Cash in a Flash: Fast Money in Slow Times - Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen (2009)
Part I. The First Key Ingredient: Wow Now
Chapter 4. VOICES, VISIONS, AND VIBRATIONS: FAST MONEY BEGINS FROM THE INSIDE OUT
All wealth begins from the inside out. The two places where you combine the ingredients to inner wealth are your mind and your heart.
But just what is a mind? We’re obviously not talking about the physical three-pound mass of brain neurons atop your shoulders. Your mind is where and how you think about success and money.
And what is a heart? We’re obviously not talking about the muscle pumping in your chest. Your heart is where and how you feel about success and money.
How you think and feel (in your mind and heart) has an enormous impact on how you convert inner wealth into outer cash. Both of us have been able to accomplish amazing goals precisely because of the way we think and feel. We want to share with you how we combine our secret inner ingredients to create outer wealth. In Part One, we’ll focus exclusively on your mind—how to think your way to prosperity.
The first major ingredient to wealth, Wow Now, is a way of focusing your mind so that you remain calm and yet confident even in times of stress and pressure like these. It’s a way of communicating to yourself a clear vision of exactly what you want. It’s a way of vibrating at a higher frequency so that you attract all of the resources necessary to accomplish your objectives. It’s easy to be distracted by negative headlines, plunging stock markets, and declining economic indicators. It’s easy to be diverted by shrinking 401(k) balances and layoff announcements.
Wow Now is a special state of mind where doubt, worry, and fear are not allowed to exist. So how do you build such a state of being?
In order to have a single-minded focus, we need to understand what a mind actually is. When you think of your mind, what do you think of? Your mind is a playing field of thought. Your mind is how you think and process the information coming in from your inner and outer worlds.
Close your eyes after you read these instructions and time yourself for an entire minute—a full sixty seconds—in complete silence. Become aware of your breathing. Breathe in. Breathe out. Go ahead and start your minute right now.
You may have noticed several sensory inputs that connect you to the outer world. Did you hear any sounds that may have been beneath your awareness before you began to heighten your consciousness? Did you notice any smells or tastes? Did you feel anything physical where your body made contact?
Do it again. This time try to notice even more sensory input. Don’t forget to breathe.
This is the beginning of awareness—to recognize what you’re experiencing.
What else was going on in there? What other inputs were you noticing? In addition to these physical sensory inputs—sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch—there were inputs from your inner world. There was an additional layer of thinking going on. You are having thoughts constantly.
WHAT IS A THOUGHT?
How would you describe your thoughts? What exactly are they? You have three primary types of thoughts:
Self-dialogue—things you say to yourself
Images—pictures you conjure up with your imagination
Feelings—impressions that often result from what you imagine or say to yourself
For simplicity, we’ll refer to these three forms of thinking throughout this book as voices, visions, and vibrations. These are the main ingredients of your thinking.
VOICES, VISIONS, AND VIBRATIONS
Successful people combine these three mental elements into amazing results. People who fail use the same three elements to no avail. How good is your thinking?
Let’s test out your thinking right now.
Do you ever talk to yourself? Sure, everyone does. Say something to yourself right now in the field of your mind. Notice the exact sentence and remember it word for word.
Notice where you spoke to yourself in your mind. Take your finger and actually touch the spot where you “heard” this internal voice. Notice how far inside your mind the voice is being heard. Notice if you can pinpoint precisely where this voice is. How loud was the voice? Imagine a volume dial in your mind that gives you the ability to turn the volume of your self-dialogue much louder. Say something to yourself in a louder voice. Even louder. Louder still. Now, shout it to yourself internally at the top of your mind. Now lower the volume to a whisper. Speak to yourself in an even quieter tone.
The volume dial above represents the volume at which you speak to yourself. Each person has a unique volume setting. As you think about your internal dialogue, what volume is it set at? Just point to the spot on the dial. Ask friends or family members about their volume setting. Find out how their internal dialogue compares to yours. Here are the questions to ask them: “Do you talk to yourself from time to time?” If they say yes, then ask: “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being soft and 10 being loud, how loud is your self-dialogue?”
Now that you’ve determined the volume level of your internal dialogue, notice the quality of the voice. Then, notice if you have the ability to change the quality of your internal voice. For example, remember the sentence you spoke to yourself a few moments ago. Say the same sentence as if spoken by a little child … by a person in their eighties … by a member of the opposite sex. Sing the message to yourself. Say it as if you were angry. Say it lovingly. Say it playfully.
So, you have the ability to modify the volume, the tone, and the quality of your internal dialogue.
Here’s your wax on/wax off assignment for today.
Notice your internal dialogue—become more aware of what you say to yourself. More specifically, notice how you say it to yourself. Where is it? How loud is it? How would you describe the nature of the voice?
Become more aware of your inner world. Most people pay very little conscious attention to it. They’re talking to themselves constantly with little or no awareness of it. For one entire day, just monitor what’s going on up there.
Notice what words you use to address yourself. Do you use the pronoun I or you or we? For example, do you say to yourself, “You really must get going or you’ll miss your appointment”? Or do you say to yourself, “I really must get going or I’ll miss my appointment”? Or do you say to yourself, “We really must get going or we’ll miss our appointment”? Is your internal dialogue in the I form, the you form, or the we form?
Wax on and off on these kinds of questions for the entire day, and meet us tomorrow at the beginning of the next chapter.