Could using this term limit your success? You decide.

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First I should explain. I'm one of those nuts who really believes in the Law of Attraction. I'm the only one in my neighborhood who does, so mostly I keep quiet about it. When I slip and mention it to close friends and family they simply tolerate my eccentricity. (I'm one who believes we all have a right to our own beliefs, so I don't try to convince them.)

Meanwhile, I go through the day being careful about the thoughts I think and the words I say.

So, if you're a non-believer, you'll shake your head and say "No, it doesn't make any difference." That's OK - it's up to you.

But if you are a believer, think about this: The term "Hard-earned money."

Just now I walked into the living room to turn off the TV and someone was going on about gasoline prices and spending "your hard-earned money," and it got me to thinking about it.

How can a person expect to be successful in their occupation if they look at their money as "Hard earned?" Doesn't that imply a struggle? Doesn't that imply hardship? If you get up in the morning thinking that earning money is going to be difficult, don't you think it will be difficult?

You may need to work hard, but if you're in the right occupation, it's joyfully earned. That's how I feel about my work as a copywriter. I feel thankful every day that I can earn a living doing something I truly love to do.

I love writing, I love the challenge of finding the right marketing messages, and I love meeting new people and helping them toward their success.

It isn't always easy work. Some days it's difficult to find just the right words. Some days I've had to deal with clients I wish I'd never met. Some days I have to say "no" to an outing with a friend because I have a deadline.

But still, I love the work and my money is joyfully earned.

The Law of Attraction says we'll draw to us what we think about most - and with the most emotion.

So if you love your job and feel thankful that you get to earn a good living in your chosen profession, start thinking of those dollars as your "Joyfully-earned money."

It just might draw more of them to you.


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Billi Evans
Murney Associates - Springfield, MO

I love this job so I do understand what you are saying, but I've had jobs where my paycheck provided hard-earned money.

Apr 12, 2011 05:31 PM #1
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

You have a point, Marte. A money is earned 'Joyfully' - doing something you enjoy doing.

There is an abundance of everything including money - so work hard to get money's not hard-earned.

Apr 12, 2011 05:32 PM #2
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

Wonderful post Marte - Like you I'm a big believer in the law of attraction - you described it beautifully!

Apr 12, 2011 05:34 PM #3
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

I totally agree with you!  You have to be very careful what you repeatedly say!  I am reading a great book on that now, so I will have to blog about it when I am done!

Apr 12, 2011 05:44 PM #4
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Billi - But you aren't doing those jobs any more, right?

Praful - Yes, hard work isn't a hardship if you love what you're doing.

Karen - Glad to meet another believer. The worst part is taking responsibility. When something goes wrong, having to say "Now how did I bring THAT on?"

Catherine - There are some great books out there. I also get the Abraham-Hicks daily e-mail message - just to give me a gentle reminder every day to watch my thinking.

Apr 12, 2011 05:52 PM #5
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Marte,

A new term for my vocabulary, a new way of thinking for my brain.

Joyfully earned money!

Not that it can be allowed to take over my life...

Not that it is more important than relationships...

But still, it is


Joyfully Earned Money


Apr 12, 2011 10:38 PM #7
Jim Palmer
Chipola Realty - Chipley Office (850) 638-2777 - Sunny Hills, FL
Washington County, Florida

Excellent points about how you think of something influences you.

There are times though that "hard earned" comes with a very valuable lesson learned. How you apply that lesson can then determine whether the next deal will be "joyfully earned".

Did enjoy the post though, as I also believe in the "law of attraction".

Apr 12, 2011 11:50 PM #8
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I love your posts.  This is so true, and I try to remember this every day.  I'm glad you didn't keep this thought to yourself.  If presented right, it is so nice to see other people's motivations, and absorb and adapt the good things that we can take away from them.  Thanks!

Apr 13, 2011 04:19 AM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

What a great point. The language we use does have power and using the term hard earned money does imply a struggle. 


Apr 13, 2011 05:03 AM #10
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Luz - It is amazing, isn't it? But it sometimes takes a little work to control it!

Phil - Glad to give you a new term.

Jim - Yes, some money does come with lessons to be learned.

Mimi - Thanks. I enjoy your posts, too! The "Need a hug" day  you wrote about is a prime example of how some days can be rotten, even when you love your work!

Chris Ann - Thank you! Obviously, some days are a struggle (see Mimi's "need a hug" day) but when the work is joyful, it's easier to get past them and on to the next good day.

Apr 13, 2011 05:36 AM #11
JoAnn Borelli-Mardesich
Placentia, CA

Super post, Marte.  I am definitely a Believer in what we think and say can bring a positive or negetive outcome!  I really enjoy your posts.  Thank you, JoAnn

Apr 13, 2011 07:38 AM #12
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Thanks JoAnn - It's nice to run into so many fellow "believers." You know, I have no trouble showing people examples of how negative thought can bring unwanted results. We have so many around us who worry constantly about illness - and become ill. And so many who talk constantly about family troubles, so get more of them.

What's hard is proving to them that positive thought brings positive results. I can see it in my own life, but I guess until someone hands me $10 million those folks just won't belive me!

Apr 13, 2011 10:05 AM #13
Retired Notworking
Tallahassee, FL

I think that a positive attitude and focusing on what you are thankful for works wonders. It may have the benefit of attracting more of the same as you suggest and it definitely makes everyday life easier and joyful.

Apr 13, 2011 11:05 PM #14
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

Money is always so much more fun to earn if you enjoy your job. Periods come and go in real estate where I'm not making a whole lot but I enjoy what I do everyday so it eases the pain a little bit. Plus it makes the good times that much more enjoyable!

Apr 15, 2011 09:15 AM #15
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Marte --- joyfully earned is a great termI have used well-deserved even when it has been hard earned.

Apr 22, 2011 12:19 AM #16
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