People are like icebergs. What we can see is only its tip . There’s a whole lot going on underneath where we can’t see it. There is a principle that successful people know. I call it the “iceberg principle.”
Success means a lot of different things to people. No matter your definition of success is, though, I think we can all agree that we feel successful when we are in control of our lives, accomplishing things and feeling like we are making a contribution to the world.
The Iceberg Principle
Successful people use the “iceberg principle” to work on what’s underneath the surface.
Just as icebergs can drift through oceans, melting along the way, many people drift through life until they melt into a puddle of oblivion, irrelevance and regret.
What keeps some icebergs on a path to doom? It’s all in the part you don’t see – steering it like a ship’s rudder. The difference between the lost losers and successful folks is what’s going on underneath: their subconscious beliefs.
Subconscious Beliefs Are Controlling You
One of the most powerful subconscious beliefs people hold concerns money and wealth.
You can learn a lot about your or someone else’s iceberg – subconscious beliefs – by asking questions.
Can you answer this question?
What is the first thing you think of when I ask , “How do you feel about money?”
Or, to put it another way, fill in the blank: “Money is ____________________.”
Subconscious Beliefs About Money
When I was a young boy, I heard many things about money.
- “There’s not enough money.”
- “Sorry, we can’t afford it.”
- “What do you think, money grows on trees?”
- “If we had money we could do it.”
- “Money is the root of all evil.”
It’s no wonder that I have struggled with money and debt in my life.
With subconscious beliefs like these, why would I ever want to be involved with money?
Human Operating System – HOS
These controlling subconscious beliefs are like a human operating system. Just as a smartphone has iOS or Android, we humans have an operating system made up of beliefs. Most of them, however, were never consciously chosen or designed by you. You picked them up along the way. And they are still resonating today.
Installing New Beliefs
How much more successful would I be if I grew up with beliefs like:
- “Money is power.”
- “Money is freedom.”
- “Money is compassionate energy that I use to accomplish my goals.”
You may think this is just mumbo-jumbo hogwash. Woo woo New Age crap. And, to be honest, a part of me is skeptical, too. But, the childlike wondrous side of me says, why not? Logically it makes sense. The way I talk to myself definitely makes a difference. Look at successful athletes and their powerful self-talk.
Melt The Limiting Parts
It feels good to expose these limiting beliefs, because just exposing them is like melting these parts of my iceberg.
It’s Not Too Late
Another part of me (and maybe you?) is asking , “Well, isn’t too late? I am what I am.” And I get it. It feels difficult and maybe even foreign to change your beliefs. But let’s try a little experiment.
The Power Jacket
Over the next 30 days, think of it as if you were wearing a new jacket. You are borrowing a power jacket. Maybe it’s a nice blazer that makes you feel powerful, wealthy and in control.
Try saying to yourself, “I deserve to be wealthy.” See how it feels. Do you hear voices in your head making negative or contrary remarks? Interesting.
Write It Down
Take a blank piece of paper. Draw a line down the center from top to bottom. On the left, write the sentence “I deserve to be wealthy.” On the right column, write whatever comes up. It could be negative. It could the voice of a relative. Maybe it’s your father or mother. Or maybe a neighbor or teacher?
Do it at least twenty times. Each time, write the corresponding response.
Over time, you will notice the responses changing. It’s very interesting! Almost like a dialogue inside yourself.
Do it everyday until the responses change from negative to positive. At some point, you may even “recruit” a supporter from that inner voice.
It sounds crazy and magical. And it is.
Anytime you spend some money, tell yourself, “There’s plenty more where that came from.”
Holding on to money fearfully as if there were not enough is also blocking the flow of wealth in your life.
By spending money consciously, you add energy to the whole system and that energy flows back to you. We will talk more about this in a future post.
Money is just one area of your iceberg. You can easily use the iceberg principle for health, relationships, spirituality and more.
These are not new ideas. You can find them in every country and spiritual tradition in the world. But it seems we are a forgetful lot and easily distracted by shiny objects.
Take some time for yourself to understand the iceberg principle.
Carve the unseen part of your iceberg to guide you to new bluer oceans. Send me a postcard when you land. I’d love to know about your journey.