How to change values, beliefs, and habits

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In Harv Ekers New York Times bestseller Secrets of the millionaire mind. Eker mentions how people are programmed. In other words how they develop their values and beliefs.  Values and beliefs about money, success, happiness. 

The first way you develop is through verbal programming. What were you told about money, success, happiness, and life? An example of verbal programming is, a parent telling their child about kindness and empathy. A child growing up with parents that continually emphasize the importance of kindness and empathy has a good chance of becoming a kind person. 

The second way you develop is through visual programming.  What did you see about money and success when you were growing up? An example of visual programming is seeing your parents struggle with finance, you may have a different outlook on wealth than a kid who saw his parents live in luxury.  

The last way you develop is through events you experience. Chances are a kid who grew up in wealth will have a different outlook on wealth than a kid who grew up in poverty. As the saying goes, “Everyone is the product of their environment.” 

Changing your values is quite difficult, you develop them as a child. However, it’s not impossible. The first step to changing your values is acknowledging them. Before you do anything, you need to recognize the value or belief exists within you. 

The second step is the think about an encounter or event you recently experienced. Think about what you could have done differently and the mistakes you made. Say you want to change your money habits. Think about the time you spent money on items you did not need. Then, think about what you could have done and what your mistakes were. 

The third step is to identify similar encounters or events you may experience in the near future. For example, if you want to change your money habits. Identify the time you bought items you did not need. Then, think about a similar event that you might experience in the near future.  

Once you do, create a plan about what you will do differently. Afterwards, put your new habit into practice. After putting the new habit into practice you will gradually change the habit, value, or belief.  

Book: Secrets of the millionaire mind (Amazon Link)

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