Creating Your Abundance
So far we have seen that the key to success is happiness, not the happiness found in material objects or even in our relationship with others, rather the source of all real happiness…our inner happiness.
We have learned that success is how you define it, and that it falls into two categories, worldly success and personal success. Furthermore we have learned there’s a blueprint, a science, to achieving success.
We have explored the first of the four components of this blueprint, your purpose.
In this post we will discover the importance of the need to create the means necessary to accomplish our purpose. This is what most people would identify as the primary motivator for achieving success in the first place…money. Yet, true abundance is so much more.
Defining Abundance and Prosperity
When we think of being abundant, or being prosperous, most of the time we are thinking of money. In the larger sense, however, abundance refers to all the material resources, such as, food, physical well-being (good health), a roof over our heads…and yes of course, money, to purchase all of what we need and much of what we desire.
Ultimately, defining abundance and prosperity varies from individual to individual; we each have different material needs and desires. For example, the needs of a Catholic Nun are going to be much different than those of a Hollywood realtor. But all of us have some material needs, even the Nuns.
How can you define abundance for yourself?
Here are some questions that will help you discover your definition:
What does abundance look and feel like to you?
What level of abundance, passion and joy, do you envision your best life to be on?
Does it include a particular career or type of employment – or are you seeking start your own business?
What kind of lifestyle and environment are you envisioning?
Does this vision include family members and friends?
It’s important to allow your imagination to run free. Include as many different areas and aspects of your life as possible – material, financial, professional, personal, social, family, global, and spiritual – so that you can experience the feeling of abundance as much as the vision.
Moving Beyond the Definition
Having a personal definition of abundance is important – it is your definition, your belief and your desires which inform every decision (often unconsciously) that you make.
Having a clear vision of what makes up abundant life increases your personal power. Why? Because now you have a vision of what you want; allowing you to move more quickly in the direction of what you desire.
Most of us have unconsciously developed the habit of being indecisive, or of procrastinating, all the while endlessly debating a subject in our heads; we are inundated with a whole host of “shoulds” and “should not’s” making us feel so tentative, that we forget what it feels like to make a real decision, to be committed so passionately to something…we forget what the power of doing so wields.
Having a clear vision, a personal definition of abundance, gives us the confidence to move forward without fear.
Discovering Your “Why”
In marketing there’s a definition of abundance and it’s referred to as your “why,” this is your unwavering commitment…your motivator.
This “why” leads back to the “why” question I ask at the beginning of this post.
Why is it important to create the means necessary to accomplish your purpose? By defining and getting clear on what level of abundance is necessary to accomplish your purpose, you are creating a very focused and powerful desire.
Having a powerful desire is absolutely necessary to overcome the inevitable roadblocks, challenges and resistance you will encounter on your road to success.
When I think of creating a powerful desires, I’m reminded of a teaching from the ancient Vedic wisdom tradition which says; “You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
The place to begin harnessing your power, to become the creator of your own destiny and achieve any desire, is in your own mind.
Once you’ve become clear and focused in your mind you shed the old debilitating habits of procrastination and indecisiveness. Your focus shifts, a new perspective opens up – you are no longer just wishing, hoping, dreaming, fantasizing or praying- now instead, you feel certain, you know and you can and will act decisively.
This is the reason you “need” to create the means necessary to accomplish your purpose, not to simply have the monetary means to fulfill your desires, but to harness the power to become the creator of your own destiny.
Now let me ask you a different personal development “why” question… why is it important to you to accomplish your purpose? Sure, it because you want to be happy, but what’s driving you? Pleasure…which is the third component in the blueprint of science of success and the topic of my next post on happiness, success, and personal development.