Power of Thought #7

January 6, 2011 2 comments

Here’s a question for you to ponder…  Are your right handed or left handed (Reggie you’re nuts… 🙂 )?  For example, let’s say you’re right-handed.  If I asked you to sign your name 5 times, I’m sure that wouldn’t be an issue, since you’re naturally right-handed, but now I’m asking you to sign your name 5 times with your left hand!  For many people, this will be an issue and for perfectionist, this will be outright frustrating.  But if I asked you to practice signing your name 5 times a day for an entire month with your left hand, the task will become easier and easier every time you attempt to sign your name.

We are conditioned (“right-handed”) to think certain things about money.  And many times, we attempt to make changes (writing with our left hand) to our financial situation through changing our habits, but the difficulty causes us to revert back to “right handed” behaviors…  A powerful book that I would like everyone to buy is The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Classen.  This short read, is very cheap and can be found at your local half price book store, or purchased cheaply on-line.  The book systematically interweaves powerful financial and business truths within its entertaining short stories.  Whether it’s our parents, environment, or national culture, we learned our current financial habits.  For many of us, these habits are bad.  And based on the current financial conditions of our economy, I don’t believe we’re doing that well on a national scale either.  But how do we learn new habits to change our financial conditions?  By “writing with your left hand!”  Please purchase this book right away!  And begin the journey of financial freedom!  Tomorrow we’ll begin attacking your financial thoughts, and begin changing your mindset… Take care and God Bless!

Power of Thoughts – Session #6

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Good morning everyone, continuing from yesterday’s message…

When your thoughts began to flow strongly in one direction, it begins to affect your mood, and it even brings forth strong emotions and physical stimulation’s beyond your imagination.  You begin to see your thoughts vividly during the day, and in your dreams.  Your thoughts become so bias that, God has no choice but to deliver your blessings (Mark 11:24)!  See, many of us perform lip service unto God, saying that we believe, but our thoughts are so far from the truth its ridiculous… But when you really get affixed to the things you want, the things you desire (as long as it’s within the context of biblical principles), they ooze through your speech, mannerisms, and body language.  A prosperous person attracts prosperity, and the people around these types of individuals feel as if they’re larger than life!  I always wondered why so many African Americans would go through the persecutions of the Civil Rights Movement.  But now I understand great men like Dr. Martin Luther King, had a definiteness of purpose, and made his commands of God known to the world.  I can imagine being amongst a crowd of strangers with a common aim, hearing this powerful mans’ voice and feeling his passion with every word spoken.  I would like to believe that his words had enough power to liberate everyone in attendance.  But his words began with thoughts!

When you take the time out to sit down and write out your dreams, aspirations, goals, and God-given purpose, you begin the journey of freedom!  If you read your journal (thoughts) daily, and meditate on the power and feeling behind the words in the journal, you’re well on your way to living a prosperous life!  But the question is how many people really do this task on a daily basis?  Matter of fact, how many people do this at all?  See, we go through life allowing our minds to wander all over the place, giving heed to every wicked and negative thought Satan has to offer. But I challenge you to take control of your mind! I challenge you to dream again, and write down your dreams! I challenge you to pray again, and write down the thoughts that God share with you during your conversations together!  I challenge you to read your Bible again, and write down whatever inspiring thoughts come to mind.  I challenge you to close your eyes (right now! Or after you read this sentence… 🙂 ) and think about what kind of financial future you want for yourself and/or your family!  I challenge you to control your thoughts!  Take care and God Bless!

Question of the Day:  Have you been writing? If not, why not?  If so, keep it up! 🙂

Power of Thoughts – Session #5

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Good morning everyone,

We’re still on the journey of learning about our thoughts on money…  What’s a paradigm?  And what’s the meaning of the phrase “paradigm shift”?

