How to Think Like Millionaire
By .Marc Allen
Where Do I Start?
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.– Mark Twain.
Socrates, the Greek philosopher, was profoundly aware of the weakness in his own nature. Yet, he came to realize that people are evolving beings, capable of changing and growing toward an ideal. People can always improve themselves. That is part of our greatness. And that ability to improve ourselves can develop at any moment in life. Believe You Can Be Successful.
You have to believe you can be successful before you will ever succeed. Sounds like a cliche, doesn’t it? But take time to stop and think about it. Where else can you begin? Your beliefs create your life experience – it’s not the other way around. And no matter what you believed before, you can change your beliefs and change your life.
It’s impossible to create success without believing – deeply – that you are capable of being successful. It’s impossible to live abundantly without believing that you deserve abundance. Our education, society, and other forms of mental conditioning are all, unfortunately, more pessimistic than optimistic.
How often has someone told you not to waste your time on pipe dreams, that you have to be realistic, that you can’t have what you want? Because we hear this so often and, as a result, believe it to be true, wealth always seems reserved for the fortunate few. Success seems an exclusive party to which we are cordially not invited.
But this is simply not true. If success and prosperity are an exclusive club, it’s because they are so in the minds of people whose attitudes bar their own entry. Every successful person at some point came to believe that one day he or she would be successful.
Your beliefs about success are, no doubt, deeply ingrained, and you have to be open to changing them before you’ll ever succeed. Examine your beliefs to see how they have affected your life. Many people needlessly sabotage themselves because of unexamined “core beliefs” about how the world operates.
Marc Allen sums it up in Visionary Business: It’s important – in some cases critically important – to regularly take time to examine our lives. The first thing to do is to take a look at our past – as clearly and honestly as we can – and discover the important events and influences that have shaped our lives. . . . Some of these shaping events have led to very good core beliefs – and those moments should be remembered, and those beliefs should be encouraged and supported.
All of us have had someone in our lives who saw our potential and supported us in one way or another. We’ve all had glimpses of our genius, as children, and we?ve all had other forces that have sought to crush our genius, through doubt, through cynicism, through lack of faith.
We need to reflect on these things occasionally. Those shaping moments that have had a negative impact on us need to be looked at, and we need to discover the negative core beliefs we formed as a result. Once those beliefs are identified, they can be let go of. Because they aren’t true – they’re simply self-fulfilling things that become true if we believe them.
This is the process of becoming conscious – becoming aware of the forces that drive us, and learning how to act on those forces, how to shape our destiny, how to become powerful.
How to achieve what we want in life.What are your beliefs about success? Don’t be afraid to analyze your thoughts more closely; you may be surprised at the barriers you have put between yourself and success, once you think about it.
When you realize that you can change even your most deeply held beliefs, you can come to see that not only is it possible for you to become as successful as you would like – in all areas of your life – but also that it’s easy, much easier than you have ever dreamed possible. In fact, dozens of opportunities appear to you every day. Profitable ideas flash through your mind, but you usually let them slip away without pursuing them with concrete action.
The art of self-suggestion, which is discussed throughout this book, helps you discover how to develop your powers of i ntuition – the sixth sense for success. You already have these qualities, but may not be fully aware of their existence. You only need to access them – and you can, quite easily.
Succeeding Is No Harder than Failing
For most people, failure has become a way of life. Failure is a hard habit to break; after all, our social climate has given us high expectations but our social conditioning has given us low morale. It’s a vicious cycle. In order to become successful, we have to understand that success is basically no more difficult than failure.
It’s simply a different kind of mental programming, one to which our subconscious mind is not inherently opposed. Doesn’t every failure involve a highly complex combination of circumstances?
Consider what it takes to miss perfect opportunities, to misfire every time you attempt something, to avoid meeting the people who can help you on your path of success, to dismiss your ideas as useless when they could lead to something worthwhile, and to continually repeat the motions that lead to defeat.
It’s quite an achievement to fail, and yet the subconscious mind accepts defeat as natural. Throughout this book, we analyze the vital role the subconscious plays in manifesting success. When we understand how to get the power of our subconscious mind working on success rather than failure, we will succeed. It is inevitable.
