Fear of Poverty!!
We are here laying the foundation for the presentation of a fact of great importance to the person who does not understand why some people appear to be “lucky” while others of equal or greater ability, training, experience, and brain capacity, seem destined to ride with misfortune. This face may be explained by the statement that every human being has the ability to completely control his own mind, and with this control, obviously, every person may open his mind to the tramp thought impulses which are being released by other brains, or close the doors tightly and admit only thought impulses of his own choice.
Nature has endowed everyone with absolute control over but one thing, and that is thought. This fact, coupled with the additional fact that everything which people create begins in the form of a thought, leads one very near to the principle by which fear may be mastered.
If it is true all thoughts have a tendency to clothe itself in its physical equivalent (and this is true, beyond any reasonable room for doubt), it is equally true that thought impulses of fear and poverty cannot be translated into terms of courage and unlimited happiness.
The Fear of Poverty.
There is no compromise between poverty and riches!! The road to each is taken by different paths. If you truly want riches, you must then refuse to accept any circumstance that leads to poverty. The work “riches” is being used in the broadest sense, meaning financial, spiritual, mental, and material estates. The first step on the path that will lead you to riches is desire. In another blog we will give you the complete instructions for preparing your mind to make practical use of desire.
After reading this the choice will be left in your hand to either choose to live in poverty or in riches. No one but you can make that choice. Remember this is one decision that no matter hard you try you cannot avoid it.
Now it is time to make that choice. If you truly demand riches, determine what form. and how much will be required to satisfy you. Remember, “riches” is being used in the broadest sense, meaning financial, spiritual, mental, and material estates. Would you be surprised if I told you that you already know the road you must take that will lead you to riches. If you neglect to make the start or stop before you arrive, no one will be to blame, but yourself. This is your responsibility if you now fail or refuse to demand riches in your life, because the acceptance calls for but one thing — incidentally, the only thing you can control — and that is your state of mind. A state of mind is something that one assumes. It cannot be purchased, it must be CREATED!!
The Most Destructive Fear!!
Know that the fear of poverty is just a state of mind. However, it is sufficient enough to destroy one’s chances of achievement in any undertaking.
When you suffer from this fear it can paralyze your faculty of reason, destroying the faculty of imagination. kills off self-reliance, undermines enthusiasm, discourages initiative, leads to uncertainty of purpose, encourages procrastination, wipes out enthusiasm and makes self-control an impossibility. This fear will take the charm from your personality, destroys the possibility of accurate thinking, diverts concentration of effort; it masters persistence, turns the will-power into nothingness, destroys ambition, beclouds the memory and invited failure in every conceivable form; it kills love and assassinates the finer emotions of the heart, discouraged friendships and invited disaster in a hundred forms. leads to sleeplessness, misery and unhappiness — all this despite the obvious truth that we live in a world of over-abundance of everything the heart could desire, with nothing standing between us and our desires, except lack of a definite purpose.
Know that the fear of poverty is, without doubt, the most destructive of the six basic fears. It is at the head of the list, because it is the most difficult to master. The fear of poverty comes from your ego and limited beliefs. Nearly all animals lower than humans are motivated by instinct, but their capacity to “think” is limited, therefore, they prey upon one another physically. People however, have a superior sense of intuition, with the capacity to think and to reason. That is why we can do anything we set our minds to achieve.
The quickest way to bring people to a great deal of suffering and humility is through poverty. Keep in mind that those who have experienced poverty understand the full meaning of it.
Is it any wonder why people fear poverty? Through a long line of inherited experiences people have learned, for sure, that some people cannot be trusted, where matters of money, spiritual, mental, love, relationships, and material estates are concerned.
People are so eager to possess wealth, love, and happiness that they will acquire it in whatever manner they can — through means of honesty if possible or through other methods if necessary or expedient even at the cost of hurting others.
Every single person does a bit of self- analysis even though it may disclose weakness which one does not like to acknowledge. This form of examination is essential to all who demand of life more than mediocrity and poverty (you will have the self-analysis tools in a later post). Why is this form so important? Because when you check yourself point by point, that you are both the court and the jury, the prosecuting attorney and the attorney for the defense, and that you are the plaintiff and the defendant; Also, that you are on trial, Face to face facts squarely. Ask yourself definite questions and demand direct replies, When the examination is over, you will know more about yourself, If you do not feel that you can be an impartial judge in this self-examination, call upon someone who knows you well to serve as judge while you cross-examine yourself. You are after the truth. Go and get it, no matter at what cost even though it may temporarily embarrass you!!
The funniest thing is that the majority of people, if asked what they fear most, would reply, “ I fear nothing.” The reply would be inaccurate, because few people realize that they are found, handicapped, whipped spiritually and physically through some form of fear. So subtle and deeply seated is the emotion of fear that one may go through life burdened with it, never recognizing its presence. Only a courageous analysis will disclose the presence of this universal enemy. When you begin such an analysis, search deeply into your character. Here is a list of symptoms you should look for within yourself:
- Indifference — Commonly expressed through lack of ambition; willingness to tolerate poverty; acceptance of whatever compensation life may offer without protest; mental and physical laziness; lack of initiative, imagination, enthusiasm and self-control.
- Indecision — The habit of permitting others to do one’s thinking. Staying “on the fence.”
- Doubt — Generally expressed through alibis and excuses designed to cover up, explain away. or apologize for one’s failures, sometimes expressed in the form of envy of those who are successful, or by criticizing them.
- Worry — Usually expressed by finding fault with others, a tendency to spend beyond one’s income, neglect of personal appearance, scowling and frowning; intemperance in the use of alcoholic drink, sometimes through the use of narcotics; nervousness, lack of poise and self-consciousness.
- Over-Caution — The habit of looking for the negative side of every circumstance, thinking and talking of possible failure instead of concentrating upon the means of succeeding. Knowing all the roads to disaster, but never searching for the places to avoid failure. Waiting for “the right time” to begin putting ideas and plans into action, until the waiting becomes a permanent habit. Remembering those who have failed, and forgetting those who have succeeded. Seeing the hole in the doughnut, but overlooking the doughnut. Pessimism, leading to indigestion. poor elimination, auto-intoxication, bad breath and bad disposition.
- Procrastination — The habit of putting off until tomorrow that which should have been done last year. Spending enough time in creating alibis and excuses to have done the job. This symptom is closely related to over-caution, doubt and worry. Refusal to accept responsibility when it can be avoided. Willingness to compromise rather than put up a stiff fight. Compromising with difficulties instead of harnessing and using them as stepping stones to advancement. Bargaining with life for a penny, instead of demanding prosperity, opulence, riches, contentment and happiness. Planning what to do if and when overtaken by failure, instead of burning all bridges and making retreat impossible. Weakness of , and often total lack of self-confidence, definiteness of purpose, self-control, initiative, enthusiasm, ambitions, thrift and sound reasoning ability. Expecting poverty instead of demanding riches. Association with those who accept poverty instead of seeking the company of those who demand and receive riches.
Now that you know that the majority of people have a fear of poverty my hope is that you no longer feel alone in having a fear of poverty. Now you have to make the decision: are you going to allow this fear of poverty to control your life and happiness?
Next we are going to look deep into how the fear of criticism will affect your life and your happiness.
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