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I’ve been thinking a lot about this subject since the publication this past week of my podcast interview with Barry Dunlop on IncomeDiary.com , the publication of my new 39 page report, The Moneylove Manifesto, and the introduction of this new blog.
An exhilarating number of listeners and readers have responded with positive comments on all of these, and some have indicated this information is already making a difference in their lives. This is humbling, deeply satisfying, and more important than money or fame to any conscious writer or teacher.
But what really matters is the answer to the question I put to all of you: “What specific strategy or idea have you already begun to put into practice in your life?” In almost forty years of reading self-help books, attending workshops, lectures, classes, and in conversations with world-class teachers, mentors, friends and colleagues like Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Susan Jeffers, Leo Buscaglia, Ray Bradbury, Norman Cousins, Rachel Harris, Rupa Cousins, Susannah Lippman, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Terry Cole-Whittaker, Edwene Gaines — I must confess that there were many times I heard ideas and learned practices that would have impacted my life in extremely positive ways. And there were many times I just went on with my old patterns and habits and did not apply these new ideas and tools, as much as I admired them and applauded them on my introduction to them.
No matter how interesting, inspiring, exciting, or useful anything I share is to you, it doesn’t amount to a shredded page of a bad book in your life if you don’t take action.
One of my mantras has always been: Action Diminishes Fear, but I could easily go on and say, Action Creates Success. And not just action, but focused action–meaning you have a sense of the direction in which you are heading when taking that action.
Action Diminishes Fear, Action Creates Success
You may have an abundance of prosperity consciousness, but until you focus that energy in some actual action you take, it isn’t enough. You may remember, if you read the original Moneylove, that I cite pioneering psychologist William James’ admonition to “start immediately” as the first step toward any change in one’s life. He didn’t say that after careful consideration and deliberation, weighing all the possible outcomes, you take cautious initial steps. He said “start immediately,” and then followed that with his second step, “do it flamboyantly.” What does that mean? Well, the dictionary definition of “flamboyant” is “something done in a fancy, colorful, elaborate manner.” I think what William James was saying was don’t hide behind a curtain when making your big changes, when creating your positive prosperity momentum.
The third part of James’ instructions on changing your life was “no exceptions.” This is one of the reasons I came up with The Ninety Day Trial Period Prosperity Awareness Instrument in my new Moneylove Manifesto. Starting immediately, doing it flamboyantly, and not allowing any exceptions might be daunting tasks with no timeframe, but anyone can take this kind of action for ninety days to see how it turns out.
start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions
I’ve had people tell me, believe it or not, that they got positive results by just having a copy of Moneylove on their nightstand, or even under their pillow. And I’m not saying symbols and magic amulets don’t work, but for real change you have to commit to taking action and then take it. So I challenge you here and now.
If you like what I have to say, take one suggestion, strategy, or idea and start immediately using it. I love the comments and compliments–they are like precious gems suddenly appearing in my life. But even more, I would love to hear your positive results from taking positive prosperity action.