What would you BELIEVE for a Million Dollars?

by Craig Perrine

So I signed in to Twitter just now and saw a trending topic called #foramilliondollars (Search that at Twitter.com).

What I found people posting was fascinating from a ‘what makes people tick’ perspective.  Sure, some of the posts are just silly and intentionally so.  But some of them are kinda revealing of the beliefs we have.

Check out the RT I circled…

This is a REALLY easy way to find out what you believe.

For example, this RT shows someone said they’d actually give a shit if they had a million dollars.

I bet a LOT of people can relate to that – there was a day when I would have.

But the belief that generates a statement like that is that if you don’t have a million dollars, you don’t give a shit.

Here’s where this is helpful to actually make your life better.  If you don’t give a shit (care, in other words), you won’t likely ever have a million dollars – and if you happen to fall into a million bucks, you won’t keep it long.  Sorry lotto winners :(

I know, these tweets are intended to be funny, ironic, glib, whatever… the point is they still reveal underlying beliefs.   And in a belief driven universe, what you believe is what you get.

Most people are unhappy because they would identify with the statement this person made – and they are unhappy and broke precisely of beliefs like this.  To be successful at anything you have to put in effort, focus, take action, and yes, clear limiting beliefs every step of the way.  In other words, ‘give a shit’ BEFORE you have the success.

I’m not knocking the folks tweeting here, this is a moment we can all use to put a mirror up to the words we say and see what beliefs lie under the surface.

Then, instead of judging the words, be aware of what effect they might be having in your life.

Do events present or past match up with the belief that is revealed?

If so, you can set yourself free of that belief because you won’t knowingly harm yourself.  Beliefs such as this persist primarily when we don’t examine them, hiding in the shadows away from the clear bright light of awareness.

Wouldn’t it be more powerful to ask would WOULD you want to believe?

What beliefs would support what you want?

That is the next step after you take a look at what you already believe and compare that to the results you are getting.

What results DO you want – and what beliefs would support that.

As Joe Vitale so wisely put it in The Secret, the real ’secret’ is that you can ‘Be Happy Now’.

Do today whatever would give you joy and happiness and create value and THAT is what you do for a million dollars.

Whether you actually get the million dollars or not is beside the point (a topic for another post).  What matters is that you’re happy now and enjoying your life today instead of postponing ‘happiness’ till some day if you had a lot of money.

In the end, if you are happy now through the end of your days, you win.  The truth is, the happier you are NOW, the more happiness you will attract (and that may include things like a million dollars).

If you get the million bucks along the way, cool – but it won’t make you any ‘happier’ (especially if you are currently unhappy).  Money makes life easier, but you literally can’t buy happiness.   To think it does is a scarcity mindset that really means, you can’t be happy WITHOUT money.  Look around.  You’ll find people poor as church mice who are happy and folks born with silver spoons who are miserable and vice versa.  

Money is not the deciding factor in happiness or all rich people would be happy and all poor people would be unhappy, which is clearly not the case.   

If you doubt me then the middle class (all of them) would only be ‘middle happy’ if money truly were the end all and be all.  There, in one paragraph I’ve dispelled the belief that you need a million dollars to be happy (lol).  

I’m all for you getting as much money as you want.  It’s a great tool. 

How you get it, how you keep it, how you invest it – all topics beyond the point I’m making here.

The question is, if money won’t buy happiness (even a MILLION DOLLARS) then what??? 

You can create it for free though any time you want :)

You just have to believe you can be happy now.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know… comment below. 

- Craig

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Christopher Sherrod October 15, 2009 at 6:00 pm

The hashtag on Twitter clearly shows why most people are broke and will stay that way. Being happy attracts so much and it’s a lot more fun as you see what unfolds in your life. Great post and observation Craig.

Nan Akasha October 15, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Great blog Craig! Love the conversation! I meet and work with so many people who not only don’t “give a shit”, but who are afraid to care! They feel if they try, care, want…. and don’t succeed, they will feel bad about themselves, and they don’t want that.
The catch 22, as you say, is that you will NEVER SUCCEED if you don’t start by ‘giving a shit’…. and not only letting yourself feel the desire (because it is Divine energy moving through you that creates that desire for more) but take inspired action on it, see it and BELIEVE it can be and is true for you, you will never succeed anyway.
I like to start with the end in mind, create the party in my mind. Celebrate mentally the success and let that bring my passion, energy, vision and focus out. Live in it mentally as much as possible and make it real. Then you will be getting to live the feeling before the manifestation and have fun anyway! You will most likely give a shit then, and that is when it all begins to appear!
Thanks again!
Love, Nan

MIke / MDSimages October 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm

How true, how true.

Love your posts about the blog layouts by the way. I am going to switch to wordpress soon. In fact, how about a video about navigating or saving and uploading a blogger blog to a wordpress blog? Keep up the great work….you rock!

Jhanna Dawson October 23, 2009 at 10:21 pm

You know Craig, only a few years ago I would be one of those that didn’t give a shit. It took a lot of reading, thinking, and releasing of people (including a husband), places, and thoughts to actually start to care.

And with the change of thoughts, and attitude, and FEELING behind my beliefs I’ve become the richest person in the world.


Jhanna Dawson

Tam I Am October 31, 2009 at 12:37 am

Craig~ well said.

I believe our words create our future. I believe we actually can “Fake it till we make it”. I stopped postponing happiness and starting BEING happy and it shows. The inner work is harder than any outer work will ever be.

Thanks for the continued inspiration.

Tam I Am

Mike Shippey November 10, 2009 at 5:09 am

Craig – great stuff.
This is the concept that so many of us miss. There is no waiting until some event or circumstance occurs, at which point you will become happy. It just doesn’t work that way!
The key to life is learning to be happy, grateful, and at peace regardless of circumstance.
And the beauty there, is that the principle of “reaping what you sew” kicks in, and you end up attracting more and more things that bring you more and more happiness. (maybe even $$$$)
Crazy…but true..
Thanks for the post

Tim Ackley November 28, 2009 at 6:29 pm


I agree completely……
we get out of life what we put into it…

do nothing….get nothing in return!
The world is an open canvass…..get a brush.

Andy Dolph December 4, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Hi Craig,
great post, it set off a number of thoughts for me:

The first one is something that a healer and a shaman told a number of years ago he said words to the effect of that the key to magic is to admit to yourself that whatever it is you’re trying to create is possible, that it could happen, and then get out of your own way.

I think that this is really what you’re getting at when you said, “You just have to believe you can be happy now. ”

I think there’s something more to it, in this case I don’t think it’s just a matter of believing that you can be happy, (although I think that that’s necessary.) In my experience, you have to *decide* to be happy.

This ties into the other thing that your post got me thinking about, it’s so easy for us to forget that our perception of the world is not, in fact, the world. It is just our perception. We are only capable of perceiving, and processing a tiny fraction of the information in the world immediately around us in every moment. We take that information that we do perceive, filter it through expectation and pattern recognition, and act like that’s reality. It isn’t, not even close. It’s like spending so much time staring at a map that we forget that the map is not the territory. It’s just a map, a collection of data about the territory filtered and organized in a hopefully useful way, but that’s not a guarantee of accuracy or even usefulness.

One of the things that I loved about Inspired Marketing, and the reason that I spend so much time listening to so many different peoples ideas is that it challenges my map, it reminds me that there were always possibilities that exist in the world around at every moment that I’m not seeing. It reminds me to be open to those possibilities even when they seem to conflict with my understanding of “reality”

Thank you for refreshing my map,

Be well


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