Here are 15 things I have learned and keep learning about life and money

by - September 19, 2016

I've learned a lot this year. I’ve made progress in most areas of my life and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Life is precious and I don't want to waste a single day.

Still, I don’t pretend to have all the answers. But I know the lessons and experiences that I’ve learned along the way have brought me here.

Here are 15 things I am learning about life and money : 

1. To live your best life you have to be intentional about each day because it’s all you have. You can’t control anything in your past or you future. But when you combine enough intentional days, you can make progress and reach your financial/health/relationship goals.

2. Your most important asset is YOU. Without your health, you can’t enjoy life. And you can’t make money. Invest in your wellness. You need your health to make wealth. And, you need your wealth to take care of your health.

3. Relationships are much more important than money, and a truer source of wealth.The memories with the most value come from experiences with people you love and  not the stuff you buy.

4. Have a purpose for your life, and live it each day. And many of the other success habits like hard work and working hard will fall into place automatically. Figure out the why. Why are you here? Why does your life matter? That is the ultimate test of your free will.

5. The best place to invest your money is in yourself. The rate of return from investing in your own knowledge and skills will be much higher than anything you’ll see from stocks, real estate, or other investments. I find it best to mix and match different types of learning. For example, last month I bought a a few books and went to a seminar.

6. Don’t let regret, shame, embarrassment or mistakes you've made in the past control your actions. Keep the past where it belongs—in the past—and keep charging ahead.  It’s okay to remember past mistakes so you don’t repeat them. But those missteps shouldn’t keep you from making better choices now and in the future. Own the mistakes and move on.

7.There is always something to complain about. I believe one of the greatest and perhaps one of the simplest lessons in life we can learn is to be thankful for what we have already received and accomplished. It is thankfulness that opens the windows of opportunities, of blessings, of unique experiences to flow my way.

8. Stop treating money as a power source. Stop seeing money as a way to buy you way out of valuable personal growth lessons. Embrace the many lessons life offers you. Instead of working for money, center your work around expressing your creativity, providing value, exploring and experimenting. Do what feels inspired, and let life handle the rest.

9. Personal growth is part of your life, not merely something you check off your to-do list. Make it a daily habit. If you fail, don’t beat yourself up. Just get back up and try again. When you feel like life is becoming too stagnant, try mixing things up now and then.

10. Sometimes your choices will receive the approval of others. Sometimes they won’t. Regardless of others’ reactions, do your best to stay true to yourself. Make the choices that allow you to look in the mirror and feel good about the person gazing back at you.  If you try to conform, you’re going to waste your life.

11. Take your financial goals seriously. It’s okay to begin with a fuzzy fantasy, but don’t get stuck there. If you fail to focus your energy on the goals that are truly important to you, some of them will slip away, and that’s a heavy price to pay.

12.  Focusing on abundance is great, but don’t envision an abundant future and neglect your present. See the abundance you already have. Don’t put your dreams on hold just because you don’t have money. Take time to experience the simple pleasures of life. Put more attention on what you can enjoy and experience right now.  Only spend your time, money and energy on things that produce the life you’re after.

13. Don’t cling to processes or people who aren’t working anymore. Be okay with letting go. I've learned that you must release a dead-end job or a dead-end relationship in order to access something better for you. You have to be willing to learn new ways and be willing to change your game plan. By changing the way you approach life and money, you will change your results.

14. Take risks. Don’t fear failure – every successful person I’ve ever known has had their share of failures. If you keep intending to be successful, each failure is just another stepping stone on your way to your inevitable success.

15. Learn to be patient with yourself. Patience is one of the most important qualities to develop if you care about personal growth. Be patient and stay your course.

There's been some emotional roller coasting along the way, but I have seen the benefits and it's been worth it.

What have you learned about life and money?

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