Before realizing what was important in my life, I had no direction. I was living day to day with no plan for the future and I was not focusing any energy towards acheiving anything better for myself. At the time, I didn’t realize that I was wasting my life. I would find ways of bringing happiness and pleasure into my life, mostly through acquiring material possessions.
The more stuff that I bought, the better I felt, the more successful I thought I was. The feeling of success wasn’t for having actually accomplished anything with my life, but rather because I had acquired objects that I thought would project the image of success. In reality I was broke, working at a job that barely made ends meet, but I had my stuff. Maybe you know the feeling.
I wanted to project an image, but eventually I would realize that no one cared.
I understand now that purchasing all of this stuff was only a way for me to fill something that was missing in my life in a material way. It wasn’t until I realized that an apartment littered with inanimate objects wasn’t making me happy that the accumulation of material possessions was no longer an important part of my life. I didn’t feel like I had to buy something in order to project an image of success. As long as in my heart I knew that I was doing everything I could to accomplish my goals, what I owned wasn’t important.
People project the image of success in various ways. Some use fancy cars, big houses, complex home theatre systems and flat-screen TVs. If you are one of these people who continually buys things because of the happiness you experience from having that object in your life, look inward and try to focus on what is actually missing in your life. I’m going to bet that it isn’t that “Jersey Girl” DVD you thought you couldn’t possibly live without.
Find your focus and align your lifestyle in a way that is harmonious with your new vision of life. Once you have a direction in life it is much easier to get to where you are going.