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Creating the Abundance Mindset

“Creating the Abundance Mindset” written by Bren Koger.

Whoever has will be given more, and they will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. – Matthew 13:12

The Abundance of Celebrities

In an ultra-cheap marketing strategy for many companies celebrities gets the equivalent of the U.S Median income or about $100,000 of free stuff per year. This all in the hopes that a celebrity might be photographed or just seen holding or wearing their brand.

If Britney Spears or Paris Hilton want to go shopping, the whole store closes down so they can shop in private.

Victoria Beckham received so many baby gifts before daughter Harper was born that she decided to donate trucks filled with the freebies to charity.

Credit cards of the ultra rich like American Express Platinum cardholders receive room upgrades (depending on room availability), free breakfast, a spa credit, or complimentary food and beverages at participating hotels and resorts worldwide.

Many other exclusive credit card holders receive personal assistants and concierge services.

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When Christina Aguilera is at a dance club everyone on the floor has to leave the floor so she can dance without interruption.

Oscar nominees go home with a gift basket worth more than $85,000 worth of goodies. Two of those items include a $15,000 walking tour of Japan and a $16,000 hair transplant offer.

The Rich and the Abundance Mindset

The rich get more discounts.

Stay in places for free and get free airfare.

Get tax breaks.

Things given to them.

The Abundance Mindset vs Limiting Beliefs

If these stories bug you then you probably have a lack mindset.

And it will keep you from getting the things you want.

Do you feel jealousy or envy? Or maybe you feel like this could never be me, or I don’t deserve the finer things in life?

Creating the Abundance Mindset

An Exercise to help Create an Abundance Mindset

Last year I had the opportunity to live in NYC for 4 months where Mike and I had the privilege of taking the subway to Madison Avenue to shop at Bergdorf’s or Saks.  On one of our shopping trips I needed to use the restroom and the only facility within blocks was the St. Regis Hotel, a  5 star Hotel with a doorman and dripping with marble, crystal chandeliers, elegant crown moldings and glamorous beveled mirrors.

We decided to use the experience as an exercise in our comfort level with being in such an extravagant hotel.  I asked Mike to ask himself a few questions.

  • Does this FEEL normal?
  • Can you see yourself staying here foe a week?
  • Do you feel out of place?

I felt a little uncomfortable at first and then with an awareness of my feelings started to appreciate the beauty that surrounded me. It was a bit revealing in my ability to feel like I deserve the best things life has to offer. Sometimes we need these experiences to raise our level of what we think is possible in our lives.

Tips for Creating Your Own Abundance Mindset

Here are my tips for changing your mindset where money is concerned. They are guaranteed to raise your abundance vibration.

  • Be aware that you might have limiting beliefs about money and whether you feel you deserve to have what you want in life.
  • Look at evidence of others well being and use it as evidence that it can happen to you
  • If you can be  happy for the people who are experiencing abundance you are closer to your own abundance
  • Look for evidence for well being so that you can activate the energy of well being in yourself. Say to yourself, “I can realize and actualize it too.”
  • Don’t envy others because you don’t know what came before their success. There is enough to go around.
  • Just because they have things you want does not mean you can’t have yours.
  • Use it as evidence that it can happen.
  • Surround yourself with people you want to emulate.

Next time you see a beautiful million dollar home with an amazing view or someone pulls up beside you in your dream car. Be happy for them because they are showing you what is possible and that is a surefire shortcut to all the beautiful things you desire.

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The Importance of Perseverance and Determination

“The Importance of Perseverance and Determination” written by Bren Koger.

Three-feet from gold is a story in Napoleon Hill’s classic book, ‘Think and Grow Rich.” It’s a story about a man named R. U. Harby, and is usually told as a lesson in perseverance and determination.

Perseverance and Determination in Think and Grow Rich

As the story goes, Harby’s uncle had gold fever, so he staked his claim and started digging.  After a lot of hard work, the uncle found a vein of ore, so he covered up his find and returned home to raise the money for the machinery that he would need to bring the ore to the surface.

They raised the money and Darby traveled with his uncle back to the site to make their fortune.

Things started well and before long, they had enough to clear their debts.  They were excited, everything from here on would be profit and things were looking good.

Then the supply of gold stopped.  The vein of ore had disappeared.

They kept on digging, but found nothing.

After a while, they quit in frustration and sold their machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars.

With Perseverance and Determination There Comes Success After Failure

After they went home in disappointment, the astute junk man called in a mining engineer who checked the mine and calculated that there was a vein of gold just three feet from where Darby and his uncle had stopped digging.

The junk man went on to make millions from the mine.

Darby returned home, paid back everyone who had lent him money, and was determined to learn from his mistake in giving up too soon.

He went on to become a phenomenally successful insurance salesman, more than recouping what he would have made from the gold mine.

Some might have allowed this event to define them for the rest of their lives. He didn’t allow this, but instead  learned from it, and went on to become very successful; not in spite of his failure but because of it.

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Perseverance and Determination in Moneyball

In the movie “Moneyball,” with Brad Pitt,

Trying Something Different Can Meet Resistance and Temporary Failure

Pitt plays the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team who is trying to assemble a winning team.  In the film, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) hires a young Yale economics grad, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) with a radical idea on how to assess players using a “sabermetric” approach. They select players based almost exclusively on their on-base percentage.

The team’s scouts were at first dismissive of, and then hostile towards, this non-traditional approach to scouting players. Rather than relying on the scouts’ experience and intuition, they select players based almost exclusively on empirical analysis, and they did this despite vehement objections from the scouts and managers.

Perseverance and Determination Through Failure Yields Results

Early in the season the team, The Athletics, performed poorly.  This lead to critics dismissing the new method as a dismal failure. Beane convinces the owner to stay the course and the team’s record begins to improve. The Athletics then go on to win 19 consecutive games, tying for the longest winning streak in American League history.

