All the recent news about the ultra-rich and their off-shore tax havens got me thinking about wealth. More precisely, what it means to me to be wealthy. Here’s how I think you can be truly wealthy.
First of all, I think you need to think about the kind of wealth you’re looking for. There’s a difference between monetary wealth and spiritual wealth. It’s more difficult to be ultra-rich, but it isn’t too difficult to be comfortable. Here are my top tips:
There’s nothing wrong with wanting monetary wealth; however, I personally believe you’ll be much richer if you focus on spiritual wealth. That will give you more valuable rewards than money ever can. If you’re able to find wealth in the things which are available to you, you’ll never feel the need for yachts and mansions and off-shore tax funds.
Here are my top tips for achieving spiritual wealth:
1. Know what makes you happy
This might be more difficult than you think. I’ve found a lot of people don’t really know what makes them happy. I want to suggest you make a list. Dig deep. Think about what really gives you those warm, fuzzy moments. For most people this won’t be “owning stuff” (although we all think it is from time to time). When we’re able to be honest with ourselves, we often find it is the smallest things, like:
• Reading a good book in your favourite chair
• Talking with your favourite family member
• Walking alone on a crisp autumn day
That’s not to say you can’t have big things on your list such as owning a home or travelling a certain number of times a year, they just take a bit more planning. Once you’re confident in your list, prioritise those things in your life. Make sure you spend time doing or working towards at least one of those things every day.
2. Help Others
This might sound counterintuitive; how can doing things for other people make me happier?
The key is to help others who might be less fortunate than you in some regard. Do it in a way that interests you. This might be volunteering at an animal sanctuary, organising tea parties for old people or working with disadvantaged children. Perhaps you can tie it in to something from the happiness list you made. Whatever way you do it, it’s like therapy. It can help you put your problems in perspective. Most of us find out that we’re a lot wealthier than we think we are.
3. Focus on your health
Doing everything you can to be as healthy is as possible is the key to wealth and happiness. It’s much easier to be wealthy when you are healthy.
• When you’re healthy, you can work hard
• When you’re healthy, you have the energy to try new things
• When you’re healthy, you can take on the world
The thing with health is that when you have it, you don’t think about it. But when you don’t have it, it’s all you think about. Ask someone who’s battling cancer for example; they don’t give a toss about yachts. They just don’t want to be sick anymore.
Of course, this isn’t always such a simple choice. Some people can’t be as healthy as other people, so it’s about making your health a priority. Get to know what works for you. If you’re able, try a little exercise. You might be surprised what a difference that will make.
When you have your health, you can get everything else.
I think that focussing on spiritual wealth is the first step to monetary wealth. Sure, you might never be ultra-rich but you’ll be happy, and that’s ultimately what we’re all looking to achieve. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be happy than be on the front page of the newspaper.
If you’d like to talk about achieving spiritual (or monetary wealth) give me a call on 0117-3704204.