There are many self-help books and personal improvement books that teach a lot of great things, today I want to shift gears from real estate facts and information to touch on a very important point about what gets a person out of bed each morning. I for one need something to inspire me to great things, this is a fact of life that I see written in a lot of those books I mention as well as there is some significance here because if you see something repeated in book after book written by many different successful people from vastly different backgrounds and industries then there just HAS to be a silver thread of truth in all that noise that surrounds us today. There are a lot of reasons that I get out of bed personally: one, of course, is to pay the bills and keep the roof over my head and the power running to my house so I can write these articles – but unfortunately for most, this is where those motivations stop except for some consumer goods such as that new shiny TV someone may want and often that is bought with money that they don’t actually have! I use my credit cards to be sure, but I use them as effectively as I can and mostly for business activities and not leveraging my lifestyle. I feel that many people out there dream big dreams of having financial freedom but I hear all too often the objections that they have placing restrictions on their lives for the most untrue reasons. Phrases such as “when I win the lottery I’ll get into real estate” “the only way rich people get to the top is by stepping on the little guy” “I am not smart enough” just make me want t shake the heck out of those people and tell them that all they need to do is change their perspective a little bit, get off the couch and DO SOMETHING about their future and they can gain all the things in their lives they spend so much time complaining about not having. The only person in life that cares about your success in life at the end of the day is YOU and the sooner someone comes to terms with that the better off they will be in every area of life. Imagine if half the time spent complaining about things was spent working on fixing those things? I bet we could have found a way to fly or time travel by now! Most of these people do not have a clear vision of what they actually want in life, if they did then they would be able to formulate a plan to actually get them there and stop talking about it and take action. The things that we only casually want to have in our lives are likely to never happen because there is no burning desire motivating us day after day to get there. The famous author Napoleon Hill points out that once you have a thought in your mind of what you want to create or accomplish in this world as clearly as you are already using that creation or living that success in your every day then eventually your subconscious mind will show you the answers to the problems/obstacles that stand in your path to getting there. It is no coincidence that his famous book was called “Think and grow rich” and I could not stand behind that advice more – once you think you can do something then you can, if you constantly create mental mountains to climb then it is hard to believe you will ever reach the paradise on the other side of the challenges in life. With a crystal clear picture of what your life will be like when you reach your goals, not just having your fancy car or not having to report to a boss is nowhere near enough detail…actually being able to feel what it is like to achieve that freedom, have that time with you family, see the view from your villa in the south of France as the sun is setting, or whatever it is for you. Having those types of end results to strive for WILL get you out of bed on a rainy day, stop you from procrastinating and watching TV instead of working toward your WHY. There has to be balanced in all things to have true success, you need time for entertainment, your health, family, giving back to the community so working on your goals most of the time is critical but enjoying your journey is as well. In closing, find what truly inspires you to do great things and if that is not what you do for most of the time maybe you need a different financial vehicle to get you there, and for me, that is real estate.
To your success in all things!