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The Power of Thought: Your Thinking Can Make or Break Your Business

68 Seconds to Manifest What You WantToday we’re going to talk about the power of thought: Your thinking CAN make or break your business.

Did you know that it only takes 68 seconds of pure, focused thought to activate the Universe to manifest what you want?

Astounding I know!  So if it’s this easy, why are so many people struggling?  BECAUSE most people focus their thoughts on what they DON’T want, and they don’t even know it.

Let me explain.  Typically when I ask a client what they want, I get responses like “I don’t want to be in debt;”  “I want to up-level my business and serve more clients;” or “I want more time for myself and my family.”  On the surface, it would appear they are describing what they want but if you look closer…you’ll see, these statements actually focus on what they DON’T want.

Let’s break these down:

1.  “I don’t want to be in debt.”

This statement is completely focused on what you don’t want:  debt.

When asked to rephrase this statement, I often hear something like “I want to be debt free,” but to be debt free, means to be free of debt.  The focus is still on the debt you don’t want.

Another rephrased statement I get is “I want financial freedom.”  Closer, but this also states that you want to be free from something (usually debt or worrying about money) which is a subtle way of focusing on what you DON’T want.  Tricky, I know.

Focusing on what you want is not as simple as it would seem to be.  That’s because you’ve been conditioned to think in terms of scarcity and lack.  To rephrase this statement, simply focus your thoughts on prosperity, and all that being prosperous means to you.

2.  “I want to up-level my business and serve more clients”

The statement is more subtle.  On it’s face, it appears that you are saying what you want: to up-level your business and serve more clients. BUT (you knew a but was coming)…it is actually focusing on where your business isn’t and the desire to have more clients.  (Whenever you use the word “more” you’re identifying a level of lack.) There’s an implication that there’s not enough.

Another way to restate this “want” is:  bliss.  Bliss is the joy you feel when you are doing what you love and making a difference in someone else’s life.

3.  “I want more time for myself and my family”

Which brings us to the third example.  Have you figured out what the focus of this statement is?  Lack of time.  Remember what I said about the word “more?”   This statement implies that there is a lack of time.  Lack is a limiting, scarcity way of thinking.

Alternatively, what you truly want is:  love.  You want to be with the people you care about and share the love you feel for them, and from them.  And you want to take care of your body, develop your mind and connect with your spirit.

The power of thought: Your thinking CAN make or break your business.

To quote an old adage: “What you think about, you bring about.”

When you focus on what you don’t want (whether you are consciously aware of it or not) you activate the Universe to manifest more of it.

I heard Vishen Lakhiani, founder and CEO of Mindvalley, speak about the early years of what is now a multi-million dollar business.  He said that when he first started, he used to brag to his friends about the cup of Starbucks coffee that his $4 a week profit bought him.  And when those profits increased, he celebrated with a Subway sandwich AND a Starbucks coffee, with whipped cream!

THIS is what I’m talking about.  Focusing on what you want brings more of what you want!  Vishen focused on what his business was generating.  He celebrated it!  He didn’t think, “Oh what will I do?  I ONLY made $4 this week.”  He thought “YES!  MY business has generated enough profit this week to buy me a Starbucks coffee, which I LOVE!”  Is it any wonder his business is where it is today?

When you focus on where your business isn’t yet, on the clients that you don’t have or on the money you aren’t making, your thinking will perpetuate what you are already experiencing…a lack of what you want.  Your thoughts can make or break your business.  

It’s time to retrain your brain!

So how do you focus pure thought to activate the universe to manifest what you want?  Learn how to control your thinking.

Ask yourself “What am I wanting?” and see what thoughts come up.  If you notice your thoughts are focused on what you don’t want, recognize that there’s nothing wrong with you, it’s just the way you’ve been conditioned to think, and simply choose a new thought that focuses on what you DO want.

Then, think only about what you want, for 68 seconds.  Infuse your thoughts with what it feels like to have that (what ever that is for you) as part of your new life, your new reality.  “See” yourself in your mind’s eye living it, experiencing it, BEing it.

