When you think you’ve done enough, you may find that it’s just a start. Here’s a story about a woman who discovered that success comes to those who want it.
What’s stopping you from achieving your full potential financially?
Clue: It’s not your background or some bad luck.
Rather, it’s your outlook on your situation.
The truth is, your mindset plays a prominent role in your ability to achieve your goals. The way you approach money will dictate your success. In fact, a change of behaviour can make the biggest difference in your economic life.
You must perceive money for what it truly is. That is, not your ultimate goal but the side effect of pursuing your dreams.
If you’re clinging onto every penny for dear life, you can only make it worse. You may find that the more you want money, the less you’re going to have.
And it gets even harder when you’re responsible for more than yourself.
That’s where you need a significant mentality shift because only a positive attitude will allow you to make the best of your situation.
Here’s the inspiring story of a mother who managed to change her mindset and, in turn, her life.
A Mother’s Money Journey
Carly Eldred’s story can show you a lot about how mindset can work against you. Things can quickly change when new people enter your life. It gets harder when they depend on you financially. She found out about this when she became a mother.
Your relationship with money changes, and so does your mindset. You become comfortable with what you have, and you subconsciously fear losing it all.
After a few years of success as a businesswoman, Carly got into a comfort zone. But in business, being comfortable means having to stay behind. She had the following to say about it:
“I was stuck in this place where it didn’t matter how much money was in my bank account. It didn’t matter if I had a few great months in a row. I was afraid that this wasn’t going to last.”
Like Carly, a lot of people have experienced the fear of losing or not having enough money.
At first, it comes as a fear of failure. You keep thinking,
What if it doesn’t work? It may be a waste of my time…
And even if you have the money, you’ll develop a subconscious fear of losing it if you don’t have the right mentality.
What if I make a mistake? What if the opportunity doesn’t work out as expected?
You allow your negative outlook to stop you from taking the necessary step forward. You stay in one place for so long that your greatest fears may turn out to be true.
Carly remembered her way of thinking:
“I didn’t have faith and long-term vision of being sustainable. My ego didn’t allow me to.”
As time went by, she knew that she couldn’t persist with her current state of mind. She needed more success in business, but she couldn’t take that step forward.
That’s when she put some effort into changing her mindset. She enrolled in business courses and learned new things. She also discovered the effects of a positive mind and how to overcome her mental barriers.
Perhaps sooner than she realised, she gathered enough courage to push ahead. She took a risk and started her second company.
It worked out so well that she’s able to purchase the vacation property of her dreams. More importantly, she reached a state of mindfulness, which is highly useful for living a fulfilling life. Carly noted:
“I was able to crack through some of those limiting beliefs that I held for so long.”
The Lessons Learned
Carly’s story is just one of many. Those who put genuine effort into improving their well-being often arrive at a better place.
So, why wouldn’t your story be among them?
Here are some of the lessons you can take away from Carly’s story that can be of use in your own life.
Lesson #1 –Stop Fear From Holding You Back
Carly’s fear of failure hampered her progress. That’s understandable, in a sense.
It’s natural to feel apprehensive. If not, it’d be all too common for people to make rash decisions and regret them later. But the key is not to allow fear to prevent you from moving forward.
Instead, you can channel fear into a thorough analysis of your next move. Think about what can go wrong and prepare yourself. Assess the risk from all angles and see what’s the worst that can go wrong. With that, you’ll be able to plot your next step.
However, you wouldn’t want to stay in one place for too long. Carly realised this before she was able to move on to bigger and better things.
The only fear that’s healthy to have is the fear of missing out. Not the fear of losing what you already have.
Lesson #2 –Let Go of Your Ego
Your ego can trick you into thinking that you’re better than you are. It can lead you to become too complacent that you don’t adequately prepare for what’s to come.
The next time you think that you already know something, it could be your ego talking. This was one of the first things that Carly learned:
“You can say - I already know this. I already heard about it and read a book about it. But do you really know until you’re living it?
“If something’s holding you back at any level or area of life, it means that there’s still something that you don’t know.”
Here’s the deal.
Your ego can be a useful weapon. But if you don’t know how or when to set it aside, it can lead you astray.
Strive for knowledge. Learning new things is likely to make you better off tomorrow. There’s a reason that our subconscious is always leading us in the direction of knowledge.
However, your ego can be what’s stopping you from getting there.
Lesson #3 –Stop Negatively Thinking About Money
Lots of people spend lots of time thinking about money. Whether it’s to afford a new hobby or to scale one’s business, money always comes to the fore.
If your approach to money is that of negativity, you’ll be spending most of your day thinking negatively.
What’s more, many people don’t know that they have a negative opinion of money. They’re perfectly happy with having just enough to get by.
Carly was one of them.
“At first, I didn’t actually realise that I have that many issues with money. I thought I had a decent relationship with money until I started breaking it down… It turns out I did not.”
You may think of money as something that’s always holding you back. Or, you may be of the belief that success is only possible for a select group of people. These are all examples of a negative outlook.
The truth is, there are no boundaries to what you can achieve. You’ll discover that only if you’d open your mind to the countless possibilities around you.
You’ll learn to look at money as an opportunity and never a burden. It’s a chance to live comfortably and make a difference in your life.
In the end, however, it all starts from within.
People have different goals. And they may reach a point when they go, “I’ve done enough.”
But that’s the biggest mistake there is.
Every day is a new opportunity to improve and do more than you did yesterday.
Fortunately, Carly and many others managed to figure it out before it was too late.
If you ever decide that you’ve done enough, you’re preventing yourself from improving. In essence, you’ve become the biggest hindrance to your progress.
It’s time to begin your transformation.
Think like a successful person and see for yourself how far that’s going to take you.
Success and You can help you develop a winning mentality. Book a free one-on-one coaching session to get started.
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