Posted July 2012
Changing Scarcity Into Abundance
Prosperity, like everything else in your life, is an extension of your thoughts, beliefs and emotions. If you aren't experiencing prosperity, then something has to change. It's the old story: If you keep on doing what you're doing, you're going to keep on getting what you're getting.
Most people who don't feel prosperous think that making a lot of money is the key to prosperity. It isn't. Defining real prosperity always involves feelings. For example: If you are prosperous, you will feel comfortable, healthy, satisfied and have a zest for life. Lots of people make a lot of money but don't feel prosperous.
In seeking prosperity, your goal might be living a life that is comfortable and filled with joy and satisfaction. The question is, how much income do you need to allow that to happen? The answer: income is not the defining factor. What you think about during the day and how connected, loved and appreciated you feel are what really affect your level of prosperity. When you feel loved, appreciated, acknowledged and accepted and when you stop longing for more and begin to see the beauty in life, you will have whatever you need to create a comfortable life.
Scarcity, or not having enough, is a feeling and a habit, both of which can change. As long as you see less rather than more, that's what you are going to have. You are going to want to keep on doing and thinking what you've been doing and thinking all along. In order to change a habit, you have to constantly work against your inclination to stay where you are. It's your choice to start seeing your life from a different point of view and to start seeing your strengths, not your weaknesses.
Gratitude and acceptance are the first steps towards understanding prosperity. What is it you have? What traits or qualities that you express can be defined as assets? Everyone has assets and liabilities. You can turn your liabilities into assets -- and be happy with what you have.
Develop the gratitude habit. At the end of the day, make a gratitude list -- even if it is just in your head. Take an inventory of what you have and what good has transpired -- no matter how trivial it may seem. When "but" thoughts such as "But, I didn't do such and such" or "But I didn't get this and that" enter your head, push them aside and continue to see the good in your life. No matter how trivial your accomplishments, acknowledge them -- without any "buts."
If you feel alone and isolated, make an effort to connect with other people. If you are in business for yourself, the worst part is the yourself part. Find ways of networking with other business people -- they need you as much as you need them.
Look around you. What things do you have that you like? Appreciate them. Spend time each day enjoying what you have. If you have things that you don't like, what can you do to trade them for something else? If you don't have extra money yet, find creative ways of getting what you want. You will find that when you are satisfied with what you have, more will come.
This month, concentrate on recognizing your thoughts and habits that express scarcity. Think about what you can do to change those thoughts and habits. Then take small steps to change -- but do something each day to develop new habits.
Copyright © 2012 Joan Sotkin
Joan Sotkin is a Prosperity Coach, author of the award-winning Build Your Money Muscles, and Internet strategist helping boomer business owners and practitioners increase their income through effective use of the Web. Learn more about Joan and her services at http://ProsperityPlace.com and http://SotkinWeb.com.
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