What you have been waiting for a long time has finally arrived. It has exceeded your expectations and it is sure to change everything for the better. In your career, you have finally been recognized for your hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence with a generous raise and a sizable bonus. In your business, you finally have a group of dependable clients/customers that are not only bringing you a steady stream of income but are also contributing to small yet significant growth. In your life, you have been given a windfall in the form of money paid back from a long ago loan or a surprise inheritance from a beloved relative or friend who is now deceased. You are now expressing gratitude for this good fortune, basking in the glow of this abundance and thinking of the things that you can do with this money. You have been given the gift of prosperity and the opportunity to be resolute and responsible with it.
Fast forward a few months. The initial glow and excitement have lessened considerably. Your life, career and business are rolling along at a fairly steady pace. You are taking some time to reflect on what has happened since the money changed everything. In some ways, things have changed and, in other ways, they have stayed the same. If you have been smart, you have taken control of the money and made wise decisions. You have stayed true to yourself and to your values. You have resisted allowing the money to change who you are and what you do. You have worked with diligence and discipline to maintain a consistently high standard of excellence in your career, business and life. You are doing better than ever in your role; your business continues to grow as your clients/customers continue to act as eager ambassadors and generous sources of referrals for your products and services and you have developed stronger and deeper relationships with your family and friends. You see the money as an asset and a blessing and that nothing has changed. You continue to grow, gain and glow from the lightness and opportunity of this newfound prosperity. You are heading in the right direction and moving forward. Money has changed everything in the most positive ways.
If you have not been smart, the money has taken control of you and you have probably made some regrettable decisions. You have recently noticed how far you have drifted away from your authentic self and your core values. You have become complacent in your career and your performance has suffered to the point that you have come to resent your role and the organization; you notice that your once loyal and profitable clients are increasingly slower to respond to your calls, e-mails, requests for meetings and payments and your family and friends want little or nothing to do with you. You see the money as a liability and a curse and that everything has changed. You can see how you are shrinking, losing and fading from the burden and challenge of this newfound prosperity. You are heading in the wrong direction and slipping backward. Money has changed everything in the most negative ways.
Whether or not you have been smart, remember this is only one of many times that money, abundance and prosperity may appear suddenly and without any advanced notice in your life, career or business. Use the lessons that you have learned from this valuable experience to be prepared so you will know what to do and what not to do the next time.