Make Excuses Or Make A Fortune: Your Choice (Pt.2)

Welcome back to DTL. If you missed part one, click here.

In part one, we shared why you can’t despise the rich and be rich, and we explained how making excuses is essentially handing over control of your life to someone else.

We’ll wrap this conversation up today by sharing how to respond to negative mindsets about wealth and how to kill your excuses.

How Do You Respond To Wealth?

How you view wealthy people will determine in part your level of wealth. I used to believe having wealth was wrong, at least for me. There was something pious about being poor. I was part of a culture that placed high honor on people who gave up wealth in order to serve the poor, and because of that I had a tendency to resist wealth, and I would feel guilty or unworthy when money did come my way. If you can relate, I highly recommend reading the T. Harv Eker book mentioned in part one. He get’s a little new agey for my taste, but overall it’s a great book all about our mindsets towards wealth.

One exercise in the book really exposed my inner beliefs. He was writing about how the way we view rich people will determine our ability to become rich. He ends the chapter by asking the reader to make the following declarations “I admire rich people! I bless rich people! I love rich people!” To be honest I couldn’t do it the first time. It just felt wrong to “bless rich people.”

But why? Why is it easy to bless poor people but not rich people? Does God love them less? It revealed an inner belief I had that equated wealth with something wrong. Not only is this thought not found in scripture, it is also not good for my personal economy. If wealth is bad I will resist having any.

How Do You Respond To Excuses?

The second issue in this post is that of excuses. Here’s my challenge to you: keep a small moleskin or notebook (that can easily fit in your pocket). Every time you catch yourself even thinking a negative thought write it down and replace it with truth.

For example, I did this a couple of years ago and at that time I read about a young girl (in her teens) who had created a website for teenage girls which someone had offered to buy for several million dollars. Her parents had helped her immensely through financial support and encouragement.

My first thought was “I would be successful too if my parents had loaned me that much and helped me start it.” Once I caught myself making the excuse, I wrote it in my journal. I then wrote “TRUTH: I have everything I need to be successful right now.”

It’s amazing how empowering it is to recognize your excuses and replace them with truth. The truth really will set you free. I challenge you to try this for just 7 days and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Committed to your success,

-Wesley

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One Response to “Make Excuses Or Make A Fortune: Your Choice (Pt.2)”

  1. Shaun Emerson Says:

    I love this one. It’s like you’ve plucked my thoughts right out of my mind. I’ve been tossing the idea of doing a piece on excuses for awhile now. Excuses truely are the number one killers of success. This happens a lot, especially in my family. Nearly every time I try and offer advice(and not necessarily unsolicited either,) to someone, I almost always get an excuse as to why it wouldn’t work for them. Then when I knock a hole in their excuse, they come up with another followed by more. The true reason is almost always fear. Fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear because they don’t know how to go about something, fear of change… almost always comes down to that one reason.

    And I have to say you are spot on with the whole attitude about rich people being bad. I used to have the same attitude as you, where I thought rich was wrong and ungodly.

    I’ve actually been working on an article about whether or not having money is bad. I think for a lot of people it is due to a common misconception about the verse in the Bible that says “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Obviously if the love of money is the root of all evil, then people having a lot of money is bad, right? Wrong. It all depends on the attitude of the person who is earning that money. I believe the Bible is talking about a person who is greedy and wants to have lots of money so he can lavish himself with things and he loves the power and attention that money can buy him. Basically nothing matters to him more than money.

    I don’t believe that God was talking about someone who correctly views money as nothing more than a tool, and simply wants to be a good steward. Understanding that money is necessary, and using it wisely to create a safety net for yourself is completely acceptable. It’s only when you put your full faith and trust in that money that you have a problem.

    Remember, God gave riches to Solomon. If riches were bad, why would God have done that?

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