Google can’t fix your life…
But you can…
Do a quick google search for the phrase, “How to improve your life.” Go ahead do it, I’ll wait for you… …Ok your back, kind of funny isn’t it nearly 200 million websites and articles about how to improve your life. You’d think with those kid of results everyone in the world should be entirely fulfilled and satisfied with the trajectory of our lives. But we’re not. Try this google search, “how to deal with depression.” Again, I’ll wait… …See, 171 million hits. So apparently 19 million people figured it out and that sounds pretty good until you realize there are over 7 billion people on the planet (that’s 7 thousand million). Now of course this is all anecdotal and it’s obviously not a scientific survey but I have found that when you ask, most people give two areas of their life that they would like to see improve. Those two area, with a few exceptions, their finances and their relationships.
When it comes to money, there are few things which illicit a more personal and emotional response. We’re jealous of those who we perceive to have more than us, we feel superior to those we perceive to have less than us. Most of us want to be philanthropic to those who have a greater need than us. Yet at the same time accuse those, who we think should be more generous, of greed if they don’t live up to a standard we don’t even meet ourselves. In fact some of you as your reading this may be thinking, “I’m glad I have my finances under control.” While others may feel a bit offended that I touched a nerve about your feelings on money (but let’s face it you know I’m right).
This is about the only other area of life that evokes as much emotion as our finances is our relationships. Interestingly they are often tied together. But in order to avoid making this too complicated let’s keep them separate for now. When we think relationships it’s usually romance that comes to mind, and that is because our romantic involvements (or lack thereof) to a great extent color and/or influence all of our other relationships. Of course there is some reciprocal influence from other relationships that also color or affect our romantic endeavors but generally the most central relationship of our lives is the one with whom we would call our “significant other.”
So your reading this and you’re probably thinking, so what, you haven’t told me anything I didn’t already know. So please, let me explain. Over the coming weeks I want to invite you on a journey with me as I develop a course designed to help you navigate through these areas and the minefields the can become. I don’t claim to have all the answers but, after nearly 19 years of marriage and raising 2 children with some success, I do have a few.
Will you join me?
I hope you’ll join me and even invite your friends to join you and may be just maybe we can all learn a little something together. To get started do your best to answer this question, what 2 areas of your life would you like to see improve? Then try to answer this, what would be the first step you need to take to start making those improvements?http://bradschmidt.net/google-cant-fix-your-life/AdviceCounselDecisionsDreams