What You Say You Are and the Food of Thought

What you’re thinking about, you’re becoming.

-Mohammed Ali

Your perception is your reality. We move through the world with a story about ourselves in our heads that we call our identity. We tell ourselves that we’re ‘rich’ or that we’re ‘poor’, and the words we choose to use to describe our reality become real in some way or another, regardless of our account balances. We add to this identity and subtract from it over time, usually in response to some crisis beyond our control life has thrown at us, and call that growth. People ‘find’ and ‘lose’ God, for example. It happens all the time.

We hold stories about others as well, both collectively and as individuals. The way we see the world and our place within it is our reality, regardless of how much of the world we have actually seen, experienced or studied.

Actual reality may or may not be objective and absolute, but our perception of it can change – wilfully or not – and therefore so can our reality, which matters greatly to our sense of contentment, satisfaction and happiness. 

This is a powerful tool, and should be wielded accordingly. This simple little truth can be demonstrated and understood in various ways, and has the power to transform you.  That includes your finances, your lifestyle and the impact you have.

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How to Change Your Mind: Right Thought

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The brief literary essay As a Man Thinketh (USA/Can) by James Allen in 1902 – about a 30-minute read on the power of right thought on our minds and our lives – opens with this encapsulating poem:


Mind is the Master power that molds
and makes;
And Man is Mind, and evermore he
takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping
what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a
thousand ills:-
He thinks in secret, and it comes to
pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.

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How to Change Your Mind: Spending

Do you ask what the proper limit is to wealth? It is first to have what is necessary, and second, to have what is enough.

Seneca, Letter II.
The owner of this truck bought it new in the 80’s and she’s still one of the coolest rigs on the beach in the Baja.

I spent a lot of time last year writing about spending. I tracked my spending religiously, and I still do. And I focused a lot on the numbers; the outcome over the process, if you will. So when I didn’t achieve my original goals, I adjusted the target. Three times. And then I still didn’t quite meet it.

And no matter how you slice it, when we focus on the goal over the process, it stings when we don’t reach our goals. It’s uninspiring and de-motivating, to say the least.

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How Eating ‘Spotted Rooster’ Can Buy You a Home

Fish + beans + lettuce + guacamole + tortillas = Fish Tacos

When it comes to saving money for future freedoms there really is very few ways to reduce our spending than to improve our eating and food preparation habits. Since eating is a daily activity for those of us so fortunate, it will directly affect your budget in a big way if you can reduce what you spend on food. You will almost definitely be healthier, which improves your quality of life and saves you (and me*) money in the long run.

For example, I have a friend who makes good money, but is always living paycheque-to-paycheque, and its because he literally almost never eats at home. He grabs a little something from Tim Horton’s on the way to work, goes out for lunch on his break and then will eat out after work as well, perhaps snacking in the evenings on some of the things kept in his cupboards from a monthly drop by the corner store. I don’t know if he ever makes coffee at home, but drinks it every day. I would venture to say that he is spending about $40 per day on food, which is nearing $300 per week or $1,200 per month! Now I’m not here to judge, but that’s a mortgage on a decent starter home**, and I am here to point that out.

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