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Changing Lack to Prosperity

Posted By: Randy GageDecember 6, 2008

So how do you reconfigure something in your mind, and change it from a negative to a positive?  The ability to do this is very important for being able to manifest prosperity and abundance.  But first before we talk about that, a confession…

I have always hated holidays.  Found the Thanksgiving and Christmas time of the year to be very depressing.  And still have to check myself from falling back into that.  But now I can appreciate this time of year as a very joyous period.  But to do that, I had to change my associations.

Here’s another example:

My mother had a deathly fear of snakes.  So I grew up with the same fear.  Even a simple garter snake make me sweat.  If a snake came on television, I watched with my feet on the sofa.

Then an interesting thing happened…

Dodge came out with the Viper.  I lusted after that car until I had one.  (Or actually five, to be precise.)  Now the logo for the car is a fierce looking snakehead, which is emblazoned on everything.

And once you buy a Viper, you join the Viper club, get the Viper magazine, visit the Viper website and talk about all things Viper.  You outfit your snake with special Viper floor mats, gear shifters, seat embroidering and lots of other things.

You get Viper key chains, Viper jackets, replica Viper models, hats, shirts and everything but underwear.  (Although I’m sure someone is selling that too.)  And like all fanatical Viper owners, I bought all these gadgets and trinkets.

And a different association took place in my mind…

I started to see snakes as cool, and my fear of them went away.  Now I still have a healthy respect for poisonous snakes and don’t exactly keep them as pets.  But the ungrounded fears I had went away.

There’s a very important lesson in personal development in this.  You really can change your association to things, and thus change your outcomes in life.

So go back to the holidays…

I hated them for a few reasons, but mostly because I grew up poor and hated it.  (Don’t you just love those people that say, “We were poor, but we never knew it.”  When I hear that, I always think, “What a freaking moron!”)

Now my mother worked tirelessly to raise three kids by herself, and did an amazing job.  She made do with the income she could put together and did everything she could to make our birthdays and other holidays happy.  That didn’t change the fact that we often got socks, sweaters and gloves for many presents, while some kids got new bicycles, go-carts and mini bikes.

And of course when I went shopping, I didn’t have much money to buy anything of value for the people I loved.  And this stayed that way into my 30’s.  Every year I was depressed because I wasn’t able to provide better for the people I cared about.   And since I’m so introverted, I hated shopping in malls, fighting the traffic and crowds.  I also associated Christmas with cold and snow, and most of you know how I feel about them.

For a long time now, I’ve lived in Florida where it is usually gorgeous at Christmas.  And when it did get cold, I hopped on a plane to Hawaii.  So that kind of took care of the cold, but in my mind, I still associated the holidays with cool weather.

For the last 15 years, I’ve been manifesting great prosperity and able to give nice gifts, which I usually did with catalog or Internet shopping, to avoid the people.  As well I’ve been able to contribute to some charities.  Which leads me to why I had such a wonderful day today…

Today I willingly drove to the mega mall.  And another.  And another.  Went in a bunch of stores.  Bought more than 50 stuffed animals.  About 10 Wii and PlayStation games, more than 25 sets of clothes, about ten pairs of shoes, and another 30 or 40 toys.  And had fun!

Why?

Because I was buying all this stuff for Kids in Distress, a facility that takes care of abused children.   A couple years ago my friend Billy Looper had an idea to start a campaign to buy bikes for kids that had never had one before.  We and some other friends took about 50 bikes to the agency along with Santa, and the look in those kids’ eyes was the greatest Christmas gift I have ever received.  (I was helping a two-year-old black girl, pushing her around, because she was so malnourished she didn’t have enough weight and strength to pedal the little bike with training wheels we got her.  I had to stay behind her the whole time, so she didn’t see the tears in my eyes.)

I bought all this stuff this year, because that’s what was on their wish list of things they need for the kids.  And you know what?  I’m feeling positively joyous about the holidays!

So why am I telling you all this?

