What separates the wealthy from the poor people of the world? Is it just that life is unfair? Well, I believe that, although there is some level of unfairness in the world, for the most part, we are capable of rising above our mediocrity and into the sphere of the wealthy. Let me give you the first principle you need to master.
The wealthy people of the world have been able to master the principle of long-term thinking. The poor seek instant gratification. They only seem to think day-to-day and about how to satisfy their needs as fast as possible.
So, if you want to get wealthy, you need to get rid of your short-term, instant gratification mindset and develop the kind of long-term mindset necessary to accomplish your dreams. But, what does long term thinking involve? Let me go over the 4 areas where you need to think long-term.
Your Financial Future
The first area where you need to think long-term is your financial life. Where do you want to be financially in 5 or 10 years? Have you taken the time to write down your goals in this area? You can’t reach a target you haven’t identified, so it is imperative that you become absolutely clear when it comes to your finances.
Your Emotional Future
Life, in my opinion, is not all about money. What kind of long-term relationships are you building? Many people create success really fast, but they have done it by taking advantage of others. This is not a good recipe for long-term success.
You need to develop a win-win mindset when it comes to building business and personal relationships. Instead of just thinking “what’s in it for me”, think more about “what’s in it for both of us”. You need to discipline yourself to treat people with integrity at all times.
Your Physical Future
What is the point in building wealth if you are going to be sick? Therefore, you need to develop a long-term mindset when it comes to your wealth. Are you eating how you should be eating for optimal health? How much exercise are you doing?
Think of your body as a race car. A driver has to take care of his or her race car if he or she wants to win the race. It is his or her vehicle for victory. Well, your body is your vehicle for success, so you better take care of it.
Your Mental Future
Everything flows from your mind, so you need to develop a long-term mindset when it comes to your mind. It seems that most people stop reading and growing their minds once they finish basic education. This is a big mistake.
If you want to change your exterior reality, you must start by changing your interior reality. Life is like a mirror. Your exterior reality is a reflection of who you are inside. You will not be able to create a new reality if you are the same mental person year after year.
Do Whatever It Takes
The last point I want to make in this post is to challenge you to develop a whatever-it-takes mindset. Once you make a commitment in your mind that you will reach your goals no matter what, you have already achieved victory. With this mindset you will be ready to overcome whatever obstacles life throws your way.
I have no doubts that you have the ability to join the ranks of the wealthy, but I also know that it is not going to happen without massive effort from your part. I have given you the first key to reaching the level you want to reach, and now it is up to you to take immediate action.