Many people want to manifest more money and have a certain lifestyle. We want to achieve the wealth and lifestyle that we really want but it takes a step at a time to reach it.
Making savings automatic can help you override the part of your brain that makes poor decisions.
In my teens and early 20s, social anxiety was wrecking my life.
I couldn’t go out and feel comfortable around people without drinking, so I drank.
Now, alcohol can lead to a lot of cool stuff, but for me it was a crutch and I needed help.
So one day I drove to Barnes and Noble (this was before Amazon was a thing) with a plan to casually stumble into the self-help section.
“Oh, what’s this section all about? Interesting …”
I scanned the shelves super fast, worried I’d bump into someone I knew and have to explain why I was looking through a book with some embarrassing title. I picked one out, and went to check out.
When I slid the book across the counter all my nervousness came to a head and I had a panic attack.
It turns out changing yourself is really, really hard. Did I read that one book and was cured? No, I read more books, went to therapists,
and attended a 12-step group. The process was like peeling an onion where I had to keep taking off layers until I got to the core, and only from there could I rebuild myself.
And what I learned was implementing new tiny habits into my life ultimately lead to the change I wanted. Here, let me show you one of them.
Mr. Everyday Dollar
I’d send myself this automated email every day at 8:00 a.m., so when I checked my inbox first thing in the morning, I’d see it. It reminded me to say “Hi” to everyone (at work, on the street, in the gym).
This is completely insane, right? You’d think so, but what I discovered was that by “going first” I began to build my social confidence. When this tiny habit became automatic, meaning I just did it without thinking, then I created another tiny habit, and so on.
You might find implementing one tiny habit gets you pretty far. But what if you made it a practice to do it throughout your life? One day you’ll look back and realize you’ve actually changed, even when you thought it was impossible.
Because when I look back at that kid having a panic attack because he’s buying a self-help book, it’s almost laughable. It’s like I’m looking at someone I don’t even know. (And I love buying self-help books now, here’s the top five I read last year).
Now, I’m not the only one who knows power of tiny habits. I was reading this Quora thread, and was fascinated that by implementing just a few tiny habits a day — drinking water, smiling during his commute, and meditating for 10 minutes — one guy completely changed his life. (I stole his “Never been better,” response to “How are you?”)
The one tiny habit that leads to wealth
Before I get to the one tiny habit that leads to wealth, I want to tell you about an economic term called hyperbolic discounting. In simple terms it