Welcome back, reader! To review what we discussed in Part I, click HERE.
In this part of the discussion, I would like to take a more in-depth look at one particular element of the previous discussion:
“Money is a fabulous effect of a good process and good risk, but cannot, and should not, be the cause for which you live.”
As we discussed before, money is frequently a driving force in our lives. It controls us, manipulates us, and coerces us into doing things that we may not ordinarily do. We tend to focus our priorities, goals, and objectives towards money. Oftentimes, everything that we do, we measure in terms of money or monetary possessions. We analyze our decisions and actions based upon the net effect on our material possessions. This mentality is often referred to as a “wealth mentality” or perhaps a “materialistic worldview”.
I have discovered that when I take the time to organize and structure my priorities, I can better align myself with things other than money. In my opinion, we need to do a little bit of soul-searching to help us better understand what is most important to us. After doing this review, you will discover that the one thing most important to you is that which you would sacrifice almost anything for to obtain or to accomplish. If that one thing happens to be money, there will be no stopping you in your quest for wealth.
Money, as a driver in our lives, can often lead to strained relationships and abundant stress. If our goal is to please ourselves, we will have little desire to care for others. We will have little desire to build relationships for the sake of relationship, but will view them as a means to an end, rather than an end in themselves. Take an honest look inside, then ask yourself: What is the most important thing in my life? Is it the pursuit of money? Or is it something more, something far greater and more meaningful? That is the fundamental question that needs to be asked when talking about money management. The answer to that question can provide vast amounts of insight into the character and desires of an individual, and can be used to help guide them to a place of financial peace and security.