Chances are that you go to work, come home, eat a little unhealthy food, watch four or five hours of television, go to bed, don’t sleep well and then get up tomorrow to do it all over again. You spend more than you make, exercise less than you should and complain that there just isn’t enough time to get it all done. And you wonder why your life is the way it is.
Your life is the way it is because that’s exactly how you want it to be!
“How can you say that? I want to be happy, healthy and rich.”
That is a lie. If you really wanted those things, you would have those things.
The truth is that you want those things, but you just don’t want them enough to do what it takes to get them. You aren’t willing to sacrifice your current lifestyle in order to get what you want so you end up living with what you’ve got.
Do you have a written plan for every area of your life? Most people spend more time planning their day off than they do planning the rest of their lives.
What kind of house do you want to live in? What kind of car do you want to drive, how would you like to dress, what kind of restaurants do you want to eat at and where would you like to vacation? Do you know what you want your blood pressure to be and how much you want to weigh? How much money do you want to have in the bank for savings and retirement? Do you even have a plan for your retirement or your kid’s college or a medical emergency? My bet is you don’t have any of these things written down.
It is likely that these things are afterthoughts to you – things that happen after you have spent all of your money and watched your television shows – they are not your priorities.
Your time and money always follow your priorities. Look at how people spend their time and money and you always know what is important to them.
Do this: Get a sheet of paper and write down exactly what you want your life to look like. Be detailed. Then focus on these things every day. Add to the list when you think of something. This is not goal setting – this is priority setting. Take action on your priorities, talk about your priorities and spend your money and your time on your priorities. Then you really can be happy, healthy and rich.
Larry is a six-time New York Times/Wall Street Journal bestselling author. His newest book is What’s Wrong with Damn Near Everything: How The Collapse Of Core Values Is Destroying Us And How To Fix It. He is a member of the Speaker Hall Of Fame. He has starred in his own television series and appeared in national television commercials. Larry is a regular contributor on many television news shows on the topics of money, personal success, business, and parenting. Find out more at www.larrywinget.com and follow him on Facebook at Larry Winget Fan Page and on twitter @larrywinget.