Management of Prosperity
LaBrosse and Kristen LaBrosse
How do you know when you
are truly wealthy? Your perception of prosperity will most likely
change throughout your life. At the age of 5, being prosperous is
having your favorite toys within reach, being able to eat ice cream
after dinner, and being allowed to stay up an extra hour later than
usual. At 16, it’s the ability to drive your family’s old beat up
car, by yourself! In your early 20s, you most likely felt wealthy if
you could successfully pay off your student loan payments, while
still having the reserves to keep a small apartment and money to
hang out with friends. In your 30s, it usually means getting a nicer
home for your changing needs, being able to afford a couple of nice
vacations a year, and a nicer car. Your 40s is marked by how you can
provide for your family’s education and your own retirement. In your
50s, it may become more about how much time you can take off and
still live the lifestyle to which you’ve become accustomed. In your
60s, it’s about how far you can stretch your dollar and scale back
on the need to work to support yourself while helping your children
launch their own families. Prosperity viewpoints are age dependent.
As we become more
established in life, the concept of wealth and prosperity morph into
the next phase that we wish to achieve, so that we are ever chasing
a more prosperous life. This mentality can serve us well if we take
smart action to reach our next goals. We call this
path to prosperity GROW – Goals, Run, Organize,
– If you are like most people, you made goals for yourself for the
new year. Of these goals, how many are measurable? What is the date
by which you wish to accomplish this goal? What is your specific
plan to reach this goal? If you haven’t answered these questions,
then your chances of accomplishing the goals you’ve set are slim.
When setting goals, either new years resolutions or other, make them
measurable, and make yourself accountable, in order to ensure
- Once you have made a goal, do not sit back and wait for the
“perfect time” to begin your journey to that goal. The truth is,
there will NEVER be a perfect time! Go ahead and dive in right away
to begin making your goal a reality.
If the hesitation of
running toward your goal comes from your perceived lack of skills,
make getting those skills your first goal. You owe it to yourself to
make sure you are equipped to tackle any goals you set.
– One of the biggest reasons that people don’t reach their goals is
because they lose sight of the goal due to the clutter in their
lives. When you can’t clearly see the steps to take next to
ultimately attain success, you can quickly get lost in the white
noise of life and let your goal fall to the wayside.
Start small. Organize your
office, your paperwork, your bills, and your calendar. Then go big
and organize the milestones that have been accomplished to reach
your goal, as well as the steps that you still need to take.
- When is the last time you did something to impress no one else but
yourself? Perhaps you made a very fancy meal for one, or ran a mile
further than you’ve ever run before just so you knew you could do
Make sure the goals you
are setting will be sure to wow you. This means that you are
reaching for something that is challenging for you and that by
accomplishing it you are bettering yourself. If you set goals to
wow others, you may find that your stamina and dedication wane
before you’ve reached your destination.
To get started on the
right foot, take a look at last year, and ask yourself what
accomplishments you made that really impressed you. What was the
path you took to reach these goals? Once you’ve figured it out, give
yourself a pat on the back, and develop a plan to enhance your
goal-completing machine this coming year.
Lastly, remember that
becoming prosperous is a project, just like any project you have
ever undertaken. The path to prosperity requires commitment,
competency, and a well-developed plan.
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