Every part of me winces at this idea of creating a ‘prosperity plan.’
And that’s exactly why I selected the exercise as today’s action item.
I wince a little less at developing a ‘success plan.’ When we start getting into a more generic ‘life plan’ idea, then I start loosening up some. And if we developed a personal mission and vision, I’m even more comfortable.
The fact is, though, that all of these things are basically the same thing: They are all visions of an ideal future combined with a targeted action plan to get to that ideal future.
The idea of ‘Prosperity’ doesn’t have to be Rolls-Royces and pet tigers on 18 karat gold leashes.
Prosperity can simply be a loving family, supportive friends, plenty of money to support the family, give to a few causes, and discipline enough to develop a lifestyle full of healthy habits.
Today’s Action Item: Create the first draft of a prosperity plan
The prosperity plan consists of identifying a vision for an ideal future, selecting 1-2 habits to support that vision, and then identifying limiting beliefs that hamper walking in those habits.
I’ve done this before. I’ve states my ideal future as if it already were (“I make X dollars and enjoy financial freedom.”). I’ve selected habits (I will make X cold calls a day to clients at X revenue.).
But I’ve not taken the time to identify limiting beliefs.
That was the most powerful parts of this action item. When I started really drilling down to beliefs that limit me in various areas, I started getting a better understanding of why I don’t always get the traction I need. It was like an onion of bad, unproductive thinking getting peeled and peeled and peeled.
One of my limiting beliefs? I’m scared of this idea of prosperity. Do I deserve it? Is it selfish to want it? Am I skilled enough at it? If I work toward it and fail, what does that say about my brain, discipline, etc?
The plan now is to start washing out the swamp of these thoughts with fresh, clear, empowering thinking.
That’s the daily piece of the prosperity plan: To find time for a daily review and visioning of those possibilities and to call out the limiting thoughts as they pop up to tell me those possibilities aren’t, well, possible.
I still cringe a little. It feels self-helpy, but I know that I need to dig in and continue to work through this prosperity planning exercise. It’s not about me as much as it’s about my family.
It’s All About Mindset
My biggest takeaway from reading this book is that my mindset needs to continually be overhauled. Right before I read much of the book yesterday, I said outloud to a friend, “I just don’t have the money-making gene. I got a screw loose in that part of my mind where people figure out how to make cash.”
I’ve told myself that lie a few things. They’ve mapped the human genome. There’s no such gene. Now it’s time to beat into my brain the possibilities as a smart guy in America. They’re virtually endless, and I owe it to my family and to anybody else that I’m fortunate enough to come across to leverage all opportunities that come across my path.
Let’s do this, right? You with me?
Today’s Other Content
Episodes 30-32 from the Ben Settle Antipreneur Show – Wonderful content as usual. I especially love episode 30 – Email Players Rules, part 2. These rules are not at all ONLY for email copywriters. They apply across the board in business, in my humble opinion. And in some ways, their main benefit is time management. All of the rules help you focus in on the few things that make you most effective.
If you’re unsure what this blog is about, please check out the first post where I explain the Dan Miller Challenge and what I’m committing to for the next 6 months.