Success and happiness are not often thought to co-exist in todayfs society. As people work harder to accomplish more successful careers and more expensive toys, they find themselves unhappy with their lives. This is largely due to imbalance. People are spending entirely too much time working to be successful and not nearly enough time with family and stopping to smell the roses. These poor habits began in the nineties, and are being passed down to the next generation. But as young people, you can start planning now to have both success and happiness in your life as you grow older.
The first step toward achieving both success and happiness is to determine your definition of successful. Is it a certain type of career, a certain pay level, or the ability to have certain expensive items? The answers will be different for everyone, so this is definitely something that you should evaluate on your own, or with someone that knows and understands you and your core values. If you have not done so yet, now is also the time to evaluate your strengths, weaknesses, skills, talents, and interests to begin choosing a career path.
Your next step toward achieving both success and happiness is to determine what makes you happy, or what will make you happy in the future. Is family of great importance to you? Do you want to get married and have children in the future (or the present)? Is not needing to worry about money and bills enough to make you happy, or do you need less substantial methods of happiness such as a good support system and time with friends? Again, answers will be different for everyone.
Once you have an understanding of your core values, you will be better able to create a plan that will give you both success and happiness. When you start choosing a career, you will need to take into consideration what you need for happiness rather than simply focusing on success. If family and time with friends is important to you, you may want to choose a less demanding career that will likely have set work hours. If this is not as important to you as helping others, then a career in law or medicine might be more feasible.
Once you have determined your career path, you will need to set a series of smaller goals that, when completed, will lead you to your ultimate goal of success and happiness. When you set these goals, you should not simply focus on how fast you can get to your final goal of success. If you work extra hard and get to your career goal within a few years, but you lose all of your friends and values in the process, you will not have success and happiness. But, if you take your goals in stride, allowing for plenty of time for yourself and your loved ones, you will find yourself in a much happier disposition as you reach your success goals.
This article is a little different from some of the previous ones I’ve written about success principles.
Let’s go back to when I was first starting out as an entrepreneur. In fact, I wasn’t even an entrepreneur yet. I was trying to become one.
I’d been listening to tapes of Napoleon Hill’s ‘Your Right To Be Rich’ seminar…over and over and over. I listened day and night.
As soon as I opened my eyes in the morning? Napoleon Hill.
During the day? Napoleon Hill.
While I slept? Napoleon Hill!
It didn’t matter to me that I’d listened to it 5…10…20 times in a row. And this wasn’t a 1-hour CD either. It was 14 hours of only Napoleon Hill!
Imagine what that’s like: wanting to succeed so badly that you’d be willing to listen to the same talk every day until you made a difference.
I completely saturated my consciousness with Dr. Hill’s message.
After a few weeks, I reached a state where I no longer needed a motivational shot in the arm; I now had within me an overwhelming desire to take ACTION.
Only there was a problem:
I had a ROADBLOCK in my life.
My roadblock was that I had this wealth of information around me; tons of personal development books, cds and tape sets…yet I didn’t know exactly what I should be doing.
I was motivated to take action but I had no idea what action to take.
I didn’t know how to convert ideas into dollars.
I was stuck.
I remember sitting at my desk, looking at all these titles by Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen, Harv Eker, Robert Allen and so many others. This wealth of knowledge and wisdom surrounded me and I didn’t have a clue what to do with it all.
All I could do was ask out loud…WHAT DO I DO? WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
Let me tell you: when you ask the right questions, you’ll get the right answers.
The next thing I did was I pulled out a tape set by Jay Abraham called ‘Your Secret Wealth’ and started listening to it..
On the tapes, Jay spoke about ‘Seeing Opportunities Around You’.
Opportunity is everywhere and there are SO MANY different ways to make money.
You just have to be able to recognize them.
So I started trying to “see” opportunity. I looked for it everywhere I went.
What was the value of things around me?
And was I perceiving a greater or lesser value in them than other people?
Training my mind to perceive opportunity opened my awareness and I was then able to see opportunities where I never would have seen them before.
In fact, I went on to become a PowerSeller on eBay for 2 years because of this. And I didn’t even start out with any merchandise!
That said, what I’m going to share with you now is a simple technique you can implement immediately to make extra money for yourself.
However, this technique is so simple and easy to put into practice that there’s a good chance you will take it too lightly. That you’ll say, “that’s not a big deal. I know that already.”
This would actually be a mistake on your part because then you won’t reap the rewards either.
Ok, are you ready for an exercise that is guaranteed to quickly and easily bring you more money in your life?
Here’s what you do:
Up to 15 times each day, I want you to ask (out loud): “How Can I Make Money?”
Don’t ask 15 times in a row like you had to when you were caught chewing gum in school.
Ask once at a time, throughout the day, with all your attention and with sincerity:
“How Can I Make Money?”
Listen, because the answer will come to you.
And so will the money!
Have a Great Day and Let’s Make This Your Year!
Money, financial success, prosperity, abundance, all terms describing an area of life that is almost an obsession in modern society. It can also be of great concern to those pursuing self development, self actualization or various paths of self help. This article is to briefly touch on a few key points concerning this area of self development and hopefully give some direction to those wishing to pursue this further.
First of all, one of the characteristics of money relevant to today’s article, is that money is a multiplier. In other words, whatever your current overall condition of being is, if you suddenly have more money that condition will be amplified. If you are generally happy and handling your life in a positive manner, more money will help you in that direction. If you are unhappy, neurotic or otherwise dysfunctional, more money will also help you in that direction. This is why there are happy, well adjusted “poor” people and also the cliché of the miserable rich person. Which person is really “rich’ or “poor”? As the popular music group the Beatles sang “Can’t Buy Me Love”…. This shows us that the environment we create from what is inside us is a more powerful creator of our condition of reality than money!
Many of us are concerned about the lack of money. What can we say about this popular topic? Those who are working on dealing with this issue may want to check as to whether they have ever asked to specifically improve their financial condition. Who or what to ask are beyond the scope of this article, but the point needs to be noted.
Another area regarding the lack of money can be described as “abundance blockers”. It is not uncommon for a person to be double minded about money issues. While they consciously profess a desire to improve their financial condition, a part of the person, usually subconsciously, works against that desire. Financial success may be associated with such negatives as excessive work, less family time, more responsibility, shallowness, lack of spirituality, or hurting the people around you. Attitudes expressed by family members about finances, that you may not even agree with, may be unconsciously influencing your behavior with little awareness on your part. Various techniques to identify and remove such blockages can be sought out by the individual wishing to advance in this area or others. Some individuals can identify a life cycle that they have repeated multiple times. A typical cycle involves an individual advancing financially or other ways and then suddenly falling back to prior levels due to unconscious blockages or scripts they are acting out.
Another aspect of this subject to be aware of is the idea of “financial freedom”. Better finances are supposed to give you more freedom in life. Perhaps more freedom is not best for you at this time. Perhaps a lesser degree of freedom would help you to develop considerably beyond where you would be if you had financial freedom now. Something else to consider…
This article has attempted to reveal and review some of the relevant issues involved in bringing more money into your life and improving your finances. For a more comprehensive treatment of this self development topic and many more, see our FREE ebook “Manifesting Mindset” as described below.