If you go for quality of life first, you will ultimately enjoy a higher standard of living, but if you go for and concentrate on standard of living first, there is no guarantee that your quality of life will improve.
In his inspiring book by that title, John Maxwell tells a story. In England there is a monument to the sport of rugby, the forerunner of American football. The monument depicts an eager boy leaning down to pick up a ball. At the base of the statue is this inscription: "With a fine disregard for the rules, he picked up the ball and ran."
Some believe it is irresponsible and a waste of time to teach the subject of self-image. I'm convinced, based on my own life experience and thousands of encounters with people who have improved their performance by building a strong self-concept, that a healthy self-image is crucial.
Several years ago at dusk, just outside of Keithville, Louisiana, someone spotted a black bear up a tree. Word quickly spread around the little town and many of the citizens gathered to see him. The local veterinarian provided a dart gun loaded with drugs to sedate him. Concern was raised that the bear might fall out of the tree and injure himself, so the fire department was called and their net was put in place to catch him.
Surely all of us have heard the honking of a Canada goose overhead and looked up to see them flying in V-formation. Scientists in wind-tunnel tests have discovered that geese actually fly 72% farther in a V-formation than they could on their own. The goose off the trailing wing of another is flying in a partial vacuum and, consequently, is able to fly farther. You have probably wondered why one leg of the V is always longer than the other. The explanation for that is quite simple: The longer one has more geese in it.