Your Financial Freedom Goals Begin with a Thankful Mindset image

Your Financial Freedom Goals Begin with a Thankful Mindset

What are you thankful for?

In America, we are celebrating Thanksgiving. And while many may think it’s just about eating a big meal, it’s really a time to think about the things we are thankful for and enjoy being with family and friends. But with recovery from Superstorm Sandy going on, the current state of the economy and high unemployment rates, it may be difficult for you to enjoy this holiday. It can be easy to have a bitter attitude... but don’t fall into this trap!

I’ve talked about how important a positive attitude can be in reaching your goals. But another important part of your financial freedom journey is developing resiliency, or a way to recover from setbacks. In addition to your support structure, it’s important to create your own system that allows you to deal with all of the stumbling blocks and inevitable setbacks you’ll face in life.

And believe me. I know what I’m talking about when it comes to setbacks! In 1985, I was broke and homeless, living in my car for a short period. I’ve had to deal with lawsuits, bad partners and press, people stealing from me, people cheating me, and of course, the hundreds of mistakes and mishaps I’ve experienced along the way. But guess what? I’m still standing… and you will too.

As I say in “It’s Rising Time!”, there are two things I tell myself when disaster strikes. First, I remind myself, “This too shall pass.” The next thing I say is, “Something good will come from this.” And I cannot say I’m smiling when I repeat these words, but I say them until I actually believe them. Both statements are true because here I am today, still standing and happy. And my setbacks have made me, my marriage and our company stronger and better because of them.

When Mistakes Happen, Stay Positive.

A setback may be a small mistake, a disappointment, a problem, or a failure. A mistake points out something you don’t know so the key is figuring out what you need to learn from your mistakes so they don’t occur again.

If you sit around and feel sorry for yourself, blame others and have a negative attitude, then you don’t learn, you make no money and your dreams of financial freedom get farther and farther away. You need to change your mindset so that you look at your mistakes as opportunities to learn, grow and be more successful in all areas of your life.

When you do that, you’ll get the lesson and be able to move forward. And this may be easier said than done. For help, turn to your support structure, write in your journal, increase your financial education, and seek out information and answers. Take action!

With the Thanksgiving holiday here, it’s the perfect time to reflect and change a negative attitude around. Make a list of all the things you are thankful for including people, places, things, health, lessons you’ve learned from your mistakes, and anything else you can think of. Soon, you’ll have a list that will help give you the drive to move forward. Most important, your list is something you can use each day as a positive reinforcement to make your journey to financial freedom a little smoother.

With that, I’d like to thank you for being a part of the Rich Dad Community!

What are you thankful for?

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Original publish date: November 22, 2012