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Last week’s email really struck a chord with many of you. We received over 150 emails, and some of you shared heart-breaking stories of pain, feelings of defeat, struggle, hope, joy and gladness. We want to say thanks to each and every one of you for taking the time to share. No one is perfect, and we all have our own stuff to deal with and hurdles to overcome, regardless of how perfect things may seem from the outside. We hope to continue to be a voice that has meaning in your lives and speaks truth.
Last week I (Zach) covered how I developed a mind-set of powerlessness. This week we are going to dive deeper into that mind-set and show you how to recognize it, and once you expose it to the light, work through the steps to defeat it in order to create a life that is limitless.
“Powerlessness is one of the primary effects of poverty.”
Danny Silk, Culture of Honor
Winning in life or business is dependent on exposing the lies we have believed, and bringing truth into our minds and hearts. When we do that, we open our self up to the limitless possibilities of what we can do when we believe that anything is possible.
Let’s get started.
Poverty is infectious.
I am not talking about money, influence or how much stuff you have. I am talking about an impoverished mind.
Thinking this way is dangerous, destructive and holds many people down.
Today I want to lift you UP and show you that poverty does not have to overtake you.
Once I was exposed to the truth of how I thought, I had the potential for change. But first I had to see that my mind-set was one of poverty in every sense of the word.
Growing up I believed that success was something I would never have (and was not even sure what “success” was). I believed that an education was so far out of my reach that it literally felt like a mountain inside my mind that I could never ascend. That belief system made me feel powerless, and it wasn’t until I was EXPOSED to the truth (and stopped believing the way that I did) that I was able to change.
One of the keys that started me on my journey to healing was learning about three main mindsets that people have, and how each mindset affects how you think and behave.
Now, remember, these are MINDsets. We’re not talking about money, though each mindset can affect one’s income. We’re talking about a Poor way of believing, a Middle class way of believing and a Wealthy way of believing.
They believe that they are powerless (like I did). They believe that they are victims and someone else is to blame for where they are, and they believe that external forces are in control of their fate.
- Powerless over their fate
- They are victims
- External forces are controlling their lives
- Life happens TO you
- Adaption Required
- Living Superstitiously
With this belief system you feel like you can’t do much about what happens. You “hope that one day…” and you believe, “if that person had not done this then you would be able to (fill in the blank).” You believe you have zero control and are at the mercy of fate.
This mentality is oppressive and can be fatal to the mind because you feel powerless.
THE MIDDLE CLASS
- More Powerful Interactions (with life)
- Have choices
- Can change the environment
- Believe circumstances can change
- Dreams can come true IF they choose wise moral and healthy practices
This middle-class mentality is much different than the poor. They believe that if they work hard, pay their dues, and spend their life hard at work (and if their political party stays in power more often than not), they can win a bit bigger than others.
The only issue is there is a ceiling on what they can do, what they can have, and the influence they can exude over their environment. It is still circumstantial because it is based on limitations.
But there is a 3rd mentality. One that I began to adopt and have been moving towards in the last 7 years of my life. That of the wealthy. (Again, I am NOT talking about having loads of money or tons of things, but a mind-set).
- Anything is possible
- Can get whatever they want
- Nothing and no one can get in their way
Characteristics of the Wealthy:
- Limitless Existence
- Unlimited Choices
- Create their Change
A mindset of abundance! According to Danny Silk, “The wealthy live in a limitless existence where there is no want. No one keeps them from getting what they set their heart and mind upon. The wealthy are accustomed to getting their way. Whatever they ask for, they receive.”
Imagine if you woke up tomorrow morning and you were told, “Whatever you believe and whatever you set out to do will succeed.” How would that change your interactions that day? You would hop out of bed with more confidence in your step knowing you could conquer the world and that anything was in your grasp.
But how many of us wake up each morning feeling powerless? Like nothing is going to go in our favor today? Like we have to brace ourselves for the worst… Life change will not occur if this is where are minds are stuck.
Change begins to happen once we start changing the way we THINK.
THIS is the kind of thinking I want to have!
Many books out there speak to this:
“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”
“Thoughts create beliefs in the conscious mind; once sent to the subconscious, those beliefs become feelings and actions.”
“Uncertainty (of mind) is a spiritual enemy that will siphon out your rocket fuel. It turns go-getters into giver-uppers.”
If we are to succeed in life (and yes, in business), we have to learn how to shift our mind-set from one of poverty to one of TRUE wealth.
This IS possible for anyone! Once we begin to have a Wealthy mindset, we can conquer anything we set out to do, can have a wealthy spirit that can live in complete peace and be at rest, and live in complete abundance that can create wealth around itself and freely give.
This is how I want to live each day. Do you?
