There’s a model of reality we live by that revolves around the word ‘struggle’.

Most of us grow up believing that life is meant to be unpleasant. It is a perception that is ingrained deep into our subconscious.

When we see people who seem to have it all; the money, the time, impact, relevance, independence, we’re quick to dismiss their case as the exception. We tell ourselves, “Well, they’re just lucky”, with a tinge of jealousy and sometimes even resentment in our hearts because we don’t believe their blessings can be ours.

Unconsciously, our hearts are closed to that possibility because of everything we’ve come to believe about life.

As we grow older, we unconsciously make decisions that reinforce this reality, especially in the area of our finances. We accept jobs that pay us peanuts, we get into debt and struggle to make ends meet. We continue this cycle of struggle and suffering because we were told that’s how it works.

We simply put ourselves in a self-fashioned financial prison and remain there.

Even though we’re tired, and even though we want better and we want it so badly, we’re very reluctant to make the changes that will get us out. Our conditioning and mindset will not allow it.

The fear of what we might find outside is so enormous that we’d rather swallow up the unpleasantness of that reality for ever.

At old age, the kind of life we’ve lived takes a toll on our health and we get bogged down with diseases that a lifetime of stress, terrible diet and worry has given us.

Until one day, we wake up and we’re no more. That’s it, that’s all there is to it for most of us

I think there’s something terribly wrong with this model.

And I think there’s something terribly wrong with a society that upholds it.

It is a terrible model; self-defeating and mediocre. It prevents us from reaching for greatness even when it is right in front of us.

Why must we barely make it through life when we have everything we need to excel?

What happen to things like fulfilling our purposes? What about our roles in this grand divine plan?

Life is a gift that we’re meant to make the most of.

But the distraction of endlessly pursuing our daily bread at the expense of most other things will not let us.

Every day your mind is fixated on food, money, where the next bread will fall from. The pursuit of knowledge which is a divine injunction is far far from your radar, touching lives, doing things that really matter is not something you even have the time to think about or consider.

The first step towards change is understanding that your financial prison is self-imposed. What ever limitations you think you have is an illusion, artificial and a product of your fear.

Life is what we make of it and in most cases, we get what we ask for. Perhaps it is time you review your expectations.

Understand that you can have everything you want in life as long as you believe and take action.

If you don’t like what your financial reality looks like, you have every means to change it.

Mediocrity is a grave sin because you as the greatest of all creations was never meant to be mediocre or do mediocre things.

Understand that you don’t have to be reckless or throw caution to the winds to have a life of financial independence, you can start by taking baby steps. How productive are you? How are you spending your time? What are you spending your money on? How much are you saving in a month? What are you investing in? Do you have a passive income stream that is not tied to your effort?

How productive are you? How are you spending your time? What are you spending your money on? How much are you saving in a month? What are you investing in? Do you have a passive income stream that is not tied to your effort? etc

The answer to this questions is the beginning of your journey.