Does being broke make you powerful?
I don’t think so! There IS a certain power behind your desire when you ARE broke.
Suddenly, back to the wall, debts to the ceiling, you realize that push has come to shove and there is no way out except by your own hand.
No one will be there to save you or bring you riches and gold. The only one left to save your behind is you.
Is that the power behind being broke?
Some say it is. Some believe that you first have to experience being broke to understand how to become financially successful.
But, by this logic you must first experience being abused to understand that this is not how anyone should be treated.
You must first jump off the bridge to understand that the water isn’t nearly as soft as it first appears.
Is there a power behind having firsthand, experiential knowledge of a thing and not just reading about it?
Going down this trail, the next question becomes – how can you experience something and gain the power of that experience without firsthand knowledge?
And . . . is there power in the knowledge of something you remember and ‘feel’ rather than read and understand?
The answer to the first question lies in the answer to the second.
I remember things from my childhood that have driven my personality and my character as an adult. Many of these memories are good and many are not so good.
I have only to walk into a locker room to remember a conversation I overheard when I was a teenager. It was a conversation between two girls who I thought were my friends.
They never knew I heard what I heard. But those words changed who I became in the coming weeks, months and years. I learned a lesson I’ve not forgotten about the power of gossip and the pain of broken trust.
Of course, we were just teens and, young teenage girls being who they are, this shouldn’t have left an indelible mark.
But it did, and it has – in a good way.
The power of a lesson learned by experience develops into a change in character, decisions and choices.
I remember a young couple who lived in my home town. They both struggled with managing their weight. One day we saw them out walking, both having dropped many pounds and looking healthier than ever.
My mom asked “what was it that triggered the change?” The answer was that the man had a mild heart attack, and faced with the choice between better health and eating too much food, they chose health.
The young wife remarked that although it had been a challenge, it was amazing to them that it took a heart attack to show them that it was more important to eat to live, than it was to live to eat.
Experience led to a change in behavior that led to a change in results.
So, can you have the experience and gain the power without firsthand knowledge?
The answer to that question lies in the power behind visualization.
But not just any visualization!
Several years ago the movie “The Secret” made a splash with claims that in order to achieve a goal we must first believe that it’s possible. Of course that’s true.
But it led to many people sitting home in their easy chair, visualizing checks being delivered in the mail and unsure why they were experiencing bankruptcy.
The movie was accurate as far as it went. But without the additional admonition to take action to achieve those goals, too many people continued to wonder where their pot of gold had disappeared to.
Researchers have been able to pinpoint what happens when you visualize something positive happening in your life, without the experiential knowledge.
It saps your energy.
In effect, positive visualization or fantasies resulted in a larger decrease in energy when they affected a pressing need in your life. (1) Meaning that when you need money and visualize getting a promotion, new client or other means of making that money, you lose the energy to pursue the object.
You have effectively tricked your brain into believing that what you want has already occurred. There is no need to continue to work or drive action toward a goal that has been achieved.
Instead, research finds that when you visualize the movement toward a goal, and not the achievement of the goal, you are more likely to reach your objective.
If it’s a new client you need, you’d best be visualizing yourself taking the action to acquire the client rather than visualizing actually working with a new client. The distinction is important to your results.
And it’s important to the answer to that first question: how can you experience something and gain the power of that experience without firsthand knowledge?
You gain experience and abilities through visualization.
Looking at brain patterns in weight lifters, researchers found that those weight lifters who visualized weight lifting gained an average of 13 percent muscle mass while those who did the actual lifting gained 30 percent muscle mass. (2)
Visualization gave the stationary weight lifters almost one half the gains of those who actually were lifting the weight!
Mental training is important in any sport, in any business and in any aspect of life in which you want to achieve success.
Want to be a better parent? Have more money? Get a better job? Be an entrepreneur?
It’s time to stop dreaming about the idea and take action on the steps to get there. You don’t have to ‘be broke’ or ‘reach rock bottom’ to experience the pain of regret, poor choices or bad decisions in order to drive your actions.
You only have to:
- determine that you can achieve the goal you want
- visualize the steps to achieve that goal
- take action on the visualization
If you don’t know the steps, ASK. There are plenty of people who have ‘been there and done that’ before you. Most of these people are willing to help and point the way.
They aren’t going to do the work for you . . . but most people are willing to show you what needs to be done.
In his book, The Power of Broke, entrepreneur and branding consultant Daymond John, shares his perspective on the power of being broke and the motivation you’ll experience to drive you toward success. You will learn from each article and book you read. It’s not WHAT you learn but how you USE it that counts!