All of the goals you set over the course of your life will fall into one of four basic categories. Everything you do is an attempt to enhance the quality of your life by advancing yourself in one or more of these areas. The four areas are:
Happy relationships — We all want to love and be loved by others. You want to have a happy, harmonious home life. You want to get along well with the people around you, and you want to earn the respect of the people you respect. This includes your involvement in social and community affairs and your desire to have happy interactions with others and to make a contribution to the society you live in.
Enjoy Your Work — The second category is your desire for interesting and challenging work. You want to make a good living, of course, but more than that, you want to really enjoy your occupation or profession. The very best times of your life are when you are completely absorbed in your work.
Achieve Financial Independence — You want to be free from worries about money. You want to have enough money in the bank so that you can make decisions without counting every cent. You want to achieve a certain financial state so that you can retire in comfort and never have to be concerned about whether or not you have enough money to support your life style. Financial independence frees you from poverty and a need to depend upon others for your livelihood. If you save and invest regularly throughout your working life, you will eventually reach the point where you will never have to work again.
Enjoy Excellent Health — The fourth and final category is your desire for good health, to be free of pain and illness and to have a continuous flow of energy and feelings of well-being. In fact, your health is so central to your life that you take it for granted until something happens to disrupt it.
The essential ingredient for every one of these categories is peace of mind. The greater your peace of mind, the more relaxed and positive you are, the less stress you suffer, the better is your overall health. When you feel good about yourself on the inside, you do your work better and take more pride in it. You are a better boss and coworker. And the greater your overall peace of mind, the more likely you are to earn a good living, save regularly for the future and ultimately achieve financial independence.
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