Now, in my yard, I have an orange tree, and my daughter loves oranges. So, she eats an orange every day, and this particular orange tree has a lot of seeds in it. So, I have to cut the seeds out for her 'cause the seeds are not digestible. The seed is meant to go in the ground to plant a new tree to build a new harvest. But what happens is it's the same in our money. Within your money is the ability to produce more. Every harvest carries the seed for the next harvest. But when we spend everything we make, we are spending the seed that was meant to be planted for the next harvest. And we are stuck in the cycle of being broke and not being able to make it at the end of the month, and this expense just happens to come up, and I can never quite get ahead. And if you're overspending and you think, "It's not me because I don't have maxed out credit cards," if you're spending everything you make, you are spending the seed that was meant to be planted for your next harvest. And that is why you...
can't get ahead. So we go out and we buy something, and we think, "It's just pants. "It's just another pair of black pants. "It's not really a big deal." But it so much more of a deal than just a pair of black pants. That money is also that seed. And if we can't hang on to that, you cannot get out of the cycle of not having enough money. So I can tell you, "Stop buying black pants," but it just never works. It never works because we just find another way to spend that money, and we lose building the thing that's gonna build our wealth. We miss investing in the business that we really wanted to create to build the next orange tree. We miss investing in our education to get a better job, to do the thing that we really want to do. We're eating our seed, and it's not meant to be eaten, it's not digestible. So what's the practice? The practice, particularly here, is creating a new neural pathway. Now, I really love reading, and I really love reading about the brain. And everything in neuroscience right now is talking about our ability to create a new neural pathway. And what happens is we get triggered by something, and then, we go out and spend. So we have an argument with our spouse, and we get online and shop to feel better. But we need to begin to create a new neural pathway so that we can begin to create new habits to do something different. Now, what we've been saying all day is awareness is progress. So, first, we get ourselves to the place where we have awareness about what is actually happening. And for a while, it's just gonna stay there. But this is what trips people up a lot. You think, "Okay, I know I'm doing this. "I want to do this over here, "and I see it happening, but I give up. "I just can't do it." And we give up not knowing that that awareness is turning the light on to a new path in our brain. But your brain took a long time to make this one. It's a deep groove. You're not just gonna cancel that one and start that one tomorrow. The paradigm shift can happen in an instant, but change takes time. Change takes time because we have to rewire our brains to go down the new path. So, first, we have awareness. We turn on the light, we see the new path. If I have a fight with my spouse, I go to the computer, I want to go shopping. I have the awareness now, "You know what? "I think this is really 'cause I'm really mad." "I think this is 'cause I'm feeling rejected," but you still want to push down that feeling, and you still continue to check out. But you've already lit up this new path, so now, the next step is sometimes, when that happens, we start going this way instead of that way. "Now, I have awareness. "I go online and I start shopping, "but I don't check out "because I am building in me "the ability to go down this new path, "and the more I go down the new path, "the more that new path in my brain is cemented." And this is the process of change. We have to stop doing the thing and spending our money and start a new practice of choosing something different. And sometimes, you're gonna choose something different, and sometimes, you're gonna go down the old path. But the more that you can go this way, the more that will become a new belief. And once you start running this way consistently, then this path is gonna be the path that becomes a groove in your brain, and this one is gonna die off. So once we can do the new behavior all the time, then we begin to see change. The workbook. What feeling are you covering? Feel like we come back to this over and over again. We have to get to the root of it. When do you feel a compulsive need to buy? Because then, you can work it back to what was the trigger. And are you spending everything you make? Are you eating the seed that should have been planted for your next harvest?