We create all sorts of excuses to block our success. How many of these creep into your thoughts? *
Everything was much easier in the good old days!
This excuse is proven wrong every single day of the year. While negative, shortsighted people drone on about unemployment and downsizing, thousands of small businesses start and flourish every year. Thousands – globally, millions – of people become millionaires each year!
Think of the movies produced, the books published, the new opportunities in computer science and interactive media! Think of the parts of the world that are opening to free trade! Becoming successful is not only possible today, it’s actually easier than it used to be.
The entire world is ours to offer new ideas, products, services – whatever gift we have to give. Success depends far less on outside circumstances than on our mental attitude, our beliefs about ourselves and the world.
I’m too young!
Tell this to Debbie Fields, founder and owner of Mrs. Fields Cookies, who was in her twenties when she achieved success, or Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computers, who made his first million when he was twenty-three, his first ten million at twenty-four, and his first 100 million at twenty-five. There is an old saying: “A youth with a single aim in life arrives early at the harvest.”
Youth is more often than not an asset. Lack of experience can be compensated for by boldness, daring, instinct, and originality. History shows that most successful people started out completely inexperienced and learned as they went along.
I’m too old!
Colonel Sanders and Georgia O’Keefe would disagree. Napoleon Hill’s survey of the wealthy showed that many successful people don’t reach their goals until midlife and beyond.
It could be that this is the time of reaping the benefits of a series of earlier efforts, while many others are thinking of retirement. Work does not kill. Idleness, on the other hand, is often deadly; people who take early retirement often die younger than those who keep working.
The fact remains that many people begin a second or third career, sometimes the most successful of all, late in life. Age is irrelevant. Your years of experience, even if you have failed, are priceless to you.
I have no capital!
Most people don’t, in the beginning. Money isn’t essential when we start out. A good creative idea or business idea and a positive mental outlook are essential. Everyone in the world has at least one talent, one passion, one hobby that can become profitable if applied correctly.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no shortage of money in the world. The money for launching ideas and furthering good in our world is always available. Poverty seems to be a tradition in far too many families, an inherited trait like the color of one’s hair or eyes, passed down from generation to generation. It’s often more difficult for people whose families have always been poor to imagine that one day they can become rich.
The image we get of ourselves and of life in general is often tinged with hopelessness and pessimism, and the role models that surround us are not always very inspiring.
But there are so many exceptions to this – look at Charlie Chaplin, for example, one of history’s wealthiest actors. He spent his youth in poverty, wandering the streets of London. The humiliation of poverty and early contact with life’s harsh realities have in many cases spurred people on to great achievement.
I’m not educated!
Neither was fashion designer Donna Karan. Thomas Edison left school before the age of sixteen. Microsoft’s Bill Gates is a college dropout. Even though many successful people weren’t educated in the formal sense, however, they did acquire an in-depth knowledge of the industry in which they made their fortunes.
Don’t I need an inborn talent?
No. Many successful people displayed no early signs of being destined for fame, fortune, and fulfillment. Paul Getty said, “I most certainly was not a born businessman.”
Many people talk themselves into believing that they don’t have a special talent or what it takes to change their lives. They go to great lengths to justify their lack of success. And yet, everyone in the world has some talent, some kind of gift. Once we discover our own unique gift, it becomes our purpose to develop it.
I don’t have the energy it takes!
This is often an important difference be-tween those who succeed and those who fail: our level of energy. Every action we take requires a minimum amount of energy, especially mental or psychic energy. Low vitality inevitably breeds low motivation. This appears to be another inescapable vicious cycle. But all it takes is a tiny spark to ignite the resources of energy that lie dormant within us.
The potential energy we all have is enormous. In many people, it is hibernating, waiting to be activated. Yet, at the same time, it takes much more energy to do something we don’t like than something we enjoy. Think of the energy you have and how time slips away when you’re absorbed in your favorite project. When we do what truly interests and motivates us, the energy flows easily and effortlessly.
I’m afraid of failure!
