Admit it: at one point or another you have dreamed you were a millionaire. Fact is, we all have. With money comes the freedom to live wherever you chose and to do whatever it is you want to do. And who wouldn’t want that?
Many people are under the assumption that they will never be a millionaire since they were not born into money. Fortunately, you don’t have to have a silver spoon pedigree in order to achieve your financial dreams. In fact, about 80% of millionaires today came from your average neighbors-next-door.
So, how did they do it?
Yes, they may have had the right connections. They may have been in the right place, with the right idea, at the right time. And true, they probably worked very hard to realize their goals. But they also had to have the right mindset in order to pull things off. As with any endeavor, success starts in the mind. You have to believe it is possible and acceptable to be rich. You have to believe you can and will attain your dreams.
Now stay with me here for a second, lest you think I’m going all woo-woo on you; while there are many books, groups and self-help gurus out there spouting the Law of Attraction and encouraging you to “name it and claim it”, the facts are that approaching a situation or goal with the right mindset can help you to get what you want. Studies have shown that you can actually rewire your brain by changing how you think.
So, how can you change your thinking?
First, consider your views on money. Did you grow up with the idea that “money doesn’t grow on trees” or hear your parents complain about “those greedy, rich folk?” If so, you could have internalized those same feelings and subconsciously sabotaged yourself. For example, you could very well hang back from opportunities that could make you rich because, deep down, you don’t want to be seen as one of THOSE greedy, rich people.
Second, consider your “tribe”. While you don’t have a choice in your family members or their attitudes, you DO have a choice with the friends you make or the coworkers you hang out with. According to self-help guru Jim Rohn, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. Think about it: if you want to be rich, why would you voluntarily hang out with people who complain all day about their lot in life? Can you see how that would be counterproductive to achieving wealth? Instead, make (or strengthen) associations with those who are positive-minded, have a vision and get things done.
Third, take the time to educate yourself. It’s one thing to obtain wealth and another thing to stay wealthy. Do you currently budget? Invest in the market? Know the difference between a mutual fund and a hedge fund? While you don’t need to become a financial genius, you should spend some time each day or over the weekends to brush up on your money know-how. Read books and articles on personal finance as well as the biographies of such self-made millionaires as Richard Branson and Steve Jobs.
Fourth, take time to meditate. Every day. Studies have shown neurological changes in the brain in as little as eight weeks of daily meditation. These changes affect how you think of yourself and others; how you react to criticism or stress; help improve your empathy; and strengthen your “gut” reaction, or intuition. By improving these you improve your relationships – which can open doors – and help you to become a millionaire.