Money Jedi: 5 Prerequisites for Committing to Wealth

No more tossing coins into fountains. It's time to get real. Image by moesizlak7.

No more tossing coins into fountains. It’s time to get real. Image by moesizlak7.

Let’s talk about commitment. I know I wrote about commitment last week, but this week I’m taking a different angle on it.

When I talk about commitment, I’m not talking about, “I hope . . .”

Not, “Someday I want to . . .”

But, “I will have this damn it!”

What Napoleon Hill calls “a white-hot burning desire” to create wealth in Think and Grow Rich.

What goes into an intense commitment like that? What can generate that feeling within ourselves, and what do we need in order to make that commitment yield results?

First of all, if you have a problem committing to making a lot of money—if you think it’s not noble, or you don’t need that much money, or it’s selfish—you’ve come to the right place. The Money Jedi will help you rewrite those negative thought patterns that are holding you back. (Yes, they are holding you back.)

One of the basic premises we work from here on Money Jedi, is the way our subconscious minds control our beliefs, and therefore, what we experience in our lives. Generally, we don’t experience things we don’t believe are possible. We consider ourselves realists—but really, our only frame of reference is our personal experience.

If you believe abundance is hard to come by, you probably have a long track record of working hard for your (meager) money to prove it.

People with different beliefs than you experience different realities than you. Some people believe abundance is natural, and they have the luxurious lifestyles to prove it.

What we have within determines what we have in general, so let’s work with our beliefs and master our subconscious minds.

If we want to commit to wealth, there are several prerequisites we need to have in order to make the commitment in the first place.


PREREQUISITE 1: Know what we want to commit to.

Don’t just say, “I commit to being abundant!” Get specific. Say, “I commit to making a million dollars in the next five years!” Or something like that.

If you commit to something undefined, you’ll get undefined results.

This is the same principle behind isolating your target market when you’re starting a business or trying to sell something. It’s the same principle behind going to the grocery store with a shopping list. It’s the same principle behind making plans for vacation. The idea is to know exactly what you want.


PREREQUISITE 2: Believe what we’re committing to is good.

If your subconscious mind thinks what you’re doing is ignoble, stupid, unsafe, or anything like that, you won’t be successful at it. Your subconscious mind is the boss of you, and it wants you to be a good person. It wants you to be safe and to stay inside your comfort zone. If it thinks being a good person, or being safe, and making a lot of money don’t go hand in hand, you’ll never make a lot of money.

Because in the battle between what you want and what your subconscious mind wants, guess who always wins?


PREREQUISITE 3: Believe what we’re committing to is possible.

Again, we come back to that bossy subconscious mind. If it doesn’t believe you can make a million dollars in five years, you won’t be able to do it. You’ll experience slow going, or look at the odds (which are never in your favor), or hit some set-backs, and your subconscious mind will rear its head and say, “See? I told you so. The people who succeed at this just have strokes of luck. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. The odds are not in your favor. You can’t do this.”

And you won’t do it.

PREREQUISITE 4: Cultivate a burning desire to have it.

If you really believe it’s possible to make a million dollars in five years, you can cultivate a burning desire to accomplish that. The more you believe, the more excited you’ll get.

If you’re not excited, you probably don’t believe it’s possible. Come on! We’re talking about a million dollars here! It’s real and it’s for you! What’s not to get excited about?

Here are some protective thought patterns that might prevent you from getting excited: “I want to be realistic about this,” or “I don’t want to get my hopes up,” or “I don’t want to disappoint my family.”

If you don’t really believe you can make a million dollars in five years, then you won’t give it your all, because you won’t want to expend so much effort toward something you think isn’t likely to happen. Then when you fail, you won’t look like an idiot.

That money is real. Believe in it.


PREREQUISITE 5: Be willing to do whatever it takes.

This goes hand in hand with the burning desire. “I will make a million dollars in five years, damn it! I will do whatever it takes!”

You’ll need to make a plan for making a million dollars in five years. It should be an amazing plan. At least, you’ll need to believe it’s amazing. You’ll need to put that maybe-amazing plan into action immediately and stay on it, every day, year after year. You’ll need to stay excited about it. This is the process of proving to yourself and to the universe that you are serious about this. That you REALLY WILL do whatever it takes.

If your plan doesn’t seem to be working, modify it. Take it up a notch.

Here’s a good idea that T. Harv Eker and Napoleon Hill suggest: Write your commitment out on paper. Write how much money you intend to make, and why you intend to make it. Write down what you will do in return for this money. I don’t mean charity donations. I mean what value you will bring to the world in exchange for this money.

Do you believe the value you’ll provide is worth a million dollars? If not, you need to make a different plan. Or you need to re-evaluate your self-worth.

Write it all down, and look at it every morning. Get excited every morning. Keep that desire burning hot. Keep your plan in action.


This is kind of like a magic spell. It can yield amazing results. I’ve experienced amazing magical results multiple times. And I do say it’s like a magic spell, instead of like a formula for success. It’s not A + B = C. Sometimes your plans and efforts create direct results. But many other times, success comes from an avenue you weren’t working, or from a source you had not spent time cultivating or even thinking about too much. When success shows up in a way you could never have expected, it feels like a wild coincidence.

But I don’t believe in wild coincidence.


L. Marrick is a historical fantasy writer and freelance copywriter. She waxes poetic about swords and the Renaissance Faire at her author blog. She looks all professional-like at her copywriting site. She eats too much chocolate and still doesn’t believe downward dog is supposed to be a restful yoga pose. You can connect with her at either of her websites, and follow her on Twitter @LMarrick.

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