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Personal Development Can Turn Around An Idea Problem

It’s funny you know… how many times can you recall saying that you can’t do something because you can’t afford it. I bet those words have sprouted from your mouth 1000 times or more over the years… or have they? Don’t worry, I also have been guilty of this in the past.

Since I started with personal development, my idea of not being able to afford something has changed to how can I afford something. We are all born into our own set of circumstances whether it be the country we live in or the family we are born into. We become conditioned in a certain way of thinking and that is what we believe to be so. So unless we change our thoughts and our idea about money, we may never be able to afford that cruise or that skiing trip or even that new car as an example.



Before I came across some of my teachers like Bob Proctor and Dr John Demartini from The Secret, I never believed that I could achieve any kind of financial freedom. I always believed that I had to go to school, get good grades, find a good job and then live off my retirement money which really doesn’t seem to be able to cover the bills for most retirees these days.So let me enlighten you on the 100 people story. The following facts exist for every 100 people at age 65 in Australia.

  • 25 are dead
  • 20 have annual incomes under $10,000 (below poverty level)
  • 51 have annual incomes between $10,000 and $35,000
  • 4 have annual incomes over $35,000
  • yet 1 in every 100 is a millionaire

Here’s another interesting fact:

When Social Security began, there were 16 people working for every one person on the program. Today, that ratio is 3:1 and in the next 12 years, it is projected to be 1:1 (Source: The Millionaire Next Door)

Scary stuff I say! It’s not a pretty picture that is painted here. So if the idea problem is that we don’t have enough money, how are we going to change our way of thinking and turn that around?


I have found that using affirmations is a great way to help re-train the brain if you like and change that prior conditioning that I was brought up with. I love my parents and I am grateful that they gave me life and because they came from a generation that was born before WWII, when there was a real scarcity factor, that is the way they were conditioned and therefore passed it onto me. So, by using affirmations, it has helped me to think differently and scarcity need not be a factor any more. After all, we do live in an abundant universe where we have all that we need. We just need to tap into the abundance.
Some examples of affirmations are:

  • I am grateful that I live in an abundant universe
  • I now release any and all barriers to my financial and personal success
  • I earn, save, spend and invest my money wisely
  • My money creates more money
  • Every thought I have is transformed into abundance

Simple statements that can be read every day at different intervals throughout your day. You can repeat them whilst showering in the morning to start your day in that state of gratitude and abundance. I even know a couple of people who get on a rebounder and chant their affirmations while they are bouncing! Whatever works for you is great and if you need to adjust the words in the statements a little to make it feel right for you, all the better. Go ahead and create your day to one of abundance. These were examples I thought I would share with you.

Now if you have read this and think that money is not important, I challenge you to walk into a supermarket, fill up your trolley and try to walk out without paying for it. How far do you think you will get? Money is important. Some people would like to have more of it so I am sharing a few things that have helped me change my mindset around it and learn how to make it and how to make it work for me! I am on my way to achieving the financial freedom that I desire and live the life I love to live. How about you?


9 comments to “Personal Development Can Turn Around An Idea Problem”

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  1. Aaron, thanks for stopping by. Your blog is full of great ideas too! Bad credit can be a real life stopper if you let it get in the way. Cheers.

  2. Hi Ange,

    Thanks for another great post.

    Affirmations are great, and really need to be combined with:

    Thankfulness for what we have now – family, friends, freedom and so on.

    Expectation that as we grow, so will our resources.

    Willingness to help others achieve their goals.

    I feel that in this way, the affirmations become a part of us.


    Allan Cockerill’s last blog post..Guru Shows Attention Deficit With Headline Choice

  3. HI Ange

    Great Post!

    This is exactly Mandy’s thinking which led to her Photo Gift business – a stay at home mum and wanting to still be able to control her own timetable, work when she wanted to, take time for the kids – school plays etc when she wanted too – basically master of her own destiny.

    SO now she has a great online business which yes means long hours and usually weekends but when you’re doing it for yourself, you don’t mind!

    Jonathan (aka purple13)

    jonathan’s last blog post..9 out of 10 cats prefer Wholemeal

  4. Hi Ange,

    I agree with the affirmations 100%.

    I have always maintained that a lot of what we were taught to believe ought to be questioned and examined. Some of these have been proven wrong or were false all along. I am for teaching positive things too, when communicating with children most specially, because once a belief about themselves enters their brain, and they accept it; they act as if it were true-until it actually becomes true.

    Behavior is a great way of looking at a person’s positive outlook or lack of it. Limitations of our abilities have been defined by our belief in such boundaries, rather than our belief in our capacity to accomplish. The human brain is the most powerful computer ever built, and no man made computer can match its capability. That is how good each and every person is. But the belief always skews towards perceived limitations. This is the sad part.

    Beliefs are either those we convince ourselves to be true about ourselves or those we accepted from those we trust and believe in. That is why parenting is so important, because we have to tell our children the truth always in a positive vein, and it is difficult. We have to encourage them, support them, and let them grow with confidence in themselves and their ability; rather than impose our ideas of success and career paths which we may believe, but which they do not really adhere to. Following our advice may lead to doubts about their own abilities as it runs contrary to their gut level feelings.

    Affirmations are strong Ange, and I have no arguments against these. But beliefs are more powerful. It is having a lot of faith in yourself and what has been given to you by God, however you perceive Him to be. It is as old as time and as true as eternity. The Secret is a re-marketing of this concept, but it is a good reminder as such things need to be reiterated in a way that adapts to the need of the times. I’m glad that more people are into it because it is good for humanity.

    As the first post I have read in your site said, “We are one”, this needs reaffirmation, and accepted as a valid belief for all mankind.

    –Durano, done!

    Durano Lawayan’s last blog post..Reining the Rat Race

  5. Great post. Bridget likes.

    What about her? She’s on the way to achieve the life she wants! However, Bridget does not tend to say these affirmations to herself, it’s more a ‘state of mind’ she slips in. Not sure how to explain it Angie.

    In any case, affirmations are great to create the right mindset and an upbeat disposition. When coupled with ACTION, it’s a rocking combo!

    Bridget’s latest rocking combo has been diarised, I dare say Angie will like ha!

  6. @Allan … that’s a great perspective to have… so true!

    @Durano … certainly the way we treat and speak to our children is very important…. we must empower them to believe in themselves and let their own creativity and dreams lead them to be teachers for the next generation.

    Affirmations around our beliefs is what helps us grow stronger and it teaches us also to love ourselves… without having respect and love for oneself leads to bitter disappointments in life and the ongoing complaining that is prevalent in our society today. If only more people would use them… imagine what the world would be like!

    @Bridget … I know what you mean by ‘state of mind’… it is a rocking combo to use affirmations and take action to make it so… and I loved your latest diary post… you go girl!! wooo hoooo……….

    @Tamara … thanks for stopping by. You have a great blog and I was happy to post about it 🙂

    @Tondy … it’s lovely to have you back!! There will be times when emotions get the better of us and pull us down or away from what is important. Glad I could be of help 🙂