How to Have More than Enough: A Guide to Accessing Abundance
When most people are asked what abundance means to them, their eyes narrow as they imagine winning the lottery and the unlimited Money, Freedom, Free Time, Travel, and Excitement it would bring. We inherit a great number of false attitudes about abundance from society: abundance comes “only at the expense of others”, “money is the root of all evil,” it is”dirty,” it keeps us from “entering the Kingdom of Heaven.” On the other hand, we are also told that abundance is available only to a chosen few who win it by being special, smart, crafty, talented, or lucky.
In reality, wealth and abundance are neither good nor evil; they are neutral. Abundance is the quality of a life that is full, ample, and abounding in love, fun, fulfillment, time, energy, money, health, and much more. Abundance is to be experienced today, not at some point in the future when you’ve made enough, saved enough, done enough, worked hard enough, or deserve it enough.
If you are not enjoying more than enough today, something has to change. If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting the results you have always gotten. Do you really want to get up in the morning and say, “I hope everything stays exactly the same”? Everyone wants to know they will be better today than they were yesterday.
The Big “I”
Build a strong foundation for your life and your practice by including five important stones. The cornerstone of your foundation – the most important block – is integrity. Integrity is oldfashioned honesty. It is doing things right and knowing that you can hold your head up high, regardless of what anyone else says or thinks. Integrity is a commitment to truth.
Commitment is the second important foundation stone. To experience abundance, you must be fully committed—body, mind, and spirit—to the principles of abundance. If your body stores fears about abundance or if your mind remembers past fears about lack, you must dissolve these blocks before you can move forward. It is much easier to sit on the fence or stand in the middle of the road than to lead. Marching in front of the pack brings up powerful and challenging fears and pains. Overcoming this challenge and committing to give the extra effort is what it takes to transform a good life into an abundant one.
Your first commitment is to get your finances in order. Commit yourself to take the following
- Pay yourself first
- Pay off credit card and other non‐productive debt
- Establish and make use of a budget
- Establish an emergency fund of three months overhead
- Create a long‐term, conservatively invested retirement fund
- Increase your rate of savings regularly
- Designate how you will use your increases in income to further your purpose
Loyalty is the third block to add to your foundation. Loyalty is a close cousin of integrity and commitment. To be loyal is to be faithful to a cause, a person, or an entity. Loyalty means that you have the character to remain devoted even when things are not going well. What should you be loyal to? You should be at the top of your list.
In your practice, loyalty means working to make a difference in the lives of your practice teammates and patients. At home, it means spending time with your loved ones, doing your share of the chores, and helping each family member realize his or her dreams.
The fourth foundation stone, compassion, is the heartfelt ability to sense and be motivated by another’s feelings. Compassion must be genuine and not just syrupy sentiment. It comes from true involvement in the world and in your family, practice, and community. Others won’t care what you know or what you can do until they know how much you care. Compassion begins with listening.
The fifth foundational stone is responsibility. To build and maintain an abundant lifestyle, you must take responsibility for your own actions and choices. When you refuse to take responsibility, you rob yourself and those around you. To live responsibly requires that you be honest with yourself. You have your own physical limits. There are only 24 hours in a day. You must learn how to prioritize your time, money, and energy and to not fritter away your abundance by wasting your time on low priority tasks.
Establish “No Matter what’s”
The mortar that solidifies these stones into a strong foundation is composed of the No Matter what’s in your life. These are your bottom‐line values that define exactly where your
boundaries lie. They are your universal principles, as in, “I do what I know to be right despite other people’s opinions – no matter what.” No Matter Whats provide you with the strength to overcome difficult times and build an abundant life financially, emotionally, and spiritually. You will be challenged and even ridiculed when you establish your No Matter Whats. But when you adopt a code of discipline, your self‐worth goes up. You can hold your head up high, for you know that you stand for something meaningful. Abundance will follow as a reflection of your beliefs and self‐value.
Have a vision. A compelling vision, a clear intention that will enable you to navigate through the obstacles that stands in the way of your goals. As you work your way through your obstacles, you may even find that these problems bear gifts with their challenges. Your clear vision, and commitment to it, allows you to take all these gifts and use them to bring you closer to abundance.
Vision is the picture you establish and maintain in your mind of where you want to go in life. Your vision is like a pair of binoculars locked on your future. Without vision you will flounder about aimlessly and never know what your true destination is. You won’t know where you are going, and you won’t know when or if you get there. Simply put: you go where you look! People with vision can see where they want to go and refuse to give up until they get there, regardless of the obstacles. People without vision see only the obstacles.
Scarcity is the term used to describe what prevents you from accessing abundance. In fact, scarcity is the opposite of abundance! Scarcity is a quality of life that results from a belief (conscious or unconscious) that abundance and all of its components including money is not plentiful, is hard to get, and is inadequate in supply. Unfortunately, most of us have grown up thinking that scarcity is a “reality” and all we can expect from life.
Commit To Abundance
Why should you settle for less than ideal? The vision you dare to dream is the vision you dare to achieve! You must be willing to DREAM BIG! The moment you establish a clear vision, and start moving in its direction with certainty, your life will take on a new meaning and a new level of excitement.
Abundance is your birthright. It is your gift for being on the planet. You do not need to be special or gifted or anything else. You simply must be true to your heart and true to your spirit. Ask for all that you desire, act accordingly, and enjoy the journey.
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