The biggest difference between self-made rich people and poor people is the habits they have, especially those habits that are learned in childhood. Children mimic their parents -- it's a biological trait that helps us learn how to survive. It was useful hundreds of years ago, but in our A.D. world where we support and care for even the worst parents, there are millions of kids learning bad habits.
The key habits seem to be things we all already know. Make healthy food choices. Exercise every day. Limit your screen time. Pay attention to who is in your life, influencing your choices. Read, especially books about success and biographies of successful people.
Is it really that simple? Studies support that it really is. Of course, there's no guarantee that financial success will come if we adopt these habits. People like Mother Teresa and Gandhi are examples of people who had these habits mastered but remained poor. They're also examples that wealth isn't everything.
If we could expect to change our physical circumstances, expect to become successful, expect health and energy and enthusiasm every day, expect to make a difference in the world, this is what it takes.
Are we willing to heal our financial status? Are we ready to focus on success rather than wallow in failure? My personal hurdle is exercise (I say as I type one-handed with a sling on my primary arm). I tend to hurt myself when I get physical -- isn't that a handy excuse? I eat right, have amazing people in my life, and read voraciously. So getting my activity level up and screen time down will be my focus this year. I'm eager to see if it changes me. How about you? Let's pull ourselves up from the brink of poverty, and we'll have more power to help others make the climb as well.