Becoming financially successful is an art and a science. While millionaires work hard to achieve their goals, not all those who work hard are millionaires. Doing the mind work is as important as doing the hard work when it comes to financial success.
To develop a millionaire mindset, we need to stretch our thinking. And the first step in that direction is removing limiting beliefs and taking on a positive money mindset.
If you are indeed ready to embark on this journey, begin here. You will acquire some serious insights from both an observational and a scientific point of view.
Our mind is a powerful tool that can make a huge difference in our lives when we start learning how to use it. Our thoughts control our world in many ways. Learning how to focus and think positively is the first step. Believing from deep within that financial success is possible for us, too, is quintessential.
After determining the goal, write it down. Print it out. Don’t hide it in a journal where no one can see them. We need to put our goals where we can see them every day. This helps in focusing our attention on what's truly important when we are tempted by distractions.
Do the work.
Taking action towards our goal is important. In fact, it is equally important as the mindset. Taking steps towards our goal is what gets us closer each day. We need to make sure that we are purposeful, and making progress. We are all given the same 24 hours. We have to put in the work.
Make success from failure.
If we can learn to look at failure as a stepping stone to success, then we are truly making the most of every opportunity we get. Let us not get discouraged by failure, let's learn from it and grow. Success can also be a trial and error for some of us. Taking calculated risks is a part of the millionaire mindset. Celebrate failure, channelize the energy in a positive direction and be an achiever.
Don’t focus on the money.
This may sound counterintuitive but hear us out. If we only focus on the money, we move the focus away from the work and the doing. We must keep our goal in our sights, but just obsessing about the money and ignoring the work will also hamper our progress. Focus on the ultimate goal and then immediate steps that need to be taken. Everything in between will fall in its place.
According to Thomas J. Stanley, if we want to achieve financial freedom, we must be disciplined in our thoughts, intentions, and deeds. To be a millionaire, we must be on a constant lookout for economic and business opportunities. Once we recognize these, we must be disciplined enough to follow through. Many times, being disciplined means saying no to some opportunities because something else is a focus already. It means being comfortable saying no to actions that do not help us in achieving our goals.
Don’t give up.
If things have not gone well for you in the past, don’t despair. One of the most important traits of financial success is the ability to bounce back. Knowing that things will not always work out the first time around. Sometimes, making it big means being okay with things not working out the first time around. Continue to believe in the process and don’t stop taking calculated risks. It is part of the process.
Tackle obstacles in a stride.
Things will go wrong now and then. Logically, there is no viable way to prepare for it all. When you are on the path to becoming a millionaire, there is no telling what you will face. Be it a business, job or stocks, obstacles are going to be a part of the process. Know that there will be learnings along the way. Falling and getting back up again is the journey.
After we finish our education, we rarely look back. There is so much theory we must put in practice, we almost forget that at some point, we must ensure we are staying ahead of the curve. There are so many ways to continue learning in our times. It does not necessarily mean going back to school. Learning can happen under a mentor; it can happen online via distance learning modules or even on YouTube. Learning new things forms new neural connections in our brain and keeps us young. It also increases our problem-solving skills and helps us get to our goals faster.
Celebrating each victory is important, however small. When we make progress towards our goals, it is important to acknowledge that progress and celebrate it. It is also important to be grateful for it.
Celebration of success is a mindset. It is an expression of gratitude. So, let us not only celebrate our success but also the success of others. Being genuinely happy for the success of others brings positivity to our lives as well.
Start here, and now.
A mindset of financial freedom requires that we start ASAP. That we take the steps we need starting today and now. Even it is just the decision to do something, make that decision now. Remember, there will always be a reason to not do something. We need to decide that our goal is bigger than our excuses.