THE EMOTIONAL SIDE OF SUCCESS
Recently one of my readers, who is a psychologist, explained that the poor are so caught up in their present problems that they do not plan ahead or think ahead. Also, they have great hostility and envy toward people who have success in life.
What about you? Are you so wrapped up in problems of the past and the present that you have not taken time to plan for better things?
Are you hostile and envious of people around you who succeed? Do you criticize them? Have you made unkind remarks about them? How do you feel, and how do you react, when someone near you has a prayer answered or has some good thing happen? Can you take it?
Sometimes we are tested. Sometimes the good we desire in life seems to come to people around us first. If we can praise and give thanks for another’s blessings, rather than be envious and jealous and critical, then we can be assured that those same blessings (or even greater ones) will come to us.
But if we make unkind remarks about, are hostile toward, or are envious of other people’s blessings, we have failed the test. We stop similar blessings from getting through to us.
A statement you should use often to dissolve envy, hostility, jealousy, or criticism is this: “Love envieth not. The prospering truth has set me free.”
As you view the blessings that come to other people, remind yourself of this great truth: The longer your good is in coming, the greater it will be when it comes — so why envy anyone else his good? Indeed, when good things happen to other people, it is an indication that the same or even greater good can come to you!
Make a list. Think about what you really want. When good things begin happening to people around you, it is an indication that your good is near. You can draw it to you, and externalize it quickly, by writing it down.
An executive once wrote me a long letter, in which he said: “This business of writing a list of those things you feel you need in your life works. I have done just that and success became apparent almost instantly. Since then, everything I had on my list has come to me. Some of them were tremendous things, such as early retirement so that I might become a public speaker. I now am a lecturer for business groups at 250 euro per lecture.
“I also listed an adequate income, so that my life might continue normally as before retirement. Even such things as an expensive travel trailer, a fine motion-picture camera, and other such items have come to me. I have proved beyond all doubt that God intends us to have whatever we want that will advance our good on this earth.”
For this purpose you will enjoy meditating often upon these statements:
“Love envieth not. The prospering truth has set me free.”
“The longer my good is in coming, the greater it will be when it comes. When good things happen to other people, it is an indication that my own good is on the way! I make my list. And think about what I really want. I then draw it to me, and externalize it quickly, by writing it down. Yes, God wants me to have whatever will advance my good on this earth. lt is my spiritual heritage and I claim it now.”
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