Abundance can come in many forms and packages. You can be rich or wealthy in many different ways other than materialistically, but let’s take a look at the official definitions.
Rich: “having abundant possessions and especially material wealth.”
Wealthy: “abundance of valuable material possessions or resources.”
It’s one thing to have abundant material possessions, but is this really the most beneficial goal? And is this really what we want? Well, sure, but I also think that it’s deeper than that. It’s also about security and, yes, a bit of self-gratification. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to pamper ourselves and our loved ones. Abundance is about so much more than just material wealth, but we’ll cover that a lot in this article, too.
Abundance and prosperity tend to go hand in hand. What do you think of when you consider the word “prosperity”? How about living a peaceful life and having everything that you need? That definitely ties in with abundance. Having plenty of adventure, love, and support can also be abundance. And, yes, of course, wealth.
When I talk about wealth, I’m not merely talking about materialism (or the “greed” thereof). You can be wealthy and also follow minimalism, and I believe that this is such a beneficial practice to follow. Conversely, it’s not a bad thing to want … well, things.
We must first let go of the old mentality and assume the wealthy mindset — the abundance mindset.
A lot of people want to be wealthy, but they also want to criticize the wealthy for being wealthy. They act as if it’s more virtuous to be broke or poor — it’s not. It’s not more or less than.
Rather than the mere having of something, it’s the actions that we take and what we do with what we have the forms the moral and the beneficiality of it. After all, money is just money and objects are just objects — it’s the intent behind them.
Wealth or the lack thereof is not a sole indicator of someone as a person. Character, personality, self-worth, etc. It’s not selfish to have money; Think of how much good can be done in the world with money. Yes, even if you think that you’re mostly just using it for “selfish” reasons. You can also find ways to spend your money on what you want and have it also give some kind of a benefit to someone else. Stop letting your doubts and your fears become excuses – realize your worth and that you’re worthy of abundance.
“You are worthy of this! You are absolutely worthy of this bliss. You are absolutely worthy of much deeper and greater happiness. You are capable of it and you are it, in essence. You are definitely worthy of it. So accept that; accept that gift to yourself.”— Bentinho Massaro.
When you see other people with abundance and wealth, instead of wallowing in envy or resentment, start to appreciate their abundance — and think to yourself “yes, that’s what I want”. Admire them, don’t resent them. Instead of assuming that they didn’t earn what they have or that they don’t deserve it, begin to form a genuine appreciation and be happy for them. Believe that they did earn what they have, believe that they do deserve it, believe the best for them. Because there IS enough abundance to go around. (How could it be “abundance” if abundance, itself, were not abundant? See my point?)
A lot of wealthy people really do work hard for their money, and even if they are a part of a wealthy family, a lot of them still work really hard, striving to prove their talents and their skills in what they do. (Some people might even try to hide their “status”, because they might feel like people might not take them seriously or think that they don’t deserve what they have or that they haven’t worked for it.) A lot of wealthy people also do use their money for good causes (even anonymously, so, no, it’s not always just about seeming like such a good person and being praised for it — I’m way ahead of you).
Another thing is that the wealthy are usually so very financially intelligent. What am I saying here? School teaches life skills, right? It’s supposed to prepare you for adult life. Then why does it not teach one of the most important factors of life? The school system doesn’t teach financial education, how to manage and grow your money. This is such a necessary aspect in life and a key factor in becoming wealthy. How can you maintain your wealth if you don’t even know how to properly manage and grow it? There’s a lot more to it than just saving some money and balancing a checkbook.
But you also don’t have to work hard for your money. That’s not a bad thing. It’s not immoral. Those ideas that it’s selfish, wrong, or impossible to make money without working hard for it — and to make it work for you? Those ideas are just negative conditioning that have been programmed into people’s mind and keep on bouncing around in the echo chambers. Take a look at what people believe about money and then take a look at their financial situation. Take a look at what you’re believing and where you’re at. Now change your mindset and watch your setting change.
(I strongly — STRONGLY — recommend “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki. You can also go to his website and even sign up for his e-mail newsletter. I resonate with so much of what he has to say, and it could be so very eye opening and life changing for you. Another suggestion would be Steve Pavlina’s blog as he write a lot about abundance and passive income.)
You don’t need to “get a job”; You need to grow your courage. Step outside of your fears and your negative “what-ifs”. Money isn’t holding you back — fear is. You don’t have to feel stuck in life. There are risks in life, and some of those risks are absolutely worth taking, especially if you love adventure and success — just two of the best rewards (or wins) in life. If there’s a job that you actually want to do, then go for it. If you want to find out more about making a passive income and investment, then go for it. Don’t let fear drive you; Drive away your fear. And don’t let the fear of “not enough” keep you away from your adventures. You can make a way even when there seems to be no way.
“Overcome fear; Pursue Knowledge.”— Amy Rosanova.
Please don’t act like you’re waiting around for your wealth to show up. Believe now that you are already wealthy, decide that you are. Start taking steps to promote in yourself a wealthy mindset and to increase your financial intelligence. Learn about investment, having your own business, etc. Even if you don’t really feel like it just yet, start learning little bite-sized nuggets of wisdom.
“Little by little, bit by bit.”— Amy Rosanova.
And from this moment on, start to believe in your windfall. DECIDE your windfall — because decision is so powerful. I’m not saying to go out and spend a lot of money on every little thing. But when you do spend money, be mindful of it, appreciate it — and believe that the more money that you spend or give, the more money that comes back to you. (Again, please don’t start spending all of your money frivolously because of this idea. Just when you’ve naturally spent or given some money. Utilize it wisely.) But also don’t limit yourself to an extreme extent out of fear, to the point where you become afraid of even spending just one little dollar. Challenge yourself.
I’ve kind of been working on deciding that whatever I spend comes back to me in some way, myself. Maybe you could try this, too.
Thank you so much. May God bless you.