So the other day I saw someone complain about people who brag about materialistic things such as brand new cars, all inclusive trips, and big shopping sprees and the like. This annoyed person wrote that she doesn’t care about what “those” people have to say and that no one else should either.
Is this really the right attitude we should have towards one another? I think that sometimes we forget to look at the big picture behind someone’s excitement over a new car.
I’d like to offer some food for thought.
Don’t be a hamster on a hamster wheel
To begin, we’re all entrepreneurs here. We all work so hard to get where we are to push ourselves towards where we want to be. This is just part of the hustle and the daily grind of being your own boss.
As entrepreneurs, we need goals. If you don’t have goals and a clear vision for the future, then what are we doing? Without a vision, we’d all be like hamsters on hamster wheel – we wouldn’t get anywhere! It’s important to have clear goals and clear points of celebration where you can look back and see what you’ve done. By looking back on these moments, you’ll be emboldened to plow forward into high productivity.
So with that being said, productivity can be an underlying (or even sub-conscious) motive behind these “materialistic” expenses.
If you’re going, going, going nonstop without a way to measure success, then you won’t be able to gauge how far you’ve gone.
It doesn’t define your value
Personally, I think once you’ve hit a goal, it’s OK to go out and buy that outfit or embark on that family vacation you’ve dreamed of.
To be clear, on the surface level, I couldn’t care less about what car you drive or what shopping spree you went on. It doesn’t define your inherent self-worth or value as a human being. But who you are will determine how you celebrate life and what excites you. In light of that, I can be happy for and with you even though a shopping spree may not be my idea of a fun day out. But if it’s your idea of celebration – then yay! Go for it.
We’re all different. Embrace that in the way you celebrate.
If someone’s showing off their new Lamborghini, maybe it’s their way to celebrate how hard they’ve worked and the blessings of success. That Lamborghini may be important to them. Maybe they live in that 600 square foot apartment and split rent with a roommate because their home isn’t more important to them than the car they drive.
Guess what? That’s OK.
My fiancé brings his son to car shows. I couldn’t care less about car shows. It seems that when my stepson grows up, these fancy cars may cause him to think back to his dad and the times they spent together. Such memories may prompt him to buy one for nostalgia’s sake. You never know. Just because something is not important to you doesn’t mean it’s not important to that person.
Stay motivated. Celebrate those hard-earned successes.
In order to stay motivated, it’s time to celebrate the milestones you reach. And not just your own – make it a point to celebrate with others in their success too! (Hey, even the Huffington Post thinks it’s a good idea.)
We’re all people. We’re going through this together. Why not build one another up?
You ever heard the saying, “community over competition”? It’s such a good attitude to carry in your heart. We should all celebrate our successes.
We might be in different locations, on different career paths, and whatnot – but why can’t we give each other that extra boost of sincere encouragement? As you celebrate with others, you’ll find something delightful and wonderful happening in your heart. It will be nurtured as you find sincere happiness in seeing others reach their goals. And it will inspire you to reach for the stars, too.
So you’re looking to celebrate those wins in your own life, but you’re feeling the struggle of trying to keep your life together. Have you considered a to do list? You probably have, but how about a to do list that you’ll succeed at?
Amanda Leigh, with her business savvy tools and upbeat attitude, helps entrepreneurs develop systems that work for, not against them. By setting up project management systems and email management protocols curated specifically for each business, Amanda’s dedication to helping others thrive means making sure nothing is forgotten.
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