Nearly every month I receive a mailer offering a lovely choice of dinner entree, salad and dessert (complimentary) if I am willing to listen to a speaker tell me the secrets to accumulating wealth. On a few occasions the sub-topics sounded interesting enough to take advantage of the opportunity to have someone else prepare baked salmon and broccoli for my consumption. A common theme among most of the speakers was:
FOLLOWING A PLAN OF ACTION
There were several plans to choose from, and each plan offered a similar outcome; financial independence. Some plans were aggressive (risky) and some plans grew wealth slowly over time, but ALLPLANS and approaches attained the same goal; financial independence. A second common theme discussed at these dinner invitations explained why these simple effective strategies were not achieved by more people. They spoke about:
LACK OF DISCIPLINE
Human nature is to “want.” The most important quality within one’s character necessary to take “a want” and transition it to becoming a “goal” is DISCIPLINE. I have heard many people say they just aren’t disciplined enough to accomplish their pursuits. The first step necessary to becoming disciplined is SELF AWARENESS. Those who know they “just aren’t disciplined” already possess self awareness. The object is to utilize this knowledge and determine what factors are needed to provoke a different mind set to keep a person motivated and on course to achieving the goal.
I have discovered:
THOSE WHO PURSUE AND ATTAINTHE GOAL OF HEALTH OFTEN ATTAINTHE GOAL OF WEALTH.
It is important to realize the “goal of health” is NOT synonymous with simply joining a gym or eating some fish and vegetables. Just like financial planning, it requires a comprehensive game plan designed with a specific outcome in mind. There are “aggressive” game plans and “conservative” game plans that use various strategies, yet achieve the same positive outcomes over time. Each person needs to use their “self awareness” skills to determine which approach will most effectively work with their individual personality. It is also important to realize there is NO PERFECT GAME PLAN. Clarity and loss of focus typically occurs during the process creating doubt and confusion. This becomes a critical point for most people. At this point, the game plan needs to be traveled carefully, for this seems to be a common place where progress deviates back to older destructive patterns in life that restore “temporary comfort,” (ex. stop exercising, begin eating poorly, allow stress to overwhelm us, etc…) yet ultimately interferes with achieving our goals. At this fork in the road, DISCIPLINE becomes the KEY which guides us beyond our comfort zone and remain on course toward SUCCESS. As we reach and overcome each fork in the road, the fear of failure begins to dissipate. Our “self awareness” begins to uncover an inner strength that adds a new layer of self confidence that motivates our behavior. SELF DETERMINATION AND SELF PRIDE becomes the dominating forces in our minds where fear and failure used to reside. When this point is reached, GOOD HEALTH is no longer simply a “want,” but rather a LONG TERM REALITY.
Those who pursue this path toward GOOD HEALTH use the same principles to GROWING WEALTH. These become LIFE LONG pursuits rather than merely “wants.” As we evolve through this process, PASSION and PURPOSE becomes our new source of motivation. The ability to experience LIFE LONG growth and development creates a level of happiness and fulfillment few ever realize. This path to GROWING WEALTH by GAINING HEALTH can be accomplished. The good news is: