When faced with a decision, you make each choice based on what you feel is logical, judicious, and appropriate for you at the time. And this is very important as the quality of your life depends upon the sum of the quality of each choice you make. This article is the first in a series on choice making and how it affects success. In it, I’m going to focus on choice as it impacts upon financial success but the rules apply to any kind of success you are striving to achieve.
What You Think is the Best Choice May Not Be!
You make what you believe is the correct choice. The issue, however, is that what makes perfect sense to you might systematically produce utterly poor results.
For example, let’s say I’m in a shopping mall. I see this grey pinstripe suit on sale for 25 percent off. I have a choice to buy or not. I immediately go to my brain files with the question “Should I get this suit?” In a nanosecond, my brain files come back with the response: “You’ve been seeking a grey to go with those blue shirts you bought last week. Buy it!” As I rush to the checkout, my choice made, my brain isn’t only thrilled about having this great suit, but glowing with pride because of the 25 percent reduction.
To my brain, this purchase makes utter sense. However, at no point did my brain come up with an alternative thought and choice: “True, this is a truly nice suit, and true, this is a good deal, but today I’m £3000 in debt, so I’d better wait.” I didn’t come up with that choice and that data because no file in my brain contains that. The file of “When you’re in debt, don’t buy any more” was never established and doesn’t exist, which means that specific choice isn’t an option.
New Files Changed My Choice Making
This was an important discovery for me because until about 18 months ago, I lived my life without that last file. I was in debt after getting divorced. Once I got my act together, I started to earn good money but I never seemed to reduce the debt. Then, I created 2 new “files”: The first was indeed “When you’re in debt, don’t buy any more” and the second “Give to others, no matter how little you believe you have.” Armed with these new “files”, my choice making changed.
Our Brains and Choice
If you’ve got files in your cabinet that don’t support financial success, (or any kind of success for that matter), that will dictate the kind of choice you make. They’ll be instinctive, automatic, and make utter sense to you. But ultimately, they’ll still produce financial failure or mediocrity at the best. Poor choice = poor outcome.
Conversely, if you’ve got brain files that support financial success, your choice making will naturally and automatically produce success. You won’t have to consider it. Your normal way of thinking will result in success, sort of like Donald Trump. His neural pathways are wired by patterns of thinking and choice making that bring about wealth.
When it comes to financial success, wouldn’t it be unbelievable if you could inherently think and have a choice making process that reflects how wealthy people think? Well, you may! The first step in any change is awareness, meaning the opening move to thinking and choice making the way wealthy individuals do is to know how wealthy individuals think.
Rich individuals think really differently from poor and middle-class individuals. They think differently about cash, wealth, themselves, others, and pretty well every other aspect of life. We’re going to examine a few of these differences and, as part of your reconditioning, install alternative “wealth files” into your brain.
Different File, Different Choice.
Each fresh file means you can make a different choice. You may then catch yourself when you’re thinking like poor and middle-class individuals and consciously switch your focus to how wealthy individuals think and act. In other words, you may decide to think and make your choice governed by ways that will support you in your happiness and success rather than ways that don’t.
A few words of caution to start out. In no way, shape, or form do I mean to demean poor individuals. I don’t believe that rich individuals are better than poor people. They’re just richer. At the same time, I wish to make certain you get the message, so I’m going to make the distinctions between the rich and poor as extreme as possible.
When I talk about rich, poor, and middle-class individuals, what I’m referring to is their mindset—how different people think and act instead of the actual sum of money they’ve got or their value to society. Your wealth may not be financial wealth – there are other riches although the main focus of this article is financial.
I’ll be generalizing. Again, my objective is to make certain you get the point of every principle and use it. For the most part, I will not always be referring to the middle class specifically, because middle-class individuals commonly have a mix of rich and poor mindsets.
Several of the concepts might appear to deal more with habits and activities than with ways of thinking. Our activities come from our feelings, which come from our thoughts. Consequently, every rich activity is preceded by a rich way of thinking.
Make a Different Choice!
Finally, I’m going to ask you to be willing to relinquish being right! What I mean by that is, be willing to relinquish having to do it your way. How come?
As your way has gotten you precisely what you’ve got today. If you wish more of the same, continue doing it your way. If you’re not yet wealthy, however, perhaps it’s time you consider another way. It’s up to you. The concepts you’ll learn in subsequent articles are simple but profound.
They make true changes for real individuals in real life. If you learn them and utilize them, I’m confident they’ll transform your life too.
If you’re really serious about success and about changing your choice making, there is a great opportunity coming up in London at the beginning of September. T Herv Eker, who introduced me to what I’m writing about in this series of articles, is teaching a 3 day seminar in London.
I get no kickback or affiliate fee for mentioning this – rather, because he made such a huge impression on me when I first heard him, I’m passing on the details to you. Click on The Secrets of The Millionaire Mind to find out more.
I hope you enjoyed this introductory article – there’s a lot more to come but for now remember: The quality of your life really is governed by the quality of each choice you make!