According to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the word paradigm means, “a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind”.  The word shift means, “To exchange for or replace by another”.  Therefore when we put these words together, a paradigm shift is exchanging or replacing our current philosophical or theoretical disposition for another philosophical or theoretical disposition.  Now I love words, so I really want to spend some time breaking down all the words I just used, but I will spare you the boredom. 🙂

I understand some may think, “Who are you to ask me to change my train of thought, or tell me what I should or should not think?”  And that’s a valid argument, because we’re free to think what we want, and do what we want, within the confines of not intruding upon the liberties of others.  But my follow up question would be, why are you reading this forum?  No one forced you to come here, or twisted your hand behind your back, but I would venture to say that you’re here for the same reason we’re all here…  God knows I haven’t arrived, but should that impede me from making the journey to financial freedom?  Should it stop me from striving to live a financial healthy life (as I define it…)?  God forbid, therefore, we must change the way we think about money before we formalize any strategies to accomplish this task.  Reggie, you’re starting to sound like a broken record, we know this already, it’s only your 100th time saying it… 🙂  And I will continue to say it until it gets deep down into your subconscious, and into your spirit!  Because we can truly “Think and Grow Rich” (Napoleon Hill).  Matter of fact Napoleon Hill stated in this classic book, “If you are one of those people who believes that hard work and honesty alone will bring riches, perish the thought, because it’s not true. Riches come, if they come at all, in response to definite demands, based upon the application of definite principles, and not by chance or luck.”  How does one summon the power to make such request? We summon the power through our mind, which in turn creates powerful words, to create powerful realities…  We will continue this conversation on tomorrow…

Assignment of the day: What does the passage from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich mean to you?  What comes to mind when you meditate upon this passage?  Write it down! And if you feel comfortable, share it with us… BTW, I know some people may feel like sharing on this forum doesn’t make sense, especially since we average about 150 views a day, but I tell you this…  Your words are priceless!  And just because there’s an average of 150 views today, what about 1 or 5 years from now… God will bring the people; we must be faithful with a few things before He makes us rulers over much (Matthew 25:23)… Your thoughts and words will be seen, and your voice will be heard in due time…  God Bless and Take Care!

Power of Thought – Session #4

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

HERE’S FOR ALL YOU “LOTTERY MENTALITY” FOLK!!!

Many people across the world complain day in and day out, that “if I had this…” or “if I had that…”, “my life would be so much better!”  It’s sad that people have this “lottery mentality”.  God has given us our daily bread, we have everything we need for the day (Matthew 6:25-34), yet we are discontent and feel as if we’re lacking our daily necessities.  You’re alive! What can be more necessary than that!  There are people in other parts of the world who have no clean water to drink and live in camps as temporary holding quarters (Haiti), and all we can think about is how much we don’t have!

“Well if I won the lottery I would be debt free”, or “if I had a better paying job, it would be easy to start paying off my debt…”  Do we really believe this lie from the pit of Hell?  It’s our mindset!  It’s our perception on what we think is necessary to live.  Everyone wants to live a royal and fulfilled life, but you’ll never be fulfilled if all your happiness is stimulated through material possessions!  What ever happen to a fulfilled life being focused around having well behaved and healthy children, or a loving and supportive family, or a growing and thriving Christian community, or spending quality time with good and positive friends?  Why does everything have to be about money? Why does it have to be about your Gucci, Coach, or Louis Vuitton purse?  Or that $20 to $80K car you own (for many of us, the price tag of the car is more than half of your yearly salary)?  I could go on and on, but the focal point is, what is your perception of money? Why do we have it? What is the main reason for money?  Why do you have so much, or so little?

I’m done for today, the Spirit of the Lord is saying, “I’m tired of your wicked ways.  I’m tired of your lack of financial discipline, and I’m tired of your empty prayers, when I’ve already told you in my Word how to overcome your flesh and the spirit of this age…  I require less talking, less spending, and more doing what is right!”

