Double your income in 6 months–well, doesn’t that sound like something you would see on a late night infomercial. You feel burned out and the temptation gets you so you look up the address, and for only $199.95 you can have a package that shows you how to double your income. You feel cheated, close the screen and live to dream another day.
Having listened to podcasts and keeping my nose in self-improvement books for a few years now, it becomes obvious who is genuine and who is not. The ones who peddle themselves all over social media trying to make you feel bad for your life, are the ones who die out.
So it caused me to stop and think when on the podcast that it my personal favorite, 48 Days to the work you love, Host Dan Miller said that you can double your income in 6 months. I have met this guy, followed him, believe in his material so this time I thought that it would be worth listening to.
I honestly expected a long, complicated process with multiple meetings and interventions. What I heard was anything but. Dan very simply shared that the quickest way to double your income was to fill your mind with uplifting and inspirational material. He long has been a fan of the timeless classic, “Think and Grow Rich” by Earl Nightingale. In this book, Mr Nightingale talks about how we become What we think about, and we think about what we put into our minds.
If we fill our minds with news, gossip and rumors, that is what we believe is going on in the world and that is what we expect. Years ago, I would listen to talk radio for a few hours each day. I would watch both the national and local evening news. You don’t realize how hooked you are on something until you get away from it. I started eliminating those things one by one. Initially I felt withdrawal as there was a void. How was I going to fill that time? What will I do if I don’t know what is going on all the time?
Slowly a void began to be filled. I started reading more biographies and self-improvement material. I turned off the radio and checked out books on CD from the library. I joined automobile university as Dan Miller would say. After a while, I noticed the cravings for news & gossip diminish. I deleted the news apps from my phone.
So I was improving but how was this going to increase my income? The authors of the books I was reading were not going to send me a check; they didn’t even know I had their book. I expected the increase in revenue to come from my writing. I had been food writing for 4 years and just assumed that it would happen here; maybe I just wanted it to happen there without knowing how. I know how un-lucrative that can be as blogging is not necessarily a business.
Well it did happen, in real estate. How did it happen–from all the self-improvement and success tips from the books, podcasts, magazines and CD’s. I couldn’t believe how much more efficient I was. There was less time being spent on things that were not productive. I began to understand being busyness vs productivity. I began to understand myself better and where my gifts lie.
It was amazing and still is. Yes it can be done. Decide what you are going to invest your time in and get a foot in the door. Regardless of your industry and if you want to make a transition or not, fill your mind with positive uplifting things and you may just look back after a while and say, “WOW.”