Next week I will share with you the the practical steps on how you can begin to change the way you think so you can become rich in mind, spirit and body. Until then, read back on each mindset and see what belief set you feel you often relate to the most.
Thanks for sharing in this journey with me.
PS. Start the conversation with the hashtag #povertymindset on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Tell us what you have believed that you KNOW is a lie, and what you are going to start believing in its place.
It was 1985 and I was sound asleep in bed at 4am. I woke up to the fire alarm and I (Zach) remember thinking at that young age, “Man, mom is cooking again…” and I went back to sleep.
But my house WAS on fire.
My mother woke me and my 3 siblings (Gabriel, Abigail and Sarah) and we gathered in the living room where flames were running up the wall. We sat on the couch and watched the reflection of the fire on our TV while we waiting for everyone to group up.
We ran out of the house wearing nothing but our winter boots and pajamas as fire blew the windows out behind us when we opened the back door.
We just escaped with our lives.
I was 6 years old, and my dad was not there.
My dad had left my mother and us 4 kids the year before, and now here we were alone in the dark of that 4am Northern, MN winter, and we had lost everything.
It all went up in flames. And from that day on I felt like my childhood did as well.
That was the first of many traumas in my life over the next decade that included abuse, neglect, and a max of a 3rd grade education that caused me to believe one thing…
I am Powerless over my Fate.
And this is what I begin speaking to myself internally for many years to come. This became who I was and who I told myself I was destined to be. But the story doesn’t end there.
After spending 10 years hiding my identity, lying to most people I met about the truth of my life, at 17 years old something happened. I met Jesus at a youth retreat and realized that He believed in me.
That gave me hope.
Even though my father had seemingly abandoned us and I barely knew him, this new Father was there for me and seemed to deeply care for me. I started to see light at the end of this dark road of hiding that I had been on.
When I was 21 I met someone else. A youth pastor who for one meal together became an earthly father I had never known. He believed in me, told me I could do MORE than what I had been doing, and that gave me direction.
When I was 24 I met someone new.
Jody believed in me and wanted to know me and wanted to love this nobody kid who had no dad, no education and no dreams. It is incredible to have someone who believes in you. It is life-giving to have someone that thinks you have value even when you are totally flawed.
That gave me vision.
Then 2 years ago I met someone who absolutely wrecked me.
After not being sure if we could ever have children, and after losing 3 before him, a miracle happened.
We met our son, Jaxon Gray.
He showed me something buried deep within my past. He showed me how I had been hiding for a long time. Hiding from my true self. Hiding from the person that God had created me to be. I started to see that the fears I had for him were really the unmet needs I had in myself.
He has become a teacher of sorts to me. A revealer and a seeker of my own soul. He is a part of my DNA and there is something about him I can’t ignore.
He showed me how much I STILL need my own dad and how much I want Jaxon to know his.
All of my hopes and my dreams and everything I wanted as a child have became wrapped up in my desire to give him everything I never had. Things like a father who never leaves, a home that is secure, an education that he can access anytime he wants and more. But through all of that desire to give to him, I am realizing that he is awaking my deep seated fear of intimacy and helping me to see that I need to change my mind-set if I want to be free.
He has given me a renewed purpose. That purpose is to become a better man. To finally love with abandon like he loves. To look into someone else’s eyes without fear like he can. Without fear that they might know the truth about who I am. To dance and sing and shout for joy just because!
My little son is more free than I have ever known since that cold day in 1985 when some inside of me burned up in that fire.
This journey with him has been the hardest journey of my life and the last two years I have had to dig deep into the muck and mire of me by watching my reflection in him.
But something interesting is happening. I am finally finding my true self. My TRUE purpose. Who I was created to be. That person is still hard to see at times but I know he is there.
I am still deep in this journey and have a long way to go. But today, Jody and I want to bring you something.
Hope that there IS a way out. There IS a way to peace and to being free.
Now I have met someone new.
Man, I am gonna be messed up with this one! Only God knows what she will teach me. I don’t know if I am ready to learn what she can teach!
My life experiences have showed me how what you believe in your mind can limit you from walking in your true potential.
In this 3 part series that dives deep into our story (and yours) we are going to show you how to break the cycle of living a poverty mind-set and start living your TRUE potential that YOU were created for. Welcome to part 1 of Today We are Rich (based on Tim Sanders book by the same name).
We are beyond excited that you are here with us. We are honored to be able to speak to over 55,000 of you that are on this newsletter list. All of us are in need of something, and these next 3 weeks are going to be powerful, and COULD be life-changing if you allow them to be.
We believe that there is more out there for you – untapped potential that you can have access to if you want it. If you press in these next few weeks, you can get something that you might have never known was possible.
See you next week when we reveal the Poverty Mind-Set and how to start breaking free from it and pursuing the change that can impact your business, your photography, and your personal lives in ways you never imagined.
