As you climb, you know what your priorities are and where your final destination will be. The more you succeed and reach your goals, the more you change. Sometimes, as you climb this ladder, your priorities in life shift, not for better or for worse, but they change from where you were at when at the bottom of the ladder. Sometimes, it takes being knocked down a few steps to reevaluate just where your priorities land. It takes going back to the basics in life to provide you with a more humbling and appreciative outlook on where you've come from and just how far you've gone.
When you first start out, you have dreams of owning a car, buying a home, having food on the table, and a roof over your head. But, the more you succeed in life, the basics in life change. Now, you want a bigger home, a fancier car, to dine at great restaurants, and a nice new big screen TV. Of course, all of these things are wonderful to have and it's nice being in the position to provide your family with the finest of things. But, are they really necessary?
In simple ways, your priorities in life tend to change as you succeed. Often, this happens without even realizing it. Small but subtle priorities have a way of evolving overtime. Of course, your main priorities to provide a happy, healthy, and stable home for your family remain unchanged, but the size of that home tends to grow overtime.
Often, these small changes go unnoticed, but become very apparent when you have to take a few steps back. Going back to the basics in life has a way of opening your eyes to what's really important. Your priorities in life shift again as you realize what truly matters.
Yes, providing a home for your family is important, but when you go back to the basics, you realize it doesn't matter the size of the roof over your head, as long as it's a roof. The food in your stomach doesn't need to come from a fancy restaurant, as long as there's food in your stomach. That expensive car you worked so hard to drive, doesn't matter as long as you have a car to drive from point A to point B. The price tag means nothing in the end.
Yes, it's nice to enjoy the finer things in life as you climb the ladder of success, but they really aren't important. Sometimes, it takes going back to the basics in life to realize where you place your priorities in life.
Keeping the basics in life and a firm understanding of where you started out close to your heart at all times will help keep you grounded and your priorities in life straight. As much as you succeed, remember to stay humble for all that you have.