- Personal Finance
Financial independence and abundance : Do you believe you can do it?
This question is of course for those people who aren’t already generating enough income(financial abundance) for all their needs and have the freedom of time to have a fulfilling life.
About three years ago, I was way behind my financial goals, was struggling for a decent income, and was just about able to make ends meet. The worst part was I had “tried” everything I knew to increase the income and become financially independent, or at least I thought I tried. Up until that point in my life, I was programmed to believe that I would congratulate myself for achieving something only after I achieved it. Needless to say I never achieved much.
It was around that time a friend of mine who was very much into reading motivational and self help books offered me a copy of a book he had read “The magic of thinking big” by David J. Schwartz. At that stage in my life titles that had words like “magic” and “big” rang a familiar bell called “scam”, especially when it presented itself over a discussion of money. I didn’t read the book as soon as I got it; in fact it sat on the TV for about a week before I picked it up and started reading the preface. Slightly interested I moved onto the first chapter and then the second and was a little dismayed. It felt as though the author was jumping from topic to topic with little continuity. That perception ensured that I didn’t touch the book for another week.
I’m sure by now you must be wondering by now if this article is about a book review. Well, yes and no. When I finally did end up reading the entire book, I had a hunger for more such material. That led me to reading “Think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill, and “The monk who sold his Ferrari” by Robin Sharma and “The seven habits of highly effective people” by Stephen Covey and the list goes on.
The interesting thing about all these books was that among other common messages, the message on belief rang loud and clear. It said that irrespective of whatever you may have achieved or failed to achieve in the past, you still need to BELIEVE that you can achieve that which you seek to succeed at. That still didn’t make sense to me. After all you believe what you see and in the recent past it’s been anything but success. So how could I truly believe at every level of my being that I could succeed even before attaining any kind of success?
I believe that on several occasions, history repeats itself. If so, there must have been other people in the past who believed they could achieve something in spite of failure.
There was no shortage of people who had achieved this. Thomas Edison(known to have made several malfunctioning prototypes before finally giving the world the light bulb), Mahatma Gandhi(stood against the greatest military empire in the world and refused to wield even a pocket knife), Dr. B.R. Ambedkar(stood against racial discrimination in India almost as ancient as Hinduism itself) , Henry Ford(ended up broke 5 times before seeing any success), Akio Morita of Sony(first built a rice cooker that burnt rice more than cooking it), and the list goes on and on. All of them seemed to have made a mess before they built a masterpiece. And the only reason they could have tried again is because they BELIEVED that they could build that masterpiece even though they held in their hands at that moment of failure, anything but a great invention.
Today that belief has put me in a far better position than where I was three years ago and I have no doubt that the future is even better. If you feel you’re not getting anywhere especially when it comes to your finances, you may need to take a look at some of your core beliefs.
Some great inspirational books that helped me change my line of thought are mentioned below. They might touch you too.