How Do You Become Wealthy? You Say the Right Words

how do you get wealthySeveral decades ago, I was contemplating “How do you become wealthy?” “Why do some people succeed and others do not?” Especially when you consider the level of skill each person has. Some people just are not as wealthy as they could be, even though they have excellent skills.

In the end, I came up with an acronym WEALTHY.

Each letter stands for the steps to be successful. Let’s look at each one individually to determine how you get wealthy.


The words we say to ourselves, to others and receive from others can inspire us to change.


When we are inspired to change, it becomes part of our encoded beliefs.


Those encoded beliefs, give us our attitudes which is based on two things – the way we look at ourselves and the way we look at the world.

Many people don’t think you can change your attitude. I’d like to explore that for a minute.

I believe we can all change our attitudes. In fact, I look at our attitudes as another acronym – WHO.

W + H = O

[What happens to us] + [How we react to it] = [Our outcome]

You may not be able to control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it and thus the outcome.


Since words encode our beliefs which give us our attitude, we then have leverage. Leverage is what makes us take action.


With the right leverage we take action and I’ve discovered there are three reasons a person takes action – 1) away motivated; 2) towards motivated and 3) reflex.

Let’s look a little closer at each, starting in reverse with reflex. Reflexive motivations are those actions that startle us. Generally, we have no clue it’s coming until we jump back in fear.

Now reflex motivation can be used to move us towards motivation. Pretend you and I are standing near a large chunk of ice in a long, cold room. Now the closer we stand to the ice block, the colder we get, so, it makes sense that would move away – a reflex.

At the other end of the room is a massive fire with several friends sitting around it drinking warm drinks. The ice is a catalyst to get us away from the cold. The friendly fire with the friends who tell great stories is what we call “towards motivation” – or the continuation of the action.  The closer we move toward the fire, the more we want to move toward it.

About halfway down the corridor from the cold ice towards the warm fire, many people will find they become comfortable. They aren’t too cold or too hot. The effect of the glacial ice diminishes as we move further away from it. But they haven’t felt the benefits of continuing toward the fire – warm drinks and good friends.

Often too many people get stuck here – in the “un”comfort zone. Motivated away from the pain of the ice, but not driven toward the warmth of the fire.


For those of us who set goals and continue to work through them, an amazing thing happens – we see results!


In the end, all of these levels require…YOU!

I believe that what you say… will be. So, be careful what you speak. The mind is powerful and can conceive both beautiful, and not so beautiful, things.

Take a moment to work this acronym from the bottom-up. If you are not where you want to be, ask yourself if you are seeing any results.

If not, move up a level and determine if you have been taking action.

If not, look at what is (or isn’t) motivating you.

If you just can’t seem to find the right motivation, check with yourself to see what leverage you are working with.

No leverage? Maybe you need to revisit your attitude. How are reacting to things going on?

Not very well? Take a look at your encoded beliefs which stem from your WORDS.

Words are powerful. They can be a superpower for good or evil. Choose wisely what words you take in.

About Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson is now regarded as 'The UK's Leading Strategist on Business and Professional Growth.'

Starting in business in 1972 he built 3 successful companies – selling the last to a public company, after only 5 years trading, for £4.2M enabling him to retire at age 42.

Since that time Peter has concentrated on sharing his proven methods for business and personal success via audio and video programmes, books, seminars and conference speeches.

With over 100 audio and 100 video programmes written and recorded he is Nightingale Conant's leading UK author

Over the last 25 years he's been guiding coaches, consultants, speakers and trainers to create their own information products so they can reach more people than they ever dreamed possible - make a positive difference in the world; be rightfully rewarded and build for themselves a business and a life of choice!

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If you want to be successful, don’t ask how do I become successful. Ask yourself why am I failing?” Chip and Dan Heath,

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