...how would you live your life?
You and I hear it all the time. "My life would be so much different if I made more money." "I can't go, I don't have the money." "I've always wanted to travel, but I can't afford to take that much time off." I wonder if these people were given a gift of $50,000, how much their life would change?
Money doesn't change people, it only reveals and amplifies them. Someone who is a giving heart and volunteers at a shelter, will continue to do the same if they were given $50,000. Someone who is nasty to other people, will still be just as nasty with a bigger bank account.
So if money, isn't going to change your life, what will? What could be so powerful, that even by flirting with one you like, your life immediately pivots on a dime and start to get tangibly better?
You can simply flirt with a life mission and you'll see the world differently. Just as you see the world differently today than you did 10 years ago. As you start to consider your life mission, your worldview will change.
Would the people around you change? Would your activities and habits change? Would the objects around you change?
People in your life
Your life is partially a product of the five people you surround yourself with. Think about it. Remember who you ran around with in grade school or high school. Those five had a major impact on your life. They helped determine what you did for fun, how you performed in school, where you went, what you bought, everything in your life.
Fast-forward to now. Are the people in your life helping you achieve that personal mission or are they hurting your attempts? They may not be intending to sabotage your personal mission, they may not even know they might be hurting it. You can and should choose who you spend your time with. No one is forced into your life without your consent. Yes, even at work. You chose that career path and that company, your situation is entirely on you. When you love what you do, and who you do it with, that money will just show up. Don't ask me how, the universe knows. Make the most of it.
Habits in your life
How do you start your day? The right start can radically change how your day goes. In Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, Hal talks about the one hour in the morning that is most critical. The first one. That hour can be the difference between a Terrific Life or a Terrible Life. The challenge is consistently applying it to each morning, no matter what day of the week. I'm still working to build that consistency in mine. It's ok. Making small adjustments is the only way to climb to the summit of life. If it were a straight path, everyone would have done it by now.
Your habits include how you see the world. Is it a place of opportunity? Is it big and scary? How you choose to address a situation is a habit you have and a habit you can change. It can be as simple as "How do we fix this?" Your habits should match your personal life mission. Otherwise, you are just tripping over yourself and won't make it to the summit. Line those habits up with your mission, and you are miles ahead of everyone around you.
Objects in your life
Objects can either contribute or detract from your personal mission. They are either a tool or a distraction. A perfect example of this is the internet. Are you reading this blog post with the intent to better your life, or are you waiting for something more entertaining to come along? Don't waste your time if you're not going to better your life by what you read. Have you tried to read to learn, instead of for pleasure? It's a totally different mindset and feels totally liberating.
Speaking of objects...what about the food you are consuming? What about the electronics in your life? Your car? Your house? YOUR CHAIR? Your chair, if it is so uncomfortable it can ruin your back, can change your life. Can you change your chair without that $50,000 gift? I hope so. Get up. Go get a new chair and add to your life today. Life is too short to ruin your back with a cheap computer chair. Get one that will last you the rest of your life...