Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Mental Game of Money vs Mental Game of Life

A few years ago Dr Topher Morrison who is, among other things, a renowned public speaker and a best-selling author, launched a new seminar called "The Mental Game of Money".

News about this seminar spread like wild fire and the numbers of people registering for this event grew so large that the venue had to be changed twice to accommodate the swelling numbers.

At the event itself, the atmosphere was truly amazing. "The Mental Game of Money" was a major catalyst of change in the lives of many people. Yes, some people actually went on to massively increase the amount of money they were earning. For instance, one individual built a million dollar portfolio in 30 days but for others the change wasn't directly related to making money. Many people reported significant changes in their health, their relationships and other areas of their lives.

The seminar was held in London a few more times and was very successful. And each time similar results were produced. Some achieved greater financial success while others achieved breakthroughs in other areas of their lives. And yes, there were some who were initially enthused about what they heard at the event and the prospect of turning their lives around but, at the end of day, for whatever reason, they failed to take action. And of course, I don't need to tell you where their story ended.

These were some of the primary reasons Dr Topher Morrison felt he needed to change the seminar to "The Mental Game of Life". Now to be fair, "The Mental Game of Money" was a very holistic seminar. As the name suggests, it looks at your inner game regarding earning money and touched upon a number of topics that you would not normally associate with a seminar about money, such as forgiveness.

However, its creator recognised that consistently making more money and creating more wealth - not to be confused as being one and the same - are more of a psychological game requiring a whole life approach. We often use the words money and wealth interchangeably but in reality they are very different. One way of describing money is as a currency - it what you use to buy stuff. Wealth, on the other hand can encompass wealth but much more besides and wealth is also more about your mindset.

Another interesting fact emerged from "The Mental Game of Money" seminars. Those who went on to make significantly more money after attending the event were those who were either already on their purpose path or those who subsequently discovered and followed their purpose path.

So this was the backdrop to the development of "The Mental Game of Life" seminar. Now the initial seminar was advertised on a relatively small budget and with minimal resources. However, buoyed by the success of its precursor, the promoters of "The Mental Game of Life" set aside a larger budget and more resources to promote and advertise the event.

Despite this, the numbers attending "The Mental Game of Life" were a fraction of those attending "The Mental Game of Money". In hindsight, this perhaps wasn't so surprising after all but it is a sad reflection on our society where so much emphasis is placed on material things and the acquisition of money. Don't get me wrong there's nothing wrong with acquiring things and possessing lots of money can help to make life more enjoyable.

What the stats were indicating is that people were generally more interested in making more money than improving the overall quality of their lives which ironically would enable them to make more money. But as Dr Topher Morrison points out:

"Until you can value the totality of life more powerfully than you do money, true wealth will always elude you."

The dynamics between money and wealth are being played out over and over again in our society. A very public and dramatic example of this is the sad saga of the late Michael Jackson. It is my belief that the so prophetically named "This Is It" tour was devised primarily as a means to make money. And I believe that the mounting pressure of this comeback tour ultimately lead to the demise of the strange yet gifted performer.

As Mae West said:

"I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better."

And I agree with this wholeheartedly. However, you need to understand the psychology of wealth and the mental game of life if you are to be victorious and win the game of money.

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