A Million Dollar Experiment

A few years ago I was surfing the net, and I became lost.  You know how it goes.  One click leads to another click and before you know it you are surfing in an alternate Internet universe.My Million Dollar Experiment Messy Money

I stumbled upon a blog by Steve Pavlina and his writings about his Million Dollar Experiment.

The Million Dollar Experiment (MDE)

The MDE is a global experiment in intentional thought.  People that choose to participate in the experiment make a conscious effort to focus their thoughts on what they would like to achieve and in the case of this experiment the goal is to manifest 1 million dollars. It is believed that by using intentional thought people can bring the subject of their thoughts into the world.  The idea is that our thoughts are powerful and they help create our reality.  I believe there is some truth to this.  And if thousands of people are focusing on this outcome, could intentional thought be even more powerful?

Instructions:

For 60 seconds each day, the participant is to focus on and hold the following intention.  No other action is required, because the intention itself will bring about the prerequisites, environment, actions, ideas, etc. that will support the manifestation of the intention:

Here it is.

In an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way, in its own perfect time, for the highest good of all, I intend $1,000,000 to come into my life and into the lives of everyone who holds this intention.

I wrote the intention down on a few index cards and left them around my house.  I even downloaded a screen saver version so that it would always be close by.  I did my best to focus on it daily.  Whenever unexpected money came my way, I was giddy.

My intentional thought experiment continued for a few months.  (In fact I still have the cards around a few years later). One day, I sat down to focus on my intention and I read it over and I had a frightening realization.  I ran to my office and grabbed my calculator and started to do the math.  Considering the number of years I have worked and my average salary, 1 million dollars has already passed through my hands!  

~~~I had been spending my time focused on an intention that had already happened.~~~

Our thoughts are powerful and I believe in the power of positive thinking.  But sometimes we spend too much time wishing and wanting, when the thing we want is already with us.

Thanks for reading.

brokeGIRLrich

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  1. I love the idea of thought as a powerful tool to achieve goals.
    I wonder why they chose one million dollars and not less or more…I guess it is a nice round big number.
    For me a helpful addition to a certain dollar goal is all the things listing all the things that will be realized if I accomplish the goal.
    (i.e. when I have one million dollars I can retire and sleep in ’till noon everyday!)
    Thanks for the post!
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    1. I suspect that majority of people believe 1 million is the magic number – me too I guess – but learning that it may not be as much as I used to think it was. Not sure if that makes any sense. Maybe I need to keep the intention just up the amount. Thanks for coming by.

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    1. Ah thanks! I wasn’t sure it would make sense when I wrote it. 🙂

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  2. You had a great insight, nice job.

    I like the concept of living intentionally. At this point my intentions are focused on the other half of the equation — how I guide the money that passes into my keeping.
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    1. I definitely need to work on the keeping part. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. It can’t hurt. I like the idea of reminding yourself of the goal “Every Day.” I think it would help control impulse spending and make it easier to stick to your goal.

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    1. Good point. Intentional spending. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. Thanks Monica. Still working on daily positive thoughts.

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  4. I love the positive attitude; one of my mantras is “what you think about, you bring about.” I use it when going to job interviews or submitting proposals to journals. It’s scary to think that one million dollars may pass through our hands without knowing it, though!
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    1. A good idea to visualize a positive outcome to start off with the right frame of mind. Thanks

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  5. Loved reading this. It’s amazing what the power of positive thinking can do for our attitudes while we are in the process of reaching goals and once we realize we are already there. It really makes the whole process that much more rewarding. (Stopping by from SITS Girls Sharefest)

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment and for stopping by from SITS Girls Sharefest

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  6. A lot of people don’t realize how much money they go through because they don’t have it as one lump sum!

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    1. That’s right – and probably why it is so hard to keep track of. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. Appreciate your comment. Thanks for stopping by on the #SaturdaySharefest.

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    1. Money magnet – I love it! You could be a new superhero. Thanks for visiting.

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  7. Very interesting. I have heard of this concept before of “thinking” things into existence, but it needs to be accompanied by some type of action. It is true that most adults have had a cumulative total of $1 million pass through their lives. I guess we just have to make sure we try to keep as much of it as we can instead of making all those companies who wish to part us from our money even richer.
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    1. I am not an expert on “intention” but the intention itself is the first action and is supposed to set the stage for the next series of actions that bring the thing into existence. Agree though that things do come about by action – can’t just wish for things. LOL Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Positive thinking goes along way in achieving your goals! I actually see people on a daily basis fail to achieve their dreams only because they don’t believe in them enough.

    Must have been an awesome moment when you earned over a million dollars already. 🙂

    I’m definitely going to try something similar, sounds like a fun and uplifting thing to do every day.

    Cheers,
    NMW
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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I think positive intention can’t hurt – but guess I need to update my intention.

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    2. Thanks for stopping by. I think positive intention can’t hurt – but guess I need to update my intention. Good luck with your goals!

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    1. Oh forgot about conscious spending! Good one. Goes hand and hand with conscious thought.

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  9. This is a cool mental excercise to help motivate anyone hoping to reach a major milestone. Yes many of us have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars, and if you can save at least half of all your earnings, then a million dollars is very attainable.
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    1. I am not at saving half of my earnings (yet!) but I will keep it in my intentions. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. That is a cool realization, like Liquid said. I remember hearing a speaker on finances say that most people have or will have over $1,000,000 pass through their hands in their life.

    It’s especially true with inflation. It all depends on what you choose to invest or save and what you choose to spend. Most people spend all of it, some people save a little, and few people spend less than they invest.
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    1. I guess the key is to hang on to some of it. Also my intention needs to change so I am going to work on that. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. Thanks Kirsten. I do believe that our thoughts are powerful – now if I could get the mediation to work for me. I will keep working on it. Sounds like it is working for you. Glad to you stopped by.

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  11. Cool realization. I hear the average person today will make over $2 million in a lifetime. Positive thinking isn’t necessary to become successful but tapping into the power of the collective unconscious sure makes it a whole lot easier to achieve anything 🙂

    It’s harder to make a song sound good if its sung from the throat, lifted off a music sheet. The song would sound way better if its sung from the heart, with focus and passion 😀

    The night before a competition an Olympic athlete pictured herself winning the race and played back the event over and over again in her head as she laid in bed. The next day, she won! 🙂 True story I was told.
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    1. 2 million.
      When I was working on my presentation skills – one piece of advice I was given was to picture that my presentation was over, we well done and I am walking back to my seat or out of the room while everyone is clapping/smiling/pleased.
      It takes the stress out of things if you spend some time focused on a great outcome vs. imagining all the bad things that could happen. I can be a negative Nelly – need to focus on positive outcomes more. Thanks coming by and commenting.

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      1. LOL Need to keep more of that 2MM and let it grow. Thanks for stopping by.

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