Your life-long personal financial management and investing journey can feel like a roller coaster.
You get a raise, yay!
The stock market crashes, boo!
Occasionally, the extreme highs, lows, and multiple medium-intensity moments occur all in the same day. Luckily, when you invest in commercial real estate, that roller coaster experience is a bit less volatile when compared to the stock market, but the highs and lows still exist.
Every investment requires you to take on risk in exchange for the potential upside. You can (and should) do your research, vet the markets, and interview operators, in an effort to make an informed decision about the risk you’re taking on.
To wade through these waters over the long haul, it takes a bit of grit, the ability to talk yourself back up the hill after tumbling downward, absolute determination, and sometimes, some thick skin.
Your mindset is responsible for 80% - 90% of your success
Shocking, right? Yes, only 10% - 20% of your success hinges on your knowledge, tactics, and the mechanical details you implement. Mindset has become quite the hot topic lately, but how do you cultivate a grit-oriented growth mindset that fosters investing success?
This article will share several mindfulness practices, the power of vision boarding, and a few other exercises that some may consider to be woo-woo.
Make Your Dreams and Wishes Physically Visible
'The' Rod Khleif has made millions, lost it all, and then rebuilt it. His strong conviction in the power of a physical vision board really got my wheels turning. I can only imagine what it must have been like to have $50 million to lose in the first place!
I have made vision boards and pasted pictures of objects and locations that I thought were far-fetched at best. Ready for a science fact? The reticular activating system in your brain recognizes the goals you make physically apparent (by cutting and pasting pictures onto a poster board) and subconsciously draws you toward those individuals, locations, and things in real life.
When you have an on-paper visual depiction of your greatest objectives and aspirations, you're less likely to forget why you're striving and more inclined to take tiny steps in the direction of achieving those goals.
Maybe those hopes and dreams will come true after years of hard effort, or perhaps you take baby steps toward your major objectives and achieve them in five or ten years. Nonetheless, gazing at your goals every day has scientific, yet seemingly magical power.
Use Your (Potential) Pain As A Tool
Intentional journaling may help you achieve a major objective-setting endeavor. I'm not talking about waking up and jotting down your feelings, disappointments, and daydreams over a cup of coffee every morning. Instead, this is a very focused 30-minute goal setting exercise.
People don't make daily choices out of comfort, they do things to solve a pain point. Customers purchase items, participate in events, and undertake journeys in order to alleviate their problems. This technique works because, by using pain as motivation, you'll react eagerly to alleviate perceived suffering.
Make Your Dreams a Reality by Verbalizing Them
Claiming your goals aloud is one approach to developing a positive mental attitude toward money. If you speak your objectives verbally, in full confidence that they will come true, you're more likely to achieve them.
This is where a daily writing practice might be useful, or you may use affirmations every morning to boost your confidence in yourself as someone who can achieve the goals you’ve set.
Another method to make progress using verbal power is to replace negative phrases in your everyday speech with ones that convey confidence, hope, and possibility. As an illustration, replace “I just can't seem to get over this issue” with "I'm grateful for the chance to learn something new and develop."
I'm not telling you to be a happiness robot, but rather, that you be aware of your thoughts and the language you use internally and externally. Start speaking as if your goals are attainable and have already been fulfilled.
Implement A Gratitude Practice
Gratitude is at the core of every achievement. Practice expressing gratitude for where you are in life, what you've learned from your experiences, and for the accomplishments that lie ahead.
A gratitude practice may be done through meditation. Journaling your appreciation is another excellent method to express your thanks.
A gratitude exercise can be done at any time throughout the day, during a morning or evening routine, or even while exercising! Make a strategy to be grateful for all that has happened and all that will come your way, and put it into practice in your daily life.
Allow the Universe to Return The Favor
Now, you're probably wondering what this has to do with money, financial freedom, or real estate. When your mindset is in a good place, you're clear on your objectives, and have implemented gratitude exercises, energy (typically in the form of money) flows to assist you in achieving your goals.
So, no matter how silly you feel, start employing mindset work to build the life you desire. Create a personal regimen that leaves you feeling like your lofty ambitions are now real and feasible. You'll be more likely to conduct research, spot possibilities, seize opportunities, and build relationships if your objectives are in view.
Perhaps you've decided to invest a million dollars in real estate one day, and you come across a strategy that encourages you to put $50,000 at a time into various stable commercial assets. Then you come up with a brilliant idea to save (or earn $50,000 more) each year, specifically and strategically toward your big goal.
Practice gratefulness, go through the 30-minute goal-setting session, state your objectives verbally with the universe, and make a vision board; if you don't, you'll never know what might have occurred if you did.
I'm a Conscious Investor. I invest and help others for both Personal Freedom AND Financial Freedom because they're not the same. If you feel that fluttery feeling that you have MORE to offer the world, schedule a time to speak with me directly because I help people discover their greater potential personally and financially.
This work by Annie Dickerson is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0