We’re born with two fears: falling and loud noises. All other fears are acquired. Unfortunately, the fear of failure is powerful and widespread -Êand it is paralyzing. Often deeply embedded within us, it results from past failures, from a lack of confidence bred unknowingly by our parents, and it’s enforced by society’s general negative, short-sighted thinking.
The fear of failure is sometimes expressed overtly but is most often unconscious and subtly disguised. People don’t admit they’re afraid of failing; instead, they denigrate others for building castles in the air, and they scorn dreams and creative ideas.
They’re champion excuse-makers: family obligations, problems, lack of time, lack of money. But wouldn’t the family prefer a spouse or parent who is content with their work? Wouldn’t time be better spent in creative expression? Wouldn’t creating fulfillment resolve many problems? Then there are the “if only” people: If only their boss would notice them. . . . If only they could find a good idea. . . . If only they had more talent, ability, time, money, or luck. . . . If only they had been born in different circumstances, or under another astrological sign. . . . Obviously, if you never try anything, chances are you will never fail. But then, you’re not likely to succeed either.
Success doesn’t miraculously appear out of the blue. It’s always the result of concrete action and a positive mental attitude.
Thomas Edison made 10,000 attempts before perfecting the incandescent lightbulb. Abraham Lincoln lost eighteen elections before becoming President of the United States.
We’re not singing the praises of failure, but we know through experience that every personal defeat can be an education in itself, at least if it’s accepted with an open mind.
All I’ve done is fail!
One underlying reason for many people’s paralyzing fear of failure is that they have already failed, or at least believe they were unsuccessful in the past. Each new setback reinforces this feeling and undermines their self-confidence. People start with one failure and see themselves as losers, and this in turn leads inevitably to more aborted attempts.
These failures reinforce their loser mentality, and soon it becomes habitual. They end up believing that life is a series of hard knocks, defeats, struggles, and frustrations.
Why have you failed until now? Maybe you wanted to – at least on some level, possibly subconsciously. If the success you’re entitled to always slips through your fingers, ask yourself why you’ve condemned yourself to mediocrity. And reassure yourself that even the strongest, most powerful negative programming can be changed – quickly and completely.
Once you examine it closely, you may be surprised at your inner resistance to success. You may be surprised at your negative inner monologue, which most people relentlessly repeat out of habit. Here’s an important point: Your mind is always working for your welfare – it just may be working for a long outmoded goal.
For instance, maybe your high energy or enthusiasm for something as a child brought harsh criticism from your parents or siblings. You very quickly learned to be quiet and restrained. But now, as an adult, there’s no reason to remain unseen and unheard – yet no one told your subconscious mind.
Look at it this way: Our failures should be seen as stepping stones that bring us closer to our goal. Our failures give us tremendous feedback. Isn’t it true that with each perceived failure we learn something of value? Failure is our way of learning and growing.
In reality, there is no such thing as failure: It’s just part of our education on the way to our inevitable success – if we look at it that way. Your situation will not improve if you do nothing about it.
Of course, this is obvious. But then why are so many people waiting for their big break, or to win the lottery, or for some other miracle? Most people live with the idea that everything will magically work out. And then comes disappointment. Success isn’t handed to us on a silver platter; we have to take action, we have to challenge our old beliefs, and we have to risk failure.
What do most people do when they need money? Some borrow, and get deeper in debt. Others tighten their belts and adapt their needs to their meager income. Instead of challenging themselves and their world to fulfill their dreams, most people limit their dreams to their perceptions of the world1s constraints. They have a passive, wait-and-see attitude – let’s see if this miracle happens. And, most often, it doesn’t happen.
Our Lives Reflect Our Beliefs
Unlimited Success Comes from an Unlimited Belief System To improve your financial situation, to track down a job, to get a raise in your salary, to double your income, to become fit and healthy, you have to passionately want to improve your life. You have to take action, adopt precise measures, and change your attitude. This has to become a fixed objective. This overriding desire is mandatory to create the life you want.
Determination and will are all the strength you need. Kazuo Inamori, CEO of Kyocera International and author of A Passion for Success, puts it this way: An entrepreneur must first have a clear vision of what he or she wants. A mere dream of what you want is not adequate. Instead, cultivate a desire so strong and a vision so clear that they become part of your subconscious mind.
