Congratulations! You’ve Won!
How would do if you won lots of money?
Most folks who win the lottery don’t do so well. The headlines shout out their stories.
8 lottery winners who lost their millions
Most lottery winners are bankrupt in 5 years. Why is that?
Google the search string think like a millionaire [without quotation marks], and you’ll find that exact phrase still shows up on page 35 of the search results. Obviously, the idea that millionaires think differently is accepted wisdom.
Suppose your goal is to retire a millionaire. What would it take to get yourself there?
Becoming a millionaire takes the same passion, focus, drive, and vision as any job goal you might set.
Whether you aspire to be the headmaster of the school where you teach, the top research biologist, or an Olympic gymnast, without incredible luck, you just won’t get there, unless you . . .
- a. believe it’s possible.
- b. decide that nothing will stop you.
World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov didn’t get to be the best by thinking that he would never be at that level. Nicole Kidman didn’t become an A-List Actress and the highest paid public speaker in history by waiting for chances to come to her. Ian Fleming wasn’t dreaming about who’d play James Bond when he wrote the first book in the series.
All three of them knew where they were going and they got there.
“If you want to achieve something you have never had before, you must become someone you’ve never been before.” –Jill Koenig in her book, How to Become a Millionaire.
Let’s follow her thinking a little further.
“I am not talking about ‘fake it ’til you make it.’ I am talking about redirecting your thoughts, energy and actions into the type of person who would absolutely manifest that Goal.”
So what does Jill say that she did? You can find it her article with the same name as her book, How to Become a Millionaire.
This author who has become a millionaire and an expert in the field of strategic goal setting lays the path in plain language. To become a millionaire, she paid attention to millionaires whom she admired, using their actions as models. The path Jill Koenig took is set out plainly. You could do and so could I.
7 Traits Millionaires Have in Common
- Millionaires rise early, show up, and keep their promises. Hard work doesn’t scare them.
- Millionaires invest time in motivational activities and personal development.
- Millionaires keep a regular routine — one they know keeps on their “best game.”
- Millionaires keep their heads and hearts point toward their destiny.
- Millionaires see opportunity, not obstacles.
- Millionaires know how to say “no,” to a negative influence.
- Millionaires are people other folks want to do business with, or they could never have become millionaires.
Go ahead, replace the word millionaire with any goal or role you might long for. Those traits define peak performance and people we like to work with.
Any peak performer owns his or her goal. Don’t just wish. As Ghandi said, “Be the change.” Make your goal your identity. Once you do, people around you will start to agree and the support will move you toward where you’re going.
Be a millionaire or be something even better. If you are willing to become your goal, you’ll get there. You’re the only one who can talk you out of it.
It’s a matter of being willing to win.
Can you think like a millionaire?
–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!!