Most of us dream of achieving financial success, and therefore, we try many ways to make sure we make it.
People are building businesses, following their passions, or getting employed because they want to achieve financial prosperity.
However, there is this idea that being deeply religious or spiritual can enable an individual to achieve financial prosperity.
Is this idea true? Let’s find out.
Although many people believe that spirituality and religion are different, these two fields are almost similar because, first and foremost, they both believe that we are connected to something larger than life. Furthermore, they both believe that a person’s life becomes better when he or she establishes a strong connection with this HIGHER POWER/GOD.
Also, spiritual and religious people support virtues such as faith, generosity, kindness, love, and so on. Both fields believe that adopting such qualities promises a good life.
These beliefs have resulted in many people becoming religious or deeply spiritual because they want to live better lives. However, some people embrace religion and spirituality mainly because they believe that somehow being religious or spiritual can help them achieve financial success.
Little do they know that a person can meet financial success with or without being spiritual or religious. The crucial determinant of whether an individual will achieve financial success or not, is hard work. No matter how hard you pray or how spiritual/religious you are, you will never meet financial success if you are lazy.
However, spirituality or religion can increase a person’s chances of achieving financial success if combined with hard work because being spiritual makes the journey to financial success more enjoyable. It is very hard for a highly spiritual/religious person to give up on the journey to success because he or she probably believes that a HIGHER POWER, which is all-powerful and all-knowing is helping him along the journey. The confidence that one is working with a Higher Power or God enables the person to be sure of achieving success hence making it almost impossible for him/her to give up.
Robert Kiyosaki, the author of, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, reveals that believing in a HIGHER POWER is necessary for the journey to financial success because this journey is tough. The journey’s toughness and uncertainties force an individual to realize that he/she cannot travel alone hence making the person seek the assistance of something more POWERFUL.
Spirituality and religion also enable an individual to be peaceful with whatever happens. Also, both enable a person to be trustworthy, and faithful.
The journey to success appears a little bit easier and becomes more interesting if you have such qualities. For instance, the more trustworthy you are, the more people will like to do business with you or promote you to higher positions. Furthermore, if you have immense faith and you are also good with whatever happens, you won’t be disturbed by failures or disappointments while striving for financial success.
Therefore, in conclusion, despite the fact that financial success requires hard work and determination, it is also arguable that being spiritual or religious also aids in achieving this success when combined with hard work.
Embracing spirituality or religion makes you attain inner-peace, it also enables you to have immense faith and confidence hence making the journey easier because nothing can beat FAITH, CONFIDENCE, and a CALM MIND.
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Top 3 Misconceptions about Optimism That Make Us Give Up on Optimism and/or Believe It Doesn’t Work
Today, we strive to achieve an optimistic state of mind because many influential individuals and spiritual leaders advise us to be optimistic. Besides this, we practice optimism because we are aware of its advantages. However, most of us give up on optimism and believe it doesn’t work because of the following wrong beliefs we have about it.
- Optimism automatically makes an individual successful
The self-help industry has made people believe they can attract success by simply meditating on a bright future. For this reason, many individuals practice optimism without putting in the effort, and they give up on optimism and conclude that it doesn’t work when they don’t attract success after a certain period. Little do they know that optimism takes long to attract success, and it only attracts success if accompanied by many years of hard work.
I believe the main purpose for optimism on the road to success, is to enable an individual to keep working despite the number of obstacles he/she faces.
- Bad things don’t happen to optimistic people
People believe that only good things will happen to them if they practice optimism, and for this reason, they give up on optimism and believe it doesn’t work, when bad things happen to them while practicing optimism. I think motivational speakers must constantly remind people that optimism doesn’t prevent bad things from happening.
The main purpose of optimism is to enable you to persevere through hardships. Optimism enables you to attain inner peace during difficult times because it makes you believe that things will work out for you.
It is easy for a pessimistic person to succumb to depression when things don’t work out because this individual will believe that things will never change. Therefore, the main advantage of optimism over pessimism is that optimism enables a person to maintain a healthy mindset during hardships.
- We can immediately attain an optimistic mindset when we decide to do so
Most of us believe that we can immediately attain an optimistic mindset when we decide to be optimistic. We, therefore, give up on optimism when we fail to maintain a constant state of optimism after a few hours/days of trying to be optimistic.
