“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” -Max Planck
Right now, many people are not enjoying the quality of life they deserve. Not because of lack of knowledge or resources, but because they’re stuck in the wrong mindset.
It doesn’t matter what IQ or what qualifications you have if you don’t have the right mindset you won’t be achieving your maximum potential.
As author, Anthony Moore once wrote,
“Your level of talent and “potential” is irrelevant if it’s trapped in a mediocre mindset.”
It’s time to get you out of the mediocre mindset that society has taught you to accept.
Here are 6 mindset shifts that will make you happier, healthier, and wealthier.
1. How Can I Spend More Money →→ How Can I Make More Money
“It matters less how much more you make than what you do with what you already have.” -Thomas J. Stanley
Many people are able to remain perpetually broke forever, not because of lack of income, but because of the way they think about money.
To most people, money is simply to be earned and spent. They collect their weekly pay check; pay the bills, mortgage, and other necessities. The remnants then go towards buying new clothes, cars or gadgets.
The rich, however, know that wealth is not about how much you spend, but how much you have. As a result, the average self-made millionaire spends up to 20–30 hours per month thinking, studying and planning his finances.
This is the fundamental difference between the rich and poor.
What you focus on expands. If you’re constantly thinking about how you can spend money, you’ll the find the ways. Likewise, if you’re constantly thinking about how you can make money, you’ll find the ways.
2. Interested →→ Committed
“There’s a reason most people live far beneath what they could. They never make truly committed decisions and then stick to those decisions.” -Benjamin Hardy
Most people dabble around jumping from one interest to another. One moment they want to be a cook, the next a singer and who knows, the next week they might want to be a writer.
But you don’t get rewarded for what you do some of the time. Rather, who will become is based on what you do repeatably.
As Tony Robbins wrote in his book, Awaken The Giant Within,
“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
Achieving extraordinary results is not about “trying” a lot of things but making a committed decision about who want to become and then working every day to become that person.
3. How Do I Get What I Want →→ How Can I Help Other People Get What They Want
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” -Zig Ziglar
Getting the life you want is not about you, but what you can do for others. Your value is directly determined by the value you can give other people.
If you invest in growing your personal development and focus on providing maximum value for others, you’ll get the life you want and never have to worry about money again.
As Benjamin P. Hardy once wrote,
“When you create incredible value for others, you have the right to make as much money as you want.”
How can you increase the value you offer to other people?
What is something you can do right now to enhance your personal development?
4. Why Can’t I Have No Problems →→ What’s the Biggest Problem I Can Solve
“The size of your problems is the size of your life.” -Zan Perrion
One of the great issues in today’s society is that people would rather comfort over growth. Many have come to believe that a successful life is one with no problems.
But every person has problems. A successful life is not a matter of having no problems, but rather solving bigger problems.
If your biggest problems in life are deciding what color to paint your house, someone cutting you off on the motor way, or the weather outside, then you're not living a very big life and wasting time and energy on mundane little things.
Upsize your problems. When you're more worried about achieving financial freedom, leaving a legacy or whatever you deem to be important, the unimportant stuff falls away.
5. It Needs Perfect →→ It Needs to Be Done
“Perfection is highly desirable. But nothing man-made or man-designed is, or can be, absolutely perfect. So to wait for the perfect set of conditions is to wait forever.” -David Schwartz
In his book, Art & Fear, David Bayles tells a story about a pottery class. It goes like this:
A ceramics teacher splits the class into two groups: One graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, and the other graded solely on the quality of work they produced.
“Came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work — and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.”
It’s better to get things done than to wait for perfection. If it meets the specs it’s done and time to move on.
6. What Do I Have to Do More of →→ What Do I Have to Do Less of
“The fastest way to move forward in life is not doing more. It starts with stopping the behaviors holding you back.” -Benjamin P. Hardy
The truth is, we’ve all been lied to for years. Achieving more is not always about doing more, but often about doing less.
If you want to get in shape, going to gym 6 times a week will do very little if your diet is still full of sugar and junk food.
Likewise, adding an additional stream of income won’t improve your finances if you don’t first create a budget and cut out excessive spending habits.
Remove negative behaviors before starting positive ones. You can’t create substantial positive momentum if you’re always taking one step forward followed by one step back.
Poor people think about spending money. Rich people think about making it.
You’re not rewarded for what you do some of the time, but what you repeatably. Make a commitment to who want to become and work every day to become that person.
Getting everything you want in life is not about doing more, but becoming more. Adding value to other people’s lives is the surest way to increase your own value.
Living a of no problems should not be the goal, but rather, solving bigger problems and living a bigger life.
Nothing man-made can be absolutely perfect. It’s better to get things done than to wait for perfection.
Achieving more is not always about doing more, but often about doing less. Remove toxic behaviors before starting positive ones.
If you apply these mindsets to your life you’ll never be the same again.
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