Do You Really Value What You Wish For?
I am sitting in a shopping mall, waiting for my wife to finish
her Christmas shopping. Next to me is a rather pathetic-looking
fountain, which contains hundreds of coins, mostly thrown in
by children of irate shoppers.
I look closer
and I realise that most of the coins are only pennies. The
sum of money accumulated
under the water probably
won’t even cover the cost of someone to pick them up.
Throwing a coin in a fountain is, to many, a token gesture in
return for a wish. Are your wishes worth as little as a penny?
If you value your wishes, then maybe you should throw in a larger
amount? After all, it has always been said that you place more
value on things that you pay for, than the things you get for
free. The trouble with this concept is that it is the wrong way
around. The things that you get for free should have a much higher
value placed on them, compared to things that you pay for.
Having a nice
house, or a fast car, can give you a great deal of pleasure.
If you didn’t have your health, or you didn’t
have family and friends to share it all with, then you probably
wouldn’t enjoy it at all. Don’t get me wrong. Money
can buy happiness to a degree, but only short-term happiness.
Most poor people’s definition of success is measured in
monetary terms, whereas rich people define success in intangibles.
These intangibles are the key to being successful, and enjoying
it. Successful people value time spent with their families, their
own development, and many other things that money can’t
buy. Money may make a lot of these things possible, but you must
desire success not for material things, but for the ability to
make the most of what matters to you.
be the most treasured possessions we have; yet most of us want
to overwrite them
with empty wishes for the future.
If you really want to have something, or to be someone, make
sure that money couldn’t buy it once you get there. Without
such a desire based around your values, you are unlikely to attain
the success you wish for.
It is no coincidence
that you have to desire that which money couldn’t buy. If you do not need money to buy it, it means
that it must be available to you NOW. Think hard for what you
wish for, and make sure that what you cannot touch comes before
what you can. Only by aligning your goals with your inner values
will the path to success open up for you. You are the only person
who knows what they want. The problem is that the vast majority
of the population on this earth haven’t got a clue what
they really desire. The majority of those that do know what they
want do not even bother to set themselves on a path to achieve
it. The remaining minority of this minority are the successful
good enough to choose to be successful; you have to decide
to never turn back. Then
you must act. NOW! •
© Gary Vurnum
Gary Vurnum has quit his
full-time job to devote himself to his family and his self-development.
His life turned around after
the birth of his severely disabled son, and he now wants to share
with others the tools he used to remain positive during the worst
time of his life. His life-changing ebook “The Science
of Success” is available from www.scienceofsuccess.com.