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Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of HarcourtHealth.com and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.

Everyone wants the best things in life. You want a nice car to drive, a beautiful home to live in, and the ability to take exotic vacations. You want the means to shop at high-end stores whenever you are moved to do so and to enjoy lavish dinners at the best restaurants in town. Wealth, material security, and purchasing power may not fulfil all of your needs, but they can go a long way toward giving you the good life.

Contrary to the 90s pop song, the best things in life are not free. They cost money, and if you want the best of everything you need a great deal of capital. No matter your profession or line of business, there are a few habits and actions that the most financially successful people follow. Here are a few of them:

Be Proactive

You will not get to the kind of life you want by playing it safe. If you want to change your circumstances, then you must focus on the things you can control and act on them. Change begins from within. You must make the decision to change your life rather than waiting for someone to give you a chance to do so.

Find Something That Interests You

People who live in luxury always find things that interest them and keep them nearby. Fine pieces of artwork, antique music boxes, luxury cars, fine real estate, anything you can think of really. One of the keys to being truly successful in living luxuriously is to find a way to make money with the things you like to do. Do you enjoy buying or fixing up houses? There is plenty of real estate in Corona Del Mar or other cities in California, for example, that can be bought and developed on or flipped for a good profit. Do you enjoy video games? Perhaps you can create the next big indie game, get discovered and move on to bigger projects. What is the point of making money if you hate what you do to get it?

Do Things In Order

You must be willing to make short-term sacrifices for long-term gains. You should know the steps required to reach your financial goals. Make sure you execute them in order. Trying to do too much at once or skipping steps in haste and impatience can lead to setback and frustration.

Seek Deals That Are Mutually Beneficial

Building long-term relationships is the key to success in life. You want to make and strike deals in which everyone wins. The more alliances and partnerships you make the more people you will be able to call on when you need help.

Once you have reached your financial goal, reward yourself. You’ve worked hard to acquire what you have. You have every reason to celebrate yourself and your achievements. There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying an expensive high-performing car. You should be able to treat yourself, your family, and your friends to weekend cruises down the coast on your personal yacht. You should also buy or build the kind of house that you have always wanted.

Living the good life is not about being flashy and showy; it is more about creating the kind of lifestyle that will allow you to relax regularly refresh your mind, body, and spirit. Having nice things also serves as a mark or symbol of your achievement, and this can give you the confidence you need to stay on top.

Enjoying wealth and material prosperity is also about pleasure for its own sake. It just feels good to have nice things, and that is not something you need deny yourself.