Wallace Wattles, an American Author and New Thought writer, is best known for a 1910 book called The Science of Getting Rich in which he explained how to become wealthy. I have this book and have read it many times. I even did an experiment with this book in which I read and studied only 4 chapters of this book for 90 days straight. It took me 6 months to do this, as there was a day that I completely forgot about my experiment of studying and absorbing the essence of this book thus having me start over from day 1 – discipline.
What I love about this book is how he explains the process of our thoughts. The process of how our thoughts (becoming our beliefs) can create whatever it is we truly desire in life … if we make it a part of us and take action. Mr. Wattles states:
“Thought is the only thing that can produce tangible riches …”
“Man is a thinking center, and can originate thought. All the forms that Man fashions with his hands must first exist in his thoughts; he cannot shape a thing until he has thought that thing.”
Basically, what he is saying is that everything is created twice … first in our thoughts and then in reality. The home you designed … first it was a thought. The invention of the combustible engine was first a thought. If you can imagine it in your mind, then there is a way to create it. The way to do this is to believe in you and the belief you can take actions steps to create it.
Are you creating Scarcity in your life?
We do this type of creation all the time without even realizing that we are doing it. We proclaim how bad we feel even when initially we weren’t feeling bad then someone says we look like we don’t feel well. We live from a place of scarcity when we continually claim that we “can’t afford” even the smallest things of pleasure. We have to save for that “rainy” day holding on tightly to everything that we have. When we do this, we begin the process of “choking” other opportunities out of our life.
The most common way of “creating from our thoughts” is through our choices of how we talk – internally to ourselves and externally to others. How often do you find yourself saying these common phrases …
“I can’t” “I don’t know” “I’m sorry” “I wish I could” “Let me ask/check …”
All of these phrases give away your power — allowing you to not be responsible to you and your beliefs. These words are harsh and I believe in the power of our thoughts creating our reality.
What if you changed your words to make them more empowering and more positive? Instead of saying “I can’t”, say “I choose”; “I don’t know” say “Let me find out or tell me more”; “I’m sorry” say “I feel for your pain or I understand”.
Saying things like “I wish I could” or “Let me ask/check …” is basically saying that you have no power to make a decision. Why not claim your power back and say “I am working on achieving that”? These are my words. You have your own way of reframing these phrases to make them more empowering. Choose the empowering words instead of the disempowering words.
Our thoughts come from the conversation we are telling ourselves … can’t do it, not good enough, what makes me think I can this time … all these conversations are a choice we make to keep us stuck in our pain. I can relate as I was there once. What choices are you making? Choices of conversation that can keep you stuck in pain or empowered to move forward? Only you can choose and you don’t have to do it alone.