Many people ask me how I managed to create nine businesses that have all exceeded the million dollar mark. They sit there, waiting for me to break out a binder full of detailed notes and strategies, assuming that I have a holy grail method that if they only knew—they too would be a millionaire.
You may make money with a strategy. But being able to make money alone won’t turn you into a millionaire. The number one thing that keeps people from getting to millionaire status isn’t their inability (or even unknowingness of how) to generate a million dollars or more every year—it’s living in a box.
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To live in a box, you have to view your life according to the prescribed or forced perspective of others. Experts, mentors and gurus have established strict procedures to achieve a desired outcome. Whether that’s in life or business, there’s actually no one system, process, or choice that is right for every person on the planet.
Does that automatically mean that someone else’s process won’t work for you? No. But it also means that there’s an equal possibility that it won’t work for you or will need to be tailored to you in some way.
However, the problem with the box is not itself. Problem is in your inability to tell the difference between what you want and what you don’t.
Are you able to tell if something is right?
This is what most people do wrong. Instead of feeling right about something, most people feel good about it. And the truth is that the right choice doesn’t always feel good. Sometimes you have to push your comfort zones and run the other way.
That’s why it’s vital, if you want to become a millionaire, that you learn what your body’s response is when something feels right—when it resonates with you at your core. This skill will help you align your life.
“No matter how tough the chase is, you should always have the dream you saw on the first day. It’ll keep you motivated and rescue you from any weak thoughts.” – Jack Ma
Key to alignment
Alignment can be described as being in harmony with the paths, experiences, decisions, and goals that you choose. It is essential to your journey of success. If you are out of alignment, you will have to ask yourself questions, make wrong decisions and go down roads that could cost you your entire life, not to mention the millions in your bank accounts. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
A big part of being in alignment is learning how to trust yourself and sense what’s right for you. In life, you learn pretty quickly that the way things look on paper aren’t often how they go. For better or worse, there are curveballs you can’t avoid or see coming. Despite not knowing everything that’s coming your way, your body is programmed with the ability to discern (a lot of the time) which choice to make in order to avoid some of those curveballs.
Whenever you’re out of alignment, your fear gets confused for your direction.
As humans, there’s a desire to avoid pain and run toward pleasure. The problem is that fear isn’t always provoked by a real threat. Sometimes, fear is triggered by the perception of danger—and in the 21st century, the idea of changing and upleveling can be perceived by your mind as dangerous. When that happens, you will engage in self-sabotaging behaviors—which means you’ll be running in the opposite direction of your millionaire dreams all in the name of doing what feels good.
So how do you stop this pattern and get into alignment if you haven’t learned to discern between choices that feel right and choices that feel good?
You value hack it.
It’s easier to achieve alignment
Feelings can be difficult to sort through, especially if you’re just getting used to the difference between what feels good and what feels right. Luckily, there’s an easier way to help yourself learn the difference between the way you experience both of those things in your body.
First, write out your core values—bonus points if you list them in order of priority. Once you’ve done that, put them on a note card, post it note, or something else handy that you can grab easily. When it comes time to make a decision and you start to sense that something doesn’t feel good, gets uncomfortable, or challenges you—pull out your values.
What decision would you choose that aligns most with your core values? Which choice honors your priorities
As you start to align yourself with your values in your decision making, then you’ll start to move into greater alignment with your success. You’ll start to recognize the patterns you somatically feel in your body, so that eventually, you won’t need the note card anymore. You’ll learn to identify when something feels right to you so that you can take action on that thing much faster.
This is the number one mindset secret to becoming a millionaire—ditch boxing yourself into someone else’s ideas and get into alignment so you know the right moves to make for yourself.
Addicted 2 Success originally published the post Mindset Faux Pas that Will Prevent You from Becoming A Millionaire.