The phrase “mind over matter” has often been used in self development circles to help us realize that the mind can be more powerful than the body or any other physical thing. Believing in the phrase can help people gain the confidence to achieve things they never thought possible.
Mark Twain stated it more humorously when he said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
The same can be said for your personal finances. If you don’t mind, then it really doesn’t matter.
I really love the dialogue between the Cheshire Cat and Alice in Alice in Wonderland.
“Alice: Oh, no, no. I was just wondering if you could help me find my way.
Cheshire Cat: Well that depends on where you want to get to.
Alice: Oh, it really doesn’t matter, as long as…
Cheshire Cat: Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.”
The way you think is the way you act. I truly believe that once you start thinking about your personal finances in a different way, you will begin to act differently. Once you begin to act differently you will start to see different results in your life. But it all starts with thinking differently.
Notice I did not say that once you think differently you will act better and get better results. That all depends on what you decide to think and what you consider to be a better result.
As I have said before, you have to begin with the end in mind. You have to visualize the final result, and as you begin to visualize the final result, you will naturally start making the decisions that will get you there.
This is our 27th challenge in The Personal Finance Challenge Series…