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Your Pathway To Prosperity Step #1

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

 ”Walking the Red Carpet To The Lifestyle You Deserve”.

Welcome to this post in The Ten Steps To Wealth series which is concentrating on the 11 steps I took before succeeding on my journey from dead flat broke to financial freedom with multiple millions…

I worked on each step… one per day for one hour per day, so that I could erase the hardship money mind conditioned into me during childhood and replace it with a new enterprise money mind…

The Pathway To Prosperity… is a brief description of each step so I hope you enjoy them. Even better, If you’re willing to employ them, I hope you get the same results I have.

The idea that we live in an age where it’s increasingly important to build your levels of prosperity and resilience cannot be understated.

It’s only by taking control of the outcomes that are important to you, that you can look forward to a time of great excitement and hope. The alternative is to leave your future in the hands of politicians and government decision makers. It’s something I fear most people will do.

But not you I hope!

Greetings… My name is Paul counsel

If you’ve read anything of my story, you’ll know that at the age of 40…

I had several part time jobs that didn’t pay well…

And I was dead flat broke

However… By my 44th birthday I was a millionaire… and I now teach people how to achieve similar results.

Even though I became financially successful, it’s important to understand that my success didn’t come overnight… it came about because I worked on it daily for about an hour…

I worked on “one” step at a time and when I had finished the 11 steps I went back to the beginning and refined everything I had done over and over again.

I know you can achieve similar outcomes because I’ve seen so many people do it before you… I’ve been supporting and mentoring people for nearly 16 years now so I know it’s possible.

If you leave your future in the hands of politicians and government decision makers… you just have to keep accepting what turns up… so I hope you don’t follow this strategy.

Each step on the Pathway To Prosperity is designed to give you quick access to a torrent of possibility and joy in your life.

Below is a brief summary of step #1 along the Pathway To Prosperity… the step by step process to more time… more money… & more choice…

Step # 1 begins with Walking the Red Carpet to the lifestyle you deserve… is where you need to start.

Prosperity begins by shifting your thinking into what’s truly possible. The eleven steps lay out the most effective pathway to take in order to save you enormous amounts of money, and wasted time.

No longer will you feel confused or uncertain about being able to get the results you want at your deepest levels of possibility.

Napoleon Hill said, “If you are one of those people who believe hard work and honesty alone bring riches, perish the thought, because it’s not true. “Riches, when they come in huge quantities, are never the result of hard work. Riches come, if they come at all, in response to definite demands based upon the operation of definite principles, and not by chance or luck.”

So let’s start this first step with a definite principle… “Prosperity must be created in your mind first before it can be created in reality”.

What if you could produce your own Hollywood block buster prosperity movie… what would it look like?

What if you could write the script and play the starring role in economic and personal freedom instead of the consumption role that most people play from day to day.

Society teaches you to be a worker and, through its financial education, it locks you into three “money” mindsets of earn, spend and borrow. When you do what society teaches you, you’re locked into patterns of never having enough time, money or freedom.

What if you could exit your old money movie and walk the red carpet into a prosperity lifestyle purposely designed exactly the way you want it? Well you can… you can start by designing your new mind movie script mentioned above.

This is exactly what the Pathway To Prosperity is all about.

If you want to experience economic and personal freedom you must develop an inner mind movie that allows you to achieve economic and personal freedom.

This means changing your current money code.

If you can’t do this, you’re in danger of remaining with the status quo’s mind blocks. Mark Twain said it best, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

In order to walk the Pathway To Prosperity, you must design your way onto it.

Over the next day or so,  take half an hour to write or draw a two minute mind movie of the sorts of prosperity you want to experience.

Detail your movie with six scenes… what life is like now… a chance meeting… the things you learned… the results you achieve… what you now share with others…  and how this makes you feel…

Detail each scene with as much emotion as you can without overcrowding it.

When I watch your movie, I need to be crystal clear on what you’re experiencing.

Stay tuned for the next post in The Ten Steps To Wealth series which concentrates on Prosperity Step #2

See you there

Paul Counsel


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The Psychology of Wealth

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The Psychology of Wealth is not just a term in the way that many people think it is, in actual fact it is a state of mind. The sad thing for me is that most people don’t allow this state of mind to be turned on within them. Consciously or unconsciously, they keep the state of ‘avoidance’ turned on instead. People have often asked me about the content of my book The Psychology of Wealth and how I came to write it.

