How Playing Monopoly Can Help You Attract More Money

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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Attracting Your True Life’s Work

Many of you feel that your day to day life is a scramble towards survival.  You’re probably right.  If you feel that your current job is a waste of your time, and you wish you had more freedom to do what you want when you want, then you haven’t found your true work yet.  Let’s analyze what “true work” means, and how you can go about determining what yours is.

Your “true work” is that which will make you happy, fulfill your daily life, give you a feeling of meaning, and allow you to prosper.  Your true work will never feel like work – it will be something you enjoy and would do if you had all the time in the world to do whatever you wanted.  So your first step in finding your true work is to honestly ask yourself, “What would I be doing if I could do whatever I want, whenever I want?”

At first your mind will come up with some frivolous answers to that question.  This is the result of repression at the hands of our ruthless, nine to five system.  “Go to the beach”, “travel the world”, “watch TV all day”… these are examples of false answers that will seem utterly appealing at first.  Move ahead in your mind, two, three, four months… two, three four years…  Allow yourself to realize boredom with fun and games, and you will begin to get a picture of what you would really be doing.  Helping others?  Writing novels?  Programming video games?  Critiquing movies?  Writing for a magazine?  Missionary work?  Fixing up old cars?  You will begin to find something that you would be doing for fun that could be more than just a hobby.  That is most likely your true work, and the one thing you can be truly successful in.

Once you have identified that, you must begin taking steps towards making that a reality.  Sure, you need to start slow, learn a bit, practice a bit, and find time here and there to start pumping into your work.  But the more you put into it, the more you will begin getting out of it.  When the time is right, the universe will present you with an opportunity – something that will allow your chosen work to bring you abundance.  Someone in a high place may suddenly become aware of your paintings.  The perfect old car in need of renovation with a potential profit margin may fall into your hands.  Your novel may find an audience that shoves you into the limelight.  There’s no telling how it will take place, but when you are doing what you really want, things seem to work out.  Life becomes more simple, and survival becomes easier.  Most importantly, you will be happier, and the stress of your rat-race mentality will begin to fade.

The more you allow this to infiltrate your life, the more you will find the unhealthy, stressful work world you had been so accustomed to fading gently away, and your focus will be moving more entirely toward your passion.  Allow this to happen, and realize that the universe is moving you in this direction, and has your back.  Look for opportunities that benefit yourself as well as others.  Mutually beneficial relationships are the backbone of prosperous, happy working relationships.  The reason so many businesses don’t do well is that they are parasitic, selling things people don’t want to them using unfair psychological marketing.  Find a way to benefit your clients/customers, and your business, whatever it may be, will grow.

If everyone was doing their true work, we would live in a fantastically happy, free world.  The only thing stopping us is our preconditioned beliefs and fear of failure.  Step out there and begin to work toward making your life’s dream into your life’s work, and enjoy the flowers along the way.  Life cherishes those who cherish life, and if you are doing what you want to be doing, you will cherish life!  Take the first step immediately – your happiness depends on it!

Do You Deserve Prosperity?

While you may immediately answer yes to this question, your verbal answer is not your whole being answer.  Somewhere inside, is part of you reluctant to answer, or not quite sure? You know you want prosperity, and would like a life of prosperity, but when it comes down to it, do you question whether or not you really deserve it?

Even if this unsure side of you is never spoken, it is affecting your attempts to gain prosperity.  When you ask the universe to bring you abundance, but inside really don’t think you deserve it, the universe knows. It can see your deepest and darkest thoughts.

So you need to let your mind and the universe know that you deserve to have money in abundance.

Start treating yourself like you’re worth a million dollars.

Do you have a special, expensive, bottle of cologne that is only supposed to be for special occasions?  You may use it a few times a year when something important is happening, but then put it on the back of the shelf to save it.  Stop saving it. You are worth that expensive cologne every day.  Use it regularly, and as you do think, “I am worth all the most luxurious and special things in the world, and I deserve to experience these things every day.”

