Our lives have frequently been compared to books.
Every big life moment is a new chapter; as we move from one life moment to another, we close an old chapter and open a new one.
We’re frequently told that we’re the authors of our own lives. And though we can’t change what has been written before, it doesn’t have to be the same as what will be written in the future.
You’ve probably heard something like this before, right?
Well, there’s a reason why it’s a cliche.
It’s been repeated so much because it’s true!
There’s one difference though between this cliche and Money University. While the cliche of comparing our lives to a book tells us that we can only change the future chapters, in Money University, you can still change the Introduction of your book!
And more importantly, changing the Introduction of your book actually helps you write better future chapters for yourself!
You may have guessed it by now. In this analogy, the Introduction is composed of your thoughts, which were shaped by your upbringing, culture, societal beliefs. These greatly determined your feelings and actions which, in turn, determined the current chapters of your book.
Your new Introduction
Here in Point B, we’ve gone through great lengths to change your Introduction. We took apart your negative money thoughts from Point A and refuted them to produce positive money thoughts — a new Introduction!
See them in the form of the “Your new, positive Money Mindset” tool in the Tools section of Money University.
Now aren’t these new thoughts better, more inspiring, and more energizing than your old ones?
What better way to write your future chapters than with a new, encouraging, and positive money mindset, right?
You’ll need it for when things get tougher as you start to set your goals in the next articles and determine how to reach them!
Your new, positive money thoughts now form your new Introduction. With such thoughts about money, your feelings and actions towards accumulating money will then be geared more positively, translating into positive results and better chapters for your money story!
Action: Keep a copy of your positive thoughts… everywhere.
We’ve listed them down for you above. We’ve also discussed them in detail in previous articles.
These positive thoughts are all yours to take — and more importantly, to keep!
Now that you’ve made great strides in changing your Introduction already, the key for you is NOT to regress back to your old negative thoughts.
Would you want to go back into irrationally thinking that money is the root of all evil? And that you’ll once again avoid money because you don’t want to be evil?
So as a simple action step, make sure to keep a copy of these new, positive thoughts in items/locations/areas that you frequently see, access, or go to. These can include your bedroom, wallet, mobile phone, and workstation.
Write them down on a small piece of paper, print them, frame them, do whatever you want as long as you can frequently see them and read them to yourself.
Why is this important to do?
Because aside from catching yourself thinking negative thoughts and only then replacing them with positive ones, keeping positive thoughts in mind several times in a day — and even before the negative ones creep in — go a long way towards training your mind! This also helps make positive thoughts (and not negative ones) the norm in your head.
And with them the norm in your head, negative thoughts will find it much harder to once again infiltrate your subconscious! Your mind will now have a protective shield that, with more and more practice, only grows stronger over time.
Common ways to read these positive thoughts to yourself multiple times a day are:
- Keep a list in the bathroom so you can read them first thing in the morning.
- Keep a small list in your wallet so you can see them every time you’re about to spend for something! How timely, right?
- Make an image of these thoughts as your smartphone’s or computer’s wallpaper.
- Keep a list on your bedside table so that the last thing you do before you go to sleep is to read them. Hopefully, you can tell yourself that you spent the day thinking and doing things that are in line with these positive thoughts!
With a lot of intentional practice, we’re positive that you can plant these new, positive thoughts in your mind — and keep them there for good!
This wraps up the Money Mindset section of your Point B. With these positive money thoughts dominating your mind and replacing your old, negative money thoughts, you’ve won half the battle of attaining your financial goals already!
Now it’s time to move on to the other half of your Point B — your Money Skills. In the following article, see what valuable financial skills we’ll be covering throughout the next section!