According to Webster’s Dictionary prosperity is defined as “a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, esp. in financial respects; good fortune.” While financial is used as an example it is not sacrosanct.
Our present world is entranced with material worth. We believe the value of success is how much money we have, how large of a home, how expensive an automobile. If you desire true prosperity you must remember this vital word…STOP!
Stop comparing to others; stop isolating and stop personalizing everything. Life is too short to become ruthful. I am reminded of a young man that was terminated three times in a six-month period, the latter on Christmas Eve. In the same year he lost his mother in law and his wife also terminated. The prosperity achieved by the young man was a renewed life with a desire to live life in the moment. He realized precious moments do not return. So how does one achieve prosperity? Here are a few simple tips from my new book Little Book of Hope.
1. There is much for you to offer. Prosperity stems from your ability to self-actualize and realize your importance. I remember a wonderful quote, “No one who is faithful to God is a failure. The world honors success: The Lord honors faithfulness.” —June Hunt” If your Creator believes in your success why not you?
2. Renewal. We just past the Easter season on the Christian calendar. For those unaware, Easter is a time for renewal and rebirth. Take some time to think about the items you desire to change and make a plan to change them. Realize how much the world wants your life and vitality.
3. Window Shopping. Refrain from looking at the windows in your neighbor’s home. The worst travesty is comparing to material wealth of neighbors and peers. There are skeleton’s in anyone’s closet. They simply do a better job of hiding the key. Consider your self worth; it will positively eradicate self-doubt.
4. Split Second Moments. Never look back always look forward. My neighbor’s children both had an extremely rare blood disorder requiring bone marrow transplants. I never noticed a tear on either child or a parent. They believed that prosperity would come to then but in its time not theirs. Moments never get a chance to return and we all share one thing in common – time. Why is it some of more prosperous then others? They understand the usefulness and imperative nature of time. They do not waste it.
5. Set Goals. Wilma Rudolph, Donald Trump and Lance Armstrong all understand the value and purpose of goal setting. The core of prosperity lies in the value and the decisions of goals. Make them specific, make them real and make them achievable but make them!
6. Visualize. Champion athletes and powerful business people use this powerful technique. Prosperous and recognized names such as Gates, Jobs, Woods and Welch all use the power of visualization. One will never achieve prosperity if you do not visualize what it will look like. I remember Jack Canfield telling me he dreamt of a $10,000 bill on his ceiling as he drifted off to sleep at night. Jack was a millionaire a few years later.
7. Reach, Believe, Achieve. The best part of prosperity is to continually believe in you. You must remain on track and must remain positive. The book “The Secret” discusses the Law of Attraction. Think about it, the cliché, “misery loves company” is true. Why invite misery when prosperity and happiness are more interesting.
Prosperity is individualistic. Prosperity is self-defined. However, the one commonality is that we all want it. The path to grasping prosperity begins with a voracious appetite of self-mastery with an acceleration of positiveness. Remain focused, remain energized, and prosperity will surround you!
© 2008. Drew Stevens PhD. All Rights Reserved.
Drew Stevens PhD helps organizations to dramatically accelerate business growth. He is the author of seven books including Split Second Selling and Split Second Customer Service and Little Book of Hope. Dr. Drew is a thought leader on sales and customer service issues. He can be reached at www.gettingtothefinishline.com.