Riding the exercise bike at the gym.
Even with sweat coming down profusely, I am intensely focused on the book that lays in the tray, covering my heart rate, mileage, and calorie burn report.
It gets my attention with stats right out of the gate.
In 1999, Americans spent 36 billion dollars buying lottery tickets.
The television program Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was a worldwide sensation as we turned the century. Originally created in the United Kingdom in 1998, it debuted in the United States the next year, averaging a whopping 29 million viewers per night during the 1999-2000 season.
The show has become a worldwide success, with editions in the U.S., United Kingdom, India, Greece, Germany, Portugal, and Russia, as well as dozens of other countries. When a version of the program was announced in Singapore, more than 10,000 people called during the first few days in an effort to win a chance at the jackpot.
As the introduction goes on, I realize that I will NOT be putting this book down until I absorb every single word.
The Reality Check
The first chapter begins asking the question, Why Seek a Wealth Mentality? The author, Sherrin Ross Ingram, once again draws me in with facts:
MC Hammer earned $33 million by 1990 and by 1996 was broke. (Yowsa!)
William “Bud” Post of Oil City, Pennsylvania won a $16.2 million Pennsylvania lottery jackpot in 1988 and was broke by 1993. (My, my, my)
Harry and Blanche Mandelbaum lost $100,000 after investing it in The Bennett Funding Group, Inc. which was involved in one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.
Sherrin explains that all of these individuals “acquired money without developing their minds to deal with wealth.” She then reveals the characteristics of a wealth mentality and why it is a necessity.
Okay, so I move on to chapter two.
Sherrin then poses the question– Why Seek Wealth? She defines what it means to be wealthy and then lays out the reasons why one should desire wealth. They include–
To be of assistance to others.
To give your family every opportunity to develop their full potential.
To experience the benefits of having the goods and services that money can buy.
To have some insulation from the havoc that illness, disability, and economic downturns can wreak on your personal finances and the quality of life for you and your family.
To really enjoy retirement.
Needless to say, chapter two was a heavy hitter–very thought-provoking, very “Hello, I am here to shake some senses into you.” But, the chapter that almost made me get off the bike and go sit in a corner and read until the manager of the gym put me OUT was chapter three–
Why Aren’t You Wealthy Already?
I kept thinking, I love this woman! She does not play.
She actually pinpointed the specific reasons why I, YOU, ME, WE are not wealthy at this point in time.
That’s all I could say.
She broke down 8 possible reasons and even though deep down inside I already knew them, somehow they were much more enlightening coming from her.
In that moment as I neared the end of my 45-minute spin, I made a decision. I decided that nothing would stop me from creating a “lasting behavioral change” as I conditioned my mind to ACT.
It was deep.
It still is deep.
And, I believe it will forever be deep to me….because there are so many of us who are hustling, working hard or even hardly working, who will never experience the benefits that living in a state of wealth provides in this earth realm for very simple reasons.
We will continue to justify and rationalize our struggle, our survival mentality (as Sherrin calls it), our lack. We will continue to “wing it” and hope things work out in the end.
We will console ourselves by programming our minds to believe that wealthy people are evil, selfish, money-hungry folks who are more concerned with riches than their relationship with God.
Or, perhaps we will continue to sing, “I’d rather have Jesus than silver and gold”–refusing to accept the fact that we can have Jesus AND an evolving state of mind that produces thoughts and behaviors directed towards achieving wealth.
As Sherrin clearly explains–
A Wealth Mentality is the opposite of being consumed with thoughts about wealth. Once programmed, a Wealth Mentality allows your thoughts and behavior to work toward building and maintaining wealth automatically (i.e. without conscious thought). Your mind is left free to seek and maintain balance in other areas of your life and enjoy the fruits of your efforts. p. 11
The Question Remains
So, in this 21st Century when so much information is available on how to increase personal wealth,
Why Aren’t You Wealthy Already?
Sherrin Ross Ingram, America’s Leading Power Strategist on BTT
Join us on Books That Transform with Kellie Gardner & Friends, this Thursday, January 24th at 11:oo a.m. when Sherrin Ross Ingram will spend 45 minutes schooling us on the Wealth Mentality. I have so much I want to ask her. I can hardly wait!
For more information on the Wealth Mentality, click here.
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Show’s Topic: The Faster and Easier Way to Achieve Wealth