Progress always requires change. Going to a new level always requires changing your mind. You may know intuitively, but you need to need to make that idea foundational to the way you “do” life. Martin Grunder tells a story about Mark Victore Hansen, the motivational speaker who created the Chicken Soup for the Soul empire.
Years ago, before his great success, Hansen approached Tony Robbins at an event where both of hem were speaking. “Tony,” he said, “I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’m doing okay. I’m making about a million dollars a year doing what I’m doing. I know for a fact that you made $156 million last year with your speaking and teaching and all of your products. How do you do it? How can I do it?
Grundersays Robbins turned to Hansen and asked, “who is in your mastermind group?” That’s a group of like-minded people who meet to generate ideas and have accountability.
“Millionaires,” replied Hansen. “We’re all millionaires.”
“That’s what you’re doing wrong,” Robbins remarked.
“You need to find yourself some billionaires and begin associating with them! They’ll get you thinking at their level.” To say that Hansen has gone to another level since that conversation is stating it mildly. His goal is to sell one billion Chicken Soup books, and he is well on his way to reaching that target. Those you think and reason with define the boundaries of creativity or inspiration you will never cross unless you change your thinking group. Remember Mr. B’s phrase in the sitcom “Bassey and Company”. If you want to be a millionaire, think like a millionaire.”
To live on a new level requires thinking on a new level. Do you want to succeed where you have failed before? Do you want to go to a level you never even dreamed possible? Do you want to become the person you always hoped you could be? If you do, don’t start by trying to change your actions. Start by changing your mind. Nothing else you do will have as great an impact. The only reason why things have changed physically, spiritually, financially and otherwise in my life is because I decided to change the way I thought about it.