Unless you have lived in your parent’s basement your entire life, you have encountered the adventure of moving. Moving can be a stressful time for you and your family. It can be filled with anxiety as time slowly ticks away from the moment you decide to move until when the move actually occurs. This stress can involve saying goodbye to family and friends, helping your kids cope with the change that is occurring, or the anticipation of what lies ahead. The stress around moving can be even more intense if the move is the result of age, health, divorce, or financial situations that create the necessity to move.
All of this anxiety doesn’t even touch upon the actual sweat, frustration, and inevitable broken mirror/TV/appliance that occur with the move itself. As you begin the process of packing, you begin to notice all of the unnecessary items that you had accumulated over the years. While you might not yet be a candidate for the television show Hoarders, you probably notice a few items that you could have lived without and wonder why you held onto them all of these years. Did you really need 46 pairs of shoes or 32 pairs of jeans? Did you have enough clothes for a different outfit for each day of the upcoming calendar year? Did your VHS movie collection take up more space than your kids’ toys? You hadn’t played tennis in 14 years but your tennis racket and balls needed a good home, didn’t they? Clutter. Lots and lots of clutter that was serving no real purpose in your life other than taking up space.
A Time of Change
“I’d rather welcome change than cling to the past.”
Moving, by its nature, is a time of change. While there may be excitement on some level by those moving, too often the major emotion that rears itself while moving is fear. Fear of leaving behind friends instead of embracing the possibility of making new ones. Fear of leaving the comforts of a neighborhood or city behind instead of looking forward to the adventure that a new area can bring. Those that have to or decided to move have no choice but to face this fear, and the quicker they do so the more exciting their journey can become.
Unfortunately, the failure to embrace change enters into our daily lives in far too many areas. On a minor level it can keep us from experiencing new food, forms of entertainment, or activities that we might really enjoy. On a personal level it can keep us from meeting new friends and getting to know colleagues. Failure to embrace change on these levels can impact the quality of our lives. On a financial level, the failure to embrace change can at times ruin our businesses, impact our finances, and keep us from maximizing our potential here on earth.
Whether you like it or not, the world is constantly moving forward. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, real estate investor, or trader in the markets you do not have the luxury of fearing change. Robert Kiyosaki eloquently summed up this point, “I find so many people struggling, often working harder, simply because they cling to old ideas. They want things to be the way they were; they resist change. I know people who are losing their jobs or their houses, and they blame technology or the economy or their boss. Sadly they fail to realize that they might be the problem. Old ideas are their biggest liability. It is a liability simply because they fail to realize that while that idea or way of doing something was an asset yesterday, yesterday is gone.”
Embracing change can allow you to be open to the next great idea, the next innovative real estate tactic, or the next successful trading strategy. It doesn’t mean that you jump hair brained from one passing fad to another, as there is something to the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, too often the approach we are taking to our chosen field is broke, or taking far more time and energy than the results are producing. The world changes and you need to be prepared in your chosen field to take advantage of the opportunities that change may provide.
Out With the Clutter
Many Rich Dad Education students are excited about the prospects that education in either real estate or the financial markets can bring to their lives. They recognize the need for education, are willing to invest in themselves, and are excited about pursuing areas that not only interest them but can help them escape the rat race and potentially fulfill their goals and objectives in life. They might also not be fulfilled in their current occupation and be looking for something that not only has more financial rewards, but is also more fulfilling. With so many reasons to succeed one needs to ask the question, why doesn’t every student that enters Rich Dad Education succeed? One answer to that question involves looking at the clutter that surrounds them in their lives.
Upon entering Rich Dad Education, most students have not achieved their full potential in life as they have not had the proper education and mindset to escape the rat race and fulfill their dreams. Upon receiving education in their chosen field, many students make the mistake of not looking at their surroundings and changing the bad habits, negative surroundings, and preconceived notions that led them to their current state of being. These students may attend a three-day live event or online learning, be excited about the material they are receiving, only to immediately wake up the next day and go through their normal routine. They may think about studying or putting into practice what they learned but tell themselves they will do it tomorrow. As Robert Kiyosaki said, “The most life-destroying word of all is tomorrow.”
When moving it is easy to notice the things that you have not needed all these years and either throw them away or donate them to charity. It can be more difficult to identify these areas in our daily routines, as they often aren’t tangible items. Succeeding at a new venture can take a tremendous amount of energy and time at first and if you cannot identify nonessential items in your life, then you are putting the odds against you. Take a look at your life and ask these questions:
1) Are there things that I do every day that are not contributing to my happiness or family’s wellbeing that can be eliminated? Television? Internet surfing?
2) Are there hobbies I can postpone for now?
3) Am I surrounded by negativity? What are proactive steps I can take to reduce the negativity and perhaps get those around me onboard?
Because we live such distinct lives, the clutter around us is likely to come in various forms. The common thread we all have is that there are areas that we can eliminate to make our daily routines more efficient and will allow us to free us up to focus on new ventures.
If you have lived your life fearful of change, you are definitely not alone and the switch to embracing change will not happen overnight. However, if you keep your mind open to new ideas, events, and ways of thinking then it might occur faster and easier than you think¾the results can truly be life altering.