Let the Lifestyle Lead
Everyone can think of something they would like to do. A common excuse for not actually doing it is “I can’t afford it”. This was an excuse I used for almost any big event I wanted to attend. I CAN’T AFFORD IT would immediately delete my deepest desires.
I had a very real experience of overcoming that during the Conscious Life Workshop. By my account I could not afford to attend that workshop. With the costs of buying a round trip plane ticket + the hotel/room expenses + the cost of the actual workshop I didn’t know how I could afford it.
Looking back, I would say that my desire to go overrode my financial situation and I found a way. I remember Robert Kiyosaki saying to not give up after thinking “I can’t afford it”, but instead to ask yourself the question “how can I afford it?”. There was tremendous confidence in knowing that I fought and changed my life around to be able to afford that workshop. I demanded a higher paying job because my original job had me living paycheck to paycheck. I pawned some of my possesions! I fought to afford it. The whole experience made me value it more. Because I fought so hard to attend it, I wanted to squeeze as much value out of it as possible.
That experience shifted the way I do things now. It might have changed my beliefs permenenantly. If I want to do something, and brings up some fear in me, I don’t automatically decline it. I face it head first and I don’t think about the cost anymore. I figure it’s a growth experience in itself to be able to find the money to do whatever that desire is. I feel as though my lifestyle and my desires lead the way instead of money being the master and stopping everything.
When you think about it, you want the money to follow you right? The money isn’t the leader, you are. Let the lifestyle you want to have lead the way and have money be your servant. When you say “I can’t afford it” or any other feeble excuse you use to deny your desires, you allow the excuse to determine what you can and can’t do. The excuse is your master.
This doesn’t mean spending money you don’t have. It means pushing past your comfort zone to acquire the money or to overcome whatever excuse you’re using at the moment to stop you from that which you desire.