Secret-3-Structure1Secret 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 struc­tures that sup­port your inten­tion and goals.

Let’s con­tin­ue with the exam­ple from the blog post on secret two. Your inten­tion is, to live a life of joy and beau­ty, and your top 5 goals are:

  • a new kitchen
  • a trip to Europe
  • a col­lege edu­ca­tion for your chil­dren
  • a veg­etable gar­den
  • finan­cial inde­pen­dence at age 67

Based on your inten­tion and goals, what are some struc­tures you might put in place to sup­port the man­i­fes­ta­tion of your inten­tion and goals? Each one will need a start and end date, a bud­get, a sav­ings plan, an invest­ment plan, and time on your cal­en­dar to make these things hap­pen. The oth­er struc­tures may dif­fer. For exam­ple, the new kitchen needs a blue­print, con­trac­tor, and per­haps a dec­o­ra­tor. The col­lege edu­ca­tion for your chil­dren may need research into the options avail­able or help from your finan­cial plan­ner.

When bring­ing things into form in your life, struc­ture is an inte­gral part of the equa­tion. Oth­er­wise your goals nev­er leave the dream state. Per­son­al­ly, I spend a lit­tle bit of time every day vision­ing and med­i­tat­ing. It is fun to think about my goals. But if I real­ly want to make that trip to Europe a real­i­ty, I have to put the appro­pri­ate struc­tures in place and take action!

One struc­ture that sup­ports you in cre­at­ing any­thing and every­thing is grat­i­tude. You may think of grat­i­tude as the thank you note that your Moth­er required you write to Aun­tie Sue for the birth­day present you real­ly didn’t like. If so, it is a time for a refresh/ redo on your grat­i­tude expe­ri­ences.

Grat­i­tude is a pow­er­ful ener­getic force. Think back to your high school sci­ence class and Newton’s third law of physics. For every action, there is an equal and oppo­site reac­tion. Wayne Dyer, Deep­ak Chopra and oth­ers have spo­ken of the Law of Attrac­tion, which is a way of say­ing, when you think grate­ful thoughts, you attract like in kind. The more we learn about the brain, the more these beliefs are sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly val­i­dat­ed.

Going back to our ear­li­er list of the basic struc­tures you need to accom­plish any goal:

  • a start and end date
  • a bud­get
  • sav­ings plan
  • invest­ment plan
  • time on your cal­en­dar to make these things hap­pen

Add a grat­i­tude prac­tice. Can you get there with­out it? Like­ly! How­ev­er, my expe­ri­ence is that when you add grat­i­tude into your struc­tures, you get their faster, eas­i­er and with less stress. If noth­ing else, grat­i­tude just makes you feel bet­ter. Noth­ing to lose and every­thing to gain, think grat­i­tude.

In joy,

PS: Check out Mashable’s 7 sim­ple grat­i­tude exer­cis­es.

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