The scale of money
One part of those numbers will be very similar, the other part will be very different, and some of those numbers, obviously, will be extremely different from the lot. Some people might be happy with earning $ 3000 per month, but others will say that this is what poor people earn. I'm trying to get you thinking about it, because this scale is very important as it defines our zone of actions. If we have assured ourselves of normal pay, there's hardly going to be any motivation to strive to do more work (make more decisions?), Because what's the point of doing more work if we are already earning enough to live off it?
However sometimes our ego gets in the way and we decide that our goal now is to double the money that we got this month. We actively think about this, raise this goal above any other, but if we do not succeed – we're not going to blame ourselves too much. Why? Because according to our scale, we have already reached normal pay per month. Previously I have researched this topic for quite some time and I believe that the scale usually depends on our parents' lifestyle. Of course, there are other factors and exceptions, but if we are doing better than our parents and close people that surround us, and if we belong to the middle class of working people, we generally feel good about ourselves. That's just human nature.
Use of the scale
Many self-help books touching upon this area have brought a lot of confusion. Those books normally mention that we have to enjoy this day, be happy about whatever we've already got. They say we should watch sunrise and sundown every day, which is free; we need to enjoy the nature and people that surround us. We turn the next page and they offer us to value our health and the fact that it's priceless. How much do you think you would get for your eye, arm or a kidney, etc.? If we were to sum up the money from selling every part of our body, we would realize that we are already millionaires. Plenty of websites will let you enter your current earnings and they will show that you're amongst the richest people on the planet.
If we compare our earnings with the whole world, including Africa, Asia, South America, etc. then it's clear that we're definitely among the 10 percent of richest people in the world. Millions of people barely earn a few dollars per day – that's the amount we spend on a cup of coffee every morning. If we think about it, other people have to dress up and eat for the same amount of money. This teaches us how to value whatever we already have and make us feel a little luckier. However that luck is not determined by our own actions and decision making, but rather by changes of the scale. Depending if we are making the scale bigger or smaller, we can see ourselves as either a very poor person, or a wealthy one.
The problem is that people who prey on those self-help books keep changing their scale very often, and that confuses their thoughts. Their mind doesn't understand what is what anymore. By reading, we encounter a lot of different views: eastern, western, Koranic, Judaic, psychic and so forth. One attitude will offer us to live with whatever we already have and be happy about it. The other suggests striving for as much as humanly possible, aim for ambitious goals and develop ourselves to reach those goals.
When before the match the sports team wants to win, and after the match they say: "no biggie – it's good to just be a part of this", that is the change of the scale. Before the match it was important, but after they try to show that it's not really. This kind of scale changing doesn't bring any good . Imagine what would happen if the team would change their scale in the middle of the game and decide that the match is not very important any longer (and as a huge sports fan I must say that does happen, mostly because of the coach's fault!) What do you know, the team is doomed, just because they hesitated and changed their scale.
The scale is the reconciliation with the amount of pay we get, and we can't even fantasize about any changes; we don't have any ideas how and what to do to make our lives better. Sometimes we look at money very realistically and other times very philosophically and this definitely does not bring stability to our thoughts. When there is very wide amplitude for our consciousness to move around, it can have an excuse for not working, and if it can have an excuse, it is most likely that it will not work. If we leave ourselves at least one excuse, it is very likely that we are going to use that excuse instead of working and trying. When our consciousness has a variety of options to choose to choose from, it will definitely turn the easier path. We should not leave any easier paths for ourselves; we should give ourselves one destination and be done with it; success will be our journey.
The consciousness has a plan of making a certain amount of money in a month. To reach this objective, some work has to be done, decisions made. Consequently, we plan the caliber and scale of the work that's going to be done. The essence of the work and actions itself doesn't change; actions don't get bigger, therefore the results aren't getting bigger either. But if we were to constantly repeat ourselves about increasing the scale; our consciousness will understand that some bigger caliber and larger scale work needs to be done. The size of our financial scale determines the size of our actions .
Goals and happiness
I would like to repeat again that the feeling of happiness doesn't depend on the nature of work itself or the amount of money. It depends on our emotional intelligence . The worse we feel, the bigger stimulus we require to neutralize that feeling, with the necessity for more money at the same time. Whenever we cannot find meaning in our work, we start looking for meaning in money. We think of money as our lifetime goal and trust the illusion that money will make us happy. The paradox here is that bigger part of society never earns that money, so they can't test whether it would bring them happiness or not. Until there won't be a chance to test this belief, it will live on and imperceptibly pass on to others.
Everybody gives into the belief that money brings happiness. I did. But when we earn that money and we begin to feel inside of ourselves that it didn't really felt the way we thought it would, we aren't brave enough to admit this to ourselves and confess to others. Especially when everybody else believe in this, so it should feel like happiness. Until a certain point it does feel like we are getting happier with every increase in pay, but after a while you will understand that these things are not connected.
As I used to say, there is no logic in money. If we become three times richer, it is possible that we will become three times happier, but if we become ten times richer, we will definitely not going to be ten times happier. I honestly hope that you see where I'm going with this. Happiness is the state of mind , emotion, and emotions cannot be calculated mathematically. If we become ten times richer, we might only be three times happier or maybe we won't get any happier at all.