Not that money is everything. It isn’t.
There is very little correlation between people having lots of money and happiness. However, that does not negate the ambition of making more money for yourself and your family.
How do you feel happy, generally optimistic and in flow (like most people imagine trillionaires would feel)?
1. Start believing in your ability to create an idea and bring it to reality
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford.
I think the worse failure could be the failure to imagine a better life.
The second failure could be not taking the steps to make that better life a reality.
There are people in this planet who do not have the bandwidth to think of a better life – wars, gangs, danger, lack of assistance, corruption, etc. are strong barriers to people imagining anything better.
But for the rest of us, could we take on imagination as a muscle to develop just like muscles in our body?
Could today be the first steps in you declaring a new dream worth exploring and making real?
2. Combine reality and optimism
Being optimistic is not the same as being a Polyanna – blindly optimistic with no sense of reality.
Winning World War 2 meant an alliance between the allies and harsh Soviet Russia – that was the reality that had to be faced.
Having a breakthrough in business means learning all the complexities involved – negotiations, sales, marketing, managing, leading, financial management, etc. – no easy task.
We tend to be optimistic. This tendency is called the Optimism Bias – we tend to believe bad things happen to others but not to us.
This optimism may be genetic – we need this optimism to be able to go beyond danger into opportunity to survive and do better. We need this optimism to stave off depression. But we can balance this bias with looking at what is real and needed to make our ideas reality.
3. Put your eye on the future
Create or imagine a future, goal or mission that you feel is do-able and a little bit of a stretch to start with.
Spend more time daily thinking and planning for this eventuality vs. worrying about the past.
4. Incremental steps to breakthrough
Recognize that every day, taking a small step here and there will end up in huge goals being achieved over time.
When my business partner Bill and I individually started our meetups, we had almost nobody attending our meetups and very few people joining.
Today, we get an average of 750 to 1000 members a month joining. But it took time to develop.
Patience with yourself and daily attention is the key. Tending a garden is similar – you do a little bit here and there for each plant and you watch them grow and combine into a beautiful thriving alive, self perpetuating garden.
5. The number one practice for happiness
If you find yourself worried about one or more things – Find at least 5 times the number of things you worry about to feel gratitude for.
This practice has been researched well and I have used it myself – it works if you do it as a practice.
There are 7 billion people on earth and trillions of places I have yet to see and explore and octillions of ideas that have yet to see the light of day.
Why worry about one thing?
What one thing will you start doing today that will help you think and feel more like a trillionaire? Share in the comments below!