Rich is a very rich word. It’s commonly defined as “wealth”, but “rich” has many meanings.
It means “quality” – “That’s a rich idea.”
It implies “fullness” – “I have a rich life."
Another meaning is “fruitful” – “He farms rich soil.”
Rich goes way beyond the common perception.
Conditions vs. Expectations
If your current conditions equal or exceed your expectations, you’re happy. If you’re happy, you can feel rich.
If your conditions don’t meet your expectations, then you’re unhappy. In that case, you can either change your conditions or change your expectations.
3 ways to change your conditions
#1 – Change your attitude.
It all starts with you. If you think you can’t do something, you can’t. It’s that simple.
#2 – Change your self-talk.
Keep telling yourself that “you can do it”. Yes, we know about the Adam Sandler movies!
Say it over and over until you really, truly believe it. Every time you tell yourself something negative, you’re actually two steps behind. You’ve taken a step back because of this self-doubt, and you could have taken a step forward.
#3 – Emulate successful people.
You may not FEEL like doing something. Do it anyway. Fake it. Force it. Do what successful people do long enough and you’ll be successful.
3 ways to change your expectations
#1 – Stop trying to keep up with the Jones’.
It’s your life, not theirs. What difference does their opinion make? You’re the one who has to be proud of you.
#2 – Set goals that are achievable.
If you set the bar so high that all you do is work toward that goal, you won’t have a rich life. Set goals that stretch you, but don’t break you as you try to achieve them.
#3 – Look at what you have, not what you don’t have.
Savor your accomplishments before you move on. Look at your relationships and all the things for which you can be happy.
A man who changed his conditions
A friend of ours got in with a group at work that complained about everything – their conditions, their boss, and the company. They also never gave an ounce more than they needed to in order to keep their jobs.
One day, our friend got assigned to a project with a guy who was a bigg goal-getter. This guy only said good things about work, their boss, and the company. He did little things that made him stand out. Our friend emulated him. Before long, he got a promotion with a bigg raise.
A woman who changed her expectations
Sarah Susanka is an architect who has written ten books, including The Not-So-Big Life. She was a busy professional, but she was unhappy. She was so busy, though, that she couldn’t spare the time to figure out what to do about it.
After some time, she learned that she had breast cancer. While going through treatment, she didn’t have much energy, but she had time to think. She realized that quality, not quantity, is what matters. She says to focus on your comfort, not what impresses other people.
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Our bigg quote today is by Oscar Wilde, who said,
are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”
All the things money can buy comes with a price tag. All the things money can’t buy. Priceless.
There’s our nod to VISA … but you won’t have to use your VISA!
With spring here tomorrow, we’ll discuss three steps to make your success grow. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!