What do you want to be when you grow up:
I don’t know about you, but there was a time in my life when I had no idea what I wanted to be in my life. I remember adults asking me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I remember answering them by saying, “I don’t know.”
When Will I Figure It Out
When I got to college, I still had no idea. It seriously bothered me. Everyone else was picking a direction in life at this point, but I couldn’t. I had no earthy idea what I wanted to be when I grew up and if I was considered all grownup at the age of 18 – I was in trouble, because I still had no idea what I wanted to be.
I suppose I’d rather not know what my destiny was going to be than to force myself into doing something just for the sake of “making up my mind because I was suppose to” and ending up with a degree in a field that killed me slowly over the years because I hated my forced, wrong decision. Perhaps, it was ok not to know?
If I Knew Then What I Know Now
You do not need to know what you want to be when you “grow up.” If you have kids, or are around kids, don’t ask them what they what they want to be when they grow up. Ask them, “where they want to be when they grow up.” What’s the difference? It’s huge!
What you need to know is “where you want to be.” Knowing “where you want to be” is more valuable than knowing “what you want to be.”
Check out this example:
What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor!
Why? Because I will make lots of money!
Why do you need lots of money? So I can buy a really big house on the beach and a sports car.
What if you had all the money in the world, would you still want to be a doctor? No
So, what you really want is a large beach house and a sports car when you grow up, you don’t really want to be a doctor is that right? Right!
If you know where you are now, and where you want to be (in a big house on the beach) then you can get there with ease. Knowing where you are and where you want to be is all you need.
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Using a Gap Analysis to analyze who you are right now (which is why you are where you are right now) and where you want to be in the future, you can change your behaviors and conduct yourself in a manner to produce your idealized potential.
What Am I Talking About
Here’s an example:
Right now, you are working at a grocery store and you want to have millions of dollars so you can “be where you want to be.”
You want to be in a beach house and own a sports car – that is where you want to be (you don’t really want to be a doctor)
You now know:
Where you are
Where you want to be
Now that you know where you are and where you want to be, all you need to figure out is “who you have to become to get where you want to go.”
Notice I said “who you have to become,” not “what you have to become.”
Does the person you have to become have lots of money?
What kind of habits does someone with lots of money have?
What kind of habits do you have right now that need to change to be this person?
Who does this person hang out with?
What fears does this person have to overcome to be this person?
Does this person learn from their failures?
Does this person invest in themselves (read, listen to podcasts, learn)
Does this person hang out with the kind of people you are hanging out with right now?
You might not know exactly what this “kind of person” is like. Therefore, answering these questions might not be easy. Which leads me to the next piece of the puzzle.
You Are The Company That You Keep
Birds of a feather, flock together. If you intend to be broke your entire life, keep hanging out with broke people. People that work at the same job as you and make the same amount of money as you. People that can’t afford that beach house or a sports car, for example.
If you want to know how a rich man thinketh, hang out with a rich man. If you want to become a millionaire, hang out with millionaires. If you want to become a billionaire, hang out with billionaires.
Why? Because you will see that they are no different than you are. They are people. They are mortal human beings, just like you. Why is this important to understand? It is important to realize that they are no better than you are. If they can have millions of dollars, so can you.
We Do Not Think Alike
However, there is a difference in the millionaires mindset and the poor man’s mindset. The richman and the poor man’s mindset are not created equal. If you want to know how a millionaire thinks and how a millionaire walks and talks….hang out with one.
Do they really walk and talk differently? No, not really. But, they do think and act differently. The biggest difference is their logic: Millionaires do not focus on lack.
Have you ever heard a friend of yours complain about their bills and wonder out loud, “how they were going to pay them?” Perhaps you’ve done that a time or two? Do you think millionaires do the same thing? I will give you a hint: The answer is “no.”
You Get That Which You Focus Upon
If you are complaining about your financial situation, if not having money is always on your mind, you are focused on lack and you will get more of it. As much as I wish I could tell you that I created this law, I didn’t. This is a law of the Universe. You may have heard it called, “The Law of Attraction.”
If you want to know who the person that you have to become is like, hang out with people just like that. You will soon begin to think like them, talk and walk just like them (you are the company that you keep)
Act As If
When you start walking and talking (I mean acting) like someone who owns a beautiful beach house, you will attract opportunities in your life that support that reality. This isn’t just about the “The Law of Attraction,” this is about hanging out and making friends with the people that can afford to make your destination (where you want to be) a reality. Not that they will give you money, but you will learn form them how to make money and the people they introduce you to will be able to help you with that as well!
Can You Get There Now
Can the people you are hanging out with right now give you those opportunities? If not, perhaps they need to be turned loose. Whatever doesn’t enable you to metamorphize into the person you need to become to get where you intend to go, needs to be severed from your life.
Where do you want to be when you grow up?
How serious are you about being where you would like to be one day?
What sacrifices are you prepared to make?
To learn how to become who you need to become, check out this article: Acting As If
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Author: Philip Isaac
Philip Isaac is the founder of Electrified Mind. He is determined to reach the highest level of personal development as humanly possible by interacting with other world leaders through the Electrified Mind Podcast and absorbing all the knowledge they have to offer (you should join him). His overwhelming desire to make other people feel how he feels about life, drives him.