The word satisfaction describes a feeling of fulfillment or contentment. Its meaning is relative and often dependent on personal definitions of success as applied to specific areas of life.

The first step to evaluating your own life satisfaction is to think about what is most important to you. Be as candid as you can with yourself and try to disregard “messages” – from society, parents, partners, peers, or colleagues – that tell you what your priorities should be. This is a time to listen to your own heart. What do YOU value most and what do YOU want to achieve in each facet of life? Whatever you identify should then become the basis for establishing your life goals.

The next step is to think about the role that money can play in helping you to achieve each life goal. Will having sufficient financial resources give you more options for realizing your goals? Will economic security give you more freedom to focus your time and attention on what is most important to you? Answering these questions for yourself will help you to understand how your money is integrated into all areas of your life.

In fact, you will experience greater satisfaction when you see a direct link between your financial goals and your life goals. You will also feel more motivated to make improvements in your money matters when you view you’re your financial resources as tools to nurturing and sustaining what you value most in life.

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