I used to make this statement, “They are filthy rich.” Have you ever said that? It leaves the impression in your mind that anybody who got rich did it by doing something evil. Or that being classified as a “rich person” is associated with being dirty. No that’s a lie. Why don’t we say, “Those filthy poor people next door.” We don’t say that because it’s insensitive.
Don’t be afraid of money and getting rich. Money can resource great inventions, businesses, dreams, and projects. Money is not evil but the love of money is. Money is not good or evil or dirty. Money is simply an enhancer. If you were a jerk without money, you become a bigger jerk with money. If you were a fantastic person without money and you get wealth, it will make you even sweeter. The best thing you can do for the poor is not be one of them. What is the real difference between the rich and the poor? I believe that the rich decided they were going to be rich and the poor never made that decision. Have you made that decision?
The Confidence Coach Says: Money is the root to GREAT donations and vacations.
Extended seasons of poverty will cause you to believe things about yourself that simply are not true. My season of financial struggle almost made me begin to believe and think that I was a loser and always would be one. And some days I acted like one. When you believe things about yourself that are not true, you end up playing out the part of the negative things you believe about yourself.
Your belief about your future potential is going to shape the size of your thinking.
Where confidence is concerned, people are not measured in inches or pounds, or college degrees, or family background. They are measured by the size of their thinking. How big we think determines the size of our accomplishments. —Source unknown
Before you can become a millionaire, you must learn to think like one. —Dr. Thomas Stanley, author, The Millionaire Mind
The Confidence Coach Says:
How big you think reveals your level of confidence.
Do you think you have an incredible future? How much do you see yourself achieving in the future? The size of your belief in your future determines the level of confidence you have in yourself.
Your dream will never grow beyond your thinking capacity. You cannot create any further than you can think. If you cannot see yourself accomplishing wonderful things, this reveals your lack of belief in yourself. Refusing to think small and negative thoughts about yourself is the first step toward resetting your mindset and changing your destiny.
The Confidence Coach Says:
Success in life comes when you start thinking like a king thinks.
Several years ago, world famous golfer Arnold Palmer was asked to play golf with the king of Saudi Arabia. Arnold accepted and was quickly whisked to Saudi Arabia in a private jet. They played golf for a few days and had a great time together. As Arnold was getting ready to leave, the king said, “I want to give you something. It is customary that when I invite guests here I also give them something as a token of our meeting.”
Arnold graciously declined, saying, “I don’t need anything. Just playing golf here was more than enough!”
But the king insisted until Arnold said, “Okay, I collect golf clubs, so if you must give me something, I would accept a golf club.”
The king said, “All right, I will give you a golf club.”
On the jet heading home, Arnold found himself thinking, What kind of golf club would a king give me? Is it going to have diamonds on it? Is it going to be gold? What’s it going to be like?
A few days later there was a knock on Arnold’s door and a courier delivered an envelope. Inside was the title deed to a golf club—an entire GOLF CLUB! Not the type you swing but the type of club where you go to play golf! This is the mindset of a king…they think really, really BIG! It is time for you to play a bigger game!
You have to move up to another level of thinking, which is true for me and everybody else. Everybody has to learn to think differently, bigger, to be open to possibilities. —Oprah Winfrey, television talk-show host
When you think average thoughts about yourself, you will live an average life. Most people become satisfied with average. Average is your personal enemy to being your personal “best.” Most people have built negative filters in their mind that restrict positive messages of success from getting through. They have built a “rock solid” case proving only to themselves that they are just average people with average potential. Friend, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, can be farther from the truth!
Thinking, acting, or sitting around being average is never part of God’s destiny for you. The way you see your future determines your level of thinking today. If you see a small future, you are having small thoughts today. If you see an absolutely huge future full of success, happiness, and prosperity, you are having large thoughts today.
Small thinkers don’t get the big breaks. If you want to get richer, think bigger first. —Robert Kiyosaki, best-selling author
The bigger the thinking…the higher the motivation to take action. Remember, in our Results Triangle, the third point is called results.
When you have big motivation, you will naturally take more action than the normal person. If you take more action than the normal person, you will become an abnormal person who achieved extraordinary results. Small thoughts produce small motivation and little action.
Your thinking today determines your performance tomorrow. If you think that you have a big future today, you will have the confidence to do what it takes to accomplish your dreams. Your life, business, and income will change when you decide to start thinking and dreaming big thoughts about your future. When you begin to have big thoughts, you start changing what you believe about yourself.
When little people try to drag you down—think bigger! When non-achievers criticize you—think bigger! When you get discouraged—think bigger! When the odds are against you—continue to think bigger! When you start thinking bigger, you will naturally start living bigger.
 Henry A. Penix, Accelerate Your Destiny (Tulsa, OK: Insight Publishing, 2001), 117-118.