It was mindset; learning to set higher expectations – and mentors like Bob Proctor.
I began by asking myself a question: how did a kid who grew up in Urbandale, Iowa, worked for years as an auto claims adjuster, wind up as a partner of Creative Planning, a company Forbes, CNBC News, Barron’s magazine and others have named as one of the top independent wealth management firms in America?
Reflecting back, it was a journey.
A few years into my discontent, I began searching for answers. I read every self-help book I could find. Unfortunately, my school years left me believing I was not quite as smart as the next guy. I realized this mistaken impression I had of myself was only an old tape (paradigm!) containing misleading information, programmed in my mind.
I eventually quit my job as a claims adjuster supervisor. I would like to tell you my career drastically changed right at that moment, but that wasn’t the case. I had the lingo down. I could say all the incantations and affirmations and practice my other positive rituals, but I didn’t own it emotionally. The old paradigm was still in control, I was gripped with fear of not having enough of the green stuff.
It felt like I had reached rock bottom, but that’s when something inside me burst free. I had had enough! I knew it had to change and change now.
I stopped thinking and speaking about what I was fearful of and I only allowed myself to speak positive words and have positive thoughts. I imagined it before it happened. For instance, I would visualize myself with money in my bank account and visualize myself being able to pay my bills. I would visualize myself in possession of the things I desired.
Despite the positive changes to my life, I knew I had to fix my negative routines. For example, I used to hide bills. I would put them somewhere in my desk where I couldn’t see them but gave them more power. I switched the routine and started saying to myself: “I’m ready to pay these bills, the bills are a good thing. The money is coming. I have all the money I need. I’m not worried about it anymore.”
I’m a visual guy, so I decided to create a goal book with pictures of things I desired to have one day. I described each item to a “T.” My visual goal book also contained pictures of my family and how their lives would improve. I visualized a lakefront condo and a cruise with my family. Through my goal book, I imagined the quality of education I could provide for my three boys. Over time I started to believe with 100% certainty the things I focused on could, and, more importantly, would materialize. The paradigm had shifted.
My financial circumstances didn’t change overnight. They were incremental. Every day things would get a little bit better. As I focused on the positive, my wealth increased and my life improved.
This is the strategy that’s worked for me and my clients, and regardless of your business – I know it can work for you, too.
I wish you very the best.
My life has been dedicated to helping people retire rich, and I recently co-authored a book with the essential ingredients on how to make this happen. It’s called Get Tough/Retire Rich: Amassing Your Fortune After 40
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