Prosperity Tip: How to Survive the Downs

Have you ever met someone whose finances seem to be falling apart and they’re happy anyway? Have you ever wanted to say, “Hey, what on earth do you have to be happy about?? You’re supposed to be miserable and depressed about your finances!”

There are those who are simply in denial, to be sure, and who hope that the problems will go away if they just ignore them. However, there are others who feel happy even when things are going down because they know a secret. They understand the 7 Laws of Success. Let me explain…

These people feel happy during a downturn because they know the ride never goes downhill forever. By law, it always turns upward again at the bottom – just like on a roller coaster.

They smile now because they’re focused on the longer term; and they’re already thinking about the joy of the heights that life will take them to next.

Now, while we’re on this “roller coaster theme,” imagine you’ve saved for years to take your family to an exciting theme park on the other side of the country. You’ve pictured the laughter, the fun, the memories you plan to create: the joy of being together, the food, the free time… it’s all so very wonderful!

Now it’s finally time to take that trip. You enjoy a relaxing plane ride, settle in at the hotel, spend the night, and in the morning you have a full day to take in all of the theme park attractions.

After entering the gate, you notice that just inside the entrance there are two roller coaster rides to choose from. The first one is called “Straight-Shot to Success” and goes like this:

You get on, and it pulls the line of cars all the way to the top of a twenty-story tower where it ….

… lets you off so you can climb down the stairs to do it again.

Look at the level of enthusiasm the people in this picture are demonstrating, just before unloading to climb down and repeat the experience!

Actually, that would make for a pretty boring roller coaster ride. But in life, isn’t that what we often think we want: A steady, predictable, safe and easy climb to success? In truth, if that’s what we ended up with, we’d be pretty dissatisfied with the whole experience.

So, let’s take a look at the second roller coaster ride called “Joy in the Journey,” which instead goes something like this:

You get on, and it pulls you to the top of a big hill and then turns you loose into a series of ups and downs, loops and turns. Everyone is terrified and laughing, all at the same time.

Even when the people plummet at break-neck speeds straight toward the ground, they have a smile on their face.

Now, is that twisted, or what? Are they in denial?

No. They are genuinely enjoying themselves, because they know that the terror is temporary, that it is an illusion, and that it will come to an end. They know that in truth, they are in a controlled, safe environment that is simply giving them the appearance of danger. Deep down, they know everything is going to be okay in the long run.

Which roller coaster ride do you think would have the longest waiting line? “Straight-Shot to Success,” or “Joy in the Journey?”

I choose the latter. Here’s what helps me endure the scary parts:

Believe it or not, like a roller coaster ride, Life itself is a safe environment, even with all its dangers. Contrary to appearances, it truly is a safe place to be. From God’s vantage point, the things we fear are nothing to Him, including death itself.

Do you realize that the life you live is precisely the life you would have chosen all along? THIS is the life that brings you the greatest joy: the life with all the ups and aggravating downs. Be grateful for your downs… and as you allow your heart to swell with gratitude, you’re putting yourself into the right mindset to receive the best “ups” that God has to offer.

In reality, the ups and downs we experience are provided in order to help us feel. The change from up to down (or down to up) is precisely what makes it possible for us to recognize the difference from one emotion to the other. Without the downs, the ups would be meaningless. The lows help us feel and appreciate the highs.

Bob Proctor says, “Most people tiptoe through life, trying to make it safely to death.” Do you see the irony in that? Instead, we should have courage and press on toward our dreams with full, fearless intention.

Fear not!

As Mark Twain said, “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”

You have a choice of what to think about. So think on the expected highs that put a smile on your face, instead of worrying about the imagined train wreck at the bottom of the hill that hasn’t even happened yet.

It is only when your heart is at peace that it is prepared to receive inspired solutions to your problems.

So, if you’re headed in a downward direction, be at peace. The tracks are bent and will surely guide your rollercoaster car up to the top again in time. It’s going to be thrilling! And in fact, by the Law of Rhythm, you’re already on your way.

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Leslie is the award-winning, best selling author of The Jackrabbit Factor: Why You Can, Hidden Treasures: Heaven's Astonishing Help With Your Money Matters, and Portal to Genius (all FREE downloads!). She aims to help you crush every challenge, achieve every goal, and vanquish every monster under your bed. Above all, Leslie is a dedicated wife and mother of seven children.
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10 thoughts on “Prosperity Tip: How to Survive the Downs

  1. I really like the analogy of the roller coaster. In fact, I have been telling people that my life has finally hit the bend in the U turn and is heading upwards. But, the roller coaster is so much more accurate! It exactly describes how my life is and since I love roller coasters, it makes the down time so much less scary. Thank you. Plus, after I started being grateful for all the bad stuff, I did notice that good things appeared sooner. I’m not just grateful to be grateful, but look to see what the lesson is and have noticed that it usually is an answer to a question I had. Like how do people become homeless, how could someone earning a fair wage be unhappy with the job when it’s easy, how could a woman not have a man for most of her life, so on and so forth. It wasn’t until I stopped being hurt and started looking at the bigger picture that I saw my life wasn’t a punishment, it was an answer to my questions. Of course now, I try to phrase my questions a little differently, since there are some things I just do not want to experience! 🙂 Again, thank you.

