Creating a Wealth Mentality continued (2)
The best way to create a new mindset or mentality is to change the diet we are feeding our mind. Our minds cannot go on idle mode for long. There is something always going on. It is said that we think more than 60,000 thoughts a day (some say 90,000). Whatever the correct number, there is a lot of activity going on there, some at the sub conscious level – the sub conscious mind, where our core beliefs reside. The sad thing is that more than 90% of our thoughts are old thoughts, from old thought patterns. Thoughts is mind food.
Other inputs include the senses, especially sights and sounds. If we keep thinking the same thoughts (like most people do), we keep holding the same beliefs about ourselves and keep acting in alignment with those (old) beliefs, hence we keep getting the same (good old) results.
To change our mindset or mentality, we need to change our inputs. There are many ways to do this. Reading, listening to tapes, attending seminars, changing your environment, changing your friends or peer group, getting a mentor etc. In summary, you simply have to change your input, period. You have to change your diet, and start putting in healthy thoughts, thoughts that will support your wealth mentality. We think 60,000 thoughts every single day. By starting to think new thoughts, the old will be displaced, until the new becomes habitual.
I have always wondered why we often try and fail. Consider New Year Resolutions, we create new goals backed by good intentions, but we hardly go the distance. Our noble intentions get sabotaged by old thought patterns. We try to achieve new things powered by old thought patterns, the old us attempts to achieve stunts the new us only can. We are in effect attempting to achieve beyond our current capacity. The best way to go about it would be to upgrade our capacity before attempting to achieve at the next level. In effect, it means you need to become the new you before you start attempting to perform at the new level.
To illustrate, let’s assume Tom, a high school track star has a goal to win an Olympic gold medal. Enrolling Tom in the next Olympics would be setting him up for failure – guaranteed. That makes sense. For Tom to stand a fighting chance, he has a lot of work to do. He needs an Olympic class team made up of a coach, psychologist, physiotherapist, nutritionist etc. He needs to get into a boot camp and step up his game big time. The routine will be grueling and he will be tempted to quit many times. He may have to train for at least 4 years. By the time Tom hits the blocks for the heats, it will be a new Tom, not the high school starry eyed local champion. He would have run in world championships and have posted times close to the world record.
Tom does not simply set a goal and start competing in the Olympics (the way to make New Year Resolutions and get on with it). He went to work on himself to become an Olympic athlete before running Olympic races. To become wealthy, we have to be wealthy on the inside first before we can manifest wealth on the outside. We have to read and listen to messages that reinforce that mindset or mentality until it becomes second nature. We have to think big, dream big habitually. When you form the habit of reading at least one book a month (print, eBook or audio), you gradually grow to two a month, then one a week. You will get to the point where you can’t be caught without a book. Waiting no longer becomes a pain because you have some reading to cover while you wait. Time becomes precious, something not to be wasted. You begin to look at activities based on what value it will add towards attaining your goals and what returns it will bring. Wasted time is that which there is nothing to show for it in the future.
Creating a wealth mentality brings rewards much more than wealth in financial terms. It affects every other area of your life, motivating you to achieve more and become more in an upward spiral of personal growth and development.
Usiere Uko is a writer and author of Practical Steps to Financial Freedom and Independence.
He also writes for Punch AM Business, Leadership & Lifestyle and Today’s Lifeline magazines.