How many times have we wished we had more money or bargained with ourselves, thinking, “If only I had this, then I would feel that way”?
In the popular song ” I Want to Be a Billionaire ”, Travie McCoy sings about all the things he would do with lots of money and how he would feel.
But he seems to be somewhat short-sighted in its attempts at gaining happiness. I mean, what is really holding him back? If you had more money, would you really feed the needy because you wanted to – or just out of guilt? Would you only travel to Europe if you had more money than you knew what to do with? Why not now?
I think people often limit their dreams by placing obstacles in the way: “I’ll get in shape when I have more time. I’ll see my father when the weather is cooler. I’ll get a better job when I’m tired of this one.” But, with these limits, we will never get us one step closer to our goals.
If your goal is to have a million dollars, you might need to put some real effort into getting there – not just dream and wish and play the lottery. If you are in your 30s, you can start saving, and you’ll get there.
But what do you want the million dollars for? That’s the real question. If it’s just to have it in the bank or to blow it on a wild lifestyle, you are missing the point. You may want this money because you want it to give you a feeling of happiness. But maybe you can do that now. Maybe you scale back a trip to Europe to a trip to the theme hotel in Vegas. Maybe you don’t feed the hungry – maybe just buy somebody a hamburger. You can still achieve million dollar joy on a budget. Just focus on what’s the real feeling you want. Maybe it takes some creativity or planning or a little saving up, but you will get that feeling you are looking for and the satisfaction of working for it.
My father always says,”If you were given something, it will be worth nothing. But, if you earned it, then it becomes priceless. ” So keep this in mind when you are wishing for money to fall out of the sky. It won’t make you happy.
True happiness is a state of mind that comes from a life well-lived and a job well done. So focus your energy on that feeling of joy – not the money – and you may be a lot closer to it than you think. And when you begin living in that happiness every day, the money will become a non-issue. You’ll see that you have many things that make you happy, and you can do without trips to Europe. Trips to your neighbor’s house might become just as exciting.
So bring the joy into your heart. Forget about how, and focus on, “Why not now?” And, with a little patience and imagination, you’ll have that million dollar joy. And it won’t cost you a thing. 🙂