Your Millionaire Lifestyle Part Two

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I recently received a lot of great feedback from last week’s post “Your Millionaire Lifestyle”. The concept of developing an identity of abundance and wealth is extremely important if you desire to increase your financial wealth in the literal sense. I’ve decided to create a mini-series of posts on this topic. Here is part two: enjoy.

In the first installment of this series, I illustrated the power that simple low or no cost actions can have on your overall sense of “wealth”. The three specific actions that were discussed were cleaning your living area, cleaning your vehicle, and putting a bit of extra effort into your appearance.

Each of these requires little output on your end, but has a profound effect on your state, and consequently your behavior and resultant outcomes. When you “feel” wealthy, you think and operate more like a wealthy person, and therefore behave in a manner that is much more conducive to generating income, managing money well, and becoming more prosperous financially.

Each of the simple actions that I highlighted are examples of what we call anchor creation. Simply put, you are linking a feeling of abundance to a specific sight, sound, location, context, or pattern of action. Understanding anchor creation is a valuable skill to learn, as it allows you to trigger certain resourceful states pretty much on command.

The three examples provided are relatively passive anchors. They have a more global, and lasting effect than more acute techniques, and are also easier to implement.

I’d like to address another simple anchor that I have created quite successfully, which I personally reference to elicit a state of gratitude and abundance.

As a child growing up, my family did not have a lot of excess money. My father worked hard to permit us to live in a decent area, have a yard to play in, and good schools to attend. At the time, it cost him more than three of his weekly paychecks to cover the mortgage on our house each month. This left little for “extras”.

Despite our financially “poor” situation, I would have never thought of myself as a poor kid. I was always fed well, clothed, sheltered from the elements, and was attentively raised by both of my parents. Food was a big thing for me back then (still is), meal times were always fun, and dinner time specifically was especially nice because it meant that my Dad had returned from his long day at work.

Before I started Kindergarten, I was home each day with my Mom while my Dad worked, and my older sister was at school. Lunch time was my favorite part of the daytime hours, as I always had a huge appetite and loved to eat.

Very early on I developed a love for Chef Boyardee Ravioli. While they may not seem like gourmet fare to you, eating those glorious meat-stuffed pockets of pasta made me feel as if I was on top of the world. Despite their relative low cost, a big can of “ravs” (as I called them) represented a more significant expense than many of the cost-effective meals my Mom would prepare for me.

Each week my Mom would clip coupons religiously, and store her finds in an envelope on which she wrote the shopping list for the week. Seeing as how I could read and write well before I was four years old, I would sneak into the cabinet where she kept the envelope, and do my best to write “Raviolis” in my best impression of her distinctive handwriting. This inevitably elicited a laugh from her upon discovering what I had done, and more often than not that big, heavy can of ravioli would make its way home from the market, and onto our pantry shelf each week.

I absolutely loved the days when I would enjoy that can’s contents as my lunch. I cannot accurately describe the significance of those simple events as I perceived them in my young mind. I vividly remember looking at the pantry shelf often and thinking:

“When I get older, I’m going to have a lot of money, and I will always have a WHOLE SHELF full of Raviolis”.

That was how I represented wealth at that stage in my life; how many economy sized cans of my tasty lunch of choice one could afford to keep on hand.

Fast forward a few decades and I’m not going to lie, I still love Chef Boyardee Ravioli. It brings me a lot of joy that my son now loves them as well, and eats them for lunch just about daily after he returns from Kindergarten. At any given time that you should visit my house, you will see a shelf in my pantry stocked full of the “big cans”, ready for their date with the can-opener.

While I don’t eat them nearly as frequently as I imagined I would as a kid nowadays, I do enjoy them each time I do. You had better believe that I never allow that shelf to go bare as well. A well-stocked shelf serves as a visual reminder of what wealth meant to me as a kid.

Seeing that sight, regardless of what my financial climate is at that moment in time, I am instantly reminded of where I came from, what I have to be thankful for, and that I remained “true to my guns” in pursuing what I represented as abundance at various stages in my life.

To this day my Mom still wraps up a can of Ravioli for me every Christmas, religiously. It is a tradition for which I am immensely grateful, and which keeps me focused and grounded on my ever-evolving pursuit of my desires.

Think back to when you were a child; what would have made you feel as if you were the wealthiest person on the planet?

What simple things could you do now that you could be grateful for the opportunity and abundance necessary to do if you really wanted to be?

Remember that wealth is a state. How can you further develop anchors to elicit that state of mind when you feel a bit less than wealthy?

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2 Responses

  1. Great article.

    April 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm

  2. beastmode

    JP,
    Great article. For my wife and I it’s an 11 dollar bottle of wine we get at Costco. It is made in a winnery we visited in Paso Robles, CA, when we were first married 15 years ago. We always pick up a couple bottles on routine costco trips. Not fancy but makes us feel fancy, even if we are drinking it out of red plastic cups.

    April 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

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