Have you ever wanted to create great wealth in your life? Maybe you’re working harder and harder every day and you just can’t seem to get anywhere financially?
Alex Ford here. In this video and article I want to share with you what's holding you back from what you want, especially if it's financial freedom.
But first, let me share a quick story.
A little while ago, I was talking to a lady who enquired about my business and I asked her two questions before we proceeded with anything. The first question was “What do you want to create in your life?” Her response was “I want to create financial freedom.” And I though that was great because a lot of people want that. In fact, that’s my biggest goal too – ultimate financial freedom.
The second question I asked her was “What’s your serious income goal? How much do you want to make in the next 12 months if there were no limitations placed on you?” She said “Well… (pause) I don’t need a lot of money. I just need enough to get by.” And this is one of the biggest reasons a lot of people don’t create wealth in their lives. Let me explain.
Counter-Intentions Hold People Back
A lot of people have this big goal or vision they want to create like financial freedom, but then they have this thing called a “Counter-intention”. So their Intention is “financial freedom” but then their Counter-intention is something that goes against what they ultimately want to create. For example, this lady told me at the beginning of our conversation that she wants to create financial freedom but then she ended up saying that she doesn’t need a lot of money and needs just enough to get by.
So what did that tell me? Well, 1. to create financial freedom you DO require a lot of money, and that’s what I ended up saying to this lady: “A few questions ago I asked you what you want to create and you said ‘financial freedom’ but right now you said that you don’t need a lot of money. The truth is that to be financially free, you DO NEED a lot of money.” The lady then laughed nervously because I caught her out and realised that I had a point.
But the thing here is that a lot of people do this, yet they don’t know why they’re not creating wealth in their lives. This happens because they have this big idea of what they want, like financial freedom, or to travel the world, but on the other hand they might have a belief that contradicts what they want, like “rich people are greedy”, yet they want financial freedom, or “I don’t need a lot of money”, yet they want financial freedom.
Counter-intentions are often the result of beliefs passed down from parents. For example, while growing up your parents might have often said to you “money doesn’t grow on trees”, which is a belief that stops a person from creating wealth, and when you grow up you desire financial freedom but you can never seem to create it. People that are stuck in a pattern like this never end up creating what they truly want because don’t have a clear path to getting there and are always stopping themselves with Counter-intentions.
Our Innate Desire For Wealth
I believe all of us have an innate desire to create wealth in our lives. Just look at the world around us and how many people buy lottery tickets every week. Personally, I don’t believe it the lottery because it’s too much about chance and I’ve seen people get to the end of their lives buying lottery tickets their whole life and don’t get anything from it, when they could have invested that same money and have retired a millionaire. Lottery is just selling a false hope of wealth and freedom to the masses, and almost everyone buys into it!
If you ask a few people that are weekly purchasers of lottery tickets if they want to become rich one day, you'll find many that will say something along the lines of “No, I don’t want to be rich because I’m not greedy”, yet the next day they’ll go buy a lottery ticket. That right there is proof of our innate desire to want more, to experience more, to travel the world, to have a nice house, to have a nice car, but then many people have a Counter-intention that stops them from creating all that.
So right now, ask yourself “What do I want to create in my life?” Maybe it is financial freedom! Then ask yourself “Is there any beliefs that are holding me back from creating that?” If your intention is to create financial freedom, maybe a belief that’s holding you back is that “rich people are greedy.”
The Beauty of Wealth
Now, I don’t believe that rich people are greedy. I actually believe that if you create great wealth in your life, that’s one of the best things you can do for society and the world. Why? Well, first, you’re being an example of what’s possible and are showing other people that they can also create wealth in their lives. Second, for you to create wealth, you need to be able to provide products and services to the masses that they want and need. For example, Steve Jobs created the iPhone and EVERYONE wanted it when it came out! Steve Jobs wasn’t big on getting rich; he was more passionate about creating extraordinary products that would change the world, and because of that he ended up becoming a billionaire.
So again, to have wealth in your life, you must give the masses something they want and will be willing to pay you for it. I know I love my iPhone; I think it’s awesome and I'd happily hand over my money for the newest model! But also, when you create a lot of wealth, how much change and positive influence do you think you can have in the world? It could either be helping charities, helping friends and family or even starting your own charity. You can create MASSIVE amounts of positive change in the world if you have wealth!
So is rich being greedy? Absolutely not! It’s the opposite. Wealth gives you power so you can positively impact the world we live in!
To conclude, I want to leave you with two questions to ask yourself:
1. What do I really want in my life?
2. What beliefs are holding me back from creating what I want?
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