  2. Leslie, you have an incredible gift for making the most difficult challenges easy to understand and face from a clear, joyful perspective. Thank you for going through what you have gone through in order to be able to share your gift so graciously with all of us!

  3. Hi Leslie,

    Thank you for writing this article. It is inspiring me to recognise life as the amazing, twisting rollercoaster that it is. Sometimes it is too easy to look at the ‘downer’ bits and think that is all there is. I now look forward to the best “ups” God has ready and waiting for me, as I keep learning and growing. Your words help me to keep on believing no matter what. Thank you for sharing your talents and knowledge with the world. May 2011 be continuously prosperous for you and your family.

    Regards, Angela

  4. Hi Leslie!
    I’ve just read this question from Bracha and would love to know how it all ended up. is there any way to publish it. There are some great questions here.

  5. Hi Bracha,

    I noticed your post on my blog and before I put this conversation up for the rest of our readers to see, I wanted to take this offline for a little while first. I would like to discuss your question… but I need to know a little more about you first. What are your spiritual/religious beliefs or background? This will help me know how best to respond. Email me directly at leslie at thoughtsalive dot com.

    I look forward to hearing from you again. If I don’t reply right away, don’t take it personally. The rest of this week is very busy but I will enjoy exploring this with you as soon as I can.

    Warmest regards, and thank you for your kind comments, too.

    Leslie

  6. I have a question that many people wish they’d be asking. Please if you can respond it would mean so much to me.
    As of the past few yrs, bec of a need to heal, I learned how to meditate in a very powerful way, and since then I have this ability where almost whatever I think starts to happen. People tell me things I was thinking. I think of doing something and then something starts happening in that direction. Since I struggle with negative thoughts it also works negatively. If I think negatively those things happen, if I switch to positive other things happen, its like I just see the law of thought happening all the time.
    My problem is I almost resent it bec it seems to me that I’m running my life and I don’t know anymore what G-D wants from me, its like, whatever I want, the world says here take it. I’m very confused about relationships I feel I can manipulate any relationship to be the way I want, its like I can play with people, make them say what I want them to say, do what I want them to do. Even think what I want them to think. I kind of feel like I’m transfering thoughts to their brain. Therefore friendships have lost interest for me in many ways.
    The whole thing has become so confusing. I think this is a tremendous gift and yet I don’t think I am using it properly.
    I also feel that my inner voice sometimes tells me two different things and I honesly don’t know which is the right inner voice. To a large degree I am in touch with my inner voice but about my personal relationship I am completely stuck. The only inner voice I still have about it is that maybe it is not time to know some things.
    Leslie, I found your website last night and I just loved you right away. You are so beautiful. (something which I respect since I see it as reflecting beauty from inside) Your family is so beautiful too. It is frustrating to see so many books written on the topic of how to manifest the life you want. When I feel like I can do it, but maybe I’d rather not. What does this mean that I can have whatever I want? How do I know what’s good for me?
    Leslie, you write so beautifully I really wish to hear an answer to this question.

  7. RE: Madison. Isn’t it true that you can get what you want but it could be fleeting if you doubt it? Don’t have confidence in it? Believe there is a possibility that it’s not the “real” thing? I understand why this happened to Madison. I feel self defeated sometimes too. I just don’t know how to go around it. I have written goal statements.. small ones to “test” the theory. I believed the goal was attainable…and nothing. I am concerned that I am missing something. Leslie thank you for the Hope. As you thought I read your material at least 3 times a week, for the “hope” factor. I have to say though…its wavering.

  8. This isn’t a comment, it’s a question. I have no doubt that this is all true. With experience, however in my current small situation I’m left to wonder what it is that I should do…

    I met someone who I thought was perfect in many ways and was the guy I had always “asked for” but before I knew it, it was over… I’m at peace thinking it just wasn’t God’s plan… but when it was starting it felt very real and very right – A feeling I’m not familiar with in past relationships… this law of attraction teaches you can get and do anything you attract but does this go hand and hand with God’s plan? Is there a difference between what you want and what God wants for you? In other words, I would love to use this “LAW” and put my all into trying to attract this man back into my life as it was surprisingly shortened…. or should I be content in letting it go and give it up to God to put the right man at the right time in to my life and not to worry?….

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