I just started reading Zero to Zillionaire: 8 Foolproof Steps to Financial Peace of Mind by Chellie Campbell. The first step, or strategy, she lays out in the book is: “Change Your Mindset and Change Your Future.”
The point she makes is that the situation we find ourselves in today (whether good, bad or indifferent) in our finances, relationships, career, etc., is a direct result of our thinking. And if we are not happy with our situation and want to make change in certain areas of our lives, we need to change our thinking – our beliefs – in those areas.
One of my mentors explained it this way in a concept he called The Belief Matrix.
He said that everyone has a certain set of beliefs (or mindset or worldview) that govern our attitudes, which then direct our actions, which produce certain results. These beliefs are things we know to be true, whether they are actually true or not.
For example, you might say that you believe physical health is important to you. But, if you are overweight, don’t exercise, and aren’t motivated enough to schedule time to do it, then I guess you really don’t believe that physical health is important to you, do you?
Have you ever noticed that most people, when they’re not happy with results in their life or work, typically just focus on changing their actions? But what happens? Often, the change doesn’t last, because they lose their motivation to make the change due to the old attitudes and beliefs that still govern their lives.
If you want to make lasting change in your life, don’t just change your actions, change your attitudes and beliefs too.
Simply work backwards through The Belief Matrix. Ask yourself:
- What are the results that I want?
- What actions do I need to take in order to produce the results I want?
- What attitudes do I need to have that will direct the actions I want?
- What beliefs do I need to believe in order to create the attitudes I want?
Your beliefs then, become your personal values, the things that are most important to you, in a given life area. And they become the true source of motivation or lasting change.
So, once you’ve identified the beliefs you want, how do you stay focused on them, and not drift back into old beliefs which will inevitably lead you back to your old results? I’ll share my thoughts on how to harness the power of the mind to get results in my next post.
Is there an area of your life where you need to change your thinking in order to change your results? Or, have you already experienced a change in your life due to a change in your thinking? Please share your thoughts.
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