As I wrote that headline, an old joke came to mind:
A guy walks into his office wearing a full-on Spiderman costume.
“Hey Dave, what’s with the costume?” his coworker asks.
“You know what they say,” Dave responds: “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”
Walking around as if you make a million dollars/year when you really make $10/hour won’t magically make you rich. (It’ll probably make you look like a moron.)
This isn’t some feel-goody-fluff article about being positive. I tried being “positive” for a long time working dead-end jobs and being completely broke and unemployed, and it didn’t work at all.
But when you treat yourself fundamentally different than you have before — really treating yourself differently — then yes, you can expect to see some significant changes in your income.
The reason is simple: people respect genuine self-belief. You teach people how to treat you.
If you let people know that you’re not someone who tolerates mediocrity, they’ll stop giving you mediocre opportunities. When you tell people that you only accept truly great opportunities, that’s what you’ll start to attract. You attract what you are — make sure you’re attracting the right things.
If you want to earn bigger, you have to think bigger. As American author James Allen once wrote, “As a man thinketh, so he is. As he continues to think, so he remains.” How you act determines how you are.
If you want to be something, then act like it.
If you don’t want to be something, then stop acting like that thing.
I’ve been writing for over 7+ years. The first 4.5 years, I accomplished virtually nothing — no readers, no followers, no income.
But a couple years ago, everything changed. Hundreds of thousands of people started reading my work every month. I gained tens of thousands of followers. I was offered a book deal. I built a 6-figure writing business.
The biggest reason for this change?
I started treating myself like a professional.
In his autobiography, Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote:
“The only way you become a leading man is to treat yourself like a leading man, and work your ass off.”
If you want to make millions, you have to start treating yourself like a millionaire. Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world; your life is a direct product of your standards. You’ll get what you put up with. And if you never treat yourself like a true professional, you’ll never get the results you want.