Discover The Critical Mental Shift That Changes Financial Freedom From A Question Of “If” To The Security Of “When”.
Let’s begin with a riddle…
Three birds are sitting on the limb of a tree, and two birds decide to fly away. How many birds remain?
If you answered “one” then guess again. All three birds remain on the branch because deciding to fly away and actually doing what it takes are two different things. Decisions mean nothing until you follow through by committing with real action.
This distinction is critical to understanding why so few people succeed at building wealth. Everyone wants financial freedom, but very few achieve it. The difference is commitment to the goal – very few people ever leave the security of the branch and do the hard work of flying to freedom.
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
Vincent T. Lombardi
Deciding you want financial freedom is one thing, but actually doing what is necessary to achieve the goal are two entirely different levels of commitment. Many people will learn the tools and tricks to becoming wealthy, but very few will put them into practice consistently and persistently enough to succeed.
Deciding is never enough because it is merely the warm-up act to real action. Intention without action is like a car without gas. It won’t get you very far. Many people want to become wealthy, but very few reach the goal. The reason is commitment… or lack thereof.
So what about you? Are you committed to achieving financial freedom? Let’s see…
Commitment Bridges The Gap Between Wanting Financial Freedom and Taking Action To Achieve It
There is often a huge gap between the decision to seek wealth and the commitment that leads to constructive action. Successfully bridging that gap is the critical difference between success and failure on the road to wealth.
The way you bridge that gap is simple cause and effect. Commitment is the cause that drives you to take action which produces effects. Commitment motivates you to do the work, acquire the skills, and overcome the inevitable obstacles that lead to success. Commitment motivates you to overcome lethargy and take risks.
All these things are actions, and actions are an effect: the cause is commitment. Without commitment there is no action and without action there are no results. That is the problem with most wealth building systems – they skip the commitment phase – which is the essential learning step that will make or break your success. My wealth building system – Seven Steps To Seven Figures - is different because commitment is where it all begins.
The truth is if you were already committed then you would already be in action building wealth – you would see the effects. You wouldn’t just be thinking about it but would be doing it. The speed at which you grow your wealth directly measures the depth of your commitment. Either you are consistently growing your wealth and financial intelligence or you are not. The results don’t lie.
“The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it.”
Mack R. Douglas
Unfortunately, most wealth building programs set you up for failure by ignoring the importance of commitment. Why… because smart marketers know it doesn’t sell well. Instead, they go for what sells best by pitching you on the latest whiz-bang, how-to techniques – even if that isn’t what will help you.
The unspoken secret in the how-to-make-money seminar business is that nearly all of the manuals, DVDs and CD sets sold end up languishing on bookshelves collecting dust. Action seldom results from the education. That’s because learning a how-to trick is useless when commitment is missing. Commitment is the cause that translates the dream of wealth into real results.
Consider an analogy from the construction industry. A hammer is just a tool and won’t produce results for a carpenter who has a higher commitment to vacation or is busy with other projects. However, when a carpenter is committed to building a house then proper tools like a hammer will translate into results. Notice that commitment is the first priority and the tools come second. The same occurs with wealth building and investment tools.
“It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those we intend to commit.”
For example, this author attended a real estate seminar where I met many participants with tons of real estate knowledge. They had read mountains of books, attended multiple seminars, and possessed all the knowledge necessary to become successful real estate investors ten times over; however, they didn’t own any real estate. I would even venture to say that many never will own any investment real estate. Why?
They were busy educating, analyzing and pontificating on real estate, but they weren’t busy taking the crucial and necessary actions to actually own investment real estate. They weren’t making offers, analyzing markets and deals, or arranging financing. They wanted it, but they weren’t committed enough to actually do it, and their results proved it.
Returning to our earlier flying example, commitment occurs when you transform the decision to fly into action by leaping into the air from the security of the branch. Once you are in the air then you absolutely must fly to survive, and you will do whatever it takes to make sure you don’t fail. Leaping from the branch into the air causes risk. It is no longer an intellectual exercise, but a real action with real consequences for failure or success. You either fly successfully or you go splat.
If you want to become wealthy then you must leap from the security of the branch. You must fly or go splat. That’s commitment.
How Do You Know When You Are Committed To Building Wealth … Or Merely Decided?
If you are not sure how committed you are to building wealth there is a simple and certain way to know for sure. Simply judge by the results of your life. Judging by results is not always kind, but it’s always fair. Results are like the symptom that shows the disease. They are the clues that display the root cause.
For example, if you live in a fancy house, drive a flashy car leveraged with debt, or carry credit card balances then your results clearly show you are more committed to lifestyle than financial freedom.
If you feel stuck in a job and can’t leave despite entrepreneurial dreams, then you are more committed to security than wealth and growth.
“If we fall, we don’t need self-recrimination or blame or anger – we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to recommit…”
If you read books about wealth and attend seminars but your portfolio and investment actions don’t reflect this learning, then you are interested in wealth but you aren’t committed to creating it.
If you procrastinate, make excuses, and get frustrated because you know you should save, invest for the future, and learn more about building wealth but do little to actually move forward, then you have merely decided. You still haven’t committed to becoming wealthy and your results prove it.
