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I Won’t Wish You Good Luck

I stopped wishing people “good luck” a while ago. Not because they didn’t deserve it, but because I had an epiphany.

Luck is something that happens by chance – something that is out of your control. Whether good or bad, luck is what happens to you, not by you.

I don’t believe things happen randomly. And I would never wish random chance upon another.

I no longer talk about “luck”. I now talk about “fortune”.

I believe fortune is something we build with our own hands, with the power of our own creative and brilliant minds. Our level of fortune is something we control by our beliefs, our intentions, and our actions.

After doing gratitude journal, I often pause for a moment of reflection. I don’t think about how lucky I am. I reflect upon the fortune I am attracting and creating in my life. I rejoice in my power to build a life of fortune.

Every day, I am reminded of my own power as I do gratitude journal. I am clearly in control – look at all these pages of amazing things I am bringing into my life! Nothing is happening here by chance. My beliefs, actions and intentions are creating fortune in every area of my life, every day – bit by bit.

I’m constantly attracting opportunities, inspiration, kindness, generosity, creative ideas, the right people and the right circumstances. I set my intentions, dismantle the blocks and gratefully receive all that comes.

I don’t need luck when I am in control. Wishing “good luck” seems to  subvert ones power by suggesting that they don’t directly influence their own future. Instead, I’d rather convey my intention that good fortune will support them.

So I won’t wish you good luck. But when I say, “Good fortune to you”, know that I’m setting a direct and clear intention for you. And let that be an invitation for you to join me in setting the intention for the result  you are seeking.

All fortunes start with an intention. Whatever result you want, empower yourself by taking command instead of relinquishing the reins to the winds of chance. The power to create is within your hands.

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Photo Credit: Hooping as a Tool for Manifestation.

The Hand that Tips the Domino

Last Thursday night, Michael and I walked into a billionaire’s home in Corona del Mar for a party in honor of the Homeland Security Chairman. It was a small party; perhaps 50 guests. Few enough that we had plenty of time to chat with the Chairman and casual enough that we were invited to ask anything we wished. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

It wasn’t until the next day that it hit us. The reason we were invited all stemmed from one seemingly insignificant moment. A few months ago, a woman named Maria chose the seat next to Michael on a Southwest flight on route to Orange County. A conversation ensued. Her husband was an artist, Michael an art collector, and so an exchange of contact information took place.

At the time, it was simply a conversation to kill time on a plane. It was a random person who was interesting to talk to. It evolved into a possible exchange of mutual benefit. Michael discovered new artwork he loved and her husband might secure a new client.

A month later, we met the artist and learned of his connections into the political world. Two months later, out of nowhere, he invited us to a party to meet the Chairman of Homeland Security.

Upon getting the invite, we really didn’t know what we were walking into. It didn’t surprise me to see Secret Service in the courtyard and neatly stationed throughout the house. But it wasn’t until I took that first step inside the home that I realized where we were. Every single person exuded wealth, elegance and class. The way the gentlemen stood, the cut and fall of their suits. A room full of multi-millionnaires and top executives. I have never felt such an overwhelming, striking vibe from a group of people in my life.

The fascinating thing is that none of this – meeting the woman on the plane nor being invited to the party would have taken place had two things not occurred.

Several months ago, Michael set a very specific intention. It was a “stretch” goal; the kind you make without having any idea how it could possibly come to life. But he set that goal, ingrained it with unwavering faith into his belief system with passion and conviction.

But we know that intentions alone are not enough. You can have perfect clarity on intentions, but underlying, self-sabotaging beliefs can hijack the most powerful of intentions. And you will be met with a long, frustrating, confusing journey of bitterness.

Years ago, Michael recognized that he had some self-sabotaging beliefs about wealth and success and actively took steps to clear those blocks out of his belief system. Thus, when the inspiration for this intention came to light, he came upon a clear, open road.

That party did more than introduce us to a variety of fascinating people and give us an entertaining evening. It tipped us off. It made us realize that meeting Maria was no accident. She was drawn to him in order to help set in motion the domino effect of bringing that intention to life. She was the hand that tipped that first domino.

That person you just met? The one who seemed nice, who you had a good connection with? He or she may have shown up for a reason. Everyone is showing up in your life for a reason; to help you learn something, to gift you an experience, to open doors to opportunities or new thoughts.

This experience taught me that once you set crystal clear intentions and remove sabotaging beliefs, pay close attention to those who start showing up in your life. They may very well serve as the hand that tips that first domino.

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Little Money Secrets

If you are struggling with money, a few of these little secrets might be worth considering.

Money loves me! Whenever I find change on the ground, I immediately cheer “Money loves me!” as I joyfully pick it up. And yes, I say this out loud, happily and at least three times. I always show effusive gratitude to the universe for sending me money. You know WHY that money is on the ground? Because someone didn’t believe they deserved to have it. So when it is “given” to me, I’m grateful because you get more of what you are grateful for – no matter how small. If you ignore change on the ground, you’re sending the wrong message. Ignoring it says that you don’t want money, you don’t value it, won’t take care of it and aren’t grateful for it when it is given to you.

I love money – but I love it in a different way than most people do. When you love something, you cherish it, you respect it, you honor it. You don’t abuse it. You aren’t reckless with it. I treat my money with respect. If I buy it, I use it. I buy good quality things. I buy things I will love and cherish. I also do my best to not financially support things that are not for the highest good. I use money wisely and err on the side of mindful generosity.

I never spend money – I only invest it. This changed a lot of my financial behavior. I don’t invest in having my nails done professionally every week because I don’t value its ROI. But I will invest $200 in a pair of high quality, comfortable shoes that I will wear frequently for several years. I invest in areas with the best ROI for me – i.e., convenience, comfort, my health/healing and long-term happiness.

I can afford anything I want. Ten years ago I was car shopping and saw a beautiful Corvette priced at $45,000. When the dealer gave me a condescending attitude and dismissed my fleeting interest in it, it hit me. I COULD afford that car. I had cash, investments and assets that were worth more than that car. I could have easily afforded to buy it (even if it meant draining all my resources), but I CHOSE not to. I never say I can’t afford something because it is rarely true. Saying I can’t afford it means that my money is controlling me. When it comes to my purchasing decisions, I’m in control, not my money. Reframing this was huge for me.

Embrace wealth. I’ve learned that if you want to be wealthy yourself, it’s helps to put yourself in environments that exude wealth, opulence and luxury. Don’t shy away from it. Learn to love being at home in these environments because that’s where you are going to hang out when you DO have money. If you have a bitter attitude toward people, places or things that exude wealth, you are REJECTING wealth. You will never attract something that you expel negativity towards. This is the single biggest mistake I see people making. They have dark attitudes towards people, things and environments they would be part of if they DID have money. Don’t reject the world you want to be part of. No one would turn down a million dollar salary, a brand new Mercedes and a $50,000 wardrobe. So stop acting like you would. And stop being bitter towards the people who have what you secretly want.

These things have absolutely put me on the right track in my own financial progression toward the lifestyle I want. They have also been instrumental in making my life feel fun, easy, effortless and enjoyable. And it only gets better from here.

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