I’ve been hearing that term a lot since I decided to create the MotorCop Mindset. I’d like to think its confirmation that I’m on the right track with all this mindset talk, you know?
In an effort to stay on my game and provide you with some valuable content, I decided to reread The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko. I first read it about seven years ago when I was still buried in debt. I was hungry for mentors that could teach me a thing or two about a better way to interact with money.
As is pretty typical, time has passed and the tenets laid out in that book have drifted from my brain. Consequently, now couldn’t be a better time to reintroduce myself to this fantastic book.
And I wasn’t disappointed. I hadn’t even made it to the first chapter when I struck gold.
Wealth is not the same as income. If you make a good income each year and spend it all, you are not getting wealthier. Wealth is what you accumulate, not what you spend. Wealth is more often the result of a lifestyle of hard work, perseverance, planning, and, most of all self-discipline. (Emphasis added.)
There it is. The “D” word.
A tagline I developed for this site is “Cultivating discipline in an undisciplined world.”
There’s such a negative connotation when it comes to discipline. It evokes images of detention, losing out on a privilege, or being grounded for a mistake.
It’s time to lose that negative thinking.
When I was going through the Academy, I learned all about discipline. If you’ve ever experienced that or been through military training, you know what I mean.
Discipline exists for a reason. It brings order. Discipline creates habit. Habit breeds success.
That isn’t to say that discipline is all rose petals and rainbows. If cultivating discipline and self-control were easy, our society wouldn’t be as incredibly screwed up as it is.
But, if you can create it and sustain it, discipline will serve you well.
Which brings us back to Mindset.
If you approach your life with a negative mindset, you’re going to get negative results. Because that is what you planned for.
However, if you go into a situation…your finances, for instance…with the understanding and the expectation that you are going to change the way you live and that it will involve some difficult decisions and some sacrifice and you wrap them up with thoughts of the positive results of doing so? Well then…you are well on your way to creating a successful, positive mindset.
And that mindset will be the start of the greatest days of your life.