What You Say is What You Get: How Your Mouth Can Determine Whether You Are Wealthy or Broke


Sometimes our words have more power than we give them credit for. When it comes to your financial goals, it’s time for us to put our money where our mouths are.

I was a nine-year-old boy when my family moved from the country to the inner-city of Richmond. I was all shook up. My little knees were shaking with fear. I was so terrified that I began to stutter.

Kids saw me as a target and made fun of me, on top of that my teachers thought that I wasn’t so bright.

One day, I had had enough. I was fed up with being perceived as less than I was. I made my mind up that there was going to be no more timidity…no more and fear….no more stuttering!

I set my first goal of learning to speak loud and clearly. I did chores to make money to buy a tape recorder, and I bought a Zig Ziglar motivational tape to go with it.

Nine-year-old me would stand in the mirror and mimic the man in the recording. I would say to my reflection,

“You were born to win. But to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

Over time, not only did my speech improve but so did my attitude. I began to see myself as a winner. I became ambitious. I was determined to succeed.

My stutter eventually went away, I joined the church choir to further combat shyness and to get used to standing in front of people. Church is usually a safe place to overcome your weaknesses.

In high school, I joined a political club to learn persuasive speech. And today I’ve hosted my own radio show, I have made television appearances, and I make a living by communicating with others.

I used to be a scared little boy with a stutter. I haven’t overcome anything that you can’t overcome too. Whether it is positive or negative, we believe what we say. Our words are affirmations to ourselves.

So let’s take advantage of this and say what we want to see happen. When we speak our goals out loud we eventually convince ourselves and our subconscious minds that they are true. When our subconscious believes something we begin and act on it.

When it comes to your money goals, what are you saying or affirming? Are you saying things like:

  • “I’m broke.”
  • “We ain’t got no money”
  • “Lawd, I’m never going to retire”

Stay away from saying negative things, instead affirm things to yourself that will empower you and that will give you the ammunition that you need to pursue your goals.

Keep your words positive and straight forward. Try saying things like:

  • “Every day I’m adding to my savings.”
  • “I am building wealth by making wise money decisions.”
  • “I am a financial scholar.”
  • “I will have all that I need and more to retire.”

If you believe something that’s contrary to your goals, change those beliefs. Write affirmations and repeat them several times a day.

Soon enough you’ll find yourself doing things that you never thought were possible. And if you need to, look in the mirror and say,

“You were born to win. But to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

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