In fact, the Psychology of Wealth is one of three books on the subject and each book explains a specific part of the pathway I took when moving from dead flat broke to financial freedom.

Each book is a step by step guide for each section of the journey and taken together, they show you how to ‘turbo charge’ your way to wealth, health and happiness. Together, they’re a step-by-step account of moving from broke to millionaire in less than four years.

I wrote these books in the hope of adding a more complete picture to wealth’s jigsaw puzzle. A lot of books I read on the subject when I started out on my journey were really good, some were shockers and others were so so. However, none of the books told a complete picture of what it really takes to move from a state of non-wealth to a state of wealth and freedom.

For me, quite a few books addressed the how to but didn’t address the components of mind necessary to carry out the how to’s successfully. Other books were share specific, or real estate specific or business specific, but none of them gave a complete picture of all the possibilities you could learn to access.

So that’s why I wrote the trilogy, I wanted to explain everything from start to finish so that if you chose this journey for yourself, you’d have a complete road map in your hands. Everything I share with you, is what I have done personally, and it’s exactly what I now teach others to do. It’s a complete blueprint for success but the secrets of success only emerge when you successfully put all the components together.

The road to financial freedom has many choices, which, in turn, lead to many possibilities. And each choice intersection brings with it further choices and possibilities. So how do you begin to make effective decisions in the first instance? While the answer is complex, and has many parts, simplicity suggests that new choices emanate from new knowledge and it’s this knowledge that I wish to convey to you.

The trilogy of books, of which The Psychology of Wealth is the first one, describes my escape from the rat race. It describes the road I have travelled from surrendered potential to the freedom of wealth, from financial stress to peace of mind, from a lifestyle of necessity to a lifestyle of choice, from a lifestyle of sameness to a lifestyle of variety, from a lifestyle of unpleasant experiences to a lifestyle of absolute happiness.

Essentially the first book addresses the money mind. It helps you unlock the power of mind so that you can begin accessing your millionaire mind more effectively. We all have this potential, for many it’s just locked away under layers of social conditioning. The first book describes the experiences I had along the way as I was undergoing the same change that you will. It describes my observations on how people initially learn to surrender their potential to wealth, and reflections on how they then learn to cope without the financial freedom they so much desire.

As you read this book you’ll notice some repetition in the concepts being discussed. This is intentional because it’s through repetition and transformational learning that some of the most significant gains can be made. In any skill development it’s repetition that turns awkwardness into effectiveness. Skills that are made to look effortless are only learned through repetition. The sooner you start the better your results!

I’ll explain more about the other two books in future posts but for now, the money mastery process begins with The Psychology of Wealth so this is where you need to start.

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The Money Mastery Process

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The Money Mastery Process involves learning to be flexible with the physical aspects of money as well as the mental or psychological aspects of money. To be able to enjoy the time space and freedom of prosperity, it’s important, even imperative, to adopt and value the most positive aspects around money mastery while dissolving any residual negative concepts around money and its acquisition.

A new study published in the Journal of Financial Therapy at: has found a strong correlation between ‘money beliefs and financial behaviours’. In short, the research carried out by financial psychologist Brad Klontz indicates that there are basically four broad categories of attitudes, or psychological money scripts, that people have running deep within their subconscious minds.

These scripts, or internal stories, include looking at money through the eyes of ‘avoidance’, ‘worship’, ‘status’ and ‘vigilance’. As it turns out, each script, or internal story, either positively or negatively impacts your sense of self, your sense of self worth along with your net worth, or your bottom line. Klontz’s research indicates that at least three of the four scripts are personally and financially destructive while only one appears to have positive side benefits.

Looking at money through scripts of avoidance has the effect of distancing you from money. Avoidance tends to invigorate self sabotaging behaviours and what’s surprising to me about the automation of this script is that it tends to work as a meme virus that’s infecting a greater number of younger people. While I can’t back it up with research, it seems to me that increasingly, younger people are being seduced into a minimal regard for the medium term consequences of their spending patterns.

