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Growing up, my dad The Psychology of Achievement Review always told me I had "a champagne taste on a beer's salary." That carried a lot of weight in my psyche and kept me "in my place" so to speak. I came to believe that nice things were not for me. There are other statements many of us grew up with that formed our belief system concerning money. "Filthy lucre;" "Money doesn't grow on trees;" "Money is the root of all evil;" "If you have your health and love, you don't need money." You get the idea, and I am sure you can recall statements that you grew up with. Those statements formed our beliefs and led to the thoughts we have about money. Once you identify your own thoughts about money, you need to consider whether or not the belief system you have followed is true or not. For example, just because you have your health and love does not mean you don't also need money. Try going to your bank and depositing some love. Security!Once you recognize the untruths that have formed your thoughts, you can work (and I do mean work) on replacing non-supportive beliefs with those based on truth. Spend some time each day countering those untruths by declaring the truth. Back to my champagne example, I declare, "I deserve to be rich because I add value to other people's lives." (And, sometimes, I enjoy a delightful glass of champagne!) This is a process and will require a daily, consistent routine; but over time, you will see your thoughts change and your behaviors WILL align themselves.Another very important requirement to financial success is to make sure you are always positive and that you surround yourself with positive people. Think about those times when you have gotten together with family, friends or coworkers and began to criticize someone or something. What generally happens? Everyone chimes right in and the ball gets rolling. The next thing you know, the atmosphere around you becomes totally charged with negativity. Seeds produce after their own kind. Do you think positive people or positive events will involve themselves in such a conversation? One suggestion that was made to me was to take my index finger and "slit" my own throat whenever I start to be critical. Criticism is one of the fastest ways to destroy success and prosperity. You may need to suddenly have "something" to take care of and excuse yourself from the situation. If you're at work, keep a peaceful background on your computer. Put your iPod on with soothing music. Whatever it takes, stay in a positive mental framework. You can't change your family, but you may need to have a conversation with those closest to you to let them know you are making some changes. Be sure to do this gently and in a non-confrontational manner. They may not be supportive at first; however, if you keep pressing on, they may realize life is much better in a positive, peaceful atmosphere. When it comes to your friends...Well, try to have the same talk with them, but you may have to make some tough decisions. Do you want a better life or is it more important to stay in friendships that hold you in an unfulfilling lifestyle?

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