Money is not worth anything in and of itself. It is only worth what it allows you to experience and to give.
Money is the great enabler.
Unfortunately, it’s also a topic we avoid all too often for fear of… well for a wide variety of fears.
So let’s talk about money. More specifically, let’s talk about how money will enable you to live the life you want.
Years ago, I read a book that changed my life at the time – The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. In it, he challenged the reader to a money exercise. Today, I want to challenge you to do the same thing…
When you think about your ideal lifestyle, the one hidden deep in your mind and soul, what do you imagine? More specifically, think about your ideal life 10 years from now:
- Where will you live?
- What kind of house will you have?
- Will you be single or married?
- How many children?
- What car will you drive?
- Where you will you travel each year?
- What charities will you support (and with how much money)?
- Will you have a second home?
- Where and what will you eat each month?
- What will you do with your friends?
- What clothes will you wear?
- What gadgets and technology will you own?
- What experiences will you have on a regular basis (fly fishing lessons, dinner parties, sailing, skydiving, etc)?
Let go of your inhibitions and self-judgments. Be honest with yourself and own the future you want.
Now, the important part.
How much will each of these things cost? How much money would you have to make each year for this to be your reality? And, most importantly, what risks will you have to take and what changes will you have to make in order for this to be possible?
Before you can live the life you imagine, perhaps it might help to fully understand what it will take to make that happen. Money is an enabler. You can vilify it, or use it to your advantage. Up to you.