There is no such thing as “get rich quick” for most of us. Unless you’re Mark Zuckerberg or one of those people who strike it rich and become ridiculously wealthy in a short amount of time. But even then, Facebook wasn’t an overnight success. It took years of careful planning and developing and then became a billion dollar idea — but it happened over time.
The good news is that building wealth is entirely under your own control. All it takes is smart decisions and breaking bad habits.
Americans have some wasteful spending habits. Top among them are eating out, alcohol, cigarettes, credit card interest, electricity, clothing, and many others.
Here are some personal spending habits that are worth getting rid of:
1. Using out-of-network ATMS
2. Buying overpriced coffee every day
3. Using retirement money for extra cash
4. Not tracking your spending
5. Only paying your credit card minimums
If you were to break those habits and combine that with a smart approach to actually building wealth, you’d be well on your way to seeing a paradigm shift in your financial life.
The term “wealth mentality” isn’t about standing in the mirror and meditating or visualizing large bundles of cash, although there is something to be said for nurturing a positive outlook in general. But here are some practical ways to turn those imaginary bundles of cash into real ones:
Can you guess how many Americans have absolutely no savings at all? According to a new report by Bankrate, 66 million Americans have zero dollars saved for an emergency expense — zero — and 28% have only six months’ worth of savings.
Whether you take 10% of any income and put it straight into a savings account, or whether you have another method of saving, the point is that you are saving. Not everyone does this, and then they’re surprised when they can’t afford some unforeseen financial situation. There’s an old saying, “save a penny, and the dollars save themselves.” Savings add up over time, and the more you contribute to your “wealth vault,” the more your mentality will shift in that direction.
2. Smart Spending
Buying things that you need, vs. things that you want. This will go a long way toward creating a proactive attitude when it comes to money. Frivolous or extravagant spending gets people into debt, which has disastrous long-term effects. Living within your means and also within your needs is the way to go.
3. Reach for a realistic goal
You want to wake up in the morning and be a millionaire - just like that?! Well, you may as well wish for waking up with leprosy. You have about as much chance of that happening as well. The point is that you should reach for a realistic goal. For example - “I want to become debt-free this year” or “I want to have $10,000 in a savings account by the end of this year.”
Great. That gives us some practical and realistic goals that we can plan and strategize toward. If you take the smaller steps, the larger ones will take care of themselves in a way. Before you know it, you may have reached your goal of “being a millionaire.”
4. Always look on the bright side of life
Here’s where “positive thinking” comes in. Along the way to reaching your wealth goals, you will undoubtedly run across some setbacks or barriers in that road. If you let yourself get defeated by those setbacks, you’ll never reach the goal. So keep your head up, persist always. And do it with an upbeat disposition, knowing that you will reach that goal, and no other option is considered.
This is something that will take your fundamental wealth mentality and kick it over the edge into the realm of building wealth. Working with a trusted financial professional and exponentially growing your assets will, over time, should start to take those little savings, and turn them into a lot.
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