This was sent to me by David Gikandi in his (R)evolutionScape Bulletin:
Anthony Robbins’ 12 Reasons Why People Don’t Get Wealthy
According to Wallace Wattles, in his popular wealth
treatise called the Science of Getting Rich, said that,
“There is a science of getting rich, and it is an exact
science, like algebra or arithmetic. There are certain laws
which govern the process of acquiring riches, and once
these laws are learned and obeyed by anyone, that person
will get rich with mathematical certainty.”
It is true. Those who make wealth know that it comes about
by application of simple rules and principles. Those who
don’t make wealth don’t know about these simple things, and
so they assume that wealth is a result of luck or pure
chance or something just as superstitious or silly.
Anthony Robbins is one of the top success coaches in the
world, having coached star sports players, heads of states
and Fortune 500 executives. In his Get The Edge program, he
listed down 12 specific reasons he has come to observe to
be the leading causes for most people’s lack of wealth.
Here they are:
1. They never decide and really define, very
specifically, what wealth means for them. The keyword here
is specifically. Can you imagine how hard it would be to
build a car or a plane without making a blueprint or sketch
drawings of it first? You have to know what your target is
before you go chasing after it.
2. They make wealth a moving target instead of a
fixed one (this is related to point one above). Once you
have your target, fix it. Don’t change it until you reach
it. You must accomplish each step, celebrate, and then set
course for a new step, a new target.
3. They define it in a way that seems unreachable.
You only achieve what you believe. No more, no less. So you
must make it believable for you. Set goals that will make
you move forward and stretch, but not too high that even
you yourself don’t believe you can. Take the biggest step
you believe you can, achieve it, then take the next biggest
you believe you can. This will build positive reinforcement
in your self-confidence as well.
4. They never start. Ok, this is obvious. If you
keep thinking about it forever, it will forever remain in
the thought level. You have to act! Start somewhere,
anywhere! Only after you start do you begin to get some
feedback which will help you plot your course better. The
aircraft has to first take off before it starts to adjust
course for its destination. You must start, somewhere,
anywhere, doesn’t matter, just start! Act!
5. They never make it a must. Let me explain what it
means to make it a must. It means marshalling all your
intent, your will, your direction, into one singular flow
that is directed towards your goal. All obstacles are
viewed as challenges to be overcome. You will meet
obstacles, and so expect it, but also expect to move
forward anyways. Use your obstacles to develop strength and
skills, don’t run away. Find out how to go past them. Find
out! There is always a way, always. And if your emotions
are acting against your desire, embrace them, learn what
they are, know yourself, but keep moving forward. Make it a
must, and it will happen. Guaranteed. You don’t know in how
many steps it will take, but you know it will happen.
6. They don’t have a realistic plan. If you want to
do something, find out how it is done from someone who has
done it before. Make a realistic plan. Copy from those who
have succeeded before you. But don’t throw away your
intuition. Your intuition is extremely powerful once you
learn how to listen to it with practice.
7. If they have a realistic plan, they never follow
through on the plan. Well, if you don’t follow the plan,
8. They give responsibility to others (“experts”)
instead of to themselves. This way, they never really learn
how to do it, and if there are failures they never learn
why the failures happened and so they are bound to repeat
them. It is a good idea to get advice, but do it yourself.
At least understand it yourself even if you will delegate
the actual doing.
9. They give up when they face challenges. Going
through the challenges is what has made people rich, not
giving up. Look, there are always challenges. So get used
to that. You will only get where you wish to get to if you
are willing to face the challenges along the path. All
challenges are opportunities dressed in work clothes,
remember that. After the challenge is over, you will
discover the amazing fruit it held for you.
10. They fail to conduct their lives as a business;
they never ensure that they make a profit year by year. Get
a personal finance package like Quicken or Microsoft Money.
you need to have budgets and cash flow statements for your
personal finances and your businesses. It is easy with
those software packages. If you don’t keep records and
track, you wont know when you are making or losing money
until it is embarrassingly too late.
11. They allow other people’s ideas to affect their decisions unreasonably. There will always be people who don’t believe in your way, or who are pessimistic, who try to pull you down, or whatever. And they will sometimes be your closest friends and family. You cannot change that -they have a right to be who they are. It is OK. Allow them their thoughts, don’t judge them for that, but don’t feel obligated to accept their thoughts of follow their way.
Don’t allow other people, now or from the past, unreasonably affect your decisions. Allow them their way, and you live your way.
12. They don’t get quality coaching. This is extremely important! Coaching is simply getting mentored by
someone who has succeeded wildly in the area of your
interest. Get coaching! Our education system hardly equips
us for real life, so don’t assume that because you went to
college you are properly equipped. Hardly. You need to keep
learning. The most successful people attend seminars, read
books, join mastermind groups and clubs, find mentors,
network, and even hire expensive personal coaches to make
sure they succeed.
How many of these reasons can you identify with? Well, now
that you see the reasons, you now can look at yourself and
make sure that you don’t follow ways that are known to not
lead to wealth. Follow what works and it will work. And
don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the way.