I was behind a one-armed man at the sub shop. He was complaining about
the fact that the lady cut the tip off of the bread she was making his
sandwich on.

The attendant explained that they cut the bread exactly, so regular subs
are six inches long, and large are 12. He kept whining about the 1/4 inch
tip she had cut off. She explained that he would receive the same
standard portion of meat and other fillings. He wasn't impressed.

In fact when the sandwich came out, he insisted that he wouldn't pay for
it unless they found the tip she had cut off, toasted it, and put it in
the bag. Standing behind him, with my blood sugar dropping, and my
blood pressure rising, it was all I could do to refrain from smacking
him upside the head. Of course he left without leaving a tip. I
watched him get behind the wheel of a taxi parked in front and begin his
dining experience.

So what kind of success programming do you think he had?

I bet he's proud of himself for cadging that extra bite of toast. In
fact, I'm sure he sat in that taxi, congratulating himself for his
assertiveness and savvy consumerism.

What do you think about his priorities, and where he expends his energy?
Is he focused on abundance or lack?

It's a similar kind of situation with you. I think the programming
you've had is what determines your approach to just about everything in
life. But instead of being programmed for success-most people are
programmed to avoid failure.

Now perhaps you think I make too much of our cab driver's thriftiness.
I think not. Your programming controls how you react to hundreds of
situations, each and every day. And the way you react reveals what your
programming really is.

Another example . . .

How do you think about money?

When you think about money, is it about how much of it you lack, or how
much you can manifest? And why you want to manifest it.

Most poor people spend all their time thinking about money. Or more
specifically, their lack of it. When I was younger and broke, that is
what I did. I was fixated on money all the time. I thought about all
the things I didn't have and couldn't get. And I was very jealous of
the people who had them.

Know where that led to?

Jealousy soon turned to hate. Soon I hated all rich people because they
had what I wanted.

Nice homes. Exotic cars. Expensive clothes. They could go to a
restaurant and order what they really wanted. And not worry about who
would pick up the check.

That's when the real problems started . . .

Because I hated rich people. But I was working hard every day trying to
become one. So that set the stage for a whole bunch of internal
conflict that I had no idea was going on.

So I would surge forward to success-only to sabotage myself every time I
got close. I snatched defeat from the jaws of victory more times than I
can count.

I thought I was programmed for success, but that wasn't true. I was
programmed for poverty, but acting for success.

The symptoms are always there, if you know what to look for . . .

Ever see someone who experiences more anguish at losing $10, than the
joy he gets from earning $100?

Someone orders his dinner at a restaurant and the waitress asks, "Would
you like a salad with that?"

The correct answer is "yes" or "no" but never, "Is it included in the

Ever see someone who drives around a parking lot for five minutes-to
save a one-minute walk to the store?

All of these scenarios have the same plot line: They are fear-based,
not abundance-based. Decisions are made not on what the possible
benefits are – but in order to avoid a possible negative outcome.

Now the question for a lot of people is, "How do I really know what kind
of programming I have?"

They want to know if they really have success programming, or just
success surface actions. The answer is in the questions above…

If you make decisions-particularly money and career ones-based on the
moving away from fear model-you've got poverty programming.

If you make decisions on a positive, move toward good model, then you
have true success programming.

So what do you do if you test poverty programming?

Well you're already doing it. Of particular importance is regulating
the influence you're getting from the TV shows and movies you watch,
books you read, etc.

And the other area is the people who are closest to you. Your "Sacred
Circle" of the five people you are the closest to. It's crucial to your
success that you have some positive people in the five to support you.

One of the biggest factors in your prosperity is the people that you
associate with. Of particular note is your Sacred Circle. These are
the five people that you are the closest to.

I believe that the people you allow to make up this group are so
instrumental to your prosperity consciousness, that they truly become
sacred to your prosperity path. They color your goals, expectations,
and what you believe is capable and possible for you.

Be honest with yourself, would you describe what you now have as a
Sacred Circle, or a "Rancid Ring?" Who are the five people in the group
closest to you now?

Can you think of two or three new people that you currently know, that
you can actively work at developing a deeper relationship, and bring
into your circle?

Give this some real thought and if you want to test your Prosperity IQ
go to http://www.prosperity-power-experience.info
and click on the link to take the short quiz to see if you need to break
out of self-limiting beliefs that are sabotaging your success!


For over 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 over 40
works including the best-selling album, "Prosperity" and best-selling
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