You know, people can be stubborn about the glasses they wear, even they are squinting and giving them headaches. You don't replace your mental eyeglasses when it comes to viewing your future financial self.
"It Doesn't Matter If I Want It Or Need It: I Just Can't Do It!"
This is another strong limiting belief that has held me back too often, and which will also hold you back if you don't become aware of it and deal with it. Too often we say this to ourselves because it is a way to rationalize to ourselves to avoid trying something new, to stretch ourselves, and to explore our true potential. This way of thinking can and will lead to complacency, compromise, and ultimately, regret.
This type of thinking is based on probability thinking, in which the self-limiting thought pattern looks at one's financial future and puts it into a box. It predicts your financial future based on your past and current capabilities, and results in looking only at "What's likely" for Me, or "What's realistic" for Me.
For example, I never would have ever invested in my first real estate property this year if I had thought, "I've never done this before, I don't know anything about this, I don't know anyone in my family who has ever done this."
How about a true belief that will lead to wealth? Are you ready for it? Can you handle it?
"Truth: You Can't Predict What You Can Or Can't Do Until You Try."
This is such an exciting and freeing belief! This belief is for possibility thinkers, like you and me! Possibility thinkers base their view of their future financial selves based on what they imagine themselves to become capable of becoming. This is so important! Don't miss it! Too many of us are bound by our past experiences, and by internal dialogue which may represent opinions of significant persons in our lives who had very pessimistic views of possibilities and dreams. It's time to free yourself of subconscious chains of limited and negative thinking, and to imagine, create, and take responsibility for your financial future. Your new vocabulary once you adopt the above the above belief will be "conceivable," "imaginable," and "possible."
I borrow this quote from Gary Keller's The Millionaire Real Estate Investor. "Possibility thinkers take into account that they might have to learn new things, acquire new skills, or change their habits to reach their full potential. For them, their financial future is flexible, active, and ultimately alive."
Making the Transition: Overcoming the Barriers of Going from limited thinking to Possibility Thinking.
There are three thoughts that you and I need to overcome in making the transition to possibility thinking when it comes to reshaping our view of our financial futures.
a) "I must have a lot of special natural abilities" Whenever this thought comes up, in terms of that dream of a new business, a new investment, or a new financial goal you have set for yourself, it's time to replace it with a new, much more functional thought:
"I will need a some acquired abilities" In order to achieve the financial future abundance you desire, you may need to take a class, take a seminar, listen to books on CD or on tape. However, you do not need to have all the special natural abilities you think you need.
b) "I must have lots of free time." This has been a trap I have fallen into. I thought, I just don't have enough time to blog, I don't have enough time to invest in real estate, I work up to 55 hours a week! However, this filter kept me from seeing the time I spent watching TV, working on other hobbies, or ignoring other opportunities in my schedule to make real estate and blogging a priority.
"A little well spent time goes a long way."
c) "I need massive amounts of money." This thought holds people back from starting businesses or from investing in real estate when the opportunity comes up. I was talking to a very successful business owner earlier this week. He told me, "So many people come whining to me about how hard it is to invest in their business or in real estate. I tell them, 'You are talking to the wrong person.' I had spent $800,000 before I ever saw $1 come in from my business."
This may be an exaggerated example. However, the new truth you need to think about is, "A little well placed money goes a long way."
And think about this, every small step you take to acquire new skills, learn a new concept, use your time wisely to work on your goal, and spend some well placed money increases your investment profit in the end.
So, I think it's time that you threw away that negative pair of glasses you have been using, and replace them with some glasses that will help you see and accomplish the bright future ahead for you!
About the Author: Stephen Borgman is a licensed clinical professional counselor, and the author of http://www.personal-success-factors.com, a site dedicated to bringing you weekly tips, strategies, and ideas to help you achieve your next level of personal growth and development and excellence.