Check out these articles, they’ll say everything you need to know about this “lottery mentality” we have dreamed about for so long, and it’s funny how many people will read these articles and make the classic statement, “That won’t happen to me, I’m a lot smarter than that…” But I can promise you that many people said the same thing before their “blessing” became their biggest nightmare…  God Bless and Take Care…

Assignment of the Day: Check out the articles listed above, write down your thoughts, and share them with us if you feel up to it…

Power of Thoughts – Session #3

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Good morning everyone,

I know I said we would start on words today, but I feel that God wants to stay on the subject of thoughts for a little while longer…

So what are your thoughts about money?  And where should we gather our advice about money?  Do our current thoughts about money line up with the word of God?  Do you even care?  Are you from the school of thought that says, “Tomorrow’s not promised, therefore I’m going to enjoy today, and sweep today’s bad decisions under the rug”?  These are just a few questions I would like for you to ask yourself, and WRITE them down.  Matter of fact, I recommend you always keep two books on you at all times: 1) The book you’re currently reading, and 2)  a journal to capture every powerful thought that comes to you throughout the day!  I learned this from a great author, philosopher, and motivational speaker by the name of Jim Rohn.

If you want to start living a financially victorious life, then WRITE down your thoughts and feelings about money.  I provided you a few questions, but as your subconscious begins to unveil your core values, you will soon find out what kind of principles and values, you have lived by over your adult life.  “But my mind won’t shut off, and I’m tired of writing”, DON’T stop writing!  You’ve neglected your mind for way too long!  And now it wants to express itself vividly. “Well I can’t think of anything to write”, then you did not follow my initial instructions.  Ask yourself a series of questions regarding your finances and begin to WRITE!  We spend hundreds of dollars on materials, to learn how to change our financial habits, when the first battle has nothing to do with our wallet! It has everything to do with our mind! Today is all about writing! My words and my thoughts don’t matter today, yours do…

Here’s a series of additional questions you can ask yourself, and hopefully your subconscious will begin to open up to you, and more personalized (individually tailored) questions and statements will begin to flow from you:

  • How did you first learn about money? Who taught you during this first experience?
  • Looking in retrospect, was it good advice?  Are you still following this advice today?
  • How do your five closest associates perceive and handle money?  Do you handle money in the same manner?
  • Would you want your current financial condition for your children? Are you willing to change?
  • Bonus Questions (My Treat… 🙂 ):  What is the purpose behind the game of monopoly?  Do you own a “business” or do you own a “job”?  Do you own the light company or do you work for the light company?  Are you tired of being financially stretched?  Are you sure that you’re really tired?

Assignment of the Day: Please perform this exercise!  I’m a firm believer that our answers lie within us, and that no one (but God) can tell you exactly how to live your life, but we can guide you in the right direction… 🙂

Power of Thoughts – Session #2

December 30, 2010 2 comments

Good Morning Everyone,

Now that we have a solid working definition for the word THOUGHT, and hopefully everyone has taken out the time to observe your own thought patterns, I would like to discuss why our thoughts create our reality.  Before we get started, I would like to recommend a few powerful books that deal with the subject of our thoughts: Think and Grow Rich, and The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill.  The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, and As A Man Thinketh by James Allen.  I have studied and continue to study from these books and many more just like them, so that I can harness the power of my thoughts to shape tomorrow’s reality.  Last but definitely not least is the Lotus Code!  This masterpiece was created by a world-renowned personal development coach and successful businessman, Mark Yarnell.  Please check out his website (http://www.thelotuscode.me/index.php) and view the quick 2 min YouTube video on the power of thoughts!  If you’d like to patronize him and purchase the Lotus Code, I promise you it won’t be money wasted! Matter of fact, the principles mentioned in the Lotus Code, are some of the references I’ll be using throughout our sessions.

Okay back to the subject at hand… Proverbs 18:21 states, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Therefore, our words create our present reality, a reality of life or a reality of death.  Have you ever notice that most negative and pessimistic folk are always struggling, or have that “nobody knows” look on their face.  Have you ever wondered why you’re in a bad mood after being around negative or complaining folk?  How about the smile that made your day, or the nice compliment you received that made you feel special and unique, in a room crowded with people.  Our words and non-verbal’s set the atmosphere!  It can be the breeding ground of spiritual bliss, or the chaotic realm of hell on earth.

