I want to take you inside my place today, into my kitchen, and give you access to my fridge. It’s packed full of fresh, organic fruits and veggies. I always want as much as I want around. I hope it goes bad. If you’ve got a $5 box of blueberries going bad in your fridge, that’s not your problem. Your problem is that it’s your only $5 box of blueberries. This goes back to a lesson I learned from my grandpa many years ago. It all started when I was walking down the street flipping a quarter….
…and I dropped the quarter. It went down a drain pipe. I was pissed. I went back home, and my grandpa wisely said, “Your problem is not losing your quarter, your problem is that it was your only quarter.” While the middle class is built on the “just enough” mentality, I’ve known for a long time it takes abundance to meet the demands of life and to prosper massively.
Throughout my childhood, my mom hammered home to me every night the idea that I should clear my plate. That comes from a scarcity mindset as if we don’t have enough food and if I don’t eat it all now, there won’t be any later. I never clear my plate now. I purposely leave something on my plate to remind myself that there is an abundance in the world and I will have another meal, even if I leave food on the plate.
If you want to live an abundant life, don’t compromise on what you want.
I know it’s bad for you, but sometimes I enjoy a diet coke. I don’t even drink the whole can, I might buy a can just to have one sip. I don’t do diet coke in a bottle, only a can. That’s how I like it and I’ll send it back if it’s not how I want it. It may be a small thing, but I’ve learned not to compromise on what I want. If I compromise and drink my diet coke in a bottle, I’m not going to enjoy it as much. Why should I accept that?
Don’t compromise on what you want. The middle class compromises, but it’s the wrong kind of compromising—because being comfortable is a compromise. They don’t want to rock the boat and upset the status quo. Sending back a diet coke because it’s in a bottle as opposed to a can isn’t comfortable—people may label you as picky, a primadonna. But is it better to compromise on what you want?
The middle class needs to get their priorities in order. My middle-class mom would say, “We need to eat those bananas, they’re going bad.” No we don’t, those bananas going bad in your kitchen are not your problem. You don’t need to eat them. It’s your scarcity mindset that’s the problem. Quit worrying about baby money.
Start controlling your environment. You can only start controlling your income when you start controlling your environment. Your career, your business, your health, finances, family, and your future are determined by your ability to exert control.
When you want to increase control do the following:
Look at YOURSELF, not OTHERS.
Discover what skills you can improve on.
Don’t blame the environment or others, just strengthen your abilities.
Stop worrying about the food in your fridge and start taking control of your life. One place you can start is getting your Livestream ticket to 10X Growth Conference—the biggest entrepreneurial business conference of 2017. This is a 3-day event where you will be inspired, taught, and connected to the men and women who have taken control of their lives, who aren’t worried about some strawberries in their kitchen going bad.