Last weekend, I watched a documentary called Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story. Most of the film was dedicated to telling the story of how seriously devoted Monopoly players play each other in national and international tournaments. Part of the film tells of how the game was created and how it evolved over years before it was available for anyone to buy.
What I found most fascinating about the history of the game was that many people played it during the Depression years. Back then wealth, owning property, and having the freedom to wheel and deal to acquire more wealth and more property was out of reach for most people. Yet here was this game that gave them the chance to escape the stress and tension of their money problems and allowed them to spend a few hours feeling wealthy and thinking and making decisions like a wealthy real estate tycoon would.
Come to think of it, it’s quite extraordinary how Monopoly takes you through some strong emotions. Counting your Monopoly money can make you feel powerful as does taking money someone owes you for landing on your property. There’s a high that comes with being on top and a different kind of focus and confidence you need to take risks.
I can’t help but imagine how many people who played Monopoly during the Depression used the game to, not just spend the evening forgetting about their financial lack, but to really help them get into a wealth mindset that then helped them to begin attracting different opportunities and more money.
There are lots of different ways to get into a wealth mindset. One of my favorites are the Prosperity Game from the book Ask and It Is Given:
In this process, you will begin by establishing an imaginary checking account. In other words, there will be no actual bank involved, but you will make deposit entries and check withdrawals just as if it were an actual account.
It is of value to make this process feel as real to you as possible. On the first day, deposit $1,000. And spend it.
The point of the game is to have fun thinking about what you would like to purchase, and to enjoy the process.
You can spend it all today, or save some of it for another day. However, we encourage you to do your best to spend it today, because tomorrow you will be making another wonderful deposit.
On the second day, deposit $2,000. On the third day, deposit $3,000. On the fourth day, deposit $4,000. When you reach day 50, deposit $50,000. When you reach day 300, deposit $300,000.
Another favourite is the Already Wealthy Game by author Denise Coates which is a guided meditation that will have you envisioning what it feels like to be at an ATM machine withdrawing money, seeing you still have a huge balance in your account, and knowing you still have plenty more in other accounts.
So, tell me, how has Monopoly changed the way you feel about attracting money? What ways do you get yourself into a wealth mindset?
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