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Prosperity Depends on How You Talk About Money

Updated on June 12, 2020
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about interesting things.

The Words You Speak

Have you ever listened to people talk and heard how many times they talked about money in their speech? Perhaps you have done it yourself without being aware of what you were saying or why you were saying it.

You might not have thought much about it, but things gravitate to us by the words we speak. Surely, some things we say are innocent, but that doesn't matter. According to Proverbs 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."

That's why I am careful about doing what everybody else does and saying what everybody else says. I am not fond of cliches, fads, and trends without knowing the origin of them and what they really mean. I could be agreeing to bring some unwanted things into my life by the words I speak.

Read through the list and see if there is something you usually say about money that you might want to eliminate from your vocabulary.

"A Penny For Your Thoughts"

Have many times has someone offered you a penny for your thoughts? That's very cheap, don't you think? Don't you think inflation would have caused that amount to have gone up after all these years since the expression was first said?

Someone might say that to you when you are in deep thoughts. When they say that to you, tell them that your thoughts are worth more than a penny.

Speaking of pennies, have you ever said, "I don't have a penny to my name? Perhaps you have made that statement in the past and it has come true. When you said it the first time, you claimed it, and then it came forth later.

Benjamin Franklin said, "A penny saved is a penny earned." That was a long time ago. He won't mind if you change the amount to something much bigger. Perhaps a penny saved was a penny earned then, but surely there has been an increase in that amount since Franklin said it so long ago.

"Two Cents"

"Two cents" is a gambling phrase that dates back to the 1800s when two cents were the minimum requirement for someone to play cards. Today, when someone puts their "two cents" into a conversation it is when the person gives an opinion or some advice when it wasn't asked for.

Two cents is such a small amount, but that is just the value others might think your input into the conversation is worth.

"Rubbing Two Nickels Together"

Stop saying you don't have two nickels to rub together because more than likely you do. If you don't have two nickels in your change purse or in your pocket, you could get two nickels if you needed them.

You are probably not so destitute that you don't have two nickels. If you keep saying that about your finances, it just might come to that. Change your financial situation by changing the words you speak.

"Another Day, Another Dollar"

In order to increase your chances of becoming prosperous, you should begin to stop shortchanging yourself by using small numbers and amounts in your conversations. After working all day some people are known to say, "Another day, another dollar."

They are insinuating that their pay is so little that it is compared to having made just a dollar for working that day.

"As Phony as a Three-Dollar Bill"

There is no such thing as a three dollar bill. When you say it about somebody, you are describing that person as a phony. When someone says it about you, it is because you give the impression that you are a phony and there is nothing real about you.

"Thanks a Million"

When someone does something nice for us, sometimes we say, "Thanks a million!" That's a good thing to say, but would you really give the person a million dollars if you had it. Probably not. Therefore, you said the words, but you didn't see yourself actually giving the person a million dollars.

"On a Fixed Income"

Some people who get a monthly social security check sometimes say they are on a fixed income. That is a very bad thing to say because if something is fixed, that is the way it will stay. Something that is fixed has no flexibility. You leave no room for an increase if you say, "My income is fixed."

A fixed income is one that is cemented where it is and there is no wiggle room. If you usually say that, make a point to refrain from describing your income that way. Otherwise, resign yourself to having a "fixed income" with no chance of it ever changing.

"Heading to the Poor House"

Some people say they are heading to the poor house. That might not be the case at all. So, why would someone say that? If you keep saying it, that is where you might end up.

Conclusion of the Matter

Take the advice of Oliver Napoleon Hill, author of the self-help book, Think and Grow Rich.

"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another."

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