Do You Know How I Know...?

by Scott Noelle

There’s a scene in the comedy movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin where two men get into a back-and-forth exchange of insults, each beginning with “You know how I know you’re gay?”

The homophobic humor wasn’t amusing to me, but the scene gave me the idea of using the back-and-forth format in a positive way...

One day, when my wife and I were stressed about money, we deliberately shifted from scarcity to prosperity thinking by asking each other repeatedly: “Do you know how I know we’re rich?”

Each time, we sifted through our current life experience for evidence of abundance and answered...

  • Because we have two wonderful children.
  • Because we have plenty of good food.
  • Because we have supportive friends.

Soon our kids caught wind of the fun and joined the game enthusiastically...

  • Because we can play all day.
  • Because we all love each other.
  • Because... Because... Because...

Soon we were all feeling rich, and the ebb in our cash flow didn’t seem like such a big problem anymore!

So... How do you know YOU’RE rich? (You can substitute any desirable status for “rich.”) Try it!

Originally published on 2007-03-22
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