Two reasons really.  One to teach you that you can change the association of just about anything in your life.   And second, to remind you of another law of prosperity; the law of giving.

We spend a lot of time talking about flying First Class, buying $10,000 shoes and other elements in the material side of prosperity.  That’s to help you open a larger window, and accept the abundance you are meant to have.

But remember the spiritual and giving side of prosperity as well.  And you don’t need millions of dollars to demonstrate it - as I discovered many years too late.

You can brighten someone’s holiday (and your own) with a note, taking them a meal, or a flower.  Letting them know you love them, or giving them a hug.  You can visit someone in the AIDS ward at the hospital, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or give someone a parking space.  If you just buy a toy or two and give them to Toys for Tots, you’ll make a real difference in someone’s life.  The real spirit of the season – and a big part of prosperity – is the giving we can each do.  I hope you will find some ways to share some prosperity, knowing that is blessing you all the while.

P.S.  I was just about to close up this note, when an email from Billy came in.  While he was promoting the bike campaign, he heard from Terry DeCarlo, who played Santa for us two years ago and was an elf at our first bike assembly party.  He is now with Broward House, another organization that works with people living with or at risk for HIV and other health issues.

Terry wrote, “Because of the economy our client base has almost doubled and they all seem to have kids.  We are so lost to put smiles on their faces, we don’t know where to turn or how we are going to manage to do it.  Anyone that you know of that might not know where to send the bikes or the toys, please have them think of us here at Broward House.  It would be a godsend.”

Looks like I’m going back to the mall tomorrow.  And if you’re looking for a place to share some prosperity - you just found it!

-RG

17 comments on “Changing Lack to Prosperity”

  1. Thank you Randy. That was a great story. Very moving. I don't have lots of money to pass one to others. (yet) I struggle month to month to pay my bills but still I send $35 every month to sponsor a child. I've done that for 9 years now. My kids are 9 and 10. I put change in the boxes on counter tops and I do volunteer work. One day I will be financially free this I believe. I just don't know when or how. But I will do it. And I have pictured myself knocking on doors in neighborhoods where I know people struggle to see what it is they need the most and getting that for them. I can't wait for that day to come! Keep up the great work Randy. It's great to make a difference!

    Rayvin

  2. WOW. Thank you for this one! You got me crying:)

    I believe if everyone would give up being afraid of "the economy" right now, they would discover dozens of creative ways and limitless possibilties to touch someone else's (and their own) life in a positive way.

    I also believe you are "telling all of this" because when you become that joyfilled it is impossible to not share it.

    Thanks for being willing to grow and touching so many lives!!!
    Jeanne

  3. I have been doing the same thing for years with our Christmas Wishing Trees, we don't get to see the kids who recieve these but when I was a kid I was in their position and know what a gift can mean, even when times are tough we still made sure we put a least one present under the tree and we have passed this onto our own kids and they are passing it onto theirs as well, giving is one of the most uplifting things we can do and isn't that what Christmas is all about.

    Come on I ask everyone who reads this blog to give just one small gift it will make the world of difference and you will feel great and don't even worry about what you will get out of it, they joy is enough.

    Love and Light
    Colleen The Crystal Dragon

  4. For those who want to help the kids, but haven't yet mastered Randy's levels of abundance, you can go to the Dollar Store and buy the 17" Plush Bears and drop them off at Toys for Tots. At a dollar each, you can get 25, 50 or 100 and really feel good about the world. There are $Five Dollar stores that have nicer toys and games as well. We're off to get about 20 Basketballs this afternoon for $5 each. You can see the $1 Bears at http://www.dollartreedirect.com/Toys-Games&Activities (page 2). and you can find a Toys for Tots near you at http://www.toysfortots.org/ .

    May you world and your heart be filled with Joy and Laughter!

    PS: Randy - You can order the Bears buy the case and have them shipped to your friends running the charities. Maybe a $5000 order? Cheaper than a pair of shoes and a Lot more Fun!

