by Ali Brown
In my Millionaire Protégé Club, many of my members are surprised that I spend just as much time teaching business strategies as I do teaching the correct money mindset. If you are rich, how you think and feel about money is even more important than how you earn it. But if you don't think and feel wealthy, then you'll never get to that point. You need to think rich, feel rich, and take action to achieve the lifestyle you want and to able to support the causes (and people) you care about.
Here are seven mantras that can help you start on the road to riches.
1. "I am responsible for my financial success, and no one else." Your financial situation is a direct result of your own actions. If you find yourself blaming other people or circumstances, you are not accepting responsibility. Even worse, you are buying into the notion that you are powerless to change your circumstances. Wealthy people create their own lives – it doesn't just happen for them. You need to believe that, too.
2. "I learn about making money from wealthy people." If you take advice from someone who is struggling to make ends meet, then chances are, you may find yourself in that situation, too. If, on the other hand, you look to successful mentors who have proven they know how to make and manage their money, then you could rise to their level.
3. "I take good care of my money." If you can't manage the money you have, it's unlikely that the universe will bring you more. Your money management system doesn't have to be complicated – a notebook, pen, and calculator are all you need to get started. Ignoring your bills won't help you achieve wealth, but creating a plan for paying off debts will get you on the right track.
4. "I see opportunities in everything." While some people see roadblocks and risks that prevent them from taking action, you need to see the opportunities. Successful companies like Disney and Trader Joe's have flourished during difficult economic times, and you can, too, if you know how to recognize opportunities.
5. "I play to win big." Small thinking leads to small bank accounts. Big thinking leads to big money. Instead of making it your goal to earn a "comfortable" living, get out of your comfort zone and set higher goals for yourself.
6. "I love to receive–especially money." Learning to accept gifts can help you learn to accept money. Never apologize for your pricing. Charge what you know you are worth and don't be shy about asking for payment. You deserve to be paid upfront or at least on time!
7. "I enjoy giving money to others." Tithing–the act of giving back to worthy people and organizations–is an important part of the money cycle. When I received a thank you card from a past client with a tithe of three $100 bills, I immediately left the other for the hotel maid. Giving to someone else feels good!
Follow these seven mantras and the money will follow, too.
© 2009 Ali International, LLC
Self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur and Inc. 500 CEO Ali Brown is devoted to creating financial freedom for women globally through the power of entrepreneurship. To learn how to create wealth and live an extraordinary life now, register for her free weekly articles at www.AliBrown.com