Believe it or not, your inner world determines your outer world. That’s right-whatever you have right now: the house you live in, the car you drive, the food you eat, the income you make, the friends you have, the relationships you have, and others, are all reflections of how you think.
Your mind is the prime mover of your life. Your life is shaped by the ideas flowing through your head and, most importantly, the ideas you choose to hang on to. Unfortunately, too many people let this process take place on auto-piliot. They just let it happen automatically.
They stand aside and they let ‘life take its course.’ it’s like they are merely passengers in their lives and someone else, or some other circumstances are doing the driving. Do you see what’s wrong with this picture/? No wonder Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that most people live ‘lives of quiet desperation.’
If you want to get the results you want in your life, especially when it comes to money, you need to be more active. You need to take control. And the most important and effective way you can do this is to be conscious about your mindset. What kind of mindset do you subscribe to?
What are its results? Where do you want to go? How do you picture yourself in the here and now and in the future? These aren’t empty feelgood New Age questions. These are fundamental questions that impact your personal effectiveness and your future.
You need to get on the ball regarding how you answer these and how your thinking reflects your answers. Otherwise, you would remain where you are now. You would remain stuck or frustrated or settling for chump change. Why settle for the crumbs of life when you can eat cake every single day?
You Can Unlearn Your Thinking Patterns
You have to understand that self-made millionaires didn’t come out of the womb self-made millionaires. They had to learn a few things along the way. They had to mature. They had to learn certain things and unlearn certain things. You have to unlearn mindsets that hold you back.
You have to learn mindsets that will get you to where you need to go. Your mindset is your operating system. Just like a computer is controlled by an operating system, your income and your happiness are controlled by the operating system of your attitude and mindset. The good news is you can change these-if you are conscious and if you are deliberate.
Learn the mindsets that count
Here are just some of the mindsets self-made millionaires subscribe to. It would really help you out a lot of if you learn to unlearn your current mindset and learn these. Keep focusing on them until they become part of the very fabric of your mind and they are reflected in your daily thinking, assumptions, and attitudes.
Mindset #1: You have the power to decide
You are inc control of your life. No one else is. You have to remember this. Always focus , verbalize, and incorporate the thinking ‘I am in control.’
When you do this, it will be harder for you to make emotional decisions. Instead, you can think more clearly and be more rational and calculated instead of being swept by the waves of emotion.
Also, this mindset frees you from the paralyzing tendency to blame others for your mistake. Every thought is a choice. Every action is a choice. Remember that.
Mindset #2: Problems are Fun
This is the mindset that separates the kids from the adults. We are all creatures of comfort. We like stuff that is soft, sweet, and easy. We hate stuff that is hard, painful, takes a long time, and takes a lot of work.
Well, when you look at problems as fun challenges, you will keep building and you will keep moving forward. Compare this to living your life in fear by always looking for a shortcut or the easy way out. Stare your fears today and find a way. You are smart and capable enough.
Mindset #3: Don’t Focus on the Money, Focus on the Victories
Instead of measuring your success solely in money, focus instead on how creative you are and how you creatively and imaginatively. Think about how much fun it was to overcome and fix these problems. This will push your forward and you won’t lose any steam if you get blindsided by seemingly ‘impossible’ challenges.
Mindset #4: Build momentum
There’s a reason why even the very best basketball players continue to hit the gym for several hours on end every single day. You are only as good as your last victory. You need to keep stepping your game up.
You need to keep pushing forward. This might seem like a lot of hard work but it isn’t. Once you get over the hurdle of starting, momentum kicks in. If you keep doing something long enough, it becomes a habit.
You don’t feel complete if you don’t do it. Also, momentum can push you higher so you can keep going up in effort and skill levels. You need to trust the power of momentum, otherwise, you will find yourself chasing your tail and stuck on square one.
Mindset #5: Too much analysis leads to paralysis
There is a point in any project that you have to take the shot or move on. You can’t keep pushing the idea around in your head.
This isn’t work. Thinking about a project or opportunity forever isn’t progress. You aren’t working toward making that project a reality. You are merely wasting time.
There is a point where you have analyzed the project or opportunity enough and you need to make a decision. Recognize that point and get ready to take that shot. Too much analysis leads only to paralysis.
You have to learn to trust your instincts and throw all your weight into what you have and get ready to make adjustments and change directions if needed.
Make no mistake about it, when it comes to hardware, self-made millionaires are no different from the rest of us. However, when it comes to their mental software, they chose the right mindsets and assumptions.
The good news is that you can do the same. Failure is learned so is success. Choose to learn success today and start playing mental images in your head that leads to the victory that you deserve.