But where do our words and non-verbal’s originate from?  Their origin stems from our thoughts, therefore our thoughts have the creative power to produce life or unleash death!  We must carefully analyze our thoughts.  As my pastor puts it, our thoughts are like a filing cabinet, and we must analyze every file (thought) to ensure it aligns perfectly with the word of God.  If the thought, does not, then we must re-program our minds through applying the scriptural truths to our daily routine (in reference to the “bad” thought), until the bad habit (or thought) is eliminated with a virtuous habit (or thought).  I know this task may appear intimidating initially, since thousands of different thoughts cross our mind on a daily basis, but just like anything else, with time, patience, focus, and consistency we can create a brighter future.  We must start putting forth a sincere effort to monitor our thinking, to ensure we’re not allowing poisonous thoughts to create poisonous words, which ultimately lead to poisonous actions…  But Reggie, what the heck does any of this have to do with FINANCES!!! 🙂 Trust me, we’re going to go there, but we must start from the beginning before we can discuss the end.  Many people are unaware that our spending habits and financial IQ is a byproduct of our thoughts, therefore we must re-program our thinking on money, in order to master our finances. God bless and take care!

Question of the Day: Are you an atmosphere changer?  Do you change the atmosphere for the better or the worse?  Post your comment and let us know where you stand in regards to these two questions.  And if you happen to be on the negative side, what do you plan to do to fix it?

Power of Thought’s – Session #1

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

According to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the word THOUGHT has several different meanings, of which I found all of them to be very insightful.  Now I know some of you are already saying to yourself, okay bro, your “kinda special” or this guy’s a straight nerd!  And both of your answers would be absolutely correct! 🙂 I love learning new things.  And I believe we don’t take enough time out of our busy lives to actually learn something educational…  Now I don’t mean learning, in terms of what’s happening on our favorite TV shows, or how to break the laws of the land!  I mean, actually picking up a book and reading it!

Hmmm…  Now what in the heck just happened? I’m supposed to be sharing the powerful definition of the word thought, but instead I go off on a tangent… Pray for ya boy, I have issues, and as we’ve learned in the previous paragraph… I’m “kinda special”.  Back to the word THOUGHT, here are the provided definitions:

1.       The action or process of thinking: COGITATION (the capacity to think or reflect)

a.       Serious consideration

2.       Reasoning power

a.       The power to imagine

3.       Something that is thought: as

a.       An individual act or product of thinking

b.      A developed intention or plan

c.       Something in the mind

d.      The intellectual product or the organized views and principles of a period, place, group, or individual

Based on our scripture from yesterday (Proverbs 23:7), the Hebrew translation of the word THINKETH from our text means…

1.       To think

2.       Estimate

3.       Calculate

Now for some of you, I know you’re thinking, okay bro, you’re a bit over the top right now… All I wanted was a few sentences, in and out, and that’s it… 🙂 Well let me assure you, this is as far as I’ll go, in terms of breaking down the word thought… Of course I could go a bit deeper, but I would hate to be the only person reading this forum. 🙂 (There’s a smiley face for ya, be happy!)

Well that’s enough for today. I just wanted to set a foundation for everyone to really digest the word THOUGHT, it’s such a powerful word, and I believe we don’t give enough emphasis to the power of our thoughts.  Before our ears can pick up the decibels of our peer’s voice and the brain decodes the audible noise to help us receive words.  The message began with a thought. Thought can ultimately be the reason, we grow closer or retract from one another, love or strongly dislike one another, have years of peace or years of war, live prosperous or live in poverty.  I’ve heard many wise men and women say that poverty is a mindset, but you can’t have a mindset without thoughts…  God Bless and Take Care

Question of the Day: What are your predominate thoughts?  Here’s a great assignment for today, try to take close inventory of the thoughts that flood your mind, and write them down if you get the chance… I believe it will be a great exercise to learn your thought pattern…  If you feel up to it, tell us what your predominate thoughts where, and if you’re pleased with the outcome…

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