Developing the Prosperity Consciousness

What I find particularly interesting in Napoleon Hill’s analysis is the connection he makes between having the ‘poverty consciousness’ and the habit of saving. He says that having a definite major objective and constantly keeping it in mind will effectively destroy the poverty consciousness, with the effect that:

You will actually begin to DEMAND prosperity, you will begin to expect it, you will begin to prepare yourself to receive it and to use it wisely, thus paving the way or setting the stage for the development of the Habit of Saving.

Napoleon Hill from The Laws of Success in 16 Lessons

Thus, developing the ‘abundance mentality’, or ‘prosperity consciousness’ as he calls it, is one of the fruits of being focused upon your own individual mission, and the habit of saving is, in part, a product of that attitude. I really like the way he explains the poverty consciousness (also referred to as the scarcity mentality).

Fix in your mind the thought that your ability is limited to a given earning capacity and you will never earn more than that, because the law of habit will set up a definite limitation of the amount you can earn. Your subconscious mind will accept this limitation.

Napoleon Hill from The Laws of Success in 16 Lessons

Personally, I think the above statements are both very powerful indeed. Whether you have an abundance or scarcity mentality (prosperity or poverty consciousness) is an important part of the process of succeeding because your dominant attitude will attract or repel the opportunities to serve which are an important part of the process of acquiring wealth.

Taken from Napoleon Hill’s Awesome Secret, book available in eBook format from all major stores (free).

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