To accomplish your goal of becoming financially free, you will need to master specific principles of wealth creation. No, these aren’t some magical set of principles we found scratched in papyrus scrolls in the ruins of an ancient temple. They’re contemporary, commonsense principles. At the same time, though, they are magical, because they create the basis for a sound foundation of wealth creation.
You need to be systematic and thorough in your approach to these eight principles. If you follow just some of them, you may still become financially free. (Yes, they are that powerful.) But your foundation for long-term success will be more solid if you internalize them all.
Let’s take another short step in your journey toward financial freedom. Yes, we’re going to do some more dreaming. If possible, you should find some quiet place where you can be by yourself and not have to worry about being self-conscious. But if you can’t, don’t worry about it. Just do the best you can. If you’re not happy about the results the first time, consider repeating the exercise again later in a more private place, and see if the results are the same.
So get comfortable and relaxed. Close your eyes for a moment, and allow yourself to dream. Let your mind roam as if you were a little kid in school, bored by some dull assignment. Give yourself permission to do what people have told you not to do your entire life: daydream.
Let your mind wander, and think happy thoughts—thoughts about things you would really like to do. Places where you’ve always wanted to travel. People you’d like to meet. Whatever comes to your mind, allow yourself to let go and dream, even if it is only for a few moments. Once you complete this brief exercise—and only after you have done this—continue on.
Did you do it? Great. I hope you enjoyed this moment with yourself. It’s a good start, and it’s something you should do more often. At first, your conscious brain—the scolding part, the part that Freud called the “superego”—will resist your attempts at daydreaming. And let’s face it, you’re out of practice. You haven’t done it since you were a kid, and even then, people were telling you it was a “waste of time.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. Dreaming puts you in touch with your inner self. It allows you to contemplate what is going on in your life, and what you want to do about it. It is a restful time—a time that allows you to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate yourself, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Entire civilizations in the East endorse meditation as a positive habit to develop.
I do, too—although I prefer to talk about dreaming, rather than meditating. I believe that a focused kind of meditation, a dreaming of your future, is critically important.