This is based on a true story and in real life Beane is then contacted by the owner of the Boston Red Sox, who realizes that the sabermetric model is the future of baseball, and is offered a job as general manager of the Red Sox. Beane passes up the opportunity, despite an offer of a $12.5 million salary, which would have made him the highest-paid general manager in sports history. He returns to Oakland to continue running the Athletics. In 2004, two years after adopting the sabermetric model, the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918!

Billy Beane was a Major league player before becoming a general manager, but had a disappointing career as a player.  If he hadn’t failed early on in his career as a player or given up after his failure he would never had the strength and grittiness to buck the system. He had to go against the scouts, the owner, the fans  who were all skeptical and critical of this new approach. He was at times in danger of losing his job and his reputation.

How did he have the strength and determination to stick to what he knew was right?

I think not in spite of his early failure, but because of it.

The Takeaway Lesson of Perseverance and Determination

If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.

The truth is, everyone has failed. Everyone has failed miserably.

Failing is a part of the game that is life, but you must pull through and persist with your vision. We need failure to succeed.

Failing is trying. Without trying we never have a shot at succeeding. The quicker you can deal with failure, the quicker you are ready for success. Each failure is a building block to success. Some people cannot deal with failure, so they never try anything. The result: nothing. Nothing can happen without action. Life is all about action, and taking risks.

It is the stepping off point to your biggest adventure.

Expect mistakes. We are all going to go through failures and mistakes. If not then you’re not playing big enough.

Learn to see the seed of opportunity you will gain knowledge, insight, and experience – wisdom that only those who tried something can lay claim to.

And then share your story.

You have a unique message to share with the world. When you share it with honesty and humility, you will have the opportunity to provide hope, strength, and encouragement to others.

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Realize Your Dreams – A Lesson Learned from Sidney Poitier

“Realize Your Dreams – A Lesson Learned from Sidney Poitier” written by Bren Koger.

Realize Your Dreams – Example from Sidney Poitier’s Life Story

I’m listening to an audiotape of actor Sidney Poitier’s autobiography ‘The Measure of a Man,’ and was struck by a story he tells about himself before he became famous. He was a young man, with a wife and children, and was between acting jobs. He was working as a dishwasher at a restaurant, and in desperate need of money.

He was offered a part by the agent Marty Baum. He’d already played leading roles in films…

Realize Your Dreams - A Lesson Learned from Sidney Portierand when he read the script, he hated it.

It was a story of a janitor and a murder takes place. The bad guys were concerned about whether his character (the janitor) had seen anything, so what they did to keep him from talking was they killed his daughter and threw her body on the lawn of his house! And his character didn’t do any thing about it.

Sidney Poitier felt it was beneath him to play such a weak, submissive character, so he turned down a job that would have paid him $700 a week, which was a lot of money for him then.

He went on to play many well known parts in films such as “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “To Sir With Love.” He even became the first African American actor to win an academy award for best actor in the film “Lilies of the Field.” He didn’t compromise his ideals and the payoff was a ground breaking legacy.

Realize Your Dreams With Some Courage

Famous author and mythologist Joseph Campbell says…

“I think a person who takes a job in order to live––that is to say, for the money––has turned himself into a slave. WORK begins when you don’t like what you’re doing.

“There’s a wise saying: make your hobby your source of income. Then there’s no such thing as work, and there’s no such thing as getting tired.

“That’s been my experience. I did just what I wanted to do. It takes a little courage at first, because who the hell wants you to do just what you want to do; they’ve all got a lot of plans for you. But you can make it happen. I think it’s very important for a young person to have the courage to do what seems to him significant in his life, and not just take a job in order to make money. But this takes a bit of prudence and very careful planning, and may delay financial achievement and comfortable living. But the ultimate result will be very much to his pleasure.”

Realize Your Dreams – An Example From My Friend Jacques

In my own life, I met an amazingly talented pattern maker and fashion designer, Jacques Mugnier, while doing an internship at Edun Fashion House in NYC .

We became fast friends on the first day I arrived. I was scared and felt out of place, and heard this voice from across the pattern table say, “Hi Cutie.” He continually helped me throughout my internship with smiles, words of encouragement, and help navigating the unfamiliar landscape of the streets of NYC. I could always count on Jacques to smile and greet me when I arrived in the morning. This was in an environment where the interns are invisible commodities.

He later told me he was intrigued by me because I didn’t look like the typical intern. It’s not many people who decide to switch gears in mid-life and pursue a career in fashion in NYC.

Realize Your Dreams - Alpaca and MushroomsJacques had a dream too. He’d secretly wanted to leave NYC for years. He was burned out from the grueling lifestyle of the fashion industry, with it’s 18+hour days for weeks at a time. He wanted to move to a farm to raise alpaca and mushrooms. And inspired by my leap of faith and change in careers, he did just that… He now has a lovely farm in southern Indiana. Meet Goldie… she is one of his babies. An alpaca mommy about to give birth on his farm.

I am officially an alpac-aunt

Now is the Time to Realize Your Dreams

So if you’re you in a place where you feel like you’re holding out for your dream life, or have been succumbing to the pressure of society to work at a job that you hate, just for money,

or there is something you’ve always dreamed of doing, but it got lost along the way because of responsibilities or societal pressures,

It’s never too late to realize your dreams, but it takes courage and deciding that you’ve had enough.

It will take a few steps out in faith to realize your dreams. You may have some rough times, with some hard work, but the rewards will be a life of pleasure and a legacy to all those around you.

Develop a support system of like-minded people, and don’t listen to the nay-sayers.

Take one small inspired action step after another.

There are so many people who are waiting to benefit from your unique story.Take that step now. It really is never too late.

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