I don’t believe one has to have a lot of money to be rich. One can be rich in many ways. Riches can include family, close relationships, meaningful work and more.
Those are all wonderful things, of course. But today I will focus on the three things that will help you live a richer life that aren’t dependent on other people and are things mostly in your control: health, wealth and inner life.
1. Let’s begin with health. I know many people who are financially secure but don’t take care of their bodies and have chronic back and knee problems, heart disease, are very overweight, etc. They aren’t truly “rich” even though they have a lot of money.
Many people wait until their pain or disgust with their health situation is so great that they are forced to take action. Please don’t wait until the last minute. Visit your doctor on an annual basis, and your alternative health practitioners more frequently. Listen to your friends and family members if they tell you they are worried about your health. Denial is the worst thing you can do for your health.
Do one proactive thing each day for your health. Whether it’s scheduling a massage, going to a yoga class, eating no junk food that day, going for a walk or run in nature, or visiting an alternative health practitioner, do something for your health each day. I also recommend reading articles about health and researching medical conditions in depth so you can be as informed as possible.
For years, I paid scant attention to my health because I was too busy with career and volunteer work. I paid a huge personal price with a near-death experience. Once I started taking complete responsibility for my health, I’ve been able to get off taking chronic medications, become 90% pain free, kept 30 lbs off for 10 years, and developed strength and endurance to climb multiple mountains, and complete charity walks
2. Next, let’s take a look at wealth. Have you ever read that classic book from 1937 called Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill?
He gives very detailed instructions about how to formulate plans for your future. Then he tells you exactly how to start visualizing – and attracting – your goals so that they happen.
He even gives a list of 28 questions you should ask yourself every year as you evaluate your career and financial situation.
If you hope to increase your income, making plans and setting goals is important. For this I suggest you focus on these two words: Think Big! Donald Trump says those two words are responsible for his success. Thinking big will help energize you and, even if you don’t become a billionaire like Trump, it will be much easier to have a comfortable financial situation.
3. The final and third way to have a richer life is to also focus on your spirituality and inner life. You don’t have to be religious to do this. It simply requires jumping off the hamster wheel of your daily concerns and withdrawing into yourself on a regular basis. Yoga and meditation are great ways to do this. So is spending time in nature. Regularly engage in activities that increase your wonder for the world. This simultaneously feeds your spirituality.
Paradoxically, the more you focus on your inner life, the better you’ll be able to serve others and help them have a richer life too.
To recap: a rich life includes health, wealth and your spirituality. Remember that these three things are largely within your control: you simply need to give yourself permission to make them a priority.