We fail to realize that we must practice positivity for a long time before we attain an optimistic mindset
If you just try to attain an optimistic mindset without practice, you will fall back to pessimism every now and then. Therefore, the only way you can become constantly optimistic is by working on achieving this mindset every day.
Last year, I gave up on optimism because I always succumbed to pessimism after a few minutes of trying to be optimistic. I concluded that optimism is an unreachable state of mind just because I couldn’t maintain it for an hour. I never knew that I must constantly practice optimism for me to attain an optimistic mindset.
This year, I’m trying to be optimistic by trying the ‘optimism challenge.’ In this challenge, you are supposed to avoid worry, complain, or any negative emotion for three weeks. And if you complain or entertain any negative emotions within the three weeks, you will have to start again until you complete three weeks without allowing any negative emotion in your mind.
According to Brian Tracy, the founder of this challenge, something good will happen if you successfully complete the challenge. I welcome you to this challenge, and please let me know if anything good happens to you after continuously staying optimistic for three weeks.
I believe optimism is responsible for making many individuals persevere on the journey to success because it’s easier to keep working if you believe that your hard work will eventually pay. For this reason, we must practice optimism if we want to successfully complete our journey.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence – Helen Keller, American Author
It’s hard to work towards your goals with a pessimistic mindset because you will have to force yourself to work every day. Besides this, a pessimistic mindset will increase your chances of giving up because you’ll believe that your efforts won’t pay off. That being said, embrace optimism, and believe that everything will work out for the best.
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Three Main Factors That Determine Whether Your Thoughts Will Attract What You Want
I have always researched on how I can make my thoughts attract what I want because many Great thinkers believe in the Law of Attraction. I have, therefore, read several books on the subject of thought so that I pinpoint the factors that influence the power of our thoughts to attract our desires.
It then dawned on me that the ability of our thoughts to attract our innermost desires is influenced by three main factors.
The more you think about something, the quicker you attract it. For instance, if you regularly think about the lack of money, you will quickly attract poverty in your life. And, if you constantly think about making mistakes, you will often find yourself making mistakes.
Repeatedly thinking about something attracts it because these thoughts become deeply rooted in your mind which then makes you act in accordance with the thoughts.
Besides this, the repetition of a particular thought causes belief. The belief develops into a deep conviction which then attracts what you constantly think about.
Therefore, if you want to bring something into your life, ensure that you constantly think about it.
‘Whatever we plant in our minds and nourish with repetition will one day become our reality’ – Earl Nightingale: American Radio Speaker and Author (1921 -1989)
The Law of Attraction is greatly influenced by the feelings you accompany your thoughts with. If you have fearful thoughts about something, and you accompany these thoughts with fearful feelings, you will quickly attract what you fear.
Feelings help attract what you want because they determine your actions. For instance, if you feel motivated, you will work enthusiastically, and if you feel discouraged, you will act lazily.
Spiritual leaders and successful people understand the power of feelings. For instance, Rhonda Byrne, the author of The Secret, advises that thinking about riches is not enough to attract riches. She teaches that these thoughts will only attract riches only if we also feel rich.
Therefore, if you want your thoughts to attract your desires, ensure that they match with your feelings. The Law of Attraction won’t work if you try to think positively while feeling sad or anxious at the same time.
‘You gotta feel like a boss before you become a boss.’ – Rick Ross: American Rapper and Entrepreneur
- Your Ability to Focus
Spiritual teachers such as Jaggi Vasudev, teach that you can attract what you want if you concentrate all your thoughts on your desires. He claims that most of us never attract what we want because our thoughts waver. We think about prosperity in one moment, and we think about scarcity and lack in the next moment. This type of thinking ensures we attract mixed results: we attract both what we want and what we don’t want.
*People who think many kinds of thoughts must expect to receive a confused manifestation in their lives. If a gardener plants a thousand kinds of seeds, he will get a thousand types of plants – Ernest Holmes (Creative Mind).
Therefore, if you want the Law of Attraction to work for you, ensure that you continuously focus your thoughts on your desires, and also make sure that your thoughts and feelings are in alignment. I am not an expert in the Law of Attraction, but I just realized that I have always attracted the things I don’t want in my life because I often think about them. Sometimes, I might try to think about prosperity, but I then get back to thinking about what I don’t want.
Therefore, the Law of Attraction has worked for me but on the negative side. However, this year, I’m trying my best to embrace positive thoughts and feelings so that I attract a good life. I know I will win because I WILL PERSIST UNTIL I SUCCEED.
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