  5. Hi Randy,
    Its always great to help others by any way that we can offer, the good news are most of people know it but the bad news are all of them ignore it except alittle part that really knew how this important to most of the charity kids. In conclusion all the money in the world wont value anything against a child smile that touch our spirit at instant and give us motivation to proceed in doing good things. God bless you Randy and to all who thinks this way.
    Have a nice Day.

  6. Randy,
    I appreciate you.
    I have seen you live in Miami, Florida

    Would you have stated "two-year-old WHITE girl" if she was Caucasian?

  7. Very interesting question. No I don't think so. But I do think upon reflection that I would have written a two-year-old "blond" girl or "red-haired" girl. At the end of the day, I am a copywriter and paint word pictures, so visuals are important to me. Also interesting in that the center is in Fort Lauderdale, which unlike Miami is very white. Yet the majority of the kids there were black, which was kind of surprising to me.

    -RG

  8. Awesome. Great distinctions and definitely hits home.

    As a guy who got socks and undies for gifts and that lame pink t-shirt from K-Mart was like a $1,000 suit for me, I loved this line:

    (Don’t you just love those people that say, “We were poor, but we never knew it.” When I hear that, I always think, “What a freaking moron!”)

    In service and circulating consciously,

    -bri

    P.S. My holiday gift for you and your readers!

    http://philosophersnotes.com/freebies

  9. Randy

    As a copywriter and story teller you paint a pretty vivid picture.
    I'm sure all those unfortunate little ones found the big smiles
    hidden inside all of your gifts.

    Thanks for the thought provoking inspiration.

    Gary McElwain

  10. Randy,
    Great stuff as always!

    Your best gift was the tears; too bad she didn't see them!

    Changing the mindset seems to be the trick. You found some pleasant ways to change the associations; kind of a behavioral modification technique.

    Suppose there is another way to do so that changes things at the core energetics of our existence? Quickly.

    I'm checking out http://tinyurl.com/5n7vmn

    Blessings,

    Dr Jon
    http://tinyurl.com/6h7x98

  11. There are always ways to give... My dream is to also give whatever I want to the people I love... without limits....

    And for now for a 10 month old child I'm sponsoring who needs a stroller, it's off to The Salvation Army where I know I'll find a nice one!!!

  12. I remember Donald Trump who wrote something like "I don't understand why people when asked how much money they would like to have or make say a million dollars. If it were me I would have said 50 billion! I mean, if you can choose, why a million dollars?" And the truth is we can choose. All the riches in the universe are at our disposal, not just financial and material but also emotional and mental.

    When we measure money out and keep it restricted, than that is how we will receive and not receive it!

    The more we do out of love and respect, the more we will have with which to work. This is Universal Law.

    Enjoy your wealth! Release your poverty!

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  • 17 comments on “Changing Lack to Prosperity”

    1. Thank you Randy. That was a great story. Very moving. I don't have lots of money to pass one to others. (yet) I struggle month to month to pay my bills but still I send $35 every month to sponsor a child. I've done that for 9 years now. My kids are 9 and 10. I put change in the boxes on counter tops and I do volunteer work. One day I will be financially free this I believe. I just don't know when or how. But I will do it. And I have pictured myself knocking on doors in neighborhoods where I know people struggle to see what it is they need the most and getting that for them. I can't wait for that day to come! Keep up the great work Randy. It's great to make a difference!

      Rayvin

    2. WOW. Thank you for this one! You got me crying:)

      I believe if everyone would give up being afraid of "the economy" right now, they would discover dozens of creative ways and limitless possibilties to touch someone else's (and their own) life in a positive way.

      I also believe you are "telling all of this" because when you become that joyfilled it is impossible to not share it.

      Thanks for being willing to grow and touching so many lives!!!
      Jeanne

    3. I have been doing the same thing for years with our Christmas Wishing Trees, we don't get to see the kids who recieve these but when I was a kid I was in their position and know what a gift can mean, even when times are tough we still made sure we put a least one present under the tree and we have passed this onto our own kids and they are passing it onto theirs as well, giving is one of the most uplifting things we can do and isn't that what Christmas is all about.

