Definition of Think.
According to the oxford dictionary, to think means to “Direct one’s mind towards someone or something; use one’s mind actively to form connected ideas”
As you embark on this journey, it is imperative to note that, you are what you think about. If you want to be a musician, a banker, an accountant, a mechanic, an air hostess, a tennis champion, and whatever it is you want, the answer lies in your thought process. When interviewed after his 2021 Wimbledon grand slam victory, Djokovic said “Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream for me when I was a kid,” “A seven-year-old boy in Serbia constructing a Wimbledon trophy with improvised materials and standing here with a sixth real trophy is incredible. It is amazing.”
Food for thought!
It would be instrumental at this stage to ask yourself the following questions;
- What are the goals I have for my life?
- What is it that I am currently doing in order to realise those goals?,
- What are my plans for increasing my income ?
- At what age would it be nice for me to become independent ?
Pondering answers to the questions above is crucial in determining where you currently are in life, which will ultimately lead you to the realisation that the reason why the greatest amount of wealth is amalgamated by very few people is because the vast majority of the world’s population have not asked themselves these life changing questions.
Contrary to general belief, people who make more money are not always crooks, more brilliant, luckier or heirs to a fortune. Instead, it is safe to say that such persons possess a financial blueprint or money mindset that propelled them to earning more money than others.
For example, if you are eager to grow long beautiful hair , you’ll consciously or subconsciously invest your time in reading hair-related books or articles, and perhaps watch YouTube videos on DIY hair products with the aim of achieving your original goal. The same commitment can therefore be put into any goal in your life, including becoming independent, because without the desire for independence, there probably won’t be any motivation to look up the rules, nor learn from those who have expert knowledge on the subject matter.
As you continue reading this article, I encourage you to stop and ask yourself ; “Do I want be counted amongst those who failed to make an effort to think, look up the rules, and learn about what they want to become, or would I rather be remembered for having worked hard and laid the proper foundation worthy enough to be counted amongst those who gained financial independence early?” I suppose we would all like to be amongst the latter. Earl Nightingale once said , “We are all self-made, but only the successful people will admit it”.
The different sub headings elaborate some key points about the human mind.
Helping Your Mind
You see, before a plane pilot takes off or lands a plane, he goes through his checklist rather diligently, and he makes it a point not to rely on his memory alone. This is a habit that you are encouraged to form vis-a-vis your own personal goals, your vision and even your mission. Make it a point to write stuff down and, if necessary, hang them up your wall, where you will be reminded of them every single day, and in that way ponder at what they mean for your life.
The Rationale Behind Your Worth.
You are worth what your mind can push you to achieve. Whatever it is you are currently doing to earn a living , the money you are paid or the money you make will often be directly proportional to the need for what you do (oftentimes this depends on your mind/brain), your ability to do it (how you make up your mind to execute your tasks), and the difficulty involved in replacing you or your offering (how well you train your mind to become an expert in your domain).
For example, there are so many talented black women in the entertainment industry. However, not all of them can be called billionaires. On August 5 2021, Rihanna was officially recognised by Forbes as the wealthiest female musician and second wealthiest female entertainer in the world after Oprah Winfrey. The article went on to explain that of the $1.7billion, her ability to earn $1.4billion of that money was a result of the Fenty Beauty Cosmetics she created in 2017, with the aim of appealing to “every type of woman” with over 40 different foundation shades, something never done before!
The story of the story here is that, Rihanna could have been limited to the financial status and fame of a popstar, but she dared the entrepreneurial path, put her mind to work, did what she had to do, and got propelled to a whole new level of success, ranking above her peers. Moreover, not all her business ventures paid off ,but she never gave up.
The Power of Your Ideas.
The mind is the only thing that differentiates humans from animals. Therefore, the key to your success depends solely on your MIND. Besides, the fact that the ideas generated by your mind are free, one of these ideas could make your super rich. Lay emphasis on disciplining your thinking, and focusing on what you know how to do best in your current field of work or study.
For Example, when Tom Blomfield the CEO of Monzo ( an online challenger bank) was fired from sterling bank in the UK, he and his friends decided to develop this amazing idea which eventually led to the creation of “Monzo” in 2015. And in less than 2mins, Monzo raised a whopping £1million breaking the record of crowd funding. Today, they have more than 4 million customers with over 1,500 employees. It is important to note that Tom had a juicy job offer from another big bank, but decided to pursue this big idea he had. he took a leap of faith!.
Your assignment today is to think about the domain in which you are knowledgeable. Get a journal, and oblige yourself to write down a list of 5 ideas each day of the week, bearing in mind that some may be worthless, some will be good, a few will be excellent, and one could be revolutionary.
Strive for Uniqueness.
No one is asking you to reinvent the wheel, however, there are so many things and businesses that already exist, that can be tweaked and improved upon. However, you must avoid copy-catting other businesses in your field. It would be more beneficial if you focused on finding new ways of improving what is currently being done, in order to standout, beat the existing competition, and increase your efforts towards attaining your income goals.
Imagine that you would like to open a local barber shop. In order to get ahead, visit existing barber shops and make a list of things that need improvement. Going back to your own business and implementing those changes will be a good way to get ahead. Some changes could include the cleanliness, the cosiness, music or little entertainment offers.
Mind Your Attitude
The last, but not the least, thing is to alter your attitude, and align it with who you want to become, because your total environment is an exact mirror of who you are as a person. Remember the saying “show me your friends and I shall tell you who you are!”. Begin acting the part of the person you want to become, in the little things you do, the way you talk, the way you dress, the things you read or listen to, and the courtesy you show to people you encounter. It is your attitude towards other people that largely determines their attitude towards you.
You can also listen to the Podcast about my personal experience and how my life changed when I intentionally changed my thought process.
Always remember that in whatever you do, practice is the key to forming new habits. Moreover, in order to experience a complete shift in your mind, actions and attitude, it is imperative to practice relentlessly because our rewards in life are in exact correlation to our input.
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