The Best Ways to Get Rich Part 5
The Best Ways to Get Rich Part 5
How Your Brain is Preventing Your Success
One of the most powerful forces of nature is lightning. And lightning has one particular trait, and that is it ALWAYS takes the path of least resistance. This is why lightning, regardless of how many attempts there have been to turn it into a weapon, have never succeeded.
Studies have shown that the human brain works in the same manner.
The difference is that although we have learned that we can’t control lightning, we can learn how to control our brain and make it work to our advantage.
First, accept the fact that your brain is lazy. It doesn’t want to work any harder than it has to. For example. If you decide to get up every morning at 6 am and jog for an hour, your brain will wait until you finish congratulating yourself, then it will slowly present reasons why, although getting up early to jog for an hour will definitely improve your overall health, what will you do on the days it rains, or is too cold?
And start by jogging for an entire hour? You get winded climbing two flights of stairs! And you’re no spring chicken. What if you have a heart attack and because it’s so early, there is no one around to call an ambulance?
And so on and so on, until that decision is crushed and your brain can go back to being lazy. It doesn’t matter what it is, if it requires the brain to work, it will do its best to talk you out of it.
To overcome this, you need to set a specific goal. For example, say you have noticed that you’re struggling to fit into your clothes. Decide to lose a pound a week until you easily fit into your clothes again. Want to help the disadvantaged? Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Want to start a business? Go to the library and pick up an audio book from someone who has successfully created their own business. Follow a blog that specializes in entrepreneurship.
Remember, people who succeed. DO! They don’t waste time debating and pondering and rolling things around in their heads. They decide and immediately act. For example. Want to open a restaurant? Begin by cooking for friends, get a booth at the local farmers market, create a blog where you talk about opening a restaurant and ask for advice from those who already have one.
The reason why the vast majority of people live lives of quiet desperation is that they have let their brain convince them that success is unattainable, so why bother? Once you realize that your brain will ALWAYS try to convince you not to act, and not do what you need to do to get what you want, make a point of doing just that!
And do it NOW. The longer you wait, the more time you are giving your brain to convince you that you’re wasting your time, or that it is dangerous, or will lead to financial ruin.
If it can’t convince you right now, it will try to convince you to delay your actions, to wait, to think about it, sit down, have a beer, order a pizza, think it through.
In earlier posts, I have talked about how your subconscious is programmable, and how it makes you act in a manner that is in accordance with what you have told it.
If you keep calling yourself stupid, it will make you look stupid. If you call yourself a loser, your subconscious will prevent you from seeing opportunities that will benefit you.
For example, I always refer to myself as, “The guy who gets things done.”
And I am.
Whenever I start a project, I always complete it. Because I have always told myself and others that I’m the guy who gets things done, I feel uncomfortable whenever I’m not progressing on a project I have taken on.
And I bristle with rage when I encounter one of those, “I’m GOING TO,” people. Those with huge bucket lists and dreams of a life of leisure. They are always Going To, but never actually get around to doing it.
There is always an excuse at the ready and a perfectly good one to explain to anyone who will listen, and most importantly to themselves, why circumstances beyond their control made it impossible for them to accomplish whatever it was they were GOING TO do.
Every single successful person I have ever met decided they were going to do something and went and did it.
When Richard Branson of Virgin is unsure whether or not a project will succeed. he simply says, “Screw it, let’s do it!”
In order to succeed, you need to program your brain to focus on accomplishment. And it is much easier to get it to accomplish one task at a time than envisioning the entire project being done.
For example, when I bought my house I needed to repair the garage. At the time I didn’t have much money so I decided I would do the repairs myself. I didn’t have the skills so I watched YouTube videos on garage repair then took on the project one piece at a time.
Day one I would rip off the shingles.
Day two I would remove the tar paper.
Day three I would remove the rotted boards
Day four I would remove the rotted beams.
Day five I would inspect the entire interior and mark the areas that needed repair or replacement.
Day six start repairing the interior and continue until all marked areas were repaired or replaced
Then, I would purchase replacement beams and insert them into the areas where the rotted beams had been removed.
Same with the rotted boards and so on.
In time the garage project would be completed and I’d have a place to park my car.
Want to get rich? It isn’t hard at all. Just decide that you are going to do something that you enjoy doing, that you can make a profit from, and just start doing it.
Or you can come up with a good excuse