In other words, look at the characteristics and results of your life honestly and contrast it with your unsatisfied dreams and desires. Behind your results hides your true commitment – for better or worse. Look honestly and you will see what you are committed to.
My question to you is simply this:
Are you committed to retiring early and wealthy, or have you only made the decision? Are you safely holding onto the security of the branch, or have you taken the leap of faith and committed yourself to flight?
What Does Commitment To Financial Freedom Look Like?
Commitment to wealth is the realization that you will attain financial freedom no matter what. Period. It is not a question of “if”, but rather “how” and “when”.
You gain this clarity of commitment when you reach the point that no alternative to wealth and financial security is acceptable. You aren’t willing to settle for a nice lifestyle by working for the rest of your life, and you aren’t willing to greet shoppers with carts or flip burgers after you retire. You want freedom from financial constraints sooner rather than later, and you are willing to do what is necessary because no other alternative is tolerable.
Commitment has courage of conviction and clear boundaries. There is nothing vague about being committed to achieving financial freedom because it is black and white simplicity. This clarity in thinking is what translates into meaningful action in your life.
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Attaining this level of commitment has nothing to do with Herculean self-discipline or amazing grace. Instead, it comes from knowing in your heart what priority financial independence holds in your life, the price you are paying for not having it, and the unacceptability of anything less.
Once you are clear that financial freedom is a priority then it becomes very difficult to live out of congruence with this commitment. You pro-actively get into action because that is what you want to do – not because you should. Your habits change to support financial freedom and you start to see results. Self-discipline isn’t required because these are the things you want to do.
Commitment converts the inevitable obstacles that occur along this journey from brick walls that blocked forward momentum into hurdles that are easily cleared. Your actions are results oriented making each setback a lesson in how to play the game smarter next time.
Your commitment raises your energy level because you’re excited by your goal. You wake up early invigorated by the opportunity to take additional actions that bring you one step closer to your dream. Building wealth is fun now; whereas, it might have been tedious before.
When you are committed to becoming wealthy your actions are consistent and persistent. Every day you prioritize your activities to take you closer to financial freedom. Other goals take a back seat because financial security is now in the driver’s seat.
With commitment you’re motivated to save and invest because that is what you prefer over spending valuable resources on unnecessary lifestyle. Living below your means and allocating resources to build assets doesn’t feel like a sacrifice because you are clear on your goal and how there is no other acceptable alternative. You are excited by positively moving toward attaining it.
“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.”
You are now consumed by your dream and think about it regularly because you are committed to making it happen. You choose to read books, attend seminars, and listen to educational audio products about financial and investment issues because that is what interests you. The tools and skills that lead to financial success grow out of your desire to learn: this is a natural effect caused by your commitment.
Additionally, your commitment to financial success creates new friendships and new environments to support your goal. You may hire a mentor, form a mastermind group, or join a professional organization to structure social support and accountability. Each of these environments enhances your commitment and increases your persistence thus increasing your odds of success.
Your commitment produces a force of energy that opens doors and creates possibilities that would not have been there otherwise. You find opportunity where previously there was none.
Your forward progress is powerful, directed, focused and creates results when you are committed. No other alternative is possible because you will correct and adjust until you get what you committed to. Nothing less is acceptable. Becoming wealthy is no longer a question of “if” … but “when”.
I’ve coached clients on achievement and success issues for many, many years. Whenever you are stuck the root cause is nearly always commitment. Whenever there is a gap between what you want and what you have the first place to look is nearly always commitment. It is a huge, big deal that remarkably few success coaches seem to understand. It isn’t sexy and it doesn’t sell well, but it reliably get’s results.
You can’t learn to fly by thinking about flying or watching others fly from the security of a branch, and you can’t become wealthy by standing around the periphery and observing. You must incur the risk of leaving the branch and leaping into the air. It’s that element of risk that forces you to fly no matter what gets in the way because failure becomes an unacceptable alternative. You will correct and adjust until you succeed.
Taking action and incurring risk might not be the easiest path, but it is the only way to get results. You might feel scared the first time you leap from the branch into the air, but every future branch you stand on will feel more secure knowing from experience you’re a capable pilot. And every time you spread those wings to take flight you will become stronger and more skilled until the process becomes second nature. Success begets more success, and it all begins with that first commitment.
“Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.”
Many dream of wealth and many more want it, but few commit to doing whatever is necessary to create it. The difference is as dramatic as night is to day because one creates success, and the other never will. I’ve watched coaching clients go through the process numerous times and the results are literally like night and day.
If you would like to fly toward financial freedom then the Seven Steps to Seven Figures curriculum is specifically designed to help you. The first step specifically focuses on commitment and is the correct starting point on your journey to financial security helping you get greater results with less effort and discipline.
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.”
You can either fumble through the “how-to” tools and tricks hoping to be one of the fortunate few who eventually get results, or you can follow a step-by-step blueprint that offers a complete solution and fills in the gaps left by others.
Commitment is the first step that everyone who becomes wealthy must complete – but most gurus fail to teach. It is the step that transforms your dreams of wealth from a question of “if” to the certainty of “when”.
When will you take the leap?