Predictably I created quite a stir on the last post, when I said that people are poor because they choose to be. I knew that would fluster some people, but I felt it was important to rattle some molars and get people to do some critical thinking on the subject.
Bones took issue because he felt many choices are made unconsciously and wondered if that can really be called a choice. But that’s really the reason why I wrote the post.
Because millions of people have been brainwashed into making subconscious choices, without even knowing they are doing so. That was really the theme of my last book.
Al and Tony were concerned that the “you chose this” mantra could have adverse effects and lead some people into self-blame or self-hate. That is something I considered. But I write this blog for serious students of self-development, and I don’t want to dumb it down for the herd. I feel we have “big kids” reading this and if I bring something like this to their attention, they’re likely to change behaviors or beliefs that are holding them back.
As Lajon, JW, and Ellis correctly pointed out, the real message of the post was about taking responsibility for your life. And where you are is based on the choices you made.
What we are really talking about here is the choice of remaining a victim, or choosing to be a victor. And keep in mind, I teach this from the experience of spending the first 30 years of my life in complete victim mode. I don’t raise these issue to condescend or act superior, but to share the insights I’ve learned thus far on the journey.
What I know is this: There has never been a more exciting time to be alive in human history. And never been so many ways to become prosperous. We are absolutely surrounded by opportunity at this second. And in difficult economic times like now, the opportunities for creating prosperity become much more numerous.
As Charles Fillmore taught, there is no place that prosperity is not. It is in the ethers all around us. But to manifest it on the physical plane, we must use the power of ideas.
Wherever there are challenges, there are corresponding opportunities. But your mind can only process one viewpoint. If you want to hang on to being a victim, you can’t become a victor. We all face challenges, have setbacks and experience difficulties. We all fall from time to time. But like Jim Rohn says, if you fall down, “do a few push ups while you’re down there!”
The great news is you DO get to choose: You can be the slum dog – or the millionaire!