The good news is that success is a learnable skill, and anyone can start thinking, acting, and making choices like the super wealthy.
In T. Harv Eker's bestselling book, "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind," the self-made millionaire identifies specific "millionaire mind actions" that could help you master and grow your money.
Here, we've highlighted 11 that you can start implementing today:
1. Write down specific goals for your money.
Figure out what you want and then go for it.
"Write 'play to win' goals for your annual income and net worth," Eker stresses. "Your intention should be to create abundance, not mediocrity."
Be realistic when setting a time frame to attain these goals, but at the same time, think big and don't be afraid to challenge yourself.
Why it works: Rich people choose to commit to attaining wealth. It takes focus, courage, knowledge, and a lot of effort, Eker emphasizes, and it's possible if you have precise goals and a clear vision.
"The number one reason most people don't get what they want is that they don't know what they want," he writes. "Rich people are totally clear that they want wealth."
2. Join a high-end club.
Mingle with those who are more successful than you.
This could be a tennis, golf, health, or business club, and the idea is to mingle with rich people in a wealthy environment.
"If there's no way you can afford to join a high-end club, have coffee or tea in the classiest hotel in your city," recommends Eker.
"Get comfortable in this atmosphere and watch the patrons, noticing they're no different from you."
Why it works: Rich people hang out with those who are equally or more rich.
"Exposure to people who are more successful than you are has the potential to expand your thinking and catapult your income," explains self-made millionaire and author Steve Siebold. "In most cases, your net worth mirrors the level of your closest friends."
3. Read, listen to podcasts, and invest in classes or seminars.
Listen to podcasts on your daily commute to and from work.
Constantly self-educate, and acquire specific knowledge about your industry, investing, entrepreneurship, or the psychology of money.
Why it works: Rich people choose to constantly learn and grow. The wealthiest learn how to be successful from those who are richer and more successful than they are. They then continue to learn even after they've attained incredible success.
"Success is a learnable skill," emphasizes Eker. "If you want to be a great golfer, you can learn how to do it. If you want to be a great piano player, you can learn how to do it ... If you want to be rich, you can learn how to do it."
4. Write down a problem you are having in your life and list ten specific, solution-oriented actions.
Focus on solutions, not problems.
"This will move you from problem thinking into solution thinking," explains Eker. "First, there's a good chance you'll solve the problem. Second, you'll feel a heck of a lot better."
Why it works: Rich people choose not to be derailed by their problems — they grow themselves so that they are bigger than their problems, Eker says.
"The road to wealth is fraught with traps and pitfalls, and that's precisely why most people don't take it," he writes. "They don't want the hassles, the headaches, and the responsibilities. In short, they don't want the problems."
Figure out how to deal with your problems, move on, and then focus on your goals.
5. Read a biography about someone incredibly rich and successful.
Check out Richard Branson's book, "Screw It, Let's Do It."
Try "Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller," "Andrew Carnegie," "Steve Jobs," "The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life," or "Open," professional tennis player Andre Agassi's autobiography.
Why it works: "Successful people look at other successful people as a means to motivate themselves," writes Eker. "They see other successful people as models to learn from. They say to themselves, 'If they can do it, I can do it.'"
6. Write down exactly why creating wealth is important to you.
After you write it down, revisit your statement consistently.
It can be a simple, concise paragraph, but the more specific, the better, Eker says.
Why it works: Rich people are obsessed with success. "The truth is wealthy people have a healthy obsession with getting what they want, which includes money," Siebold writes. "The wealthy see business and life as a game, and it's a game they love to win."
Think about what you want and exactly how you're going to get it, advises Siebold. It will take a certain level of discipline to "win."
7. Instead of saying 'either/or,' start saying 'both.'
You can have it all.
"Practice thinking and creating ways of having 'both,'" says Eker. "Whenever alternatives are presented to you, ask yourself, 'How can I have both?'"
Why it works: Rich people never say "either/or" — they say "both," because they know you can have it all.
"Nowhere is 'both' thinking more important than when it comes to money," emphasizes Eker. "Poor and many middle-class people believe that they have to choose between money and the other aspects of life. Consequently they've rationalized a position that money is not as important as other things."
8. Show appreciation for the things you strive for and the people who have them.
"Bless that which you want."
"Practice the Huna philosophy 'bless that which you want,'" the self-made millionaire writes. "Drive around or buy magazines, look at beautiful homes, gorgeous cars, and read about successful businesses. Whatever you see that you like, bless it, and bless the owners and people involved."
Why it works: Rich people admire other rich and successful people. They also are not afraid to admit that money can solve most problems, and find peace of mind in wealth. Rather than being jealous of other successful people, they are grateful for them, as they provide a template for how to attain such success. "The fastest and easiest way to create wealth is to learn exactly how rich people, who are masters of money, play the game," Eker explains.
9. Come up with three ways to create income without working your normal job.
There are more opportunities out there than you might think.
These could be investment or entrepreneurial opportunities. Start by reading about various investing strategies and look into creative ways to make money on the side.
Why it works: Rich people focus on earning. "The masses are so focused on clipping coupons and living frugally they miss major opportunities," Siebold says. "Even in the midst of a cash flow crisis, the rich reject the nickel and dime thinking of the masses. They are the masters of focusing their mental energy where it belongs: on the big money."
10. Tell yourself that money is your friend.
Pamper yourself every once in a while.
On a daily basis, tell and remind yourself that money is a positive thing. Try pampering yourself every once in a while — this could be a massage, manicure, or meal at an upscale restaurant — and get used to the comfort, security, and positivity that money can provide.
Why it works: Rich people find peace of mind in wealth and see money as a friend. "If you want to start attracting money, stop seeing it as your enemy and think of it as one of your greatest allies," Siebold writes.
"It's a friend that has the power to end sleepless nights of worry and physical pain, and can even save your life. The rich see money as a special friend that can help them in ways no other friend can, and these positive feelings lead them to build a stronger relationship every day."
11. Do something uncomfortable.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
"Intentionally make decisions that are uncomfortable for you," encourages Eker. "Practice getting out of your comfort zone. Speak to people you normally wouldn't speak to, ask for a raise in your job or raise your prices in your business, or wake up an hour earlier each day."
Why it works: Rich people find comfort in uncertainty. "World class thinkers learn early on that becoming a millionaire isn't easy and the need for comfort can be devastating," Siebold writes. "They learn to be comfortable while operating in a state of ongoing uncertainty."