The Practical Side to Life

Really?Oh My GoD!       What am I going to do?      This is horrible!      This is a disaster!      There isn’t anything I can do!      I’m screwed!!!    Nooooooo!

… OR….

Ok, what do I need to do? How do I overcome this new obstacle? What will I need to do to bring about my goals and desires? What are the steps I need to take?

 

What do you notice is different about the above ways of responding? When I look at the two ways of responding, I see that the first group is filled with statements, whereas the second group is filled with questions. Secondly, the first group is emotional in substance, compared to the second group that is not emotional, but clear and practical. You can tell that someone acting within the first group of statements won’t be very effective or reliable in getting a job done, and you would surely trust someone who acts within the second group. So the question is… well… the questions leads you to the answer.

 

Money is a Boulder of Potent Potential

Relevant Story: Boulders of Life Potential

What is Money?

Money is like a boulder resting on top of a hill, it is potential not yet put into ACTION.

The Monkman family at Bubble Rock in Maine's Acadia National Park.Like a boulder rolling down a hill, spending money is an action. If you have money you have the potential to spend it, and actions produces results. Until you take action, money only remains as a potential of Effect. Potential must be exercised. If money is never spent, that is wasted potential. A man that spends money will always have a greater effect on his reality than a man who saves it. At the same time, a man that spends his money on worthless pursuits is wasting his potential. So the question is, are you using your potential (boulder, money) and if so, is it and will it produce valuable results?

You may also consider: What kind of effects is your potential having? Is any of your potential wasted? Are living up to your fullest potential? Where will the boulder roll? Where are you leading that boulder of potential as money?

You can make this process practical for yourself and write out a budget, and rate the value of each item with a number, answering the questions: what are the values I place on things I spend my money on,  what is the actual value of the things I paid for, and how can I maximize the value? One can extend this process to other activities and pursuits which are outside the realm of the budget, such as volunteering, walking in the park, studying, etc… One may find that some of your most enjoyable activities don’t require any money, yet are highly valued by you. One may also find ways to spend your money that produces a greater value for you and everyone, or also some money that is producing very little to no value for you and everyone. After this evaluation of values, one can then shift one’s spending to maximize the value produced for not only you personally, but for you home, friends/family, country, and planet as a whole.