The past few years I have researched what it takes to be massively successful - the mindsets, the habits, the characteristics.
I've delved into books, watched documentaries, streamed interviews, read articles - devoured any information I could get my hands on. I was obsessed with discovering the secret that these highly successful people were clearly keeping to themselves.
Whether I was reading about Oprah or Bill Gates or Sarah Blakely or Tony Robbins or Walt Disney, a major theme emerged.
And it wasn't what I anticipated.
I anticipated their stories would all involve hard work, consistency, and talent.
Which is true - all three of those things were present in each story.
But one of the major themes, no matter who I researched, was the concept of developing a growth oriented mindset and shifting perspective from one of scarcity to one of abundance.
“The choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.” Oprah
Wait? Excellence is a choice?
“The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.” Tony Robbins
You want to become a millionaire? Be massively successful?
Adopt a million dollar mindset - a mindset of growth and prosperity.
Set intentions. Create powerful habits. Leave your limiting beliefs far behind you.
What's a limiting belief?
Any belief or story you tell yourself that holds you back from being the most abundant and intentional version of you.
I'm going to share one of my stories with you.
I was raised by a single mother who worked two jobs to support my brother and I. Life was not always easy and we didn't always have basic necessities...like running water.
I vividly remember going to the grocery store with my mother one day. She was always very careful to pick out only items we needed and very conscious of sales, coupons and deals.
We stood in line, as I perused the magazine rack and drooled over the candy and gum, I remember looking back at my mom and noticing how intently she stared at our cart full of groceries. At that time I had no idea why, but I now realize my mom was computing the cost of the items in her head, over and over again.
Eventually it was our turn and my mom and I placed the grocery items onto the conveyor belt. A loud "beep" filled the air as each item was scanned.
My mom fished through her purse to pull out her checkbook. She stood poised with her pen and her check ready to fill it out. She never took her eyes off of the register screen as she watched each item add up and our total increase.
Her tension was palpable and I felt it with every cell of my body.
The cashier announced the total (I don't remember the exact numeral) and my mom's eyes immediately filled with tears and she bowed her head and looked at her feet. I heard her inhale sharply, she quickly looked up and wrote out the check, knowing that it would most likely bounce and she couldn't cover groceries for her children.
I now know that the emotion radiating off her was shame mixed with fear and frustration.
I am not telling you this story to garner your sympathy. We all have our own, painful stories.
I'm telling you this story because it was instances like these that shaped my money mindset. I believed money was scarce and there was never enough to get by, no matter how much you worked. And if you wanted more money you had to work harder and longer.
These beliefs were so ingrained within me, I didn't even realize I had them and they negatively impacted my business and my ability to succeed.
I worked hard to reframe my money mindset. I worked hard to adopt a mindset of abundance and growth.
But before I could do the work, I had to become mindful of my own money programming.
What are some of your money stories?
Do any of these resonate?
❌ Mo' money, mo' problems.
❌ The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.
❌ Money is the root of all evil.
❌Rich people are greedy, selfish, *insert adjective here* etc
❌ I'm just not good with money - I wouldn't know what to do with it if I had it.
How do they impact your beliefs about business and income?
Are you like the old me - the one who believed that there was never enough money to go around?
I didn't realize that there were other ways to live beyond survival.
But the good news is - money is abundant and you can live abundantly. Sometimes when creating the business or career of your dreams, the most important foundational work is the work you do on yourself.
Oh and a little update on my mom - she went back to school, finished her masters degree and is now an accountant with her own thriving business. She's killin' it.
And you can, too.