Goals and bucket lists
Consider setting out short term and long term goals to help measure your success. Don't, however, spend your life rehashing goals at the expense of achieving them. Set financial wealth goals and also lifestyle goals together in the same list. Keep the goals achievable, or risk losing drive and ambition. Look at your goals often, and remind yourself of what you have achieved and not only what you have not.
A simple bucket list of lifestyle achievements is also a good idea. Break the list into your 20s, 30s, 40s, etc. to ensure the achievements correspond with your wealth creation and activity levels. Whether you want to visit Italy, hit a Daytona 500, take a cruise, jump out of an aircraft, or go on a safari, if you don't plan for it, you likely won't experience it.
Wealth creation must be a long term commitment. Like a healthy diet, it must become something ingrained, rather than a flash in the pan. A well balanced and good tasting financial diet is where you want to be. Avoid a feast or famine diet as they typically are not sustainable. Financial wealth creation can start when you are 5 and follow through to retirement and death. You will want to invest and build wealth for the long term. This does not imply making an investment and hoping it will grow miraculously on its own. Like a home, car, your kids, or pets, you need to care for your investments, measure them, feed them, adjust them and more.
Know your worth
Understanding your current net worth and the avenues available to create additional wealth is very important. One needs to know what is achieved and what is feasibly possible within one's means to do intelligent wealth planning. Knowing what you are worth requires a multi faceted understanding of your finances and the things that effect your finances. Once you have this understanding, you can look at how affecting certain parameters can change your wealth creation - changing to a higher paying job, for example, should result in greater wealth creation if it is accompanied by saving and investing.