Sometimes we love change and sometimes we hate it. In fact some of us love to change and others fear it.

Why is change difficult for many of us?

Because change makes us move out of our comfort zones. It takes courage to leave something familiar and try something new.

One of the jobs of our subconscious mind is survival – to protect us. It likes to keep things the same preferring safety and security over the untested and unproven. Haven’t we all heard people say “better the devil I know than the devil I don't know."

We tend to believe that if we stick with what we know, with what is familiar, then we won't get hurt.

The problem is that in terms of wealth creation, it’s not what we know that’s holding many of us back. It’s what we think we know that isn’t so that is holding us back.

Many of us are not as far advanced with their wealth creation as they would like to be. They are not as successful as they would like to be and haven’t developed the financial freedom they deserve. Yet they continue to do the same things over and over hoping somehow things will be different.

Think about it… if you keep doing the things you always did, you are going to keep getting the results you always got. If what you've been looking for was where you've been looking, chances are you'd have already found it!
Doing more of the same even harder and longer is not usually the answer. Being willing to change will usually create better results.

So what holds most of us back? It’s our financial blueprint – the programming we received as a child.

As initially described by Wallace Wattles in The Science of Getting Rich and more recently by Harv T. Ekers in his great book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind (a must read for all investors) –
Your Thoughts Lead to your Feelings – Your Feelings lead to your Actions and Your Actions determine your Results.
It is no coincidence that your inner world creates your outer world. The programming you received, usually as a child, leads to your thoughts, your fears and your limitations about wealth creation today.

So one of the first steps in change is changing your thoughts.

How do you think about money, success and prosperity?

What do you say to yourself?

What is that little voice in your head saying?

For many of us our thoughts revolve around fear, scarcity and limitation. The problem is that what you focus on expands. If you think about fear, scarcity and limitation – what do you achieve?

Your Thoughts Lead to your Feelings – Your Feelings lead to your Actions and Your Actions determine your Results.
So money is a result – wealth is a result, your health is a result.

Your results in all these fields have been caused by you – by your actions. These occur in your outer world but are determined by your thoughts and feelings – your “inner world.”

For many investors their current mindset just won’t let them get to the next level. It’s not what they don’t know that prevents them from succeeding; it’s what they think they know that isn’t correct that is their greatest obstacle.

The way they think is their greatest barrier

It’s because of their programming - the way they were programmed by the things they heard, the things they saw and the things they experienced. This is a type of thermostat that was usually set in our childhood and gives each of us our feelings and beliefs about money and wealth. The problem is for many investors, their thermostat is not set for Wealth.

Many of us need to intentionally change our inner world – our way of thinking. We need to start thinking about prosperity, abundance and success to enable us to attract those very things.

Firstly we need to change the way we think about ourselves. We need to see ourselves as a wealthy person, as a wealth attractor and a wealth creator. This means we may need to change some ingrained thinking patterns. Or overcome some negative ways of thinking that have developed as the result of past experiences.

Why are we scared of change?

Why do we find it hard to change our way of thinking when change is natural? In fact, the only constant in the world, the only thing you can absolutely count on, is change itself. Often because our subconscious mind is programmed to keep things the same to “protect us.” I’m sure you’ve heard people say –“better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.”

Yet most successful people all share one critical characteristic – the trait of adaptability. They embrace change. They look for opportunities to expand and learn.

Another common characteristic of successful people is that they have a mentor and they belong to a mastermind group. They hang around other like minded successful people.

If you continue to do the things you have always done, you will continue to get the results you have always achieved. If you want to move forwards in your wealth creation.

I believe it was Einstein who said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result."

Author's Bio: 

Michael Yardney is a best selling author and one of Australia's leading experts in the psychology of success and wealth creation through property. He is a regular keynote speaker at seminars throughout Australia and South East Asia and his opinions are frequently quoted in the media.

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