Article by: MaryEllen | Thursday, July 31, 2014

by Noah St. John

In the early 1990’s, I worked for temp agencies in Los Angeles, and they would send me on assignments to movie studios. Because I didn’t have much money, when I would go into these offices, I decided it was okay if I took little things like pens, Post-It notes, and other office supplies. I figured, “Hey, these are big companies, and I’m broke; who’s going to miss it?” What’s sad is that I actually convinced myself that I deserved to take stuff I wasn’t paying for!

But a funny thing kept happening over and over again. In a few weeks, the position would be filled by someone else, and I’d be back on the street, shuffling from one temp job to another.

After many painful experiences like this, I started to wonder what the heck was going on. Then I began studying universal principles and slowly began to realize that your thoughts create your life. I had never before considered that my beliefs and habits were creating my life; up until then, I thought I was a victim and that God just didn’t like me.

One day, I was contemplating the universe in my tiny apartment when I had a stunning realization. I realized that by my actions of taking office supplies, I was telling the universe, “I don’t have.” My habits were saying, “I don’t have.” And the universe reflected back to me, “Okay, you don’t have.”

The very next day, the phone rang. My temp agency was offering me a new position at one of the most prestigious movie studios. When I showed up, as if on cue, my new boss showed me to the Promised Land – the office supply cabinet! When the doors opened, I actually heard angels singing. My boss literally said, and I swear I’m not making this up, “Help yourself to whatever you need.” Whatever I need?! I’m going to need a bigger duffel bag!

But as I stood there salivating, I remembered what I had finally realized about coming from not-enough. And I thought, “If you keep coming from ‘I don’t have’, you’re going to keep not having. Is that what you want for your life – a life of I don’t have?”

My boss walked away, leaving me before the gates of office supply heaven. My hands, shaking, slowly shut the cabinet doors. And I never took anything from there – not even a paper clip.

Shortly after that incident, I began, for the first time, to ask myself what I really wanted to do with my life. And I realized that I wanted to write books and teach people how to live happier, richer lives… even though I didn’t know how in the world I was going to teach that.

Five years later, I discovered Afformations and developed what eventually became The Power Habits System. I started my company in 1997 and today I’m humbled and honored to work with business owners in over 120 countries through our live seminars, online workshops, and mastermind programs.

If I had stayed with my old habits of coming from “I don’t have”, there’s no way I’d be doing what I’m doing today. That’s why it’s so critical to come from enough, even if everything in your life is saying that you can’t.

5 ways to teach your kids to come from enough:

1. Realize that you have much more than you think you do.

2. Keep a Gratitude Journal. Every morning, write 5 things you’re grateful for. Encourage your kids to keep one too.

3. Encourage your kids to use AFFORMATIONS – empowering questions that focus your mind on what you have instead of what you lack.

4. Notice when you think thoughts or say things like, “I can’t afford it” or “I’ll never have enough money.” Remove those negative phrases from your vocabulary, because your kids will hear what you’re saying and believe it.

5. At the dinner table, ask your kids what they are most grateful for today. That will encourage their thoughts to come from a place of enough.

In the words of Lao Tzu: “Watch your actions; for they become habit. Watch your habits; for they become character. Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.”

About the Author

Working Moms Only expert, Noah St. JohnNoah St. John is famous for inventing Afformations® and helping business owners accelerate income, boost self-confidence, and make success automatic. His sought-after advice is known as the “secret sauce” for creating breakthrough performance.

Noah’s books have been translated into ten languages and he appears frequently in the news worldwide, including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, National Public Radio, PARADE, Woman’s Day,, Los Angeles Business Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Post, Bottom Line/Personal, Selling Power and The Huffington Post.

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