Believe it or not, you are not supposed to be poor. Living in lack, begging, borrowing from paycheck to paycheck and swimming in debt was not God’s plan for man. Man was supposed to dominate his environment. Sadly today more than three quarters of the earth’s population live in extreme poverty.
Poverty was my reality until I discovered the source of true wealth and riches. By true wealth and riches I am not referring to gold, or other mineral deposits that can be found on the earth. The source of true wealth and riches is the mind, from where every great wealth emanates from. Wealth has to be thought of first before it becomes reality. In other words it is thought that produces wealth.
Now for the mind to be able to effectively kick start wealth creation it must be free of self-limiting beliefs. These beliefs are falsehoods that we see as true. This causes many people to fail to achieve their financial potential because it is what you believe that becomes reality. Here are twelve of such self-limiting beliefs that held me back from financial success in the past:
Riches are the result of spiritual activity
Self-limiting belief number one for me was that riches are the result of spiritual activity. In order to become wealthy all I needed to do was to fast and pray, attend church programs and vigils. And voila my efforts would lead to financial breakthrough. No way. This does not work! In fact most of the richest people in the world are the least religious with very few believing that God exists. Spiritual activity can only point one in the right direction as to what needs doing, it can’t produce wealth by itself.
Lack of connections
Lack of connections was the second belief that I felt was a hindrance to becoming wealthy. I needed to know the right people who would help me achieve my goals. Not having any connections meant I could never become wealthy. How wrong I was! Nobody is born with connections; rather they are the result of years of deliberate cultivation. As I continued to work hard and build relationships I gradually started building my network of contacts. These eventually became my connections and have assisted me on the way up the financial ladder. You too can do the same.
I need to relocate to make it financially
Thirdly, it is not possible to make it in my country Nigeria. I needed to relocate abroad in order to make it. That is a lie. Go to the International Airport and see the amount of foreigners trooping into Nigeria on a daily basis. They are not here for sightseeing. Even the international business community sees Nigeria as a huge investment opportunity that many want to cash in on. Can this be the same Nigeria that I wanted to run out of that many people were running to? This land is truly green with opportunity. I am now making it in Nigeria.
Rich people are lucky
Fourth, the rich are lucky. They have luck on their side, and poor me didn’t qualify to be part of the lucky stakes. Now I know better. There is no such thing as luck. Rather there are favourable situations that can benefit you when opportunity comes and you are prepared for it. I kept preparing and preparing and one day things fell in place like clockwork. My opportunity came and because I was prepared I was able to grab it with both hands.
Lack of Capital
The fifth limiting belief was lack of capital. Without money I could not take advantage of opportunities that came my way. I find that this is one of the self-limiting beliefs hindering many people from building wealth. In order to defeat this I pursued my dreams on a small scale for starters, and sought for funds from friends and loved ones. I even put some of my dreams on hold while saving startup money. Lack of money is not an excuse not to start something.
Lost opportunities can’t be regained
Self-limiting belief number six is the famous saying, “opportunity knocks but once”. I used to believe this statement, which alluded to the fact that missed opportunities never return. With all due respect to the author of this statement I have discovered that lost opportunities do return. But in another form. Opportunity keeps knocking and sooner or later as long as I was prepared I would be able to take advantage.
Failing to harness the power of my imagination
Failing to harness the power of my imagination was the seventh self-limiting belief causing me not to progress financially. There is a lot of power in one’s imagination. The imagination is the eye of the mind that helps you first internalize what you want to see in your life. In other words I needed to imagine myself as wealthy and successful in my mind before I could attain it. Unfortunately my mind chose to internalize my poor state instead. It was when I started focusing on the right images that things began to improve.
Underestimating my abilities regarding wealth creation
Eighth, I was very guilty of underestimating my abilities regarding success and wealth creation. When you believe that you are an undeserving and unworthy candidate for wealth, then wealth wants to be far away from you. I came to myself and replaced those thoughts with positive ones proclaiming the fact that I deserved to be rich. It was my place to control financial resources and I was as good as anyone trying hard to build wealth.
The current economic situation
Ninth, the current economic situation could be such a major hindrance. I was wont to believe that wealth and riches cannot be amassed during times of economic crisis and recession. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is in times of adversity and challenges that some rise to the occasion thereby creating wealth for themselves. Economic crisis may be fraught with challenges but it’s also a time of opportunity. I don’t let the current economic situation cause me to believe that it is impossible to be wealthy.
No one in my family had amassed substantial wealth
By far one of the strongest self-limiting beliefs I had to contend with was that no one in my family had amassed massive wealth and fortune. What are the chances of succeeding when no one else in my lineage was up to the task? I was only able to defeat this notion of not succeeding by reading books of many successful people. In my studies I was pleasantly surprised to learn that many of today’s financial successes are also the first people in their families to amass stupendous fortune. If they could do it then I could too.
You cannot be rich without being fraudulent
Self-limiting belief number eleven strives to make it clear that one cannot succeed without engaging in criminal acts. It seeks to demonise everyone who is wealthy as being involved in one shady activity or the other. In fact it maintains that wealth abstains from those who are honest and upright in their dealings. Again it was while studying the lives of rich people that I found that there are many honest and upright rich people in our society. It’s just that they are not often celebrated. Their stories made me believe it is possible to make wealth the right way.
Having lots of money is evil
My twelfth self-limiting belief concerns my desire and dream to amass wealth. I used to think that amassing lots of money was evil. Wealth would cause me to lose focus and compromise my faith and principles. Society paints the picture of the rich as greedy and desperate people who keep wanting more and more. The truth is there’s nothing wrong in desiring plenty of money. What’s wrong is when you compromise to get it and you love it more than anything else in your life. As long as my motives were grounded and I did not let money become my God I was free to gather as much as I could.
My final word on self-limiting beliefs
The mind is a battleground. If you desire wealth then you must infuse the mind with wealthy thoughts and beliefs. Failure to do so will cause you to stagnate financially. There’s usually something holding us back from going after our goals and achieving our potential right in our minds. Once we can identify and neutralize these self-limiting beliefs we are well on our way to achieving wealth.
Now this list is by no means exhaustive. I urge you to take time out now and examine everything you believe about money. Write them down and engage in a painstaking review. Make the necessary changes should you discover any of these self-limiting beliefs hold true for you. I make bold to declare that one of the major reasons you are not rich today is because you have self-limiting beliefs about money operating in your life at the moment.