There are so many books, articles, and videos you can find on abundance and how to master it but nothing compares to the experiences we subconsciously pick up from childhood onward. When it comes to abundance, some people just naturally seem to cruise through it. Although I have been studying the concepts of abundance and reading books on the subject for a few years now, my real lessons came from seeing my own father practicing this in his daily life and reaping the rewards without realizing that he had actually mastered the subject.
My Father went from starting as a civil engineer in a small city 2000 miles away from home without any grasp of the local language and culture to owning a multimillion-dollar building and construction business that spanned across several states. Today, there are awards given in his name to the students with top civil engineering degrees from one of the most famous civil engineering Universities in India. Not only did he live a life full of love and financial abundance, but he also left a legacy.
This is what I have learned from him as well as my own research on the important subject of abundance.
1) You are naturally abundant
We all are born abundant but as we grow we sometimes get conditioned to feel the lack of it, thereby developing blocks. Every time you say “why do I have to go through this pain” or “why do bad things happen to me” you are sending a message to the universe to get more of it. Remember the universe does not understand your words, it understands your emotions. When you come from a place of lack, the universe says- ”Let me give you more of it so that you understand your blocks and clear them“. Instead, come from a place of gratitude and see your reality change before your eyes.
2) It’s not what happens but how you react to it
Things could go wrong no matter what you do but how you react to it makes all the difference. You could blame your circumstances, people around you, or you could learn your lesson and move on. When his company was in the starting stages, he got a contract worth $1000 on a construction project near a dam. As the project was nearing completion, the place got major floods that destroyed everything that was built. All the money spent on building washed away with the floods. As he saw the video coverage of the destruction, I vividly remember him telling me “Money will come and go but as long as you work with the right attitude, a single setback cannot set you up for failure. Learn your lesson and try again.” I must’ve been a teenager then, but his attitude changed my perception. Nothing can destroy you until you give it the ability to do so.
3) Cut the outside chatter
Instead of getting tied to the illusions of the world that train you to want things that don’t matter, you must strip away the brainwashing and listen to the voice that’s authentically yours. That’s when you obtain a newfound resonance and attract what’s in harmony with your real desires. Take your job for example – Does it add value to your life or does it feel depleting? You are putting your life energy into that and sometimes it does not give that life energy back to you. By thinking “I do not have any other skill”, “can’t fulfill my financial needs” or “where would I get a new career at this age”, you are again blocking yourself from living the life you want. There was a point in time when I felt this way but not anymore. You can’t live your life in fear and living this way will not make you abundant. You always have a choice no matter what, so decide to give your life-energy to a job or career that drives you and inspires you to be authentically yourself.
“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” ~ Wayne Dyer.
4) Change your beliefs about money
A lot of people still think that too much money is bad or rich people are only about money or money is the source of all evil. People pick this notion up either growing up from their own homes or from a section of society that feels this way. Money is an energy that you exchange in return for your freedom to live the life you want. Besides, you can give back to the society freely without thinking twice. Any negative thought about money would only produce a lack of it. In case you are one of those who think that money in any way is evil, its high time you change your beliefs and welcome it along with the abundance and freedom it brings with it.
5. Live life kingsize
A major lesson I have learned growing up was if we live in lack, we continue doing so. Our lives generally do not always remain the same when it comes to financial abundance. Money is just an energy that comes and goes. Holding on to it tightly and keeping in the safe sacrificing your quality of life might get you somewhere, but not too far. Agreed, things might have to be compromised when the going gets tough, but constantly living in that feeling and saving each penny will only leave us feeling worse. Instead choosing to spend wisely and making sure to find the sweet spot between your quality of life and paying your bills can go a long way to not feeling that constant lack and sending those vibrations back to the universe. My first job paid me a mere $200 a month for working as an electrical engineer in an oil refinery facing the hot sun for 12 hours a day and 6 days a week. Agreed, I was in India but the money was still sparse. Obviously, there was no room to splurge after paying my bills but I wouldn’t compromise on the small moments of happiness that came from buying a new dress every once in a while or eating out at my favorite restaurant. Moments like this would make me feel grateful for having a job and would go along way to keep my spirits high.
“ When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you” ~ Lao Tzu
6. Practice gratitude
Last but definitely not least, practicing gratitude goes a long way and I cannot stress enough on its importance. It serves as a magnet to attracting the right experiences to us. No matter what circumstances we come from or are in, just feeling grateful for everything we have in life can make a world of difference to our mood along with attracting the right opportunities our way. Although at times it becomes hard to practice that because things might not be going right at some point in our lives, thinking about moments of joy at any point in your life could work. We could also try changing our perspective. For example, If you find it difficult to feel the gratitude for the house you live in because of any reason, try feeling the gratitude for the fact that you have a shelter above your head and you have a safe place to sleep every day. There are people in this world who would give anything to feel that sense of security.
“The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.” ~ Marianne Williamson
I lost my father relatively young to autoimmune disease when he was at the peak of his career and going places with it. He was battling pulmonary fibrosis for 10 years before it took his life away. Those were also the years that brought out the best in him as a human being and as an entrepreneur. I feel extremely lucky and honored to be born as his daughter and learn all the important life lessons he taught me before he left.
Practicing these steps has always helped me feel abundant in life and attract the right opportunities my way and I hope it helps you as well.