I’ve met many people over the years that had very negative beliefs about money, about themselves concerning money, or about others who happen to have money. Have you noticed that when the topic of money comes up with some people, there are stories about money that seem to come to the surface pretty quickly as well? Sometimes I cringe when I hear people’s limiting stories about what is possible for themselves. I think many people have a self-imposed glass ceiling on themselves financially. They may blame something or someone else for their glass ceiling, but I have found in digging and asking questions that most people’s ceiling is really self-generated and self-imposed. A person’s biggest enemy isn’t some outside force, but instead themselves.
Recently, I was watching the NBA basketball finals and I saw an interview with Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors. He was asked if he thought he was the best defender in the NBA. The reporter got a very deep answer back. Draymond said:
“As a competitor, if you’re trying to do something meaningful, if you don’t have the mindset that you’re the best ever, you’ve failed already,” said Green. “So if you don’t have the mindset that you are the best reporter ever, then you’ve already failed. That’s been my mindset since I can remember, that will be my mindset as long as I can remember anything. That I am the best ever at what I do. Every day that I step on the basketball floor, I will strive to be that, but my mindset will always be as such as I am the best to do what I do. That’ll get me a shot at being the best.
“Before you can even reach anything, you have to believe it. You don’t just mistakenly become great at something,” said Green. “You probably at one time or another believed that you could be great at that, and then you work to be great at that, and you reach that greatness. But you don’t mistakenly become great. And then you start to believe, ‘Oh man, I’m great at that.’ Nah, you believed that before, and you worked to get that, so I always believe that, and I work every day to reach that.”
This is great! I love it. This same philosophy is true about being the greatest husband ever, the greatest money manager ever, or the greatest father ever. You must first have the desire to be great. Then you must believe that you can be. Then you are constantly learning about that craft and implementing it. Then you must believe that you are. The interesting thing is once you believe, you also will then begin to act more like it.
As Brooke Castillo of Life Coach School says, our Circumstances lead to our
Thoughts which lead to our
Feelings which lead to our
Actions which lead to our
To change your results, you must go up the ladder and change your thoughts. Beliefs are just repetitive thoughts.