More Money, Still Not Happy

I cringe every time I hear someone say something like, "I don't understand why they're acting like that when they have all that money", as though money is the ultimate key to happiness and solution to all problems. I get how money can seem like everything to those who feel like they don't have enough of it. I can even admit that there have been times in my life when getting money was top on my list of priorities because that was the area where I seemed to be experiencing the most stress and frustration. However, I quickly learned that money does not cure depression, family dysfunction, relationship issues, insecurities, all health problems, and the list goes on. Money can purchase things and be leveraged for elevation, but it can't buy everything. This is becoming more and more obvious as we witness those who have made millions or more express that they are still dissatisfied with their lives. From drug usage, drug overdosing, and suicide, it is clear that money doesn't fill all voids, heal past pain, or repair broken hearts.

"Secure the bag." I can't tell you how many times I hear or read that per week. So many are sharing messages that encourage people to focus on making more money so that they can flaunt more name brands and material things while few are encouraging people to focus on their mental, physical, and emotional health so that they can live longer and more fulfilled lives. I came across a quote that really highlighted how important mindset is in relation to money.

"If someone hands you a million dollars, best you become a millionaire, or you won't get to keep the money." - Jim Rohn

This quote resonated with me at a time in my life that I needed it to most. At some point on my journey, I fell victim to the mentality that money was the key to my happiness and success. When I began, I was purpose-driven, passionate, and excited about the work that I was doing, but that all changed once I started focusing more on money. Chasing money almost made me destroy everything that I had built. What I learned about money is that it will rob you of your health and happiness when it is your main focus. Not to mention, chasing money with no particular goal attached to it is pointless. It's a must that you ask yourself why you want or need more money and have plans for it once you get it. Otherwise, you'll make more and lose it just as quickly as you earned it. If you want more money just to keep up with or impress others, it won't ever make you happy. If you have an unhealthy mindset when you earn more money, it will likely only exacerbate your bad habits.

There were days when I would wake up and look at my bank account balance and see enough money to pay my bills for a year, but I was still unhappy. I was working so hard to earn more money that I was neglecting my health. At some point, I became mentally and physically burnt out and no amount of money could recharge or rejuvenate me. I was forced to stop chasing money so that I could save myself and all that I had built. Although being forced to be still and focus on the things that really matter was scary, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. That season of my life taught me about the importance of balance and how self-improvement is actually the key to happiness and success. What you think, speak, and do, you attract. When you are consistently improving yourself and making choices that are in alignment with what you were divinely created to do, you don't have to chase anyone or anything. You will evolve and elevate naturally. I started pursuing my purpose again and money and opportunities began chasing me. The more I fell in love with the process of becoming the best version of myself, the more I attracted people and opportunities that were good for me. I also started to enjoy life more and have more appreciation for my journey.

We live in a society that is constantly telling us to work longer and harder, but it has been proven that more work doesn't necessarily equal more money and definitely not increased happiness. I have completely eliminated that idea from my mindset. My goal is to work smarter, not harder and with more purpose and intention. I am securing the bag while making time to take care of myself, appreciate my blessings, and enjoy those that I love because tomorrow isn't guaranteed. You don't need to wait until you make a certain amount of money to start living your best life. You can start doing the best with and making the most of what you have right now. That will ultimately lead you to lasting happiness and success, as well as feelings of fulfillment and wholeness.

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