Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
~Henry David Thoreau
Money has no heart, money has no mind, money has no prejudices. Money doesn’t care if you’re overweight, if you’re Black or Asian, right-handed or left-handed. Money has no preference.
Some of us believe that we won’t ever be rich because we don’t fit the typical “rich person” persona. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. Each and every one of us has the ability to become wealthy, and every single one of us (IMHO) ought to be.
At its most basic, money is a tool that enables you and me to meet our individual needs. Yet many people react emotionally to issues concerning finances, unconsciously condemning currency itself, the manner in which money is spent, and people who live lives of financial abundance. Even individuals who are rich in gifts such as high intelligence are acknowledged for their positive traits while those who have acquired material riches or aspire to become wealthy are frequently judged harshly. (Side note: consider reading my yesterday post on judgment). However, wealth is not a trait upon which judgment can be legitimately passed. It tells us nothing about how a person lives, what they believe in, whom they care for, or the scope of their values. Like any blessing, wealth is merely an instrument of purpose that can be used both constructively and destructively.
From an early age, people learn to court wealth while associating money with greed, selfishness, and unethical behavior. To attain a balanced and rational comprehension of money, as well as a fairer perspective of wealth, we need to recognize that outward signs of wealth tell us little about the individuals enjoying those blessings. Their wealth may be the result of long hours of taxing labor, they may donate a large percentage of their resources to charitable causes, or their bounty may be an incidental aspect of a life spent doing what they love. How sweet would that be? And can be!
If achieving wealth is a state to which you aspire, part of that attainment may require a mindset shift. Here are four simple actions for you to consider to more closely align you with that goal.
Revisit your vocabulary. Focus on encouraging language: “I’ll find a way to…” or, “I’ll try to…” To another earlier post, dispel the “I just can’t” belief.
- Appreciate what you already have. Things could be much worse, right?
- Remove negativity and replace it with positivity.
- Put your plans into action.
If you take a moment to consider your own feelings regarding money and wealth, you may discover that you equate financial prosperity with happiness, power, security, independence, or (gasp!) self-indulgence. Money itself, however, is none of these things. You can begin developing a healthier view of wealth by simply accepting that while some possess great wealth and others do not, we all have the potential to create lives of beauty, substance, and wisdom using the resources (including your personal gifts) we have been granted.
So go out and experience it. Fully!