of a jail cell, the agony of torture, or hunger, you are happier than 500 million people in the world.
- If you can enter into a church/ mosque/ synagogue without fear of jail or death, you are happier than 3 million people in the world.
- If there is food in your refrigerator, you have shoes and clothes, you have a bed and a rood, you are richer than 75% of the people in the world.
- If you have a bank account, money in your wallet, and some loose coins on the dresser, you belong to the 8% of the people in the world who are well-to-do.
- Since you are reading this, you are blessed not only because you have access to either a computer, a laptop or a smart phone. You have electricity. You have a connection to the Internet. Additionally, you don’t belong to the 200 million people in the world who cannot read!
Like attracts like. When you think broke thoughts, you attract more experiences of being broke. It is a vicious cycle – one that can very easily be transformed once we understand the fundamental laws of how our mind and spirit interact with the universe.
It is your underlying state of BEING, in this case, being broke, that creates the resultant thoughts and feelings in your mind. As a package, this whole message is broadcast to the universe, which in return gives you more of the same: experiences of being broke.
One of the laws of manifestation is that we must BE before we can DO, and DO before we can HAVE. There are several things that we can do – in addition to showing gratitude for what we already have – to put ourselves in a wealthy mindset. Below are 15 suggestions from wikiHow that you can DO to begin to act wealthy:
Take care of your skin. Wealthy people can afford to maintain perfect skin, so having lots of blemishes or an uneven skin tone can be a dead giveaway that you aren’t rich. The best and fastest way to get great skin is to drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep, and moisturize your skin daily.
Whiten your teeth. Keep your teeth as white as possible by using regular whitening treatments. You can use whitening toothpaste, gel strips, or go to regular dental cleanings to get that rich-person smile.
Take excellent care of your hair. If your hair is dyed, make sure you maintain the color regularly–don’t let your roots show or your color fade! Regularly trim your hair to avoid split ends. Keep your hair regularly conditioned and styled. If regular trips to the salon aren’t an option for you, you can learn how to take care of your hair at home.
Get regular manicures. Keep your nails clean, neatly trimmed, and polished–you can easily do this at home. Even a clear coat of nail polish will help you blend in. Check your nails every day for chipped paint, dirt, or uneven ends.
Keep your clothes cleaned and pressed. Rich people don’t wear dirty, wrinkled clothes, and you shouldn’t either. Wash your clothes regularly and iron them every time you wear them.
Learn what the wealthy like. The best way to imitate the wealthy is to learn what they like to do and buy. You don’t have to actually buy high-end items, but being able to recognize them and reference them is essential!
Order healthy foods. The rich avoid eating fast food or processed foods. It’s okay if you still eat them at home, but when you’re out, order salads, smoothies, and anything described as “local” or “sustainable.” If an entree is too expensive, just order an appetizer or side dish!
Shop the clearance racks for designer clothes. High-end things don’t necessarily have to be expensive. It’s better to buy from the clearance rack a a nice store than to buy regular price at a cheaper one. Shop at secondhand stores for designer bargains. Thrift stores, online consignment shops, and pawn shops can get you designer clothes or high-end electronics for much cheaper than retail.
Ask for free samples. Some makeup and perfume stores will give you as many as you ask for without having to buy anything–just ask what their policy is!
Focus on quality over quantity when you shop. Follow the one-third rule: buy one-third as many things as you used to, but spend three times as much on each thing. Instead of buying six $10 shirts at a cheaper store, buy two $30 shirts at a fancier store.
Go where the rich go. If you can, start visiting the places where the wealthy in your community hang out. Visit high-end stores, fancy restaurants, and trendy coffee shops. If you live near a ski area or equestrian club, visit those too. You don’t have to regularly spend money at these places. Order a basic coffee, juice, or an appetizer at restaurants. If you’re at a store, you can always say you’re just browsing today.
Educate yourself. Most wealthy people are college-educated and up-to-date on current events. Read the news and arts sections of your local paper to learn what the wealthy are talking about in your area. If someone makes a reference you don’t understand, look it up online later.
Behave politely. The wealthy are expected to have good manners, so you should too. Don’t say rude or insulting things to people, say please and thank you, and introduce yourself to new people. If you are hosting others, open doors, offer them a seat, and bring them refreshments yourself.
Act reserved. Don’t yell at anyone for any reason, even if you’re just having fun. Don’t share overly personal information with people you’ve just met, and don’t refer to embarrassing or personal things in conversation. A good rule of thumb is to avoid pushing information onto other people–let them pull it out of you.
Avoid looking impressed or awed by nice things. Remember, if you’re acting rich, you want to give the impression that you see nice things all the time. Don’t gush over expensive clothes or accessories, and don’t act like you’re afraid to try new things. On the other hand, you shouldn’t be dismissive or rude either–act interested, but not amazed.
Finding ourselves on the outdoor café of the chicest restaurant in town or having drinks at the bar of the most exclusive hotel downtown boosts our self-worth. These experiences reinforce the belief that we BELONG in the situations. That we can HAVE these situations regularly. They give us scenarios to visualize. I urge you to treat yourself to a $12 top shelf Cosmopolitan! Heck….if you make coffee at home, even a splurge at Starbucks can put you in a more prosperous mindset.
Your life experience is an outer reflection of your inner reality. All the thoughts and feelings you hold, consciously and unconsciously, are what create the experience that is your life. Your past created your present, and your present is creating your future. Make sure it’s the future of your dreams!