Forget the money. Now what?

  • April 25, 2017
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  • jessahlum

If money were no issue, what would you do?

This question has been asked a million times.

Have you given it much thought?

This is a question begging for you to connect to your wildest fantasies and think about how you’d like to engage in life. It can really point to some important and interesting things about oneself.

What images are rising to the surface as you image your life unencumbered by the need to earn a living, or manage wealth that has already been earned?

How different is your vision for this fantasy life from the vision you hold for yourself knowing money is a factor to consider (a very big factor for most of us)?

My vision, considering I need to make a living, is to engage in work I enjoy, that fosters growth and allows me to support the growth of others. I envision making enough money so that paying my bills is never a stress, with enough left over to save, and some to spend on “fun”. I envision having plenty of time outside of work to maintain my balance in holistic self care (if you have any questions about what this means, please click here to download the free Health Impacts Health Assessment).  I don’t want anything too crazy. I just want to be healthy and happy.

This vision is so different from the one I have if money were not an issue.

Yes, of course, I want balance and health and happiness. These are core values, but the ways in which I would live these value would be so much more extreme.

I would choose to engage in 3 primary ways:

  1. Outdoor wilderness excursions (with leadership missions) ie. NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School- check it out if you have ever wanted to venture into the wild for extreme personal growth opportunities).
  2. Luxury trips around the world with only the finest of everything.
  3. Life at home with my simple, beautiful surroundings and simple beautiful coaching practice, and complex beautiful relationships.

I could go on and on in exploring and explaining why I am drawn to these 3 things in particular, but it doesn’t really matter to make the point of this blog. It just goes to show how much money does control motivations, beliefs, and behavior.

How do your visions for fantasy life and real-life compare?