Okay, folks, this is not about visualizing dollars to show up in your mail box, although theoretically, it could happen. This is not about haggling down the price of something, the massive use of coupons or always buying the lowest-price alternative. It’s really about enjoying the abundance in your life, even if you would like to experience more of it.
A few years ago when working with a coach, I decided to shift my focus from getting wealth, (as in from husbands, ex husbands, parents. employers) to creating my own wealth. You can read a bit of the back story here. This process is not a get-rich-quickly story, it’s a being rich right now story. Here are just 5 of the practical tools I’ve learned along the way.
5 Tools for Receiving More Value in Life
1. Recognize that nature is abundant no matter what’s going on in the economy.
How many acorns fall from the tree? How many seeds are in a watermelon? How many types of beetles exist? How many kinds of yogurt are at your local grocery store? How did we get to be a society with pulp-free orange juice, for heaven’s sake???????
We live in a world of abundance; the news media is not telling the whole story. It’s also a world of seasons: a time to plant, a time to harvest, a time to leave the land fallow. Multiple scholars have documented that there is more than enough money on the planet, there is at least $1 million per inhabitant.
2. God is bigger than your job.
Before I explain this a bit, please note that I am in the South and here we call "God" "God," not "Divine Source" or "Universe." Please bear with me. If you prefer, you can pretend I’m writing "Universe" when you see the word "God." Also keep in mind that practicing atheism is illegal in the state of South Carolina.
So…..your job is not the source of your income. You are. You create value and receive money. But there are infinite applications of this principle. You really do not need your job to pay your bills. You are bigger than your job.
3. Learn to receive unexpected sources of income.
Like any skill, this takes practice and patience. Find a penny in the street? Pick it up, it’s a symbol of infinite abundance.
It helps if you keep a written record of any and all sources of unexpected income. My recent sources include: free books, free magazine subscriptions, free groceries (at Harris Teeter,) free gasoline (same source,) IRS (refund from several years ago,) former employers, money in the street, top quality hand-me-down clothes, refunds from overpaying bills even though I paid what was written on the invoice, free wine and champagne, unexpected gifts given for no apparent reason.
One mentor helped me to expand my sense of unexpected income to include all the breaks you get that you weren’t counting on. Examples of these include the light turning green at just the right moment, there being no line at the post office, someone being unexpectedly friendly to you. These breaks contribute to a life well lived!
Look for unexpected income and gains and you will find them.
4. Practice generosity.
Being generous communicates that you are trustworthy to receive more. The act of giving communicates to yourself at a deep subconscious level that you value yourself, that you trust God/Universe to supply your needs as you learn to harness your own potential to create value. No one, not even God, is going to send you the winning lottery ticket.
You can give money or time and either way, giving always benefits you more than it helps anyone else.
5. Savor the moment.
Think about it this way. If you sit down to eat a fine meal, you don’t really notice how beautiful and delicious everything is if you scarf down your food. (My teenage son disagrees but I’m sticking with this one.) Take the time to set a pretty table, and sit down to enjoy the meal. No television, no email.
What is working in your life in this very moment? Notice, acknowledge and enjoy everything little thing that works well. Consider….did your car start without any problems today? How is your indoor plumbing working? Relationships? Health? Your home? Is there food in your pantry? Spare change anywhere? More than one outfit to choose from?
If you only practice this enjoying what you have right now, you are already wealthy.
I know you know this, but having more money really and truly does not make you happy. Enjoying what you have is what makes for a joy-filled life. It also opens the door to create more wealth.