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One of the most modern challenges in finding the purpose of your life is to find what really drives you. I think many of us would put earning a large amount of money top of our list of goals and, as I wrote recently, money is a great way to measure success.

Indeed, in another article, I promoted the idea that money can help provide inspiration messages to help us find the life we want. But recent events have shown that we need to strike a balance.

Money is a great way to measure success, let’s get that straight. If you want to move on and want to find the words of motivation to do so, then money is a great gauge. However, money in itself is not to final answer. It is what money gets you that is important.

Particularly in the western world, we need money to survive. Sadly, if you want time with your family, you need to find a way of earning money that will release the time for you to do so. Modern life means we need to pay the bills and few things come really free – but those that are free will be the things that make us happy. We just need to sort out the finances to allow us to enjoy them.

Money is only a means to an end and is only a way to help us get what is important in life.

The problem we now face, particularly in the United Kingdom, is that we are forgetting what really makes us happy and are making a god of money. This is particularly true in the way our government and institutions are run. Once again, even at this level, money should only be a measure of progress and not the final goal.

In 2011 there were 835 million smartphone users in the world and statistics for last year show 36 million smartphones in the UK alone. Figures from Portio Research expect the figure for the UK will increase to 63 million users by 2016. According to the mental health charity, MIND, around 25% of the UK population suffer mental health issues and depression is suffered by one in ten.

What does that mean? To me it means that, although we can buy the latest technology, it does not make us happy.

One of the treatments for depression is to get out among and help other people. Sadly modern life virtually discourages this. Few know their neighbours and spend much of their time working to earn the money to support their lifestyle, which often includes buying items, such as smart phones, in response to the material values projected by the media and government.

Are our goals really our own and do they really aim for our happiness? Do our words of motivation really get us the lifestyle we want?

In December last year, UK Prime Minister David Cameron defended his country’s membership of the European Union by stating that if Britain left the EU it would risk being like Norway. Norway is only a member of the European Economic Area and is considered unable to influence European financial policy. However, in an ironic twist, in 2011, it was Norway that was voted the happiest country in the world in the United Nations Human Development Index. Perhaps we do want to be like Norway.

In a 2008 poll, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation discovered that Britain has lost its moral compass with selfishness and greed leading to “social evils” such as family breakdown. “People are concerned about the way our society has become more individualistic, greedy and selfish, seemingly at a cost to our community,” the report states.

One participant quoted said, “Everything seems to be based around money and owning things. The more you have, the more successful you are. There’s nothing wrong with having enough, but there’s pressure on people to go for more and more.”

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One of the most important rules of setting goals is to never get what you want until you achieve your monetary goal. A key inspiration message from setting goals is the idea of delayed gratification. You learn discipline from setting a goal in terms of money and then working towards it (morally and ethically, of course), only buying items with the money when you have it.

One of the biggest problems in society is the pressure to have what you want now – using credit to get it if necessary. Statistics show that (in 2012) personal debit totaled an amazing £1,456 trillion: £55,988 per household. The average amount earned by a household in a year stands at £29,634. This means we pay a total of £63.2 billion of interest a year – £2,432 per household.

Many households need words of motivation as often one adult earns money purely to pay the mortgage and the other earns to pay the other bills and pay for essentials such as food and clothing.

This all comes about as we want to live beyond our means as a result of being bombarded by advertisements and media campaigns created by companies which are simply after our money. And we pay with money supplied by other people.

For me, this attitude of worshipping money was summed up in the recent National Health Service report that revealed that patients in a few hospitals were being treated appallingly and that there were around 3000 deaths related to poor care. The reason? The managers of the affected hospitals were more interested in achieving budgets than providing patient care. A report into 1200 deaths at the Mid Staffordshire hospital concluded that managers “put corporate self-interest and cost control ahead of patients and their safety.”

Success is as much about quality of life and, as much as money can help get you the things you want, we need to understand that money is only a tool to achieve goals that will create a lifestyle of which you can be proud. In the same way that doing the right thing by other people can help depression, success is only real if we feel we have helped others.

Money is important but it won’t get us to where we really want to be. Like everything else, money is our servant, not our master.

Words of motivation indeed.

“It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.”
Margaret Thatcher

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