Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
Yep, this is what I did! About three months into me realising that we have debt, I started referring to it as negative wealth. I still remember some of the reactions I got to this on a very well know website: most people were positive and even started using negative wealth. There were, however, some who asked me whether I call my saving negative debt.
Well, no actually; this is the whole point. In coining the term negative wealth all I wanted to do is not to downplay our situation and at the same time not to use the word ‘debt’.
Where Do You Stand On Metaphysics?
Confession time! I am and have always been a rationalist; I believe in reason and science. I believe in testing things, sometimes testing them to destruction. I was four years old when I started taking apart the alarm clocks in the house; then I graduated to watches. My parents were naturally upset when I took them apart and impressed when I started putting them back together. When technology was not sealed, I doubt there was something I couldn’t mend. I am still the first one to touch a freshly painted wall when told to watch the wet paint.
And then I discovered a book called The Secret. Its premise is simple; there is one law of all laws – The Law of Attraction. This means that you attract what you think about. You think this is mysticism?
I was about to discard it as mysticism before I remembered my training as a social scientist. This is crystallised in the mechanism linking thoughts and destiny that I quoted above. In other words, the law of attraction works because you act according to your beliefs and thoughts; and, more importantly, you become sensitised to looking for and using opportunities because of your thoughts.
My position on metaphysics is that we don’t have to reject something because we don’t understand it. Quite the reverse: it is probably worth putting a bit more effort into understanding while we use it.