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By Michael Yardney

5 things you can do today to become more successful tomorrow

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Do you know what is so interesting about success?

When I look at people around me who are ultra-successful, it’s not that they’re any smarter.It’s not that they’re any more talented.

They weren’t born with something special. Instead, they simply have a different mindset.

They think differently and you’ve heard me say it before – your thoughts lead to your feelings; your feelings lead to your actions and your actions lead to your results.

For these successful people, their outside world – the results you see - is a reflection of their inside world – the way they think.

So read on to learn 5 ways you can think differently to help make you more successful.

Do you know what is so interesting about success?

When I look at people around me who are ultra-successful — I mean, whether it’s in their business, their investments, with money, or in their physical health or maybe it’s in their relationships —it’s not that they’re any smarter.


It’s not that they’re any more talented.

They weren’t born with something special.

Instead, they simply have a different mindset.

They think differently and you’ve heard me say it before – your thoughts lead to your feelings; your feelings lead to your actions and your actions lead to your results.

For these successful people, their outside world – the results you see - is a reflection of their inside world – the way they think.

So here are five ways you can think differently to help make you more successful.

1. «I can’t» vs. «How do I?»

I remember reading about this way of thinking in Robert Kiyosaki’s book Rich Dad, Poor Dad when he said that poor people tend to say, “I can’t afford it” while rich people ask: “How do I afford it?” 

Now here’s a good example of that…

Currently, many people are saying, “I can’t afford to get into the property market – it’s too expensive.”

Yet a small group of people is asking a better question “How can I get into the property market?” and by doing that they spend less than they earn, save a deposit, educate themselves to become financially fluent and take action.

In what areas of your life are you thinking: “I can’t.”

Now, you should be thinking: “How can I?”

2. «I want to» vs. «I will»

In Star Wars Yoda famously said: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

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Have you ever said:

I want to become financially disciplined.

I want to invest in property.

or maybe

I want to lose weight.

There is a massive difference between desire and commitment.

And that’s why if you want to become successful, an important mindset shift is moving from “I want to do it” to “I will do it.”

You know what it’s like…you want to do things but then find that you don’t actually do them.

Whether it’s doing daily exercise, losing weight, or being disciplined with your money.

I’ve found it interesting that many of us are so disciplined in some areas of our lives such as diet and exercise, yet so poorly disciplined in other areas of our life such as money management.

So how do you get to do things rather than just want to do things?

The answer is not just to convince the logical side of your mind that you’re going to do something, but you also need to work on the unconscious part of your mind - your emotional side.

And the best way to do that: figure out your “why?”

Why is it you want to do whatever you’re doing?

Why do you want to lose weight? Once you’ve had your heart attack and your doctor tells you got no choice it’s funny how you suddenly go on your daily walks, eat better and get fitter.

Similarly, why do you want to invest in property? Work on your why.

Is it more choices in life? Is it financial freedom for you and your family?

The stronger your why the more likely you are going to move from “I want to” to “I will do.”

3. «It’s not my fault» vs. «It’s my responsibility»

There is no such thing as a victim.

Yet when things go wrong, most people love to say, “It’s not my fault.”

You know… it is it’s never their fault.

They blame their parents, their education, the boss, the banks, and the government.

In contrast, successful people take responsibility.

Fact is: it doesn’t matter whose fault something is; successful people take ownership and responsibility for everything in their life.

So from now on no more of this, “Well, it’s not my fault that this happened.”

Instead, start thinking “It’s my responsibility. I don’t care why it happened, but I’m going to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

4. «I got lucky» vs. «I created my own luck»

A lot of people think that rich people are just lucky.

Successful people are lucky.

Great athletes are lucky.


But talk to any of those rich people, those successful people, or the great athletes and you’ll find out its not luck.

Sure we occasionally get random good luck or bad luck, like winning the lottery or receiving an inheritance.

But no one has control over random good luck and random bad luck.

However, rich and successful people manufacture their own luck – they’re in the business of creating luck.

They do certain things every day that create the opportunity for good luck to occur in their lives.

We call these things Rich Habits and they are the focus of my international best-selling book that I’ve written with Tom Corley – Rich Habits, Poor Habits.

These Rich Habits are various habits that these successful people either learned from a parent, a mentor or through the school of hard knocks.

