This phrase by Cuba Gooding and Tom Cruise became famous after the release of the movie, Jerry Maguire: Show me the Money!
Lately, my friends have been talking about the money. Their focus is all wrong. You don’t get money by focusing on money. You get money by setting a plan in motion and working on that plan to get money. Focus on the activity.
When I am coaching salespeople, it isn’t how many deals did you close. It is what activity have you done every day to put yourself into position to be successful.
Success does happen by accident; it happens by Habit.
It doesn’t happen overnight. It is like gardening: it takes seasons and labor to grow a garden.
The gurus running rampant on Facebook are all shilling some version of the premise of the book The Secret, which itself was a ripoff of the Law of Attraction. Some people tell me you can trace the Law of Attraction all the way to the Bible. I just know that Norman Vincent Peale, Earl Nightingale, Napoleon Hill and Jim Rohn believed in it and taught it.
WikiHow has a cartoonish look at the Law of Attraction, but the visualization and goal setting are true. This seems silly but the kernel behind goal setting is that once written down and dated, your intention set, your mind works on achieving your goals. So, yes, what you think about is what you get.
But chasing after money means you won’t catch it. There’s no shortcut to success. Read the Millionaire Next Door. The NBA and NFL players end up broke because they don’t have a good psychology of money. Neither do most Americans. Me included. Loral Langmeier used to say that Wealth is a Team Sport. That’s why you need a bookkeeper, CPA, lawyer, adviser, coach.
Best advice I can give you is stop chasing money. Stop worrying about money. The more you worry about money, the more worry you get. Set a goal, make a plan, work the plan. If you want a better life, more money, there are actions to take – take action. Focus on the activity that will improve you. Everything flows from that.
Every year I read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. It is worth a read at least once. But like Zig said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.” It’s why I read it every year. And I listen to Jim Rohn, Les Brown, and Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret and Lead the Field.
Being positive and staying on track with focus, motivation, developing good habits — it takes work. It is a daily effort. Sometimes we need some help, some motivation, some reminding. Hope this helps.