In my last post I was sharing with you my concept of Self-Development as KEY to Happiness. One part of it was dedicated to educate yourself via books. Lately I have finished one of those books that has left a remarkable impression on me. In this book review I want to share with you what it is about and why I believe it can be helpful for all of us.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – T. Harv Eker
In the first part he introduces the concept of the money blueprint that exists in all of us. Eker believes that the financial blueprint will determine each one’s financial destiny.
He advises to challenge mental approaches whenever you start to think in financially negative or counterproductive ways. According to him the mindset is the biggest obstacle to financial success.
„If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible“
Eker explains that the money blueprint is already embedded in our subconscious minds and we were conditioned in three primary ways. Those are:
Verbal Programming: What did you hear when you were young?
Modeling: What did you see when you were young?
Specific Incidents: What did you experience when you were young?
Our subconscious minds were always confronted with different habits and approaches towards money. We were adopting principals and behaviours that were „tought“ by others, mostly our parents and closer environment.
„Lack of money is the effect, but what is the root cause?“
To get a better understanding he introduces a formula that he called The Process of Manifestation
(P →) T → F → A = R
Thoughts lead to Feelings
Feelings lead to Actions
Actions lead to Results
To explain the P he says that also our thoughts have to come from somewhere. This is where he describes that our past conditioning (Programming) determines every thought that bubbles up in our minds.
There are a number of exercises on how to change your mindset in the areas of verbal programming, modeling, and specific incidents in order to begin changing your blueprint to one that supports financial success. It’s a nice read with some good examples from practical life situations.
The second part of the book contains seventeen „Wealth Files“ that teach you how rich people think differently from poor or middle-class people. He suggests to repeat the declarations continuously. According to me they are less important. But what makes it very appealing are the direct exercises that you can apply in real life in order to change your mindset and grow your wealth.
Out of the seventeen wealth files I want to give you two examples.
#5 Rich people focus on opportunities – Poor people focus on obstacles
1.Get in the game. Consider a situation or project you’ve wanted to start. Whatever you’ve been waiting for, forget it. Begin from now wherever you are with whatever you’ve got. If possible, do it while working for or with someone else. No more excuses. Go for it.
2.Practice optimism. When whatever anyone says that is a problem or an obtacle, reframe it into an opportunity. You’ll drive negative people nuts, but, hey, what’s the difference? That’s what they constantly doing to themselves anyway.
3.Focus on what you have, not on what you don’t have. Make a list of ten things you are grateful for in your life and read the list aloud. Then read it each morning for the next thirty days. If you don’t appreciate what you’ve got, you won’t get any more and you don’t need any more.
#15 Rich people have their money work hard for them – Poor people work hard for their money
2.Change your focus from „active“ income to „passive“ income. List at least three specific strategies with which you could create income without working, in either the investment or the business field. Begin researching and then take action on these strategies.
At the bottom line I can just recommend you to think about purchasing this book if you want to take a deeper look into different money blueprints and how they affect our lives. The most important part to me have been the exercises in part two of the book as they were providing some good value in terms of actively changing your attitude and habits towards money.