You have been programmed to be poor

By Dr Daleen Smal | Mindset

Oct 20

Have you ever observed how some people completely sabotage their success? I bet you have.

As a friend, you are standing on the sidelines trying to help them but they are set in their ways and continue like an unstoppable runaway train en route to destruction.

One of the first steps of changing for the better is becoming aware of what is going on.

It reminds me of Napoleon Hill who said: “There are no limitations to the mind except those that we acknowledge.”

Would you agree that without any awareness of what is going on you won’t have a snowball’s hope in hell of changing anything in your life?

How often have you heard someone say ‘I can’t do it’? Perhaps it is something you are saying? You cripple yourself with self-doubts and worries.

When you, like my other students, notice where these limiting beliefs are controlling your life, you can take corrective action.

Limiting beliefs are all about buying into what other people tell us and what we tell ourselves – and believing a lie.

It was Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh that said: “Belief is a deception you play upon yourself.”

We have been programmed to believe certain things. If you are stuck with the idea that rich people are in some form or shape bad people, you will find it difficult, if not impossible, to become rich.

If you have negative connotations to being rich, it will be to your advantage to change your mindset about rich people. It will open you up to a life of wealth and abundance. It is only when you have a mindset of abundance that you will be able to deal with wealth.

You have to correct your programming, especially concerning wealth, by reprogramming yourself to think like the rich. Don’t let the past determine your future.

Does this make sense?

If you are functioning predominantly on these programmed assumptions and beliefs without questioning them, your mind is basically running on autopilot. You have to reverse engineer this process by letting your conscious mind take control – evaluate your beliefs and issue new orders to your subconscious mind. These orders must be in line with your quest for wealth.

Perhaps you are saying: “Daleen, I am not programmed. What are you talking about?”

Let me ask you this: did you believe in the Tooth Fairy? Did you believe Santa is an old man with a big belly, dressed in red with a white beard, who rides with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer through the sky and that he would climb through your chimney and bring you gifts?

Did you as a child for one second stop and say: “No way, his fat belly can’t get through that tiny chimney”?

Did you wonder how the tiny Tinker Bell-lookalike fairy is going to carry that tooth away or where she got the money she left you?

For the first few years of our lives, we simply absorbed things, almost like a sponge sucking everything up.

At the time, as children, we did not have the experience or the knowledge to question what we were told, especially by authority figures, such as our parents and teachers.

Now that we are older, it is our responsibility to question the beliefs we have been programmed with.

Have you ever put the wrong address on your GPS? The GPS will take you to that wrong address if you simply follow the instructions without paying attention. It is like listening to the wrong part of your mind saying to you ‘I can’t’, ‘wealth is not for me’, ‘I don’t deserve better’.

You need to program the GPS to take you to the correct destination. This takes a deliberate and conscious action on your part.

Similarly, you have to reprogram your mind to say ‘I can’, ‘I will’, ‘I deserve to be rich’. You have to do this if you want to end up at your desired destination of wealth.

The process of reprogramming is not easy, but it is doable.

You may think of your brain as a muscle, a very important one indeed, but still a muscle.

Have you seen those “before” and “after” pictures they like to publish when someone achieved something, such as gaining more muscle bulk?

The before picture is of a skinny man who wants to look more attractive and the after picture is of this sculpted, muscle-man. Mr. Skinny Man got his big muscles by training them regularly and that transformed him into Mr. Muscle Man.

In a similar manner, when you use your brain to exercise just certain brain muscles, like saying over and over to yourself “I can’t do this” or “I am not good at that”, that particular thought pattern will become just like the big muscles of Mr. Muscle Man.

In fact, scientists can track that on a brain scan and see which part of your brain lights up with certain thoughts.

You know that most people have a dominant arm, right?

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I am right-handed so my right arm is stronger than my left because it is my preferred arm to use and is more developed than my left.

If someone were to try and hit me, I will automatically, without thinking, use my right arm to protect myself. If you are perhaps left-handed, you will use your left arm.

In the same way, your brain will use its dominant thought pattern automatically because that is the most developed pathway in your brain. If you have limiting beliefs, your thoughts will automatically run to your limiting beliefs pathway whenever a new idea arises and challenges you.

If you have out-dated, limiting beliefs and habits, you can break that overused pathway down and build new beliefs and habits. You have to reprogram negative thoughts and feelings by replacing them with positive ones that serve you in your new goals of wealth creation.

Start feeding your mind the right things and positive thoughts to develop those neglected brain muscles to serve you better in your quest for wealth.

This whole process of programming and retraining is not only applicable to wealth, but to every area in your life where the results are not what you want them to be. The principles remain the same.

I’ll leave you with the wise words of Robert Breault: “An old belief is like an old shoe. We so value its comfort that we fail to notice the hole in it.”