Have you ever wondered why some people have the natural ability to easily ATTRACT and accumulate WEALTH, while others constantly struggle and never get anywhere?
Why some people do and others don't has fascinated me all my life, as have the underlying consciousness dynamics of RICH' thinking and ‘poor' thinking about success, money and ABUNDANCE.
In my quest to uncover the reasons, I've read many books (Kiyosaki, etc etc etc) and have been an avid observer of people – the SUCCESSFUL and not so successful.
The two groups of people have distinctly different mindsets, belief systems, and approaches to life and living. It's as though they see the world through two very different sets of colored glasses.
The GOOD NEWS is that you can change your mindset, with concerted and consistent focus and application.
Let's examine the key signs that differentiate both groups. In the process, let's take it a step further and I'd also like to offer some practical action steps you can take to change the way you think, what you do, and the results you achieve.
There are 5 specific steps that I've identified that can drive you to rich thinking. I'm going to cover three today and send you the next two tomorrow.
Here we go…
BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT
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DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
When you have a ‘RICH' mindset, you have grand ‘VISION' and see with crystal clarity what you want to achieve, and believe you will achieve it with all your heart. It starts at the ideas phase, you then nurture it, develop it, ‘feel' it as if it's happening ‘now', and live and breathe it, until it becomes your reality.
You get excited about it and your passion and natural enthusiasm is so infectious it rubs off on others and enables them to see your vision too, and they get swept-up in your EXCITEMENT.
Conversely, with a ‘poor' mentality you may not be clear, or even more sadly, you don't know what you want. You've succumbed to the conditioning about stereotypes and boxes you ‘should' fit into that you've been fed throughout your life. This has blurred your connection with going for and achieving the best in your life.
You may entertain some dreams, but either you lack confidence in yourself, fear failure, or are concerned about what family and friends may say, or that they may shoot down or ridicule what you want to do – the “tall poppy syndrome”.
SUCCESS TIP – It's the saddest thing to wander through life not knowing what you want. So, take the time to GET CLEAR and define what you want. Get visual and graphic about it by using a picture or vision board to compile your ‘mind movie' about your dream life.
HAVE ‘POSITIVE BELIEFS' AROUND MONEY, WEALTH AND ABUNDANCE
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We acquire our beliefs early in life from our parents, upbringing, peers, and environment. It takes a healthy level of self-awareness to know what beliefs drive and influence your life. It is oh so worthwhile taking the time to CLARIFY this for yourself.
The ‘rich' mindset rides high on the wavelength that believes – “EVERYTHING I TOUCH TURNS TO GOLD”, “there's plenty enough out there for all and I'm going to get mine”, “money is easy and just energy, an exchange for value” …
Negative beliefs about money may be along the lines of – “there's never enough”, “it doesn't come my way”, “as soon as it comes in, it goes out”, “if only I just had enough to pay the bills” …
Be aware – and beware – of potentially contradictory beliefs – “I want the success and wealth, but maybe I'll get stressed out, have to work too hard, get drawn into more than I want to and can do, I'll lose my freedom, maybe it'll go belly up, and then what?” Watch your ‘buts' as they are clues to your inner conflicts.
This thinking sends confusing mixed messages out into the Universe that will be taken literally, dissipate your original intention, and get you more of the negative side of the equation coming your way.
SUCCESS TIP – Monitor your dialogue for a day or two, or even better, a week. WATCH YOUR THOUGHTS, words and phrases you use, write them down in a journal, and analyze them intuitively. You could also get a trusted friend to monitor your dialogue and constructively feedback to you.
When you've identified your limiting beliefs, draw up two columns and write them in the left column. Then rephrase them positively in the right column, and notice the shift you feel.
This is a mindset thing that with concerted effort and reprogramming you can acquire, change or make adjustments to help you achieve your success plans.
‘BATTLER' OR ‘VICTIM' MENTALITY
When you're in the ‘WINNER' mindset, you have confidence in your abilities and you're self- assured. Your ATTITUDE is – “I can do it, I can do anything I set my mind to. Anything is possible. Bring it on. Let me find the best way to get there. It's a challenge and I love it”…
You take risks and get high on the adrenalin rush. Whether you know it or not, you're tuned into your gut instinct, your intuition, you follow your hunches, and it drives the way you approach your business activities.
By contrast, if you're in the ‘battler', ‘victim' or ‘poor' mentality, you're focused on surviving, security, protecting yourself, and minimizing or defending against bad things happening. You're in defense mode most of the time. It's a ‘fear' and ‘siege' mentality, which makes you want to ‘close down shop' at the slightest threat of a bump in the road.
You're not a risk taker. It's best to do nothing than to risk failing, because that's too big a risk, devastating and bad. When presented with an opportunity or challenge, you go through the filing cabinet in your mind of all the things that could go wrong, that have gone wrong in the past, to justify not taking action.
With a ‘rich' mindset, you will approach a problem as a challenge to overcome and tackle it head on. In the ‘poor' mindset, you will see it as an insurmountable problem that is the bane of your life. “Oh ‘poor' me” – and literally.
Success Tip – Focus on the ‘rewards' rather than the ‘risks'. It's all about how you perceive and approach an opportunity, issue or problem – with the mindset that you can do it, and solve it, no problem at all. It's like switching between the two sets of colored glasses, or changing gears in your car.
So there you have it. Three critical distinctions to creating wealth. Nothing is going to happen in your life until you fully recognise these and break through so you can start living the life that you deserve.
There is very little point in understanding strategies and tactics when within you, you have beliefs that are limiting your success.
Tomorrow I will cover a further two beliefs that will help you identify your own limitations as well as give you simple steps to break through them.