How can you unlock the power of your mind to manifest wealth and abundance in your life? Believe it or not, you can actually rewire your brain for success.
What does that mean?
I go over that a bit in the video below. Check it out:
Let's unpack this a bit…
What specific steps can you take to start rewiring your brain to start thinking like a millionaire?
When I started out, I was thinking like a broke person. I was never taught to think like a successful person. I didn't have wealthy habits and behaviors. The majority of the patterns or behaviors that were modeled for me, whether from family or society, weren't wealthy behaviors. That doesn't mean they're bad people, they just didn't have anyone teaching them this kind of stuff.
Studies show that our brains can rewire themselves. It's this little thing called neuroplasticity. If you're interested in that kind of stuff, it's worth doing some research on. We used to think that once a brain was “wired” it was stuck that way, but recently we have discovered that those pathways can actually be rewired.
I'm going to give you some tips on how you can do that, including what has worked for me in the past.
1. Set Time Aside Every Single Day to THINK
Now, you might be thinking, “Dave, I already think every single day…”
I'm talking about thinking your own thoughts and not other peoples' thoughts. We're always flooded with other peoples' opinions and agendas – whether that's through news, social media, emails or the like. Most of us check our phones first thing in the morning. We're glued to the damn things. Our phones are constantly filled with other peoples' agendas. It's rare that someone is telling you to think your own thoughts.
Well, I'm here to tell you exactly that. If you want to start thinking like a millionaire, you have to start thinking for yourself.
What is your agenda? What are your goals? What do you want to achieve?
While you're thinking, take specific time to develop your visualization skills. That leads me into Tip #2…
2. Visualize It!
Visualization is key. While you're thinking, take specific time to visualize what you want to achieve. Take a look at my video on The Power of Visualization.
Let me give you an example. I used to be terrified of public speaking. In fact, studies show that people are more afraid of public speaking than of dying.
As an entrepreneur, I've been asked to speak at public events. I was sort of forced into a speaking role. Instead of getting anxiety or having a breakdown, here's what I would do.
I would actually visualize myself speaking in front of a group. I would envision my body movements. I would envision interacting with the audience. I would envision it as if I was a fly on the wall.
I would do that over and over again in the days and months leading up to the event.
I started to realize that I was getting better and better at speaking. It felt like I had already been there and done that because I visualized it so much. It was total deja vu.
Believe it or not, everybody visualizes stuff. More often than not, we visualize ourselves failing. We visualize things going wrong. Well, it's no surprise that when we visualize it that way, things go wrong.
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At the University of Chicago, Dr. Judd Biasiotto did a study with basketball players to see how they could improve their free throws. He broke the team down into three groups. The first group practiced free throws every day for an hour. The second group just visualized themselves making free throws successfully. The third group did absolutely nothing.
What do you think happened?
Well, as expected, the third group saw no improvement.
The first group, who physically practiced, improved their free throws by 24%. Not bad, right?
The second group, who visualized making free throws, improved by 23%. Without ever touching a basketball.
So, by the power of visualization, the second group improved almost as much as the group who physically practiced every day.
Thoughts become things. If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand. – Bob Proctor
3. Focus on Long Term Goals
If you really want to start thinking like a millionaire, start focusing on your long term goals. Every single wealthy person I know is focused on their long term goals. Sure, they have short term goals they want to meet, but what they're really focused on is the long haul.
I have long term goals, too. I have long term goals for my business, for my investments, for my retirement. Now, those plans may change, but they keep me focused.
Most of the time, things take longer than you think they will. If I'm focused on a short term goal, it's very likely that I'm not going to reach that goal. But if I focus on my long term goals, it's way more likely I'm going to achieve those.
The mindset of focusing on long term will help you to accomplish a lot more than you would if you focused on short term goals.
4. Act Yourself into a New Way of Thinking
This is probably the most powerful bit of advice I can give you. You cannot think yourself into a new way of acting, you have to act yourself into a new way of thinking. If you're sitting around thinking that you're already successful, it's just not going to happen. You have to start acting as if you're already successful. You have to start acting like a millionaire to think like a millionaire.
You gotta walk the walk. The way that you develop successful thinking is to ACT AS IF you are successful. In order to rewire your brain, you have to actually do different things. You have to change your behaviors.
This is exactly what I did when I got started. I was a deadbeat. I was broke. I wasn't acting successful. I didn't realize successful people attract more success. Successful people are attracted to other successful people.
Here's what I had to do: I had to trick my mind and act as if I was already successful.
What does that look like? It was my swagger. It was my confidence, my attitude. I was projecting success.
When I got on sales calls, I would speak with confidence. I would act like I've been doing this for 20 years.
One of the quickest hacks to figure out how to act as if you're successful is to hang around successful people. The reason most people don't know how to act successful because they're always around broke people. NEWSFLASH: Broke people act broke.
If you really want to learn how successful people act, how they talk, how they present themselves, you need to spend more time with succesful people – then model what they do. As I always say, you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. It makes sense that when you surround yourself with successful people, you start to act like them.
According to a University study in London, it takes 66 days to make a habit. Now, you might find some other research that says it doesn't take that long, but let's err on the side of caution here and assume it falls on the longer side. A habit is something you do instinctually. There are good habits and bad habits.
In order to develop good habits, you have to create structure and repetition every day over and over again until it gets ingrained in your brain.
Feelings lead to thoughts, which lead to actions. So if you're gonna reverse engineer this, you need to start taking action with the intention of changing your thoughts. Only then can you start thinking – and feeling – like a millionaire.