If you’re like most people, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about money or wealth: how to create it, how to get more of it or how to prevent from losing it. We seem to dedicate a great deal of time and energy to the pursuit of richness.Now more than ever seems to be the perfect time to explore the meaning of true wealth ...
The investment in yourself is the most important and lucrative investment you will ever make. When you concentrate on building a strong sense of identity, build upon self-acceptance, self-respect and self worth, your net worth will soar. You’ll be able to respond to the opportunities and challenges presented to you from a place of increasing presence, resourcefulness, courage and authenticity-even during these times of challenge and economic crisis.
On the other hand, when you let frustration, fear, anger, self-doubt run your life, you’ll disconnect from the inner resources you need and surrender to a place of hopelessness and/or helplessness. You’ll feel overwhelmed and powerless and you’ll become a victim of circumstances over which you have little or no control.
Having a high level of self-esteem is critical to your overall success, your sense of well being and personal fulfillment. The more you invest in yourself, the better you will understand your core values, your beliefs, your talents, your strengths, your weaknesses, hopes and aspirations. These are your true sources of capital. They help you determine where and when to invest more resources. Whether you are making decisions regarding your career, your work relationships, or your personal relationships, the higher your personal net worth, the clearer your choices will be.
High personal worth, or self-esteem, affords you more investment opportunities and makes you more conscious of where and when you want to spend your personal resources. Awareness of your personal value ,and your values (think about the difference) allows you to get clear about the investments that are right for you.
"The quality of your relationships directly affects the quality of your life."
Other than investing in your relationship with your self, investing in relationships with others is a significant aspect of a fulfilled life. Personal relationships provide a great opportunity for personal growth, balance and fulfillment. They allow you to make a contribution and a difference in the lives of others. Great relationships, in turn, lead to a significant increase in your personal worth and that of others.
The rate of return you get on your relationship investments is directly related to the suitability of the investment. Just as a wealth manager will ask you a series of questions to understand your investment profile, so should you take stock of your relationship investment portfolio:
• What is the portfolio’s current worth?
• What personal criteria do you use to determine the return on your investments?
• In which relationships do you need to invest more of yourself?
• Are there any relationships from which you need to withdraw some of your personal funds?
• Are you paying any high 'emotional premiums' on investments that drain your personal energy?
In the currency of relationships, the most important investment you can make is the relationship you have with your self. When your bank account is full of self-esteem, you have the capital necessary to make wise and solid investments in yourself and your relationships with others. Building an investment portfolio rich in relationships will set the foundation for all other investments in your life. This leads to personal satisfaction, happiness and success.