The thing is-- the bottom line here-- money is not an acceptable goal.
Money can be useful (very) as a resource to realize greater possibilities but money without purpose is like a frog without a tux-- absolutely without meaning.
In fact, money can be a real growth-stopper (see all the preceding blogs about how stoppers get in the way of your goals).
Having purpose (read: meaning, passion, direction) in your life will give you a constant impetus to strive, and the process of striving, of course, leads to all its own little rewarding byproducts of the original goal.
When you have purpose in your life you will attract the talents and energies of others whose purposes align with yours.
There are many, many resources and rewards that make up a rich life (not just money).
Set yourself some "primary directives"-- not exactly a mission statement, but some values that you definitely want in your purpose-driven life. Post those value statements. Live by them. Some examples might be:
A couple who works together with aligned purposes: "Everything we do has to support our increasing teamwork and intimacy."
When you choose money over purpose as a goal, you will end up in a situation where you might have money (temporarily) but no purpose. The money will be meaningless. Ask any of the rich and famous about how much happiness their money brings them-- really.
The same goes for all of the ponzi schemes out there (on the internet too) that offer you the moon, and tomorrow. Think carefully about what your purpose is... it might be something no more complex than "offering a friendly, kind, encouraging and safe presence to children I come across in my life." Some of your values are embedded in your purpose statement. Live this. Look for ways to live it BIG.
I have a business that offers great opportunities to explore and enhance your own values and purpose while working with an ethical (and fun-loving) community and a 'green' supplier. During the course of building a good-life-sustaining business the possibilities for finding and expanding your life purpose are unlimited! Interested? Go to www.positivelyvibrant.me and watch the flash movie and send in the submission form so I can connect with you for the free, no stress evaluation.
**You want to read a sage little book that expands on the idea of growth with Purpose? Dan Sullivan has coached the likes of Jack Canfield (the successful "Chicken Soup" entrepreneur-author) and has a succinct brilliance that will give you an entirely new perspective on personal and business growth: