I was listening to Jay Kubassek’s Wake Up Podcast (co-founder of the Six Figure Mentor digital educational program, SFM) and he was talking about the definition of success.
Jay pointed out priorities and writing 10 down on paper, #1 being your first and #10 being the least of your top 10. Jay also commented on how virtue, character and values should be up there in your first top 3. And, if money was in your top 3, you really needed to reevaluate yourself.
Not that wanting money is wrong, it is the mindset (and lifestyle that follows this mindset) that you should strive to have with values and character and other self-loving attributes before “making money” is placed above these other attributes on your list.
Money will always appear as a by-product of a balanced and goal-filled life. And, what’s more important to realize is that money only makes you more of what you already are. This is so important to “get”, because if you’re a jerk and selfish right now and if you come into a lot of money, then you’ll be a super jerk and so much more miserable. You can look at the statistics of people that come into money that don’t have their lives in check and you can see the detrimental situations it has caused in them.
So, if your goal is to make a living of freedom and balance, seek freedom and balance. Get them at the top of your priority list. As you get your priorities and goals written down and as you treat yourself with gentleness through the steps, money will follow and the end result is a happy and contented life surrounded by like-minded people. The actual act of writing your priorities down increases your ability to make your goals stick. Success is an action word, so start!
A great list New Year’s List created by Richard Branson is below:
Here are 10 simple steps for making a list that you will be able to stick to:
1. Write down every single idea you have. No idea is too small, and no idea is too big either.
2. Always carry a notebook. You need somewhere to write your ideas down, and while using a folder on your phone is better than nothing, a piece of paper is far more memorable.
3. Find a list method that works for you. Doodles, bullet-points, charts what suits you best? I find a combination of short phrases and scribbled pictures works best for me.
4. Make a list of small, manageable tasks to complete every day. Cut your day up into chunks, and you’ll get lots more done.
5. Mark off every completed task. There are few more satisfying things than ticking off a job well done.
6. Make your goals measurable so you know if your plans are working. There’s no point setting targets if you don’t know if you are hitting them.
7. Set far off, outlandish goals. Resolutions shouldn’t just have short-term endpoints. What do you want to have achieved in five years’ time? How about 50 years?
8. Include personal goals in your lists, not just business. There’s no real separation between work and life, it’s all just living. The same goes for lists.
9. Share your goals with others. You can help motivate each other further and hold each other to account. But remember that, in the end, you are doing this for yourself.
10. Celebrate your successes then make new lists of new goals. The cycle should continue as you make more and more progress. I have boxes and boxes of old notes, filled with old lists, and I’m busy making more.
So, write down your priorities and if they seem off balance. Write them down again, take your time and change the order. It is the journey toward these priorities that will bring to you happiness that sticks!!! Then, when the money follows, you’ll truly be happy and know exactly what your next steps are. And, a new list of priorities and goals will ensue.
Knowing what is your definition of success is in reality is knowing who you truly are!
… Your Lifestyle is Your Business … Margurite