Living in abundance is definitely one of the keys to breaking on through to the Awesome Side. To me, “living in abundance” does not just mean having money, that is far too limiting, because whether we have a lot money or not, we can still be abundant. Abundance is more of a mindset than a dollar amount. It incorporates gratitude and enjoyment of “what just is now”, an ability to view the world through a lens of optimism and to live each day with purpose.
The more we remember to dwell in this space, to approach life from an abundant mindset, the more joy we get out of life.
Of course, that’s all very well – but if you’re having a hard time, hurting inside, sick of your dead end job or just broke, this kind of talk can sound pretty annoying. To help with that here’s 7 tips which I personally fall back on to get myself into a place of living in abundance when I get off-track or as reminders when things are going well.
1 – Mindset: The Foundation to Living in Abundance
Living in abundance requires the right mindset. If you look out at the world each day through “a lens of lack”, you feel that you are left wanting. And note “wanting” is not the same as “not having”. There’s lots of stuff I don’t have but I don’t really care because I just don’t want that stuff very much, and this is a great way to feel fantastic about your life. I can walk through a shopping mall resplendent with a million and one shiny consumer goods and not feel that I lack for a thing because I simply don’t want any of it. “Not wanting” things is a definite key to personal freedom.
The second part of the abundance mindset is trusting and believing that everything you need and desire is available to you and that all you have to do is work to accept the gift. I like to think of fruit tress heavy with ripe, low hanging fruit. This is our reality in the first world, and yet we often walk around as if it were us who are starving to death. The resources at our finger tips are incredible, and a lack of abundance is not our problem, our problem is more likely to be not having the right mindset to recognise the massive abundance that we are surrounded by every day and the skills to know what to do with this wealth of resources.
Tweak your mindset to recognise that you are in fact living in abundance already, remember to regularly feel and express your gratitude for this good luck and admit that if you’re not experiencing abundance in any important areas of your life that it is probably because you need to do or change something about yourself.
2 – Meaning: What is Your Ultimate Purpose?
It is hard to walk around feeling like you are living any kind of wonderfully abundant existence if you’re life seems to have no meaning to you. Firstly, let’s define “meaning”. To me meaning is about purpose. If you have defined your Ultimate Purpose for your life, this becomes your key driver and provides you with meaning, a reason, to even bother with the mundane and sometimes boring details of everyday life. Just because you’re living in abundance doesn’t mean you’re not going to have to change nappies, cop a serving from your wife or spend an hour compiling a pointless spreadsheet just to keep the boss happy. But if you have a strong sense of meaning in your life it makes it easier not to lose heart.
For me my meaning is to help people (including, but not limited to, my family) to live abundantly by providing them with inspiration and tools to experience greater health, happiness and success. Whether I do this through my music, this blog or simply by helping them with their marketing, it is all driven by purpose and this gives my life meaning.
3 – Motivation: What Drives You On?
Tapping into this meaning is what gives me the motivation. I have maintained this blog since 2008 with thus far only minor financial reward. I have also been performing and writing music for over twenty years, sometimes to acclaim but usually to a few geezers in a bar, and while my work-a-day existence as a marketer is more lucrative financially, it still requires a butt-load of motivation to keep it afloat. It is the meaning that gives me the motivation to continue ever on with burning desire and unflinching optimism in my heart. I believe that my writing and music will find a sizable, lucrative audience over time and in the meantime, I get truly motivated every time I see one of those geezers in a bar get moved by my music or I receive a message of thanks from a blog reader.
As well as the meaning it is the fact that I am doing what I love that motivates me. I love to write, I love to sing, I love to help people to express themselves through their work. Without this motivation in your belly, living in abundance is not going to be easy. Find what you love and go for it.
4 – Meditation: The Clear Space of Good Feeling
While you might think it is just something to help you deal with stress or anxiety, in fact meditation has many benefits including helping you to move into a mindset of abundance. When you meditate effectively you eventually get to a place where you rise above confusion, self-doubt, grasping and lack and move into what I once heard described as “the clear space of good feeling”. In this clear space you have access to your Higher Mind which is that wise, old part of you that isn’t worried about anything and sees life from an eternal perspective. When you get into this space you get very connected to the truth of the abundance of life and the scarcity mindset departs.
Once you’ve accessed these heightened states and Universal insights, you don’t need to do it all the time to draw on the wisdom you’ve gained. So you can bring yourself back into this clear space of good feeling without formally meditating as you face the challenges of your day.
5 – Marketing: Communicate The Value You Have To Offer
Marketing has a bad name out there in the world and possibly in your own mind and this is because it is very often sorely misunderstood. If the word marketing makes you recoil in horror or cynicism, please bear with me.
Put manipulative TV ads and sleazy sales tactics out of your mind for a moment and think of marketing for what it truly is: taking the value you provide and communicating it to the world.
We all provide value. Value is “something that someone sees as being valuable to themselves”. You provide value to your family in the form of love, companionship, loyalty, care and/or security. If you are in business you provide value to your customers. If you are an employee then you provide value to your boss and, indirectly or not, to her customers.
So marketing is simply being aware of the value that you provide to the different people in your life and communicating this value to them in an honest way from a well-meaning place (a desire to help). Living in abundance is a lot easier if you are marketing yourself effectively in this way in your private and professional lives and if you are tapped into the meaning that motivates you, it can genuinely be a pleasure.
6 – Money: A Neutral System of Value Exchange
Money is not the be all and end all, despite being treated as such, but it does grease the wheels of society. I have always found with money that, when I have more than enough, is not very exciting. How thrilling can a few naughts in the bank be? But the absence of money is a real pain in the arse, suddenly every bill causes teeth gnashing, limitations to self-expression pop-up like mushrooms and relations at home can get strained.
So in order to live abundantly we do need to address the issue of maintaining a positive cash flow. Most people just deal with this by getting a job, but for people like me who avoid the nine-to-five grind in favour of pursuing creative business glory, we must remember that cash is the life blood of our operations and without it everything grinds to a halt.
The thing to realise is that if we can address our emotional hang-ups about money, life gets easier. Money is nothing more than a neutral system for exchanging value. It is neither evil nor scarce.
7 – Management: Get Your Operational Shit Together
Again this might seem like a strange thing to see in a list dealing with something as traditionally “woo-woo” as living in abundance, but it is important. Without management systems to make our personal and professional lives more efficient we struggle to step into abundance.
I have to admit that I have a lot to learn in this area, I have resisted it for years. In my professional life I am still learning to manage my affairs in a more organised fashion in order to make my working life easier and more pleasant.
While some areas, usually those to do with The Dreaded Numbers, are still a work in progress, one area that I have installed truly effective management systems into with great success is my time and priorities. I expect to be sharing this information about how I get so much done and stay on track in midst of many demands and information-overload.
I hope this post has given you some great insights into the “secrets” of living in abundance. Feel free and encouraged to share your thoughts (abundantly!) in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.