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Here I am down in Orange County, California down at a private beach, a house located in a gated community with its own private beach just beyond the wall that I’m standing next to. An absolutely amazing place. I’m down here for the holidays visiting my family.

The reason I bring this up isn’t to brag about being at a beautiful location. The reason I bring this up is because, on Thanksgiving Day, I realized something. My newborn baby, seven months old, had to be rushed to the emergency room. We had to take him in for an emergency eye infection. Now he had pus coming out of his eyes, and I won’t get into the details because it wasn’t pretty, but I can tell you, as a father, it has struck a chord within me, as it would all of you. Now, what it made me realize is money doesn’t buy you happiness. Living in a private beach community certainly doesn’t buy you happiness, but what money does give you and the ability to have the freedom to live life on your terms gives you the opportunity to take care of those things that are most important for you.

For me, this is my family. Going on this Author of Your Own Story journey started off very selfishly. It started off with wanting to live life from my terms, a life that I dreamed of, and a life that would allow me to do more and give back more to other people. But what it’s turned into along this journey is also giving more to my family. Now what I’ve realized is since I started this journey, I’ve gotten married and I’ve had a family, so I have a new child, and I’ve realized that living the Author of Your Own Story way, having balance in my five to thrive and really going after my goals and my dreams and applying that to my family allowed me the versatility to go to the best hospital in Orange County and get the best care for my child.

Now, he’s on the mend and everything is great, and we’re actually able to enjoy a gorgeous, sunny beach walk this Thanksgiving, and I’m so grateful for it. But what I want you to do is, right now, write down in your journal, write down where are you stopping your journey because of some limitation, some belief, and what pushes you through. What could you do right now? If you had a loved one that was sick, can you provide for them? If you can’t, why not? You have the ability. You have all the strength. You have all the resources and resourcefulness available to you. It’s just for you just need to go out and get after it. That’s the secret of very successful people. They go after their goals and dreams. They go after money because they know money doesn’t buy you happiness, but it buys you the ability to do things when you need to; ability to be prepared and do things when they matter.

That’s what I want to leave you with today is just the thought. I know there’s so many of you out there that listen to these Daily Growth Hacks, and you’re getting a lot from these little tidbits here and there, but you’re not taking that big leap. Why? You don’t need money right now, and it’s not just about money, but it’s also about the freedom. It’s about your health. Maybe you’re healthy enough, but you need greater health because when you get sick in times of adversity, you’re going to want that health, you’re going to want that bank or that deposit, so to speak, that you have to draw upon when you need it the most. The thing is, is you can’t just go get it when you need it. You can’t just go get healthy immediately when you get sick.

Now you had to have already been healthy, had been extra healthy, to allow you to bounce back from sicknesses much quicker. You had to have money in the bank in your savings account to allow you to take care of your family. You had to have emotional bank accounts, emotional deposits in order to tap into relationships when you need them the most. You don’t want to wait until you actually need something to have it available to you. This is what I want to leave you with today.

So grab your journal. Write in your five to thrive and write out where you think in the future you can need more deposits that you need to put in today. I want you to take action. So if it’s in your mind, just learning a foreign language or learning a skill, learn that skill now before you need it. If it’s in your body, take care of your health now before you need to take care of your health. If it’s in your soul, it’s the same thing. Meditate now. Take care of your peace of mind now in this moment. In your relationships, make those emotional deposits before you need them. Before you need help from friends, give, give, give and contribute. If it’s in your business, this is time to sow. You not only plant the seeds for tomorrow but go ahead and reap the benefits, grow your business, scale it to unimaginable levels so you can actually take advantage of all that has to offer.

So when times come when your child is sick, when your family needs to go on vacation or something happens, you’re able to provide the resource. That gives you freedom, and that allows you to be the author of your own story. That’s it for me today. Have a great day. Remember, go out and be the author of your own story and spend time with those you love. Take care.

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