With the world at your fin­ger­tips, your choic­es have nev­er been greater. The pace of life has nev­er been faster. The con­stant expec­ta­tion from every cor­ner of your life that you will respond imme­di­ate­ly to any and all com­mu­ni­ca­tions can make you feel exhaust­ed before you step out of bed in the morn­ing.

How do you pros­per in this new world? Pros­per, not as in sim­ply build­ing wealth, but thriv­ing and becom­ing all you can be. When you pros­per, you feel sati­at­ed and sat­is­fied with your life at an ele­men­tal lev­el. There is a state of peace and con­tent­ment inher­ent in pros­per­i­ty. There are 4 secrets to step­ping out of the chaos and into a state of pros­per­i­ty.

Secret one

Hav­ing enough mon­ey is foun­da­tion­al to hap­pi­ness. Until we have enough mon­ey to meet our basic needs, we are focused on sur­viv­ing. So, secret one is hav­ing enough. That implies, of course, you know what enough is for you.

In a Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty study on mon­ey and hap­pi­ness, researchers found a tip­ping point, at about $75000. In their report, Kah­ne­man and Deaton, both pro­fes­sors at Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, write “Beyond $75,000 in the con­tem­po­rary Unit­ed States, how­ev­er, high­er income is nei­ther the road to expe­ri­ence hap­pi­ness nor the road to relief of unhap­pi­ness or stress, although high­er income con­tin­ues to improve indi­vid­u­als’ life eval­u­a­tions.”

Secret two

Clear intent is secret two to being pros­per­ous in a chaot­ic world. Your pros­per­i­ty inten­tion is a high­er aspi­ra­tion or val­ue that guides your actions. Just like a light­house guides a ship, a clear inten­tion state­ment guides you on your jour­ney to pros­per­i­ty. When you are inten­tion­al in your mon­ey life you are delib­er­ate, thought­ful and pur­pose­ful.

Inten­tion gives you the abil­i­ty to focus in the chaos. By focus­ing, you can attend to what is impor­tant, use­ful and inspir­ing to you. The sim­ple act of inten­tion­al focus clears away all the chat­ter that dis­tracts you from your path.

Secret three

Secret three to being pros­per­ous in a chaot­ic world is to cre­ate great struc­tures. Struc­ture includes the places, plans, peo­ple, and ele­men­tal pieces of your life.
When you are pros­per­ous, you are your most alive and engaged self.

Think of a seed. While it remains in the seed pack­age it doesn’t sprout and grow. But take that same seed and sur­round it with good soil, water and nutri­ents and it will flour­ish. The same is true for you. You flour­ish when you are sur­round­ed by what nur­tures you.

Secret four

The fourth and final secret to being your most pros­per­ous self is to mea­sure your progress and take time to reassess your path.

When you mea­sure the right things, you stay focused on what is impor­tant. This is crit­i­cal is a world of chaos, as it is easy to be attract­ed to the next shiny object of atten­tion. That shiny object may need someone’s atten­tion, but if it’s not part of the inten­tion for your life, it doesn’t need your atten­tion. Mea­sur­ing gives you a clear way to check in and make sure you are stay­ing focused.

Every 6 months to a year, take time to reassess your path. Life changes. Our exter­nal envi­ron­ment changes. You change your mind. Give your­self per­mis­sion to make new choic­es when the old ones no longer fit.

4 Secrets, very sim­ple ideas to make your life more pros­per­ous. But sim­ple isn’t always easy. Change is chal­leng­ing. It requires our atten­tion, and time. Over the next few weeks, I will expand on each of the 4 secrets of pros­per­ing in a chaot­ic world and give you some tips for over­com­ing resis­tance to change and for inte­grat­ing new habits that sup­port your pros­per­i­ty.

To dis­cov­er all four secrets read Mack­ey’s blog series, Pros­per­ing in a Chaot­ic World.