By Randy Gage
I was behind a one-armed man at the sub shop. He was complaining about the fact that the lady cut the tip off of the bread she was making his sandwich on.
The attendant explained that they cut the bread exactly, so regular subs are six inches long, and large are 12. He kept whining about the ¼ inch tip she had cut off. She explained that he would receive the same standard portion of meat and other fillings. He wasn’t impressed.
In fact when the sandwich came out, he insisted that he wouldn’t pay for it unless they found the tip she had cut off, toasted it, and put it in the bag. Standing behind him, with my blood sugar dropping, and my blood pressure rising, it was all I could do to refrain from smacking him upside the head. Of course he left without leaving a tip. I watched him get behind the wheel of a taxi parked in front and begin his dining experience.
So what kind of success programming do you think he had?
I bet he’s proud of himself for cadging that extra bite of toast. In fact, I’m sure he sat in that taxi, congratulating himself for his assertiveness and savvy consumerism.
What do you think about his priorities, and where he expends his energy? Is he focused on abundance or lack?
It’s a similar kind of situation with you. I think the programming you’ve had is what determines your approach to just about everything in life. But instead of being programmed for success—most people are programmed to avoid failure.
Now perhaps you think I make too much of our cab driver’s thriftiness. I think not. Your programming controls how you react to hundreds of situations, each and every day. And the way you react reveals what your programming really is.
How do you think about money?
When you think about money, is it about how much of it you lack, or how much you can manifest? And why you want to manifest it.
Most poor people spend all their time thinking about money. Or more specifically, their lack of it. When I was younger and broke, that is what I did. I was fixated on money all the time. I thought about all the things I didn’t have and couldn’t get. And I was very jealous of the people who had them.
Know where that led to?
Jealousy soon turned to hate. Soon I hated all rich people because they had what I wanted.
Nice homes. Exotic cars. Expensive clothes. They could go to a restaurant and order what they really wanted. And not worry about who would pick up the check.
That’s when the real problems started...
Because I hated rich people. But I was working hard every day trying to become one. So that set the stage for a whole bunch of internal conflict that I had no idea was going on.
So I would surge forward to success—only to sabotage myself every time I got close. I snatched defeat from the jaws of victory more times than I can count.
I thought I was programmed for success, but that wasn’t true. I was programmed for poverty, but acting for success. The symptoms are always there, if you know what to look for ...
Ever see someone who experiences more anguish at losing $10, than the joy he gets from earning $100?
Someone orders his dinner at a restaurant and the waitress asks, “Would you like a salad with that?”
The correct answer is “yes” or “no” but never, “Is it included in the price?
Ever see someone who drives around a parking lot for five minutes—to save a one-minute walk to the store?
All of these scenarios have the same plot line: They are fear-based, not abundance-based. Decisions are made not on what the possible benefits are – but in order to avoid a possible negative outcome.
Now the question for a lot of people is, “How do I really know what kind of programming I have?”
They want to know if they really have success programming, or just success surface actions. The answer is in the questions above…
If you make decisions—particularly money and career ones—based on the moving away from fear model—you’ve got poverty programming.
If you make decisions on a positive, move toward good model, then you have true success programming.
So what do you do if you test poverty programming?
Well you’re already doing it. Of particular importance is regulating the influence you’re getting from the TV shows and movies you watch, books you read, etc.
And the other area is the people who are closest to you. Your “Sacred Circle” of the five people you are the closest to. It’s crucial to your success that you have some positive people in the five to support you.
One of the biggest factors in your prosperity is the people that you associate with. Of particular note is your Sacred Circle. These are the five people that you are the closest to.
I believe that the people you allow to make up this group are so instrumental to your prosperity consciousness, that they truly become sacred to your prosperity path. They color your goals, expectations, and what you believe is capable and possible for you.
Be honest with yourself, would you describe what you now have as a Sacred Circle, or a “Rancid Ring?” Who are the five people in the group closest to you now?
Can you think of two or three new people that you currently know, that you can actively work at developing a deeper relationship, and bring into your circle?
For over 20 years, Randy Gage has been helping people transform self-limiting beliefs into self-fulfilling breakthroughs to achieve their dreams. Randy Gage is a modern day explorer in the field of body-mind development and personal growth. He is the author of over 40 works including The 7 Spiritual Laws of Prosperity.
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