Chapter 2: Goal or What the heck is Financial Freedom in my case, exactly?

2.4 Finding out what really matters to you


How committed are you to your Bucket list? What does each item on the list really do for you? How do you know whether you will be really happy on achieving each goal? What do these things together disclose more about what you really value? How do you let that drive your priorities? Is the work that you are doing a source of joy and meaning? If not, what should you be doing about it? Are you really clear about what financial freedom means to you?
 
I just loved the movie The Bucket List and I hope you watched it. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are two old men who meet in a hospital where they confront the fact that they will soon die. They decide to live whatever time they have doing stuff they put together in a Bucket List they make right there next to the bucket, so to say. It reminded me to think once again what I really value in life and how I should be living the rest of my life.  How do you find this out? 
 
We can find this out by trying to put the items on our Bucket List in the descending order of importance, i.e the most important on the top of the list followed by the next most important and so on. Now before we start doing this, I want you to remember that you are not going to eliminate anything or rank it lower because of what it costs or the difficulty in doing it or achieving it. That’s not important right now. You rank them purely on the basis of how important you feel they are. 
 
When you start ranking them you find it a little confusing. That’s because we don’t know what is the deeper need that we are seeking to satisfy through any of the items. That’s because multiple needs are packed into one thing, so let’s start unpacking it. I recommend you do this a little more systematically as follows: 
 
Finding what you value behind what you need or want. Pick an item in your list and ask yourself Why do you want this? What does it allow you to experience? What does it mean to you to have this? 
 
For example: 
 
I want to have my own house, a three bedroom, living room, kitchen, with two balconies facing some nice open space in so and so location. 
 
Why do you want this? What does it allow you to experience? What does it mean to you to have this? Why is this important...........Read More

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