Did you know that your income is an average of your five closest friends’ incomes? Research consistently shows this to be true. Why? Have you had meetings with your friends to decide how much money you should each make? Well, in a sense, the answer is “Yes.”
People are strongly influenced by their peers. They also tend to attract to themselves people who think like they do about their possibilities. For example, millionaires associate with other millionaires. There are several reasons for this. One reason is that they simply understand each other. Another reason is that they can afford to do the same things. But, the most important reason is that they BENEFIT from sharing their positive energy with each other. There is a force in their lives which they want to increase…the positive-thinking force.
On the other hand, people of low economic status tend to associate with others of low economic status. This is mostly for the same reasons that the rich associate with the rich. But, the problem in this case is that they are increasing their chances of remaining poor.
Why would that be the case? Well, just as in the rich example, people of low economic status have a certain way of talking about their possibilities. It seems normal to them to say things such as “I can’t” and to have an inner dialogue that says things such as “I don’t deserve certain privileges.”
In both cases, hypnosis is the driving force. The rich hypnotize themselves to remain rich. They do this by surrounding themselves with others who are equally powerful. They are constantly hearing “I can.” The poor do the opposite. They are programmed (hypnotized) to remain in a disadvantaged situation. They and their friends talk about and focus on all the troubles in life and how unfortunate they are.
Let me make a few points clear. First of all, I am not making any value judgments about rich or poor people. Also, my statements are generalizations. Generally speaking, what I am saying holds true. And, yes, there are poor people who have changed their thinking and are on their way up economically.
This leads me to a very important point and the heart of this entry. If you want to live a certain way, you must gravitate toward people who are ALREADY THERE. You want to get yourself into the “group hypnosis” of the achievers. Step out of your unsatisfying financial situation, if you are in one, and begin to associate with those who are “making it,” those who are wealthier than you. Just by consistently being in their presence, you will become programmed for positive change. This is due to the fact that, like it or not, we are strongly influenced by our environment. So make yours outstanding!
I hope you have an outstanding day!