Are you a wine connoisseur, but only buy what is on sale when it comes to something for you to drink at home.  Yet, when you have guests coming, you splurge on them.  That is the exact opposite message you should be sending yourself.  By doing that you are saying everyone else is worth more than you are.  Change that image!  Buy those great bottles of wine for yourself.  When you open the bottle savor the scent, watch it pour into the glass and swirl it around as you would if you were testing a wine at a top restaurant.  As you taste it, tell yourself, “I deserve the richest things life has to offer.”

You must treat yourself like this regularly, remembering that you deserve the good life.  It may feel awkward at first, and you may have some guilt using all these special occasion items, but eventually your being will start to feel comfortable with these riches. You will realize it is all right for you to have abundance. Once you make that realization, you have opened the door for abundance to come to you.

Money and Emotions

When working with the Law of Attraction to increase your financial abundance, you may become keenly aware of the ways your emotions are tied in with money.

Emotion has the power to drastically benefit your ability to attract more money, but it also has the power to effectively block your ability to do so.  Remember that your emotions are what determine the power or focus of the vibrations you emit to the universe.  If you focus your emotions in the right way, you will boost your ability to attract more money, but if you hold powerful emotions on the wrong end of the spectrum, it will block the abundance you wish to attract.

To understand how this works, we have to look at two main considerations when it comes to money and emotions:

•    Emotional states that resist or block abundance.  These states are: fear, desperate need, anger, powerlessness or uncertainty.  If you desire more money but worry about your ability to handle it, you will resist it.  If you desperately need more money because of a severe state of lack, your very dependence upon it will push it away.  Believing that money will solve all of your problems is also a sure way to block it because you are placing an excessive amount of importance on money, when it’s not about the money at all.  Granted, money can make your life easier, but if your life is a mess besides not having enough money, it will still be a mess when you do have more money!

•    Emotional states that attract abundance.  On the opposite end of the spectrum are emotions that actually call forth greater abundance into your life.  They are:  optimism, gratitude, joy, passion, appreciation and hopefulness.  The first order of business in attracting more money is to first become grateful for what you already have.  Learn to appreciate the good things in your life, even if not everything is perfect.  When something good happens to you, take a few moments to reflect on it and be grateful for it.  At the same time, learn to embrace an optimistic view of the future.  Expect good things, and you will begin to attract them.  Expect plenty of opportunities to grow and develop as a person, opportunities to advance your career, and opportunities to attract more money.

As you shift your focus to lighter emotions like this, you begin to change the signal you send out to the universe.  When you combine this signal with focused action steps, you will notice a definite improvement in the tangible abundance you experience in your daily life.

It’s important to note that it may take time to see results, especially if you’ve been focusing more on those negative emotions for any length of time.  The tricky part is being able to focus on the positive emotions even if your circumstances aren’t the way you wish them to be . . . yet!  That “yet” is important, because you have to be willing to believe that things WILL change, even if they haven’t already.  However, keep at it and watch how your life transforms before your eyes.

Overcoming Negative Thoughts

When starting out with the Law of Attraction, you may notice that your mind has some ugly thoughts it likes to contribute to your efforts.  Almost all of us have one of these voices in our head: “That will never work.  You can’t do that.  That’s not good enough.  It will never happen.”  Likewise, we all have a voice in our head that encourages us.  “Alright!  That was awesome!  I rock!”  In some of us one or the other may be dominant, or even apparently missing.  If your negative voice is missing, you’re lucky!

If you truly take note, you will notice that the negative voice is quite different from the positive voice.  Not only are they different voices, differing in tone, pitch, and volume.  They will also be in different parts of your head.  The negative voice may be behind your left ear, and the positive voice may come from lower in your head.  Take note of where these voices speak from.

NLP, or Neuro Linguistic Programming, teaches us that we can change these voices by becoming aware of them and then making alterations.  The next time you hear the encouraging voice, by all means, turn up the volume!  When you hear the negative voice, there are a few tricks you can try.  Change the voice into a lower pitch and make it softer.  Give it a sexy ring.  “THAT’S NEVER GOING TO WORK!” is very different sounding from “mmm, that will never work” in a seductive tone.  Turn the volume on this voice down a little.

