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When I say the word "prosperity," what's the first thing that comes to mind? I'm betting that it has something to do with money. In our "lifestyles of the rich and famous" culture, we've been taught that the sign of true success is fame and money. For most of us, words like "prosperity," "abundance" and "wealth" conjure up images of winning the lottery and having palatial houses, luxury cars, elegant wardrobes and lots of stuff.
But true prosperity is much broader than just money and material things. It's a state of mind. You may have a lot of money and all the material goods that life has to offer, and still not be happy. There are people who are extremely wealthy, and yet they feel impoverished. They have a lot of things, but they're lacking in other areas, and the money and stuff are never enough for them to feel fulfilled.
True prosperity is about appreciating what you have and feeling rich in any number of areas of your life. Who do you think is wealthier: a teenager in America who has everything, but feels bored and resentful and always wants more, or a poor African child who treasures her loved ones and who's ecstatic at the opportunity to get an education and create a better life?
True prosperity is an inside job. Recently, a program called "The Secret" has sparked intense interest and conversation. One aspect of the philosophy is that when you enjoy and feel gratitude for all you have, rather than focusing on what's lacking, you create a resonance that attracts more of what you want. If you get the "stuff," but you don't treat it with gratitude and appreciation, you won't enjoy it. Your focus will remain on what you don't have.
So, let's expand your wealth. Let's look at the many areas in life where you can experience prosperity.
When you experience joy in any number of these areas, that's when you truly feel prosperous. Begin by shifting your focus to all that you *do* have, rather than dwelling on what's missing. Really appreciate your good fortune; find all the things you can be grateful for. And, of course, you can work on those areas that you want to "beef up."
Make the commitment to go forward from this day on appreciating and enjoying your life. Allow your joy to attract more of what you want and make your life even better. To quote our old friend Mr. Spock, "May you live long and prosper!"
Where would you like to increase your true prosperity? Choose one of the areas listed above, and come up with 5 action steps you can take in the next month to improve that area.
"The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money."
"The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing. The long term study of people who eventually became wealthy clearly reveals that their 'luck' arose from accidental dedication they had to an arena they enjoyed."
"If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!"
"All prosperity begins in the mind and is dependent only on the full use of our creative imagination."
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