When out on-location doing portraits for weddings, seniors or any type of shoot, sometimes you need an EASY and portable way to get the job done AND make the images look beautiful.
Speedlites are great for portability, but other than not having a lot of power output, their biggest issue is the QUALITY of the light is not so good. They look harsh and “flashy” and rarely produce AMAZING light.
In this short video shot on-location in Nevada, we show you how to not only execute great flash shots using a speedlite, but how to make that light look AMAZING on your subject!
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“Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most
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– Henry Ford
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“What comes out of the mind is what you put in the mind.
You must feed your mind like you feed your body.”
– Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking
The new year is here, and for some of us that gives us a hope and excitement about the future and for others it feels like another year that we are worried will bring us more failure.
“Maybe my business just won’t be a success this year.”
“My kids and life are so demanding, so how can I possibly be a success in 2016?”
“I am tired of feeling down and depressed, but I just can’t seem to shake it.”
Feelings of hopelessness, despair, worry and anxiety or just feeling “stuck” is something many of us have dealt with (including me, Zach). They pretty much suck the life out of you and can turn your stomach inside out and give you a bleak outlook.
Is there anything that you can do starting right now to help turn those feelings around and make 2016 your best year ever? Well, we like to start with what we can do today, and then this week, and then 2016 will take care of itself.
which he permits to occupy his mind.”
If you are ready to change who you are for the better starting today, then you have to start by taking inventory of your (as Tim Sanders calls it) “Mind Diet.”
Your Mind Diet is is the daily intake of what you allow into your thoughts which ultimately shape the way you think and will make you into who you are. You need to look at what is being allowed into your thought life, and then adjust a few simple behaviors in order to have a more clear, positive and actionable outlook on who you will become this year.
Key #1 – Take a Mind Diet Inventory
Tim Sanders says to spend the next few weeks taking an inventory in a small journal of what goes into your mind. Everything that you read, listen to and watch should be quickly logged with the amount of time spent and categorize the Tone (positive, negative or neutral) of that event. You should also do this for people that you spend time with (friends, family and associates).
Then after you do this for a few weeks, quickly scan over the journal and circle the negative or useless information you have “consumed” and then highlight the positive information and relationships. Once you become aware of what you are letting in, then you can start to do something about it.
Key #2 – Filter out The Negative
You must start taking control of your Mind-Intake if you want true change in your life.
If the first thing you do when you get up is read the news, check email, hop on social media (or like those of us with kids) get your kids ups and let the chaos begin, then we need to re-think our first mind meal.
How you start the day will determine the thoughts that dominate your afternoon and night.
This morning, I (Zach) woke up and listened to the Bible App audio of Romans chapters 4 and 5, and then got my son up and cooked him breakfast (and it is amazing how positive that experience was since I started my morning with a positive intake). On my way to work at a coffee shop I put on the Hold Me Tight audio book which is a marriage study that Jody and I are doing that teaches positive cycles in conversation and how to hear each others deepest emotional needs. This got me thinking positive thoughts about Jody and what I can do to enhance our marriage.
I then got in to work, and opened Trello and starting organizing my day and prioritizing tasks. I refused to open my email, Facebook or Instagram or listen to the news, as all of those things become either neutral or negative influences on the start of my day. When I do open email or check social media, it is with a business mind-set and purpose, and to get in and get out fast.
My day was full of positive thinking, belief in what we are doing, and completing key tasks and staying focussed on helping others.
Key #3 – Up Until Now…
I just finished a 3 month personal growth coaching session with Julia Woods, and the first thing she brought to my attention was how much belief I had in my business acumen, but how I had a huge gap in my personal life.
She taught me a simple phrase that has changed the way I think about my personal life and especially my past.
“Up Until Now”
Whenever I catch myself saying something like “I was hurt as a kid, and I just keep people at a distance to protect myself.” I insert the phrase “up until now.” (I use this for anything that I say that seems concrete in my mind, but that I do want change to happen in).
What that does is it takes all that negative language and turns it futuristic. It says, “yeah, things have been hard, but I can change that! They WERE hard up until now.” Some might say that you are just fooling yourself because those thoughts or feelings I have do have truth to them. But Tim Sanders says:
“The reason it is so important to feed your mind good stuff is that the resulting thoughts determine your success or failure, your happiness or misery, and most important, the circumstances of your life.”
Wow! You have to start by putting better things into your mind and then believing that those things can shift. When you begin to believe, it changes your mind and it then changes the actual circumstances of your life.
We believe that you can change the way you think today, this week and this year, and that when you do, you will be able to make the things that you want for yourself a reality when you begin to believe.
From our family to yours, we wish you the absolute BEST for 2016.
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