If I ask you what you want out of life, your first answer will
probably have something to do with money – lots of it. You want to
win big at the casino. You want to hit the lottery when the jackpot
is at $200,000,000. You want big money! Right?
Think about it. If your ultimate goal in life is to be rich, what are
you going to do when you achieve that goal? Remember – a goal is the
final destination of a journey. When you reach your goal, you’re at
the end of your journey.
Example: Right now you’re in an ongoing dispute with your next-door
neighbor. You dislike her with a passion. She makes your home life
miserable. You win a lottery jackpot of $132,000,000. Remember –
that was your goal. You’ve reached the end of your journey. Only
there’s still a problem. You’re surrounded with stacks of green paper
but you still have the same neighbor.
Example: Right now you’re struggling to keep food on the table for
you and your family. Many nights dinner is peanut butter and jelly
sandwiches. Your goal is money. You think that will fix everything. A
distant relative dies and leaves you a bundle. Since you’ve reached
the end of your journey – your goal to be rich – everything should
miraculously be perfect. But wait. Your goal was just to have money,
so unless you and your family can acquire a taste for raw green
paper, you’re still going to be eating peanut butter and jelly
Do you see where I’m going with this?
You thought your goal was to be rich. If you had enough money, all of
your life’s problems would disappear.
That’s not the way life works.
If you can’t stand your next-door neighbor, your goal isn’t to be
rich. Your goal is to move. Sure, you may need a lot of money to move
to the perfect house in the neighborhood of your dreams and furnish
it with the best of everything. So, yes, you need money. But you
don’t plan to get the money and sit around looking at it.
You plan to spend it.
And what you want to buy with that money is your real goal.
If you’re hungry, your goal isn’t money – your goal is food.
If your car stops running, your goal isn’t money – your goal is a
If your roof is leaking, your goal isn’t money – your goal is a new
So before you start mapping out your life’s journey, make sure you
know where you’re trying to go. Uncover what you really want out of
life and how to get it.