The irony of life is that most people desire wealth, but only few are able to access it. Reason being that they look for it in the wrong places. Some think that wealth is found outside their domain, far away in countries such as the United States of America, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Japan, Canada, France, South Africa, and so on.

Interestingly, all riches start inside us, not outside ourselves. Years ago, I was really burdened by poverty, I desperately sought to know how it could be overcome so that I could use the knowledge myself, as well as share it with others. And one of the most profound revelations I came by was the submission by Prof. William James of Harvard, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can change the material conditions of their life by altering their attitude of mind.”

That was a real eye opener to me. The more I meditated on that statement, and the more I applied it to my life, the more I realized that it was true. Wealth is basically an inside job. Instead of running from pillar to post, or travelling around the world in search of fortune, if you turn inwards, you’ll sure see it there. As a matter of fact, from all my studies and experiences, this is my definition: Wealth is the capacity to think up opportunities for meeting human needs and your commitment to satisfying them.
We all have the capacity to think. What we think about and how we think is what makes the difference. Thinking sickness will not bring wealth, thinking lack will not bring riches, and thinking limitation will not bring abundance.

In continuing, let me make it very clear that our thoughts can’t take the place of God. In themselves, our thoughts can’t create wealth. If you doubt it, find a quiet room and sit down to think, imagining dollars dropping from the skies into the room. If you like you can close your eyes. Assuming you do that imagination for seven hours at a stretch, when you open your eyes, will you see heaps of thousands or millions of physical dollars, euros, pounds, or yens surrounding you? Of course, not.

But we can turn our thoughts into money energy. By that I mean that instead of dissipating our thoughts in purposeless ways and wasting it, we can harness them into power that produces creative ideas for meeting human needs, finding solutions that people are willing to pay for, and adding value in a way that can bring us profit. These are some of the ways we can do it.

(1) Take control of your thoughts through meditation: Thoughts are among the wildest things in life if we allow them. They can fly in all directions. Many people who have been ruined financially and otherwise in the world are those who allowed their thoughts to control them instead of controlling their thoughts. Andrew Carnegie, a man who was one of the most successful business men in American history, stressed the importance and benefit of thought control this way, “The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

One effective way of controlling the mind is through meditation. When we meditate, our thoughts slow down, making concentration easier. In this state, we generate much more mental power that finds expression in creative business ideas, opportunities for career advancement, etc.

(2) Channel your thoughts through goals and definite plans: One good way of crystallizing our thoughts is through goal-setting and mapping out plans to realize the goals. When we give or present to the mind financial goal we want to accomplish, and the plans we have put in place to achieve it, we challenge it to mobilize mental forces to find ways to accomplish it. This is because the mind is a goal-striving mechanism.

(3) Mix your thoughts with your emotions: The thoughts that have power are the ones we mix with our emotions. You can mix your emotions with thoughts when you habitually evoke the emotions you would feel or experience when you practically realize the goals, whether they are monetary or other goals. A few weeks ago, I shared on this blog that our emotions are more powerful than our thoughts.

(4) Power your thoughts through prayer: In the final analysis, wealth is a function of power: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. Also remember that God does not give us wealth, but power to get wealth. Prayer will clear atmospheric hindrances, and draw God’s help into our efforts.

(5) Find an outlet for the release of your thoughts: It is important for you to know that whatever your mind dwells on grows and expands. When we mix our thoughts with emotions, they take on a geometric or exponential dimension. Except such power is released in creative and productive ways, it will make us restless.

The most successful people in the globe readily admit that one of the greatest forces we can engage in the process of building wealth is our thoughts. So, use this knowledge you have gained to invest your thoughts wisely and passionately. Good enough, hundreds of thousands of thoughts go through your mind every day.