This also may not be as easy as it would appear.  In addition to being conditioned to focus on lack and scarcity, most of us are not taught how to focus our thinking.  Focus is a way of exercising your brain.  It may take some practice.

If this is you, no worries, start out by setting a timer for 17 seconds and build from there. According to the Law of Attraction, 17 seconds of continued focus elevates the vibration of a thought to the next level of manifesting, connecting it with other thoughts that support your desire and increasing it’s power with each 17 second increment.  68 seconds of continuous, focused thought brings what you want into the “seen” world and the realm of probability.

Do this every day and watch what “appears” for you, including inspired thought and opportunities that help you to bring what you want into your life.

The Universe works in co-creative partnership with you.  You tell it, through your thoughts and actions, what you want and it gives you the opportunities to make it happen.  Every YES you tell the Universe, through the thoughts you think, the choices you make and the actions you take toward making what you want a reality in your life, brings more and more opportunities to manifest it.

Your thoughts are POWERFUL!  Use them wisely.

Pay attention to what you are thinking.  Choose only the thoughts that support what you want.  Follow inspiration, take advantage of the opportunities that the Universe brings you and watch your business grow.

How Past Lives Affect Your Prosperity + What To Do About It

You want more prosperity and yet you feel limited by something you can’t quite put your finger on.
You’ve done a lot of personal growth work and despite your best efforts you’re still hitting an upper limit.
There seems to be a financial “set point” that you can’t crack.
I’m about to reveal one of the most under examined hidden prosperity drainers that keep you stuck, so you can finally have the break through you’ve been looking for!
What is it?  Well…what I’m about to share with you may seem unbelievable.  But stay with me.   It can really make a difference for you if you open up to the idea.
It’s your past lives.
What?  Past lives and prosperity?  You got it!  But what have past lives got to do with prosperity?
Before I answer that, I’d like to share an ocean experience I had in Kauai as an example of how your past life can “show up” in your present life.
I had an opportunity to go snorkeling in the ocean as part of a business retreat.  1973579_10203118238770623_302637386445186597_o

