A few decades ago, most people’s perceptions of a successful life were similar. Good grades, a degree, and a safe job might’ve been a somewhat safe formula to a good life — at least according to societal expectations.
Today, however, more and more people are rethinking how they spend their lives and what success means to them individually.
They are challenging the way their parents or grandparents used to live and ask themselves how they could live a life that’s true to themselves.
They question whether it’s appropriate to spend 40+ hours working at a job they hate and being yelled at by their boss.
They question whether their salary is worth the headache and whether they’d be better off by taking a risk and building their own business or offering their skills as a freelancer.
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And they mostly have these thoughts because they want to experience freedom.
They want to experience more and feel better.
They don’t want to live paycheck by paycheck and “live to work,” but they want to live an abundant life full of opportunities and beautiful memories.
If you’re one of those who want to escape mediocrity and experience abundance, I’ve got two pieces of news for you:
The bad news is that you’re one of the few people who think that way.
Most people don’t want to change their status quo. They want to live their lives exactly like they’ve been doing for the past few decades.
They don’t want change, and they don’t want you to change either. So when they see that you want more, they’ll try to sabotage you.
The good news, however, is that you’re the captain of your life.
Nobody is coming to save you, but you always have the power to save yourself.
Luckily, an abundant life starts in your mind, and you have dozens of opportunities to change the way you experience life through subtle shifts in your daily life.
Start loving money so it can love you back
An abundant life is much more than just about having money. There are plenty of people with millions to their name who have a scarcity mindset that holds them back from genuinely enjoying life.
Yet, money certainly helps if you want to live a good, abundant life.
And the first step is way simpler than you might think.
You don’t need to make more money, immediately pay off all debt, or start investing like the pros.
All you need to do is accept and acknowledge that money plays a significant role in your life.
Unless you’re retired or wealthy, the odds are high that you’re spending 40+ hours per week working for money. That’s a huge part of your waking hours, so there’s obviously a good enough reason why you get up and perform almost every day of your life.
Whether we like it or not, we live in a capitalist world where we need money to pay for essentials such as housing and food.
And if you’re honest, you’d probably admit that life is easier with money than without.
As a first step to creating an abundant life, start accepting that money is no evil but your support.
Treat money as if it were a good friend.
Be happy when it enters your life, and say goodbye when it flows out of your life.
Respect your money by keeping your wallet in order and paying your bills on time. Instead of being annoyed by the payments you need to make, start focusing on the products and services you receive in exchange and pay with joy.
Always keep some additional bills in your wallet to remind you of the abundance you’re surrounded by.
When you discover money on the sidewalk, bend over and pick it up no matter how much it is.
If you’re not willing to spend a second picking up a dime, you won’t be gifted with bigger sums.
View it as a sign from the universe and celebrate the flow of honest money in your life — no matter where it comes from and how much it is.
Think of money as a person: If you always speak and feel negative about her, she’ll never feel comfortable being around you.
Instead, celebrate her presence and be happy whenever you deal with financial issues, whether they’re positive or negative.
Get rid of most of your “stuff”
While most people believe that an abundant life is about buying and owning lots of things, the opposite is true.
The more stuff you own, the more responsibilities and the less freedom you have.
More items in your apartment mean there’s more to take care of, more to clean, and more to maintain.
The more clothes you have, the more time you might spend worrying about what to wear.
The more unread books you have, the harder it might be to pick your next read.
And so on.
Abundance is a feeling and a state of mind; it’s not about possessions and things.
It’s about how you experience life, not about what you buy.
It’s that feeling when you sip your coffee with sunshine on your skin.
It’s that feeling of surprising your loved ones and enjoying some quality time together.
And it’s that feeling you have when you go to bed at night knowing that everything is fine and you’re exactly where you’re meant to be.
Owning a lot of useless stuff is easier than ever before. But a good life is one that’s not cluttered with meaningless items. It’s the life that prioritizes humans, connection, experiences, and excitement over things.
See the abundance in your daily life
Living an abundant life is about seeing the abundance you’re already surrounded by.
It’s about acknowledging and appreciating everything we usually take for granted, such as the abundance of water in our homes, the abundance of beauty in nature, the abundance of love you’re surrounded by, and the abundance of choices and opportunities you have each day.
From now on, try to spot the abundance in your daily life.
Be grateful for the abundance of products in your supermarket, even if you don’t ever buy most of the products.
Be grateful for the abundance of food you can enjoy each day.
Be grateful for the abundance of colors and beauty in nature.
Be grateful for the abundance of knowledge you can access through your smartphone.
Living an abundant life has never been easier. The question is whether you’re paying attention to it during your everyday life.
Make your dreams visible
To create abundance, you need to know what exactly it means to you.
What does an abundant life look like for you?
What’s included and what isn’t? How do you feel? And how don’t you want to feel anymore?
Clarity is the first step of turning your dreams into reality, so make sure you take your time to figure out exactly what you want.
Create a vision board full of images and words that represent the life you want to experience.
Looking at that vision board won’t magically change your life, but it’ll remind you to show up as the person who’s creating that life you’re dreaming of.
If you don’t know what you want, you’ll never get it.
Abundance might mean something entirely different to me than to you, and that’s fine. There’s no right or wrong. We can both have our own interpretations and expectations. And most importantly, we can both get what we want without sabotaging each other.
What matters is that we both know what we want because, without clarity, there’s no way to end up at your desired destination.
This small habit will change everything
Most people fail to live a life full of peace and abundance because they constantly compare themselves to others.
They believe they’re competing with anyone else while the truth is there’s only one single person you’re competing with every single day: You.
Ditch your scarcity mindset and start wishing good to everyone you meet.
Instead of trying to win by letting others loose, help them win too.
Instead of trying to make use of others, use your skills to help them experience abundance too.
Ask yourself how you can help those around you to achieve their goals, even if there’s nothing in it for you.
Those who act out of greed and fear will forever be trapped in their own minds.
Instead, trust in the abundance of the universe and wish success and love to everyone you encounter. The more you give, the more you’ll be given.
There’s plenty enough for all of us. We can all win and be happy alongside each other.
People don’t starve because there’s not enough food for everyone. They starve because we fail to distribute goods evenly. And it’s our job as individuals to make sure we don’t end up fighting each other but instead lift each other up.
You didn’t fail to achieve your goals because of anyone else’s success.
You failed because you were not ready to win.
You can live your best life alongside millions of other people who do the same, and we can all cheer on each other. Wishing good to others puts you on the highest frequency and helps you attract and see the abundance in your own life.
Give to others as if you have nothing to lose, and watch how the universe will give you back.
One of the best-known universal laws is karma, also known as the law of compensation. In simple words, this law states that you’ll reap what you sow.
The more you give, the more you’ll be given.
What most people don’t see is that you won’t necessarily get from the person you gave to.
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You might make the world a better place by helping the homeless or by feeding the poor, but you’ll obviously not benefit from these people directly.
Instead, life will reward you through other resources and opportunities that you might not have expected.
As Bob Proctor used to say, you arrive in this world with nothing, and you’ll leave with nothing. But while you’re here, you can enjoy an abundant life.
CONTRIBUTED BY Sinem Günel
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