Through my early adulthood my thoughts wandered, however about one thing I was certain: I wanted to be at least rich in thought if nothing else. I understood that richness is not the money that we have, but the way of thinking. Yet I did not do much anything about it, without focus I worked. I succeeded in some decision and yet failed in others.
About seven years later that as I finally read Robert Kiyosaki’s book Rich Dad Poor Dad, the book connected two worlds which before for me were different: personal growth and money. People who are and stay rich are so because they are challenging themselves. Rich think how things can be achieved.
Things really started clicking together. Then finally two months ago, I said yes to be part of Robert Kiyosaki’s Real Estate Investing program which then has helped me to learn a lot faster and to work my goals more intently.
We have limited amount of time and coaching program has helped me to focus time and efforts better. Consequently I am learning to use other people to make me work harder, just like Rich Dad advised in the book. The shift that started with the big click when I read the book, has been now slowly started to become real through actions.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
What any of this has to do with goals?
Well first measurable goals that I’ve had for myself, that I’ve actually been following is to read 36 books during this year. I set it to be slightly challenging, but doable. Therefore even when I had fallen behind I decided to give it a shot and try to regain the pace. It is thanks to that challenge and determination that I’ve been able to progress.
Furthermore, I’ve read dozens of other books that have changed the way I think. And by following through the goal, my self-concept has improved and I see the future a lot brighter.
Thanks to this I am thinking of setting more rigorous goals in other areas of life as well. So far my two important goals have been regarding to reading, writing, investing and saving. Recently I’ve been thinking to set actually personal income goals, this is an area where I’ve been before completely clueless and it could be perfect time to change that as well.
Before I did mostly work just to make enough money to meet those goals mentioned earlier and maybe travel a bit. Now I am starting to take it in more responsible manner, and I’ve also started to believe that my efforts should be compensated fairly. This leads to valuing me and my time more highly. My goals are set according to my values, and the goals carry me towards the fulfillment of my purpose.
Set that serve you, your purpose and your values. I recommend setting them with the SMART –criteria.
Set the goals that are important, achievable and a bit challenging.
- Important, because you do not have time to waste on this earth, we cannot buy more time.
- Achievable, because everything starts with the belief that it can be done and when you believe you can do it, you start to think how you can do it.
- And challenging because only by challenging yourself and thinking how you can achieve it, will raise you to a new level.
Time bound thinking is good, you have to know when you’ve to be done, and what do you have to do each month, week and day to get there. Once you’ve this thinking crystal clear your mind starts to work with these thoughts and you will start to hit your deadlines. Then you wills start suddenly to think why cannot these things be done before the deadline?
At least this has happened to me now, as I’ve started to challenge myself in my personal financial goals. I finally understood the limitation of selling my time to my employer. Time is limited and by the way, why couldn’t I rather be rewarded for what I put in the time rather than the time itself?
“It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.” – Sam Ewing
With these thoughts, I’ve clear goals and purpose I have to change something, because the old ways do not take me to the goal. How can I get there? I am working on it. Remember: rich state of mind is the working state of mind.
If you want something, ask yourself: how?
See you on the summit.