Perhaps they’ve bought into mass marketing’s ever present ‘spend now, live now’ message, don’t worry about the future. How this plays out in coming years is anybody’s guess but if the spending trend continues, it’s a recipe for financial hardship in later years.

The money worship script is also a destructive frame of reference because within this script, people tend to externalise their emphasis on money. They’re always on the lookout to increase money supply because they think it will solve problems for them. The money worship script has somehow linked money to increased feelings of security, happiness, feeling good and improved status.

More than any other frame of reference, money worship produces feelings of not enough which leads to status anxiety which results in the purchasing of status symbols as a means of determining where people status rank within their immediate reference group.

On the surface everything looks OK, but deep within enculturated minds, unacknowledged comparisons are being made between other members of their particular tribe – club – community – clique – status group.

This script suggests you must have this, or look like this, or live in this, or wear this, or drink this, or drive this, or to be seen here… in order to be happy.

As part of our evolutionary process, we developed a deep internal driver that seeks to know where we stand within our group. As a result we’re constantly looking and measuring on some sort of unacknowledged social yardstick.

To be thought ill of, or to not fit in, or to be ostracised from your particular status group causes distress and emotional pain. And if you don’t fit in, if you don’t wear what your group is wearing, if you haven’t got these things or those things, you’re made to feel less than and, more often than not, you’re consumed by the “status anxiety script” of belonging to your particular group.

Klontz revealed that perhaps the most positive framing around money comes from the ‘vigilance’ script in that people were essentially careful with what they did with money and how they went about accumulating a nest egg over time. As Klontz notes, “Maybe some anxiety and vigilance around money is good for your bottom line.” 

I think the most interesting finding of the whole study was the lack of links between family backgrounds and attitudes towards money. It surprised me because I had always thought that the social, cultural and political environment of your upbringing had a profound impact on your attitude towards money and whether or not you developed a negative psychology of wealth.

But apparently this is not so. Klontz found that the only real link between background and money came from the group that connected money to status, or money as a way of gaining status. Mostly, he says, these people grew up poor.

The biggest impact on how scripts developed in later years came from some form of significant event during childhood – perhaps a financially traumatic moment. How that event was dealt with and resolved apparently has the biggest impact on shaping future money framing in later years.

Pointing the way forward, Klontz identifies the need to be flexible about how you think about money and how you think about the role that money plays within your environment. “As human beings, we’re always evolving and we only have part of the picture at any stage. We need to identify the set of beliefs that work and the ones that don’t and modify them or let go of them.”

None of the four scripts encourage money mastery and in the coming decade of rapid economic change, apart from issues of sustainability, I cannot think of anything more personally pressing for individuals than independence and productivity around issues of money.

When people get their money issues positively sorted, there is more time for creativity, innovation, independence, contribution and problem solving which is something we could all use more of. This is exactly what the money mastery process encourages: a new way to think about money and a new way to forward plan with more productivity.

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The Psychology of Wealth

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The Psychology of Wealth says that at every choice intersection there are always one of two choices to be made. The great humanist psychologist Abraham Maslow perhaps said it best when he identified that you can either take a step forward into growth or a step back into safety. So what do you normally do at choice intersections?

If you are serious about generating a financially free future for yourself, then it is mandatory to get your wealth psychology working for you instead of against you. To become financially free, you must get your money mind working for you by wrestling it away from the trappings of conditioning and enculturation. Money Mastery requires that you step forward into growth and while this will initially be uncomfortable, you must trust yourself and you must trust your learning.

At this very moment you only have one of two choices to make. Are you going to allow past conditioning, i.e. the words ‘I can’t’, deny you access to wealth? Or are you going to regain the potential to wealth you were born with? In both the long-term and short term, the choice you make determines your outcome. Are you going to continue to believe in and wish for wealth and yet do nothing about it? Sad but most people never consciously demand wealth for themselves, they unconsciously demand sameness and predictability.

Your choices are either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to growth. While you might have to get a few things organised first, but ultimately, the money mastery process helps you understand that there is no maybe, there is no later, there is no third choice. At this moment nothing else matters. It’s either yes or no and you will either join the many who surrender their opportunities to financial freedom, or you join the few who succeed at living their preferred lifestyles!

