Where we go is linked to what actions we apply. These two most important aspects are largely determined by what’s important to us. Studies show and most would agree that after we finish school and during our lives, we become primarily concerned about our financial situation and the state of the economy. People want security for their family and they want to have assurances that their future will be built on a solid foundation. Unfortunately, our society has been ill equipped in this area. As a society, not only have we not equipped the masses, but we’ve been influenced to develop wrong behaviors toward developing a solid financial position. The ‘LIFE’ company has established ‘Financial Fitness,’ information toward filling this most important void. Just like physical fitness involves heart health, muscle health, and joint health; financial fitness involves debt reduction, asset production, and a working understanding of the influencers of the economy. To have a level of financial fitness is more than understanding money. Is where you are going ‘Living The LIFE You Always Wanted?’
Unfortunately, the education our society receives as a whole from our educational institutions and the media has led us down a path where people have less savings and more debt than at any time in the history of our country. Most of our peers have succumbed and have established a set of behaviors surrounding the purchase of material goods as a show of success. For example, we see repetitive messaging from media, especially Hollywood, TV, and the internet. We tend to compare our success with the word, ‘style.’ You know, the types of purses and shoes we wear makes us feel important. The media reinforces this behavior by constantly messaging slogans like, ‘The Consumer Price index.’ Just the nature of this phrase implicates that the economy is stable when consumers spend. This is simply not true. People are secure when they save and develop a ‘nest egg,’ or enough money to last in case of unsuspecting economic conditions. Additionally, we’re taught peer pressure at an early age in school. The term status implies how you compare yourself to your peers. A common phrase describing this condition is, “Keeping up with the Jones’s.” I grew up believing that it was ok to have a car loan and you could have a nice new car as long as you could afford the payments. The thinking was that after you paid the car loan down, right before you paid off the balance, you traded in the car and started the cycle of payments all over again. Status can be described as, “Know it all, show it all, and owe it all.” Unfortunately, statistics show that the majority of people have little in saving, lots of debt, and are ill equipped for retirement.
This year, does where you are going include a plan to become debt free? It’s a good start. Developing assets and investing in yourself makes it possible to ‘Live The LIFE You’ve Always Wanted.’ This is more than a slogan. It’s what’s truly important to you. The answer to this question determines not only what you do daily but ultimately leads to where you are going. More specifically, where are you going in 2017? We should be motivated to have nice stuff, but there’s more. Best - selling authors, Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady describe the three levels of motivation in ‘Launching a Leadership Revolution.’ Materialism is just one level that causes us to be motivated (move to action). Other areas of motivation actually reflect the ‘person.’ The character of a person is a quality that provides life fulfillment. Having the qualities of character and integrity along with a vision for your life provides purpose. Purpose is closely aligned with one’s destiny. As the sands in the hour glass pass it seems like time passes all the more quickly. This brings about what many leaders describe as the deeper side of life, legacy. What will you leave behind? What seeds you sow today will be reaped at a later date. It’s what leadership is all about. Leadership is influence. It’s what’s missing in the world today.
With modern education’s broken and outdated model falling way short of preparing our population for the most important elements like finance, personal, and professional development, it’s time for innovation. Perhaps a model that blends education, entrepreneurism, and leadership, through a self - directed program is just what’s needed to make a difference in the meaningful areas of our lives. Where are you going? This year will pass faster than the last one. It’s not ok to just let time fly by. It’s time to take control of the ‘LIFE’ that will you get there. God Bless, George Guzzardo