Are You Prosperous (and how would you know)?
Larry Olsen September 18, 2019
How could you answer that question if I didn’t first give you my definition of prosperity? That’s right—you used your own definition. Before I tell you how I’m using the term, let me tell you what prosperity isn’t.
Prosperity isn’t happiness. Happiness is a by-product. Prosperity is not wealth. Wealth is a by-product. Prosperity isn’t being in great physical shape, either; it’s a by-product too.
Here’s my definition of prosperity: You are prosperous if you are honestly able to say this: I’m having the time of my life RIGHT NOW!
You are the only person who can make that determination. No one else can say if you’re prosperous or not. Now, how do most people live their lives? Most think that they’ll be prosperous at some future point. Very few believe they’re prosperous right now. When I ask people during my seminars if they’re prosperous right now, I get these looks like they’re thinking, “Larry, come on! Be real! I’m sitting in a seminar. I’m listening to you. Can you pick another time?”
If you’re not able to say that you’re having the time of your life right now, then you’re waiting for the future. You may preface most of your statements with, “Once I…” or “As soon as I…” Worse yet, you may be dwelling on how nice something was in the past or will be in the future.
Businesses are the same way with statement like: “Wow, as soon as we do this… As soon as the economy turns… As soon as we make the month… As soon as … .” Then what? Then you can say, “Yeeessss, that feels awesome!” Have you ever experienced that incredible “Yeeessss!” feeling when something went well for you? Has your child ever come up to you, looked you in the eye, and said, “I love you,” for no other reason but to say so? Has someone ever approached you at work to say, “I’m so glad you’re here, and we’re so fortunate to have you on our team?”
Aren’t we all searching for a way to positively impact our own lives and the lives of others? You must ask yourself: “If I’m not having the time of my life, when should I have it?” The answer, of course, is right now! Life happens now—not at some future point. If you come up to me and say, “Larry, are you having the time of your life?” I’ll go, “Yes! Thank you for asking.” So, do you want to come out and play and have the time of your life too?
~ Adapted from “Get A Vision and Live It; Becoming Prosperous Now for Life” by Larry Olsen.