The other day my son said I was a big baller because I wanted to leave the waiter a 20% tip. He'd already left the waiter a 10% tip and I told him that wasn't enough and the new rate was 20%. He just shrugged his shoulders and shook his head and said "That's because you're the big baller." What I realized in that moment is "how you see yourself will always impacts your wealth consciousness."
Until my son called me a "baller," I never thought of myself in that way. What he meant by the term is I've acheived a certain level of proficiency at wealth and can do things he isn't yet capable of doing. In fact, most of my family sees me that way.
Then another incident happened that further drove home the point that how you see yourself will always imnpact your wealth consciousness.
I was chatting with a long time friend on the phone and I shared that I was able to pay off my $30,000(plus) investment in professional development coaching, in less than 4 months when the program said I would generate income to pay it off within a year. She said, do you mean $3,000? I said no, $30,000 (plus). She paused for a moment and then kept repeating that was a lot of money to pay one person. I could feel her tension around the amount of money I had spent. I said, "But it doesn't feel like a lot of money to me." She went on to say with quite a bit of emphasis that no matter what I said, it was still a lot of money. I assured her that I didn't use credit cards (In fact, I don't have any credit cards), and that I still had reserve money in the bank. I thought she'd be genuinely happy for me, but instead, no matter that I felt certain and good about the investment, the lightness went out of our conversation and was replaced by a heaviness that was bringing us both down.
Later, I was talking with my dad about having paid off my investment in such a short amount of time and he said, "Now, do you even miss that money? Do you or did you ever want for anything at all while you were paying off that money?" I answered truthfully, "No I didn't." In his characteristic supportive way he laughed with joy and said "Now, keep on going!"
What I realized from these incidents is wealth begins and ends in your mindset. What you think and say to yourself is what you are capable of manifesting. Years ago, I would have responded just like my friend did if someone had told me they spent $30,000 on professional development coaching. I would have thought they must be crazy and that there couldn't be that much coaching in the world, and other things like that.
One thing I know for sure is this, once you start earning more money, you command more money because you create more money. Meaning, you create the opportunities to serve which is where you command more money, thus you end up earning more money. Expansive thinking makes room for itself every single time.
My former self, would have resisted expanding my thinking about what was possible for me financially. I would have created limits around what I could create and surely would have lived up to that limit. But several years ago, I got serious about expanding my wealth attraction factor. I started to release my limiting beliefs about what was possible financially. I started to replace weak thoughts with power-filled ones like "My income continually increases." and "I am a money magnet many times over." I also started to carry sums of money that I normally wouldn't. I kept hundreds of dollars in my home because I wanted to get used to having money accessible (besides having it in the bank). For me, these steps made me get comfortable with my money. That I was capable of creating it and maintaining it.
Now, I know without a doubt my income continually increases and that I am a money magnet many times over. There is no doubt in my mind regarding this and so, it manifests as the truth that it is.
Remember, time is precious. Do your happy dance. Enjoy LIFE!