So many people honestly desire to improve their lives, but still fail in their attempts to become successful. The reason is that they have mistaken wishing for wanting. Wishful thinking is far more common than really wanting something.
A wish is weak, changeable, and passive. It’s not strong enough to overcome procrastination or other obstacles that may arise in the process of getting what you want. Really wanting someth ing is a spur to action.It does not tolerate delays. It bypasses ob-stacles. It gives us wings to fly with.
One day a wise man was asked by a disciple what it took to obtain wisdom. The sage led the disciple to a river and plunged his head under- water. After a few seconds, his anxious follower began struggling, afraid he was going to drown. But the teacher continued to hold his head under- water. The student struggled even harder.
Finally, the wise man let him go just before he would have drowned and asked him, “When your head was underwater, what did you want most?” “To breathe,” the frightened boy answered. “Well, there you have it. That’s exactly how much you must want wisdom.”
Life gives you what you sincerely want.
“You will become as great as your dominant aspiration,” James Allen wrote in his classic work As You Think. “If you cherish a vision, a lofty ideal in your heart, you will realize it.”
If you content yourself with mediocrity, that is what you will have. Since you are reading this book, you’re probably not completely satisfied with your situation. Something is intensely motivating about dissatisfaction: Dissatisfaction fuels dreams.
As we mentioned before, many successful people had difficult, impoverished childhoods. They felt humiliated. Their desire to rise above poverty and low social status was so intense that it propelled them toward their dreams. “Even with such strong desires, circumstances will change . . .” Inamori says. “Still, do not use these circumstances as excuses. Your determination should be so strong as to overcome any obstacles, foreseen or unforeseen.”
The dreams you carry and nourish in your heart are your most noble part. Those who stop dreaming, those who ignore their most intense yearnings are living a life of emptiness and frustration.
Don’t let this happen to you. Change your life by daring to let yourself be carried away by your dreams and to live out your dreams to the fullest. This philosophy may appear naive – it is. Without naivete, without the innocence of dreams, nothing great would have been created in this world. Humans would not fly; epic films would not have been made; Ford wouldn’t have created the mass-produced automobile; Edison wouldn’t have lit the world.
A serious outlook, cynicism, and even strictly rational thought are great obstacles to success. We aren’t arguing in favor of extravagant, irrational behavior. Far from it!
The truth is: At the root of every great discovery and exceptional success story lies a dream, an aspiration, a desire. This desire transcends cynicism and strictly rational thought. Within your deepest desires and highest dreams are the keys to your success.
Summary of Chapter One – by Marc Fisher Summary and Recommended Action
To sum up this first chapter, there are four initial conditions to fulfill in order to become successful:
1. Believe you will be successful.
The first prerequisite is having faith, believing that you can attain success, believing in yourself. This belief can be created by using self-suggestion to change your old programming.
If you don’t believe in yourself or your ideas, you’ll never convince anyone else to believe in them. Success never comes out of the blue, handed to you on a silver platter. The obstacles you’ll have to overcome, the difficulties you’ll inevitably meet, and the sustained effort you need to make all require a good dose of faith to spur you on.
2. Be aware that your situation will not magically change if you do nothing about it.
In your current endeavors, and in your future plans, you could even establish the following behavioral principle: If you don’t completely and honestly believe in what you’re about to do, don’t do it, otherwise you will probably fail. When you don’t believe in something, the codes you program into your subconscious and the messages you give to those who would help you are false, vague, and contradictory. Partial conviction leads to partial success, and that means partial failure. Doubt is reflected in poor results.
3. Passionately desire to improve your life.
Make a list of the excuses and the inner monologues that keep success at bay. This stage is absolutely essential. It makes you aware of your limiting beliefs. Once you know them, you can overcome them. Successful people have learned to release doubt from their minds. They have tremendous faith in both themselves and in their plans, despite any opposition they may face.
4. Dare to dream – and to dream great dreams.
Within your deepest desires and highest dreams are the keys to success. Your subconscious mind knows only those limitations you have imposed upon it through your own limiting beliefs – and those beliefs can be changed, using the tools in this book.
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