You may be laughing, but it really is that simple!  These voices are mental constructions we have created.  They reflect different beliefs we have that may or may not serve us.  By adding power to your positive voices and turning your negative ones into something you can laugh at, you change the impact both have on you.

You can try moving the voices around.  This may or may not work, depending on the person.  You can even mute the negative voices and give the positive ones a megaphone.  When you take control of your own thinking processes and mental habits in this way, you change the way that your thinking affects your reality.  By toning down any negative voices, you take away their impact at affecting your mood, your feelings, or your manifestation attempts.

After all, who can manifest their desires while a drill sergeant yells “THIS IS STUPID!” from behind you?  Turn that drill sergeant into a mime.  Oh, and don’t form any mental pictures.  That’ll show em!

By becoming more aware of your thought processes and the different voices you use within your own mind, you can tweak your thoughts so that manifesting your desires is much easier.  But that’s not where the benefits end.  How much better will your entire life be when the voice of failure is forever gone from within you?

Affirmations and Prosperity Consciousness

Affirmations are a great tool to help you build your prosperity consciousness because they keep your mind focused on abundance rather than lack.

However, it’s important that your affirmations are worded in such a way as to make them believable.  They must be believable because if you don’t believe what you’re saying, your affirmations will be completely ineffective.

In addition, affirmations should be worded in present tense, not future tense.  If they place the benefits in some obscure future timeframe, you won’t feel a benefit from saying them NOW.

One good way to meet both of these requirements is to write your affirmations in such a way that they focus on a PROCESS rather than an end result.  Instead of saying, “I have a lot of money,” you could say, “My financial situation is getting better by the day.”  The latter is easier to believe than the former, especially if you don’t yet have a lot of money.

There are two types of affirmations you will want to use to increase your prosperity consciousness:  those that focus on changing unsatisfactory circumstances, and those that affirm better circumstances.

Start by making a list of the things you’re unhappy with in your life right now.  If you feel strapped financially, write it down.  If you feel empty spiritually, write that down.  Keep going until you can’t think of anything else you are unhappy with.  Then write a statement for each scenario and affirm that it is getting better.

Do the same thing with situations you want to create or expand in your life.  If you’ve experienced some success with your career but would like to expand upon it, write that down.  Same with your relationships, health, or whatever else you want to increase.  Then write statements for each of those situations.

Here are some sample affirmations you can use:

•    I effortlessly attract abundance wherever I go.
•    Every day my financial situation is improving.
•    I trust in my ability to bring forth better circumstances.
•    My inner guidance leads me to lucrative opportunities.
•    I honor my natural talents and use them as often as possible.
•    As I learn to love and respect myself, others do also.
•    I have what it takes to create an amazing, passionate life.
•    I am eager to take advantage of the many opportunities that come my way.
•    I am open to receiving all the abundance and blessings I deserve.
•    I am grateful for the limitless abundance I have right in my life right now.

The biggest challenge is remembering to say your affirmations daily, and especially when you find yourself focusing on lack!  You may find it helpful to write or print your affirmations on index cards and post them where you will see them frequently.  Place them on your desk at work, in your car, and in the place where you pay your bills.

With enough repetition, you will find it gets easier and easier to keep up with your affirmations and build your prosperity consciousness so big and strong that it becomes a permanent part of you.

Creating a Private Space for Manifesting

It can be difficult to find the time and place for daily visualization.  Between your job, your friends, your partner, and your kids (or any applicable combo thereof) you may find that you don’t have the time (or perhaps just the private space) to conduct Law of Attraction visualizations.  Perhaps there are some times/places you haven’t thought about, though.

