Your autopilot mode can make you wealthy or poor
Intelligence, talent, and charm are great, but more often than not these aren’t what separate the wealthiest among us from the poorest.
Instead, the differences are in our daily habits. Do you realize that these subconscious,second-nature activities make up 40 percent of our waking hours? That means that two out of every five minutes, all day and every day, we operate on autopilot. It’s true: Habits are neural pathways stored in the basal ganglia, a golf ball-size mass of tissue right in the center of our brains, in the limbic system.
This neural fast lane is meant to save the brain energy: When a habit is formed and stored in this region, the parts of the brain involved in deeper decision-making cease to fully participate in the activity. However, we all know there are good habits and bad habits.
Here are the most important Rich Habits you can take up to reach and maintain your wealth potential.
- Live within your means.
- Don’t gamble.
- Read every day.
- Forget the boob tube and spend less time surfing the internet.
- Control your emotions.
- Network and volunteer regularly.
- Go above and beyond in work and business.
- Set goals, not wishes.
- Avoid procrastination.
- Talk less and listen more.
- Avoid toxic people.
- Don’t give up.
- Set aside the self-limiting beliefs holding you back.
- Get a mentor.
- Eliminate “bad luck” from your vocabulary.
- Know your main purpose.
As you can see, the differences between rich and poor are simple-sometimes intuitive—but not insignificant. Aim to take up all 16 of these habits, and you’re almost guaranteed to become better off.