Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How to Get Rich (3/3): How to Overcome the Psychological Barriers That Are Keeping You From Getting Rich

You want something. You know you want it. You're trying everything you can to try and get that "want." But for some reason, you can't get it. Why is that?

Sometimes, we will have something called psychological barriers popularized by Ramit Sethi. It doesn't even have to be psychological barriers. It could be some other kind of barrier, but nevertheless it is a barrier that is keeping you from attaining what you want. 

What are psychological barriers?

In psychology, psychological barriers are explained as the more or less insuperable obstacles, non-social or social, external or internal, which obstruct the achievement of needs and aspirations.

Barriers are bad. 

You need to get rid of them as fast as you can.

The most common type of psychological barrier is fear. Pat Flynn's podcast session with Dane Maxwell talks a lot about all of this deep stuff, and you can find out the 5 basic fears that are holding people back from taking action.

For getting rich, a lot of the psychological barriers come from limiting beliefs, as explained here.

So how do you get rid of them?

Here are the steps you should take to overcome your psychological barriers.

1. Acknowledge the Barrier

Become aware that you have something that's keeping you. You need to acknowledge the fact that you have an obstacle, because how can you get rid of something if you don't know you have it?

2. Realize the Barrier

This involves getting down to the ROOT of the problem. You have to dig deep for this one.

Examples of some psychological barriers that may be holding you back include

  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of change
  • Fear of rejection
  • Fear of loneliness
The most prominent fear, however, is the fear of pain. Everyone has the fear of pain, because we don't want to feel pain! Thus, we try to avoid it as much as we can. 

The fears associated with getting rich may not be as obvious.

For example, you may have a belief that you can only get rich if you're being greedy and manipulative. Because you have this belief, you fear becoming greedy and manipulative so you put off getting rich. 

Another example is if you believe getting rich will mean losing your friends. You fear that you will be alienated or cast away by your friends, and you don't want that to happen. So you prefer to continue doing the habits of your friends even if it means not becoming rich. You would rather keep your friends than get rich. Again, that's a limiting belief that acts as a psychological barrier that needs to be rid of.

Sometimes, just by realizing your barrier is enough to let it go and be rid of that barrier. Your body is like a pipe, and you don't want anything to clog it up. This applies physically, mentally, emotionally, and anything else "-ally." You want everything to be flowing. 

That's why they say it's better to feel your emotions rather than to just keep them bunched up inside of you. You want to be able to free yourself from those negative emotions. 

That's why sometimes you feel bad more than you feel good. When you feel good, you're happy to be experiencing those positive emotions, and when you experience them, they go away. When you feel bad emotions, some people will keep those emotions holed up inside of them, which causes them to never be rid of those bad emotions.

Feel your emotions, positive or negative, and you'll be free of them. 

Realize the barriers, obstacles, and blocks that are keeping you from getting rich, and let go of them.

Did you find this helpful? Do you need some more clarification? Any comments or opinions? Let me know in the comments!

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