      Come on I ask everyone who reads this blog to give just one small gift it will make the world of difference and you will feel great and don't even worry about what you will get out of it, they joy is enough.

      Love and Light
      Colleen The Crystal Dragon

    4. For those who want to help the kids, but haven't yet mastered Randy's levels of abundance, you can go to the Dollar Store and buy the 17" Plush Bears and drop them off at Toys for Tots. At a dollar each, you can get 25, 50 or 100 and really feel good about the world. There are $Five Dollar stores that have nicer toys and games as well. We're off to get about 20 Basketballs this afternoon for $5 each. You can see the $1 Bears at http://www.dollartreedirect.com/Toys-Games&Activities (page 2). and you can find a Toys for Tots near you at http://www.toysfortots.org/ .

      May you world and your heart be filled with Joy and Laughter!

      PS: Randy - You can order the Bears buy the case and have them shipped to your friends running the charities. Maybe a $5000 order? Cheaper than a pair of shoes and a Lot more Fun!

    5. Hi Randy,
      Its always great to help others by any way that we can offer, the good news are most of people know it but the bad news are all of them ignore it except alittle part that really knew how this important to most of the charity kids. In conclusion all the money in the world wont value anything against a child smile that touch our spirit at instant and give us motivation to proceed in doing good things. God bless you Randy and to all who thinks this way.
      Have a nice Day.

    6. Randy,
      I appreciate you.
      I have seen you live in Miami, Florida

      Would you have stated "two-year-old WHITE girl" if she was Caucasian?

    7. Very interesting question. No I don't think so. But I do think upon reflection that I would have written a two-year-old "blond" girl or "red-haired" girl. At the end of the day, I am a copywriter and paint word pictures, so visuals are important to me. Also interesting in that the center is in Fort Lauderdale, which unlike Miami is very white. Yet the majority of the kids there were black, which was kind of surprising to me.

      -RG

    8. Awesome. Great distinctions and definitely hits home.

      As a guy who got socks and undies for gifts and that lame pink t-shirt from K-Mart was like a $1,000 suit for me, I loved this line:

      (Don’t you just love those people that say, “We were poor, but we never knew it.” When I hear that, I always think, “What a freaking moron!”)

      In service and circulating consciously,

      -bri

      P.S. My holiday gift for you and your readers!

      http://philosophersnotes.com/freebies

    9. Randy

      As a copywriter and story teller you paint a pretty vivid picture.
      I'm sure all those unfortunate little ones found the big smiles
      hidden inside all of your gifts.

      Thanks for the thought provoking inspiration.

      Gary McElwain

    10. Randy,
      Great stuff as always!

      Your best gift was the tears; too bad she didn't see them!

      Changing the mindset seems to be the trick. You found some pleasant ways to change the associations; kind of a behavioral modification technique.

      Suppose there is another way to do so that changes things at the core energetics of our existence? Quickly.

      I'm checking out http://tinyurl.com/5n7vmn

      Blessings,

      Dr Jon
      http://tinyurl.com/6h7x98

    11. There are always ways to give... My dream is to also give whatever I want to the people I love... without limits....

      And for now for a 10 month old child I'm sponsoring who needs a stroller, it's off to The Salvation Army where I know I'll find a nice one!!!

    12. I remember Donald Trump who wrote something like "I don't understand why people when asked how much money they would like to have or make say a million dollars. If it were me I would have said 50 billion! I mean, if you can choose, why a million dollars?" And the truth is we can choose. All the riches in the universe are at our disposal, not just financial and material but also emotional and mental.

      When we measure money out and keep it restricted, than that is how we will receive and not receive it!

      The more we do out of love and respect, the more we will have with which to work. This is Universal Law.

      Enjoy your wealth! Release your poverty!

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