1) The Bath/Shower – this is an excellent time to work on your manifestations.  Think about the bath or shower.  One common cliché is that people sing in the shower.  Why, instead of singing, couldn’t you visualize?  Water is very powerful and contains wonderful healing energy.  This energy also can assist you in your visualization process.  By cleansing your energy as you are visualizing, your intent will be clearer and more powerful.  Plus, most of us aren’t bothered too often when taking our morning bath.

2) Your Lunch Break – sure, it’s nice to eat out a time or two each week, but you can easily turn 20 minutes of your lunch break into a great visualization session.  Find somewhere that you won’t be bugged.  This could even be outside as you walk laps around your building.  Use this time twice a week to visualize your desires.

3) Your Smoke Break – I know, these are often social events.  However, think about how many times each day you smoke (this of course is only for smokers).  Could you not cut one smoke break away from everyone else?  Non smokers at work, could you not cut a 15 minute break for yourself as well?

4) Bedtime – Often the quietest time of day for a parent is the small window of time between the children going to bed and the parents going to bed.  Perhaps there is a window in here for you to visualize?  Or perhaps you could do it as you lay down, after you’ve told your spouse good night.  There are no rules against visualizing with your eyes closed, you know…

The point here is that there are many small time slots throughout the day where you can slide a 10-15 minute visualization session in without being distracted.  Sometimes we need to stop and really think about when we are going to work on manifesting our desires.  If you never cut out time to work on your desires, how will you see them met?  Remember, your desires being fulfilled will not only be a blessing to you, but also to everyone you care about.  So for their sake as much as your own, find a time, mark it off, and enjoy the fun of visualizing!

The Miracle of Gratitude

A miracle is traditionally defined as an extraordinary event by divine intervention, but we also use the word to describe an occurrence that was previously thought to be impossible.

Gratitude can be one of these miracles in your life if you let it.  How?  By giving you the power to turn any difficulty, any challenge, or any heartache into a blessing.

The thing about miracles is that you have to be willing to see and acknowledge them.  If you wanted to keep a pessimistic or cynical outlook, you could easily ignore what appears to be a miracle.  We see this all the time!  A person with a supposedly terminal illness is told he only has 3 months to live, and he’s still going strong 10 years later.  A woman who is told she can never conceive a child decides to adopt, and finds out she’s pregnant shortly after.  There are endless stories like this, where the impossible suddenly became possible – in other words, a miracle occurred.  Yet, some people choose to see these events as “coincidences” or merely random flukes.

Any miracle can be explained away if a person has a vested interest in remaining cynical.  The question to ask yourself is:  do you have such an interest?  Or are you willing to allow a gratitude focus to perform miracles in your life?

Take a moment and consider any “impossible” situations in your life right now.  Why do you believe they are impossible?  Are you willing to believe in the possibility that a miracle could occur?

If you answered yes to that question, here is how to use gratitude to invite miracles into your life.

1)  Never say “never”.  How many times have you been absolutely certain that something couldn’t happen, only to find out later that you were wrong?  It happens a lot!  Begin to open your mind to the possibilities and believe that what you think is impossible may not be so at all.  Just because you can’t see any possible way for something to happen doesn’t mean a way doesn’t exist!  Express gratitude for the possibilities you are aware of, and also those you haven’t even considered yet.  Open your heart and mind to gratitude for the miracles that might be coming your way.

2)  Even if something does appear to be totally hopeless by all the laws of physics and tangible reality as we know it, allow gratitude to turn it into a miracle through the grace of acceptance.  Embrace what you cannot change.  Let it become something that blesses you rather than hinders you.  Even better, let it become something that blesses others.  Use your impossibility to change lives and by extension, the world.  A way exists if you open to it.

3)  Apply gratitude to every hardship, challenge, obstacle and pain in your life.  Be thankful for the ways they help you grow in wisdom and inner strength.  Love your illnesses, your heartaches, your struggles and your enemies.  Bless them for imparting deeper meaning and richness to your life.

Through love and gratitude, ANY situation can be healed.  Perhaps the healing will not come in the form you expect or in the exact timeline you hope for – but healing will come.  Simply open to it and embrace it, and you will have created your very own miracle.