I was excited for the chance to experience nature in a new way and to blast through any upper limits.
I want to take my business to the next level. (There’s nothing like going to the edge to help with rapid expansion.)
AND I just wanted to have some fun!
I envisioned myself frolicking with the fishes and sea turtles bringing out my playful inner mermaid.
This was NOT what happened.
The first time I put my mask and snorkel on it triggered a gag reflex and a sensation of being smothered.
I immediately pulled the gear off my head and gasped for air.  Try two: same result.  Try three:  you guessed it.  This cycle went on for about 10 minutes.
I began to cry.  I was frustrated that I couldn’t do something as simple as wear a mask and snorkel and breathe.  The biggest frustration was that I didn’t know why I couldn’t.  I felt out of control.
Stubbornly I sat on the edge of the water determined to get over my suffocation-gag reflex.  My snorkel instructor stayed with me and talked me through the process of how to breathe through a snorkel until I stopped gagging and felt ready to take it into the water.
I’ve heard the phrase up-level new devil.  That just begins to describe what happened next.
I got into the ocean and before I could say “snorkel” a big wave came in and whisked me off my feet.  A new panic!  I couldn’t feel the ground beneath me and I felt completely out of control.
Suddenly I was being tossed about like a rag doll.  I felt very small and powerless.  I was at the whim of the ocean and there was nothing I could do about it.  This time my feeling of being out of control took a giant leap.
My instructor continued to assure me that I was safe.  After much focused centering, forcing myself to relax into the waves, I was finally able to try swimming with my flippers.  Then came the moment of truth…snorkel time.
Confident I had mastered my gag and suffocation response to the mask and snorkel, I followed my guide’s instructions to put on my gear and my head under the water.
For a brief moment I saw the underwater world open up to me.  It was wonderful, then suddenly, salty sea water began to leak into my snorkel.  That feeling of suffocation quickly resurfaced!
I frantically pulled my head out of the water and threw off my mask gasping for air. With the calming assurance of my instructor, I regained my composure and attempted to put my head back under the water again….and again.  Salt water leaked into my snorkel each time and the sensation of suffocating increased exponentially with each try.
Very real and clear memories (not from this lifetime) began to flood over me.  Like post-traumatic stress I experienced flashbacks.  I saw and physically felt myself being strangled, drowned, and hung, all experiences of complete helplessness and utter loss of control.
It was as if I was there, reliving those moments, caught up in a whirlwind of past lives in which I was killed for living and speaking my truth.
When I brought my head above water and removed my mask for the final time, the sensation of being unable to breathe continued.  It didn’t make sense because there was nothing to obstruct my breathing.  I was having a panic attack.   Talk about feeling out of control!
My instructor and coach came to my aide.  They supported and held me in the water as they guided me back to breathing.  But for the remainder of the day and the day to follow, the memories stayed with me and it physically felt as if someone was actually strangling and suffocating me.  I felt like I was trying to breathe out of a straw.
I had to remind myself that despite the very strong feeling of being choked and smothered, I was not being attacked and that I could breathe.
It was a very surreal experience and it made me realize that I have a strong need to feel in control on a real survival level.
I also recognized that this fear had triggered a BIG survival mentality in my money and prosperity.  Increased prosperity meant increased responsibility, for my life, for my choices, and for speaking and living my purpose.
My fear of what others will think (and how they’ll respond) fed the illusion of control.  The need to control disguised itself, making it feel responsible and practical to put things off.  I wanted to feel “ready” before taking that next bold step (sound familiar?)
The truth is you never feel “ready”.  Ready comes with the act of doing.
It was only in witnessing my fear, seeing what it looked like, discovering where it came from and understanding its purpose that I am now able to release it and break free from the patterns it presented (the cycle of feeling stuck and putting things off).
Control can show up as:
  • needing to be perfect
  • procrastination
  • desire to know all the answers (all the possible outcomes) before starting
  • resistance
  • feeling stuck (and not knowing how to move past it)
  • playing small
What is a past life?  It’s a soul memory which has carried into your current lifetime.  It weaves itself into your present experience in ways that are both familiar and hidden.
Past lives can express themselves as:
  • a memory
  • a physical sensation
  • an intuitive feeling
  • an imprint
  • a pattern of behavior
  • a belief
  • a fear
Past lives don’t have to be something that you see (although you can experience them this way, as I did).  Most often they run under the surface as a feeling that you don’t understand but recognize the patterns that they produce all too well.
So how do your past lives affect your money and prosperity?
  1. If you’re stuck in past life energy it affects your current money expression.  This can present as a money pattern that you can’t seem to break (like being able to manifest money but not being able to hold onto it).
  2. Living in past life energy inhibits your ability to share your gifts and live your purpose.  If you’re living in the energy of a past life, you can’t fully live your purpose in this life.
  3. Past lives often include past vows and agreements which, if unresolved, can carry over into this lifetime directly affecting your prosperity.  The vow of poverty is a common one for soul-centered entrepreneurs.
This experience reinforced what I know to be true: Your fear holds the key to your freedom. 
So what can you do about it?
  1. Identify patterns that keep you stuck and help you feel “safe”.  Where do they come from?  What message are they trying to tell you?
  2. Recognize vows that you may have brought into this lifetime.  These can show up as beliefs about money and what it means to be prosperous.
  3.  Decide to release what no longer serves you (beliefs and vows that you have been carrying) and clear the energy they hold.
Writing them down and burying them in the ground giving them over to mother earth to transmute and recycle their energy is a good way to clear.  You can also flush them down the toilet!  (Be sure to use biodegradable paper)
You must face and allow yourself to sit with your fear to understand it.  Only in understanding it can you release the power it has over you.
Recognize your fear for what it is, where it comes from and what it is trying to show you.  Clear the energy: the old story that perpetuates the fear; and create a new story to live in.
This is the difference between victim conscious, which keeps you stuck and small, and living an empowered and prosperous life!
Transformationally yours,
Paula Houlihan
The Money Alchemist