If you’ve read anything about goal setting before, you’ve probably heard that good goals are SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. That’s great, and it’s true. It’s just not all. If you want to actually reach your goals, you’ll have to account for these 6 aspects of goal setting.
Poverty, Riches, & Wealth is a quick and fascinating read that essentially functions as a compilation of anything and everything Kris Vallotton has to say about money. Many of chapters feel only loosely connected at best, but each one is packed with revelatory insight, which is particularly refreshing given that money is a topic that most pastors either misunderstand, intentionally manipulate, or avoid altogether. And of course, in classic Kris V fashion, the interwoven stories throughout the book are the icing on the cake - this dude is hilarious. Some of the high points Kris hits on include:
Last year, Megan and I had the amazing opportunity to live in Dubai for 3 months, and we had an absolute blast. We lived in the most diverse city in the world, and it showed itself everyday in the people we met, the food we ate, the architecture, and more. We got to travel to the surrounding areas of the Arab Peninsula like Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, and Oman. I was more informed than ever about global diplomacy and causes for the divides between different Arab alliances, sects, and organizations. I regularly got to play football (soccer) with people from at least a dozen other countries, and by the end of the summer had picked up on the nuances of different nations’ playing styles. I got to make friends from different backgrounds about how they view the world, what they see as the central needs (and respective solutions) of their home societies, and what they think are the most effective ways for Westerners to give aid to poor regions of the world. It was fascinating, and I could share my takeaways for hours on end.
I'm really curious how you would answer a couple questions. First off, do you think money is intrinsically good, bad, or neither? And secondly, how much money do you think you'll have one day - at your financial peak?
Or what if I put it this way: if you could have anywhere between $0 and $1,000,000,000 dollars, how much would you want? Take a sec; think about it.
If you’ve ever read an article about health, you’ve probably heard before that exercise isn’t everything - we can’t make up for our poor nutrition habits by simply running harder and longer. Our health is more holistic than that - the way we eat, and even how much we sleep, are factors we need to consider when striving after our health goals. And while that’s all good and true, it’s not the end of the story. You could spend the rest of your life sleeping 8 hours every night, exercising for 30 minutes every day, and eating as healthily as possible, and you’d watch your health plummet before your eyes. Here are two main reasons why:
Think about what you would do if you were rich. Not what you would buy, but how you would live.
Would you travel more? Spend more time with friends and family? Start a ‘passion’ career doing what you love, working because you want to and not because you have to? Would you look for opportunities to give money towards the causes you care about or the people you love? Would you volunteer more to make a difference in society? Or maybe treat yourself to things you enjoy? Or better yet, how about all of the above??
The good news is, you don’t have to win the lottery to live like the rich. These dreams are not just possibilities for one day, but can be your present reality, starting today.
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