Are You Working For Or Against Yourself?
It has been my observation that creating abundance in one’s life is intimately tied to one’s self-esteem. If an individual suffers from low self-esteem, abundance suffers in direct proportion. In other words, abundance may be fleeting; it comes and goes, but is rarely sustainable. While on the other hand, a high self-esteem exponentially raises the odds of one’s ability to create sustainable abundance.
Now, the idea of abundance is not a fixed definition, but rather a deeply subjective meaning unique to each individual. Abundance for some may be based on material wealth, while for others abundance may mean a healthy body. Each of us has our own unique perspective on abundance, based upon our personal priorities in life, and the totality of our experience. However, I would venture to guess that for the majority, there is only one attribute that is exalted to the pinnacle of abundance. I am interested in entertaining the concept that abundance can occur in equal measures across multiple domains of our lives – material, health, love, family, fun, talent, knowledge, etc. Abundance is not a hierarchal structure in my mind, but more akin to a flat organization, where success is attained through equal contribution by numerous individuals, or in the case of the example, numerous elements comprising our lives.
It is evident that how we as a population have framed our understanding around abundance, leads to self-defeating behaviors. How often have you come across a friend, family member, or colleague that has mastered one area of life and has achieved great abundance, but other parts of their life are falling apart? Do we honestly believe that this individual relishes the idea of failing, and is content with the imbalance? Or is it simply that we as a population have grown comfortable with the assumption that abundance is a singular attribute?
I suggest that the idea of abundance needs to be perceived from a different vantage point, where the achievement of abundance occurs on multivariate points. Provide yourself with permission to enjoy ALL that life has to offer, and can be delivered to you on an infinite scale, rather than a finite scale. Then, and only then, will your life rise to the occasion and seek ways to deliver abundance to you in all areas of your life. Now, I wholeheartedly admit, easier said than done; as not only your mind, but also your body and heart must believe that complete abundance is achievable. If it is simply your cerebral impulses indoctrinating your body and heart to believe through internal dialogue, or some type of mantra, then you are creating a forced process. Rather the approach should be fluid and easy, resulting in all internal knowledge centers to simply recognize the information as a fact.
Recipe To Create Abundance In Your Life
1) Don’t allow fear to control your life – understand fear is a modern day emotion we assign to situations that are unknown to us. I ask, why should a new endeavor be fear based? Would it not make more sense to perceive newness as a fun opportunity to explore you even further?
2) Stay focused on what you DO want in life – commit to positive outcomes and focus your mind’s eye on those objectives. Do not succumb to focusing your objectives on the premise of lack, as you will inadvertently be sabotaging your outcome.
3) Act as if abundance has already arrived in your life – There is a physical aspect to materializing abundance. It is important to take small action steps that in time will establish incremental change in your life. Now, I am not suggesting securing material abundance by incurring credit card debt. Rather, I am suggesting becoming an expert in all topics of finance, talking to individuals who are abundant in the areas of life you wish to be, and create dialogue around how they achieved this outcome. Through a due diligence process, you will be drawing in that which you seek.
4) Be authentically you – develop a life of transparency where you are presenting to the outside world your true self. If you have a separate self in the workplace, from your home life, your internal knowledge centers will be unable to differentiate where the true you lies within the continuum you have created; resulting in a dysfunctional abundance process.
5) Thoughts and words need to be positive – Your perspective on life will need to move toward a belief system based on optimism, rather than pessimism.
6) Appreciate the small joys of life – create an attitude of gratitude, where small everyday occurrences are regarded as blessings. You begin to appreciate not only the broad strokes of life, but also the smaller, often overlooked gifts we receive on a daily basis.
7) Have an open heart – on a fundamental level you need to love yourself, and have a belief that you deserve an abundant life. In addition, your heart – your emotion center – cannot be encumbered by a shield of armor. The mere premise of protecting yourself from negative outcomes entertains a way of living that runs counter to your ultimate objective.
8) No one is exempt from abundance – abundance can be achieved by all individuals, what is often not spoken about abundance, is that it requires commitment, effort/work, daily practice, support mechanisms, and a belief that the outcome is achievable. The theory of abundance is not simply words spoken, then as an individual, you simply sit back and wait. No, the reality is that abundance is an active process requiring nourishment to become a sustainable life experience.
9) Let go of how abundance will appear in your life – be open to all manifested abundance you create, rather than rigid targets. Creating abundance is a skill that you hone like any other skill. Therefore, be open to how the abundance arrives in your life in the early stages, as you simply want to confirm that abundance is taking hold in your life. Then over time, you can refine your abundance skill to more targeted outcomes, once you are comfortable with your personal formula for creating abundance.
10) Abundance is not a win/lose proposition – In order for you to be abundant, another must go without, is a pattern of logic that self-sabotages abundance. Abundance thrives in a world of win/win propositions, where all of humanity can participate in a state of having.