If you got out of bed this morning and went to work because you wanted to, you are in control of money. If you got out of bed this morning because you had to, money is in control of you.

It is amazing to contemplate the fact that even here in the United States, in the wealthiest nation in the world, 99 percent of the population is controlled by money. What is the cause of this sad condition?

You might say, “Obviously, lack of enough money.” To which I would reply, “No—lack of money is the effect. The cause is people’s thinking.”

Albert Einstein once said, “A problem cannot be solved at the level of consciousness in which it occurs.” So here is the million-dollar question:

Based on your current level of thinking, are you ready for world-class wealth?

Two Perspectives on Money

Champions raise their level of consciousness by studying how the world class creates wealth.

The middle class believes formal education is the answer to acquiring wealth, yet few academics are wealthy. They seek advanced degrees and certifications, and are confounded when these things don’t bring them riches.

Many great performers are also strong advocates of higher education—yet they don’t believe that this has much to do with acquiring money.

The middle class trades time for money.

The world class trades ideas that solve problems for money—and money flows like water from those ideas.

Out of frustration over their lack of money, the middle class often scorn the world class—yet the answer to earning more than they could ever spend has been in their laps their whole lives. The answer is great ideas—ideas such as building a network of people to create an international distribution pipeline to move products and services. It’s such a simple concept that nearly everyone misses it.

Those of the poverty class dwell on, mull over and regurgitate the past; those of the middle class chatter incessantly about other people; those of the world class talk about ideas.

Professional performers know that money doesn’t care which direction it flows. They know the world will bend over backward to make them rich if doing so will help them solve their problems.

Perception Drives Economic Reality

About 150 years ago, Karl Marx was convinced that the working class would rise up en masse and overcome oppression if they only had the chance. What Marx didn’t figure into the equation was the poverty-driven thought process that governs the majority of people.

Give people operating at middle-class consciousness a million-dollar opportunity, and they will find a way to make it back to the middle class. It’s where their limited self-image tells them they belong. The difference has nothing to do with reality. It’s all perception in the mind of the performer.

Is this you? Do you believe you belong with the masses? Or alongside the world’s most successful people? Are you comfortable with the idea of paying more in income taxes per year than most people earn?

In my experience, most people don’t feel at home among the great ones. Years of poor programming creates middle-class beliefs that are so hard-wired that it can take years of reprogramming to upgrade these beliefs to the point where they begin to manifest the behaviors necessary to create world-class results. This is especially true when it comes to money, because many of us have been conditioned to believe money is the root of all evil and that we should simply be happy getting by and flying below the radar.

A Billion-Dollar Machine

If you fall into this category, don’t feel bad. You’re in the majority. Very few have been tutored in world-class thinking skills. It’s not taught because very few people on the planet fully understand the awesome powers of the human mind and its capacity to create results.

How do you go about raising your level of thinking as it relates to being wealthy? It’s quite simple: Change the way you talk about wealth.

Change the way you talk about it with yourself and with others. Stop telling yourself you’ll “never be wealthy” and start proclaiming it to be a fact right now. Begin telling yourself you are wealthy, even if you’re broke and in debt. The subconscious mind is a robot that responds to the commands handed to it by the conscious mind. The more the subconscious hears you are wealthy, the more it will work to make it a reality. The subconscious abhors incongruity and will do anything in its power to make your words true.

The fact is, even if you are broke, you’re still wealthy—because you own your mind and body free and clear. You own a billion-dollar machine that has the power to transform thoughts into things. All it requires is the belief by the owner that it’s possible.

Ayn Rand, the famous author and philosopher, wrote, “Wealth is the product of a man’s capacity to think.” In network marketing, you have the practical opportunity to materialize your wealthy thoughts and amass genuine world-class wealth. Your job is to mentally prepare yourself to attract it and accept it into your belief system.

The wealth you desire so much is on its way. Are you ready?

STEVE SIEBOLD is on the faculty of Networking University,
co-founder of the Gove-Siebold Group, a training organization
that helps networkers develop world-class
communication skills.