Twice a year, I go on a Mastermind Retreat with the top-level members of my coaching program. At a Retreat in Costa Rica, I was working with an entrepreneur on growing his business. I came up with an idea that could generate $15 or $20 million a year in revenue, and had the potential for $30 million a year quite readily. At that time, he was probably only doing less than $300,000 a year.

 
You might think he jumped at the chance. You might think you would have too. But he didn't. And you might not have either…

 
As I sketched out the concept, I could see both him and his wife tuning out. It became obvious to the group and me that they simply were on overload. They had come expecting to learn how to make an extra $50,000 or maybe $250,000, but when I started talking millions, it just was simply too much for them to believe.

 
Now to be fair, they didn't first perceive the situation that way…

 
They felt like they supported the idea. But they kept raising objections like the idea was difficult, needed more research, would take years to develop, etc. It was only when the entire group confronted them, that they accepted the possibility that they might be running from the idea because it was too prosperous for them to accept.

 
They left with the agreement that they would listen to my "Prosperity" audio album and work on their prosperity consciousness.

 
At the next Retreat, they both felt that they had worked through their prosperity issues and were willing to accept this new, bold plan I had for their business. So I asked the wife one very simple question…

 
I asked her how their lives would be different, if their business did $30 million in that year. Her answer was quite fascinating…

 
She insisted that it would pretty much stay the same. She made a great point to confirm that her needs were basically met, and the only real difference was she wouldn't have stress so much about paying bills.

 
I wanted more. I pressed her for tangible changes that would take place in her lifestyle. EVERYTHING she came up with had to do with helping someone else.

 
She would sponsor a Boy Scout camp, help out her parents, sponsor a school, etc. She didn't name one thing she would do for herself. I threw the question to her husband…

 
He started where she left off, but he got more specific. He mentioned the exact Boy Scout activities that they would sponsor, and suggested that he would hire a 24-hour caregiver for his sick father. Like his wife, he only mentioned doing things for other people. Absolutely nothing either of them suggested was for themselves. It was all about giving things to others.

 
So still I kept pressing…

 
After much searching, he finally suggested that they could get a cabin on the lake. This prompted his wife who finally acknowledged that she would like a 4-wheel drive vehicle. I thought we were finally getting somewhere. Until she said the reason she wanted the new vehicle was so she could drive even more boy scouts to the camp they would sponsor!

 
It became quite obvious that neither of them had even the remotest idea of how their lives would be different with an extra $30 million. And because they haven't foreseen this possibility, they can't manifest it.

 
That's why "dream boards," affirmations and having a prosperous vision are so important. You see you can't be treated for prosperity. You must be open to receiving it. And that only works if you can put yourself in the picture. Once you're "in the picture" it locks into your "Superconscious" mind, and you will attract your good to you. You start to expect success, and then you can accept it!

 
-RG

 



 
This article was adapted from Randy Gage's book "Accept Your Abundance." For more than 15 years, Randy Gage has been helping people transform self-limiting beliefs into self-fulfilling breakthroughs to achieve their dreams. Randy Gage is a modern day explorer in the field of body-mind development and personal growth. He is the author of the best-selling albums, Dynamic Development and Prosperity and director of http://www.BreakthroughU.com . For more resources and to subscribe to Randy's free ezine newsletters visit http://www.RandyGage.com .