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On the other hand, the average person does certain things that manifest into bad luck.

We call these things Poor Habits.

But let me make one thing clear… you’ve already won the lottery if you’re reading this blog.

You’ve won the genetic lottery by being born at the best time in history and you’re probably reading this in a country where you have freedoms that most people would “die for.”

Now I’m sure you’ve heard the expression:

“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

Luck happens all the time.

It happens to everybody.

But people who are prepared for it, recognise it, and are prepared to take advantage of the luck, they’re the ones who actually get to reap the benefits of that lucky situation.

The bottom line is if you want more luck in your life, prepare for it by developing good habits, working hard, and being optimistic.

5. «It happened» vs. «I made that happen»

A lot of people think that everything in their life just happened by accident.

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On the other hand, successful people realise that nothing happens.

They understand the principle of cause and effect.

They realise they are creating their future every day by the things that they do today.

Just like you have created what’s happening to you today by things you did quite some time ago.

For example, you are reading this blog today because a while ago you were interested in more success or money or property investment and you subscribed to my blog.

Or your state of health today is a result of your good or bad eating habits and your exercise or lack of exercise that occurred over the last months and years.

Or your financial state is a result of your money habits, your level of delayed gratification, and your investment decisions that were made a long time ago.


That’s right…everything in the world is a result of something else that made it happen – I mentioned before – the principle of cause and effect.

Everything that happens is a result of something else.

But the good news is, that you can change your future by changing your way of thinking today and changing your actions today.

Similarly, you can reverse engineer things that have not gone as you wished and ask, “Why did that happen?”

You can do that now because you recognise that it wasn’t an accident.

So, if you’re unhappy with any part of your life, realize that you are where you are today because of all the things you’ve chosen to do, and the things you’ve chosen not to do.

Every decision you made, brought you to exactly where you are today.

Now, rather than taking this as a negative, look at the positive side.

What this means is every decision you make going forward will lead you somewhere else.

So the lesson from this is to stop treating your life like every just happens to start creating a new future by thinking differently and developing good habits.

What’s the quickest way to do this?

There is a shortcut, get a good mentor who can see your blind spots and who can teach you different ways of thinking.

And hang around the right sort of people –successful people, positive people, and people who have already achieved what do you want to achieve.

By the way that’s exactly what happens to those people who join us at Wealth Retreat each year.

Join me for five transformative days on the Gold Coast from April 27th to May 1st and get the one-on-one private mentorship you need to achieve your most ambitious goals and dreams.

Not just in property, but in business and in life in general, because the aim of Wealth Retreat is to create Lifetime Wealth and leave a legacy.

When you join us you will get:

  1. Mentorship- You’ll have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with me and our guest experts so we can help you gain deeper insight and achieve your specific goals in property, business, and life.
  2. Masterminding- You’ll spend several hours a day brainstorming and getting ideas, advice, and solutions to your challenges from a hand-picked group of high-achievers.
  3. Networking- You’ll have plenty of time to build relationships with the other participants during breaks, at meals, and at night, so you can connect on a deeper level and benefit from their input and expertise.
  4. Fun– the days will be very full, but at night we’ve got some surprises for you.

And if you would like to get the highest possible level of support for your most ambitious life and business goals, I encourage you to join me there!

Here’s your chance to take your property investment, career, or business to a much higher level – or change the script completely and set off on a new path that’s better aligned with your passion and purpose.

If you are interested in joining us, please express your interest here and have a qualification interview with me.

It is a unique opportunity – a very rare chance to work with a great team of mentors.

Wealth Retreat attracts an extremely high calibre of attendees.

These are people who are already successful and willing to take serious leaps in their careers, their personal lives, and the contributions they’re making in the world.

They’re the courageous few who dare to step out of the dominant culture of resignation and mediocrity and endeavour to create the life of their dreams.

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Note: When you surround yourself with such motivated, energized, spiritually charged people, you tap into the power of the group and become more energized and powerful yourself.

There’s no limit to what you can accomplish with the support and encouragement of such incredible people!

Please note that to ensure the best possible experience, Wealth Retreat is limited to a small number of participants only.

Learn more and register your interest today.

I look forward to helping you perfect the life of your dreams!

About Michael Yardney Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.

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