The circumstances of our lives are projections of what we focus on and what we believe. But often what we have called to us doesn't seem to be what we think we want. We may look at our lives and say "I didn't want it to be like this." The reason this happens is because we are unconscious to the laws of the Universe - in particular the law of attraction. I don't know if I've ever seen a more misunderstood law.
So many people today are walking around, energetically carrying inherited cultural baggage and outmoded subconscious archetypes. Especially the archetype of poverty. No matter how many positive affirmations you make, if you are carrying over the energy of vows of poverty, that energy will always take you away from your present day goals.