"I would rather listen to somebody who is TRYING to become wealthy; instead of somebody who just COMPLAINS about not being wealthy!" I begin with that quote because I am getting so tired of hearing people around me complain about how "hard" times are. So many people complain about it, but don't want to do anything to change their current situation. Instead, they will take their chances on the lottery, or pray that they will open up their mailboxes to find a huge check. They go to work and do the same things day after day, week after week, month after month, and sometimes year after year, yet hope or expect for things to change for the better. I want to scream so badly and say, "If you want things to change; then make a change. And I'm not just talking about your environment, but your mindsets, attitudes, and actions!"
The first thing that must change is your "mindset". Never forget this, "If you continue to think the way you've always thought, you're going to continue to get what you've always got!" The majority has been raised and taught to have a "job" mentality. In other words, you believe in exchanging your time for money. I hear so many people with a "job" say things like, "I make such and such" or "How much do you make at your job?" What they do not realize is that neither one is "making" anything; they both are "working" for their money. When you "work" for someone or something, you become subject to that person or thing. You do not own or control what you are subject to. Therefore, you do not "own" your money, your money "owns" you. You do not ultimately decide what to spend your money on; your money tells you where to spend it. Hear me out; stop being deceived by your current mindset thinking that you "make" money at your job, and that you control where you want your money to go. Because, until your money starts working for you, you will always be subject to it, not the other way around. Remember, "You must change your mindset, before you can increase your assets."
The next thing that you must change is your "attitude", the way you approach your situations. Never forget this, "It's not about the situations you face, it's about how you face those situations!" Every time you attempt to do something positive, negativity will always present itself; I guarantee it. Therefore, now that you know it, how will you react the next time it shows up? Will you get upset or angry, and in turn become negative? Or will you instead be grateful for it, because your mindset is changed and your attitude is focusing on the victory and not the "thought" of being defeated? Some might say, "The 'thought' of being defeated, TJ what are you talking about?" Listen, the Bible says that out of the abundance of the heart a man speaks. Now, in the midst of "it" being in your heart to out of your mouth, "it" becomes a thought. The Bible also says that, if a man should look upon a woman to "lust" after her, then he has committed adultery with her already in his heart. To lust after her, he must first "think" of her in a way or act that is unpleasing to God. Once again, "it" is a thought. The point that I am trying to make is, when negativity presents itself, focus on the victory instead of the "thought" of being defeated. Change your attitude and the way you approach your situations. Because if you don't change your attitude, and stop focusing on the "thought" or fear of being defeated, then you might as well consider yourself defeated already.
The final thing that you must change is your "actions". Never forget this, "I would rather fail in SUCCEEDING, than to succeed in FAILING!" In other words, I would rather attempt to "do" something positive and come up short, than to attempt to "do" nothing and succeed. I know that sounds cheesy, but notice that I put emphasis on the word "do". Changing your mindset and attitude means a whole lot, but if you do not change your actions, then it was all done in vain. Many people can talk a good talk; but know that talking is not going to take a step for you. If you really want your situations to change, and you are tired of being sick and tired then it is time for you to change your actions. You cannot continue doing the same things that you have been doing and expect different results, I don't care if you've changed your mindset and attitude or not. The only way change is going to take place is if "you" initiate it. It all comes down to, "How Bad Do You Want It?"