Please understand your potential is much greater than the words ‘I can’t’. When you learn, you turn ‘I can’t’ into ‘I can’, the psychology of wealth guarantees it.

When I meet people for the first time, the conversation generally works its way around to the question, “And what do you do?” Because the answer to such a question is usually couched in terms of describing your task, I politely reveal a little of what I do. As soon as I mention the concept of wealth creation the majority of people go into a state of denial as scepticism, cynicism, fear and doubt pour forth. By this time, I am pretty much just observing their process because they do not want to hear. Their emotions are too strong and their opinions too firmly set for any conversation to be useful. The processes of conventional wisdom encourage emotions of scepticism, cynicism, fear and doubt and there is an abundant supply of these in the language of most people. They are the very emotions of surrendered potential. There is no courage in scepticism, cynicism, fear and doubt.

There is only a contracting life of sameness, missing out and always having to settle for less. When you get the Psychology of Wealth working for you, you become unstopable.

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The Psychology of Wealth

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The Psychology of Wealth includes taking time out of your day to think about the things that are most important. For example, let’s say you had to visit a doctor for some reason. Let’s say you had a whole bunch of tests done and the news you received was not good; in fact you were only given eighteen months to live. Would your current activities, the things you’re doing on a daily basis, seem that important to you? Or would immediately stop what you’re doing and instantly start to change a few things? If you were given eighteen months to live, would you have enough time to complete all those ‘projects’ you’ve stored up in your heart and mind for years?

If your number came up tomorrow, would you depart this world having lived a satisfied and fulfilled life of meaning or would you regret never having done all the things you wanted to do? If, through a near death experience, you were given another chance at life, would you continue along the lines of what you do now, or would you strike out to be different? Would you learn everything you needed to learn in order to be financially free? Would you learn to switch on your millionaire mind? Would you want to be mentored by one of Australia’s best wealth mentors?

Your answers to these questions will either motivate you towards financial freedom or they will keep you firmly entrenched where you are. You will either be motivated towards change and money mastery or you will continue to embrace the status quo and continue to wish for better financial times. If you do not invest in yourself, if you do not believe you can make a difference, then your money mind and your financial psychology is letting you down. Your only alternative is to continue to invest in conventional wisdom and watch as your potential to financial freedom diminishes over time.

What will your future bring if you remain where you are? For more information on developing your psychology of wealth, you can click on the psychology of wealth link below or you can search the free resources on the money mastery website at

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The Psychology of Wealth

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The Psychology of Wealth: A question I received from a reader recently went as follows, “What’s the most important thing I should do right now to get out of the stuckness I feel when I think about my personal wealth creation and my inability to move forward?” My reply was as follows-

I think the one most important thing one could do for oneself right now is to become what is referred to as “well read”.  A “well read” person is an informed person and there is absolutely no substitute, no alternative that I have ever found to be more effective than this one single thing. Only a well read person understands the money mind and wealth psychology. It also begins to understand the secrets of millionaires.

Yes, you can study courses, work with mentors, attend seminars, participate in workshops and these are all excellent to do but they are all secondary processes to being ‘well read’.

If you’re thinking of change, you must begin by having compassion for your particular situation and not attempt to internally beat yourself up. It’s not your fault and beating yourself up only plays into the hands of further enculturation. 

The next most important thing to do is to make a decision as to whether or not you want change or want  your status quo to continue. And this is not as easy as it may first seem. In my way of thinking, a decision is made the instant you no longer fear the consequences of that decision. This is where the power of mind, or mind power, becomes so important.

Many think they make decisions but end up changing their minds, or backing out, or whatever. While this is neither right nor wrong, it does indicate that a ‘real’ decision was never really made. Perhaps people thought they decided but feared the consequences and pulled out. Perhaps it was a wish or a desire but in my mind it wasn’t a decision.

Once you’ve made a true decision, you can then determine to be different, determine to break free of the clutches of sameness by educating yourself in the most important forms of entrepreneurship, of financial literacy, of money mastery, of leveraged income and value creation. Determine to reclaim your potential and thus your future will reveal a whole new life: The Psychology of Wealth

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