Wealth or Wellbeing? Which Matters Most?

When we named these resources, created for consultants, coaches and trainers to use with their own clients, the Mechanics of FLOW2, we thought it was the absolute perfect name. We were confident the name would make perfect sense to everyone.

So we were a little surprised when people asked, “Why wealth and wellbeing? What does wellbeing have to do with building a business? How do these resources deliver on both?” And most importantly, “Where am I in this?”

Which comes first?

The more we thought about this feedback, the more we realised these are really relevant and powerful questions that we all need to ask ourselves. Which is most important? Wealth or Wellbeing? Which comes first? Which do I prioritise?

At first glance, it’s easy to assume that obviously, wealth feeds wellbeing. If I don’t have enough money, I am not going have any wellbeing because I will be too busy trying to survive.

Even if you are reading this and thinking that isn’t what you believe, pause and really look at where you’re spending your time and money. We have had many, many clients who deeply believe that taking care of their health, spending time with family and friends, wellbeing, is most important.

And yet, when they take the time to really look at where they spend their time, money and attention, they prioritise making money over wellbeing. Because they have a deep-seated, unconscious belief that wellbeing follows wealth.

You can’t sustain one without the other

Wealth and wellbeing go together. Each person defines wealth and wellbeing differently. There is not one universal dollar amount, span of time or set of activities that every human defines as wealth and that delivers wellbeing.

What is universal is this:

Wealth cannot be generated and business success cannot be sustained without a foundation of wellbeing for the business and the people working in it. Without a deep well of resilience, of wellbeing, when challenges hit the business and resources, money, time, energy and passion begin to run dry, people collapse. When people collapse, businesses collapse.

Your turn

How do you define wealth? How do you define wellbeing? Most importantly, which are you prioritising in your life and your business? If you are driven to build a business, if you have a strong passion leading you and a desire to make impact, you need both, wellbeing and wealth, to realise your dream.

Get started!

Begin by investing 10 minutes in you and work through this free module. By the end you will have defined wellbeing and wealth for yourself and created a simple and powerful action plan that will get you moving towards your vision of flow and sustained success.

If you want more, download our complimentary magazine and check out the video resources in our module library.

The world needs you

We are living through exciting and challenging times. The world needs as many conscious, awake people living on purpose, in flow as possible. Your vision, your passion, you, will make a difference when you are living them in the world. Here’s to your continued success.

Sharon Gilmour-Glover is a consultant, educator and speaker. Her greatest passion is helping leaders with a vision bigger than themselves expand their capacity for success. Visit Sharon to learn more.

The Power of “Why”

We’ve known for quite some time that knowing your personal why and business purpose contributes to success. In fact, Simon Sinek wrote a book on this very subject 10 years ago and his TED talk has been watched by katrillions of people since then.

Before we dig into the how to uncover your why, let’s start with why it’s worth investing time in this process.

Why “Why” matters

We live in unprecedented times. In many parts of the world, we are safer, healthier and wealthier than at any time in human history. And yet, there is a growing crises of suicide, mental health issues and loneliness in the wealthiest economies.

 

Knowing your personal purpose, why you get up in the morning and what keeps you going, especially in challenging times, is critically important. In light of the alarming stats about mental health and suicide, fostering deep resilience is an absolute essential. It’s imperative. It can literally save lives.

At the same time, the global economy is more volatile and unpredictable than ever. As a result, business results are volatile and unpredictable, making things very difficult and challenging for everyone working in businesses, small and large. It is especially difficult for leaders and business owners.

People who are led by their why, can thrive under even the most challenging conditions. The same is true for businesses.

Uncover your personal Why

You have a personal why. You just may not know it yet or you may not be able to articulate it because you just feel it in your gut.

To uncover your why, start thinking about those times in your life you have been really excited about what you’re doing. Think of those moments when time is just flying by, you’re working hard but it doesn’t feel like work, you’re really energised and uplifted by what you’re doing and when challenges crop up, they inspire you, rather than overwhelm you.

Now answer these questions

  • What activities were you doing?
  • Who were you with?
  • Why did you love it?
  • What do those activities or situations have in common?
  • Is there a common theme?

We need to give ourselves time and space to reflect on our life and find the clues that help us to connect with our own unique why. Journalling is a great way to get some distance so we can look at our past and see patterns.

Uncover your business Why

You can use a similar approach to uncover your business’ why. Ask yourself, team, colleagues and friends to brainstorm with you about what really excites them about your business. Then dig into why it motivates each person.

Use that rich thinking and conversation to look at how you do what you do, how you communicate with each other, clients and the market place. Then embark on the very satisfying journey of figuring out how you can tweak things so your clients and the communities you work in experience your why when they connect with your business.

An ongoing journey of discovery

This is a journey with no end point. Over time, it creates new habits of thinking and ways of doing things. It’s fun and creative and can be frustrating at times. It’s always worth it.

Looking for more? Check out our Foundations Building modules. They’ll help you uncover your core values, purpose and vision. Or find a FLOW2 Coach and get started today.

Sharon Gilmour-Glover is a consultant, educator and speaker. Her greatest passion is helping leaders with a vision bigger than themselves expand their capacity for success. Visit Sharon to learn more.