You dream of being successful, living in a fantastic house, driving a flash car, eating out whenever you like, at the best restaurants, and most of all, never having to set your alarm clock for work again. You’re not alone. Most of us do.
Did you realise, though, that if you live in Australia, the UK or the US, you’re already in the top 20% of wealthy people in the world, if not higher? How do you think your lifestyle compares to someone in Kenya, Afghanistan or Ethiopia? How wealthy do people in these countries think you have to be, to have water come out of a tap, for example, or a fridge always full of food – with more only minutes away at the supermarket. Oh, and lets not forget that regular, stable income we all dream of not needing. That would be all of us, except for the people who dream of having it in the first place.
I was asked the other day what I wanted to accomplish with my online sites. It made me realise, I’ve never done this purely for money. I started writing this blog as a form of self-expression, and as a good way to give something back in return for all the people who’ve helped me over the years. Truth be told, I also liked the idea of connecting with people around the world and eventually building a community of like-minded people online.
In all of those things, I’m already successful.
It’s easy to say, but harder to remember, that what you are living now is always a perfect reflection of the decisions you’ve made. You have succeeded in what you, at one point, wanted to achieve. Maybe those ideas have changed, and in many cases they may not have been thoughts you were conscious of having, but you’ll find your life is pretty spot on to what you actually, deep down, prioritised, and within the limits we put on ourselves with our beliefs about what we’re entitled to.
If your life isn’t where you want it to be, it might be worth taking a moment to remember the time when you decided or thought you wanted what you have now, and acknowledging how well it matches that. It never hurts to appreciate the things you have – and it’s all too easy to forget how many millions of people don’t.
From there, if you still want to change your life, you need to change your goals, re-set your priorities, and check what beliefs are holding you back. Then the final step, of course, is putting the pedal to the metal and taking action.
After all, even if you are a success, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a bigger one!