My mother raised me to have an ‘attitude of abundance.’ We thought and spoke and operated with a knowing that we not only had enough, but an abundance of whatever we needed. I did not realize how firmly this attitude had become established in me, or how much it benefits me until recently when I was analyzing my business.
My business seems to be sitting in a first class seat on the gravy train. One project closes and a new client appears and begins at the perfect time. My business has income when I need income, and provides breaks from work just when I need them. I rarely encounter a day when I have to be ‘suited up’ before 9am, and have enormous flexibility with my schedule and work days. I have virtually no hardships or complaints about my business, and I count myself as extremely blessed in that regard.
When I wonder if all of this is just too good to be true, I hear my mother’s voice in my head saying,
It’s not too good to be true – it just is. Accept the goodness that is coming to you, and it will continue.
Thanks, stuck-in-my-head-forever Mom, because you are right.
How do I think this attitude of abundance has helped me in my business?
The intrinsic knowing that everything I need will be provided has an incredibly positive affect on lowering my stress level. Less stress allows me to approach a potential client or project without feeling a need to get the job, and makes dealing with existing clients much easier. As a result, I find I am able to maintain an incredible work-life balance.
Without feeling pressure related to my clients and the income they provide, I find that I can stay professional in tough interactions and keep a firm grasp on my personal and professional boundaries like work hours and my rate.
Another benefit I have noticed is the feeling of peace and security I have as a result of knowing everything I need will be provided. To me that means the opportunity to obtain what I need will present itself. I still expect to work for whatever that is, but knowing that the right opportunities will flow is a wonderful feeling.
Can I really state as a fact that the future will hold everything I need at the right place and the right time? Nope. Regardless, it is certainly more enjoyable to have this feeling of peace and security based on my belief system than the alternative.
I must also add that we were taught the value of hard work in parallel to this concept of abundance, and without the strong work ethic I was raised with, I would not be in a position to accept the abundance that comes my way. However, plenty of articles have been written on the value of hard work, and I will defer to those articles on the matter.
How could one develop an attitude of abundance?
If you see value in this type of attitude for you or your business, but aren’t sure how to get into the right mindset, here are two suggestions. These require you to more or less ‘hop on the positivity band wagon,’ so prepare yourself for that mentally.
Cut Off Negativity
Come up with a phrase you can tell yourself any time you are feeling negative. Every time you start to have a negative thought about prosperity or abundance, tell yourself, “Stop. Be positive.” This will cut off the negativity so you don’t get sucked into it.
Affirm and Attract the Positive
Have a positive mantra you can repeat whenever possible, at least twice a day. Writing it down on a sticky note and having it on the bottom of my computer monitor works well for me. Here are some great positive affirmations about wealth and abundance.
None of this ‘fluffy stuff’ is intended to replace the business development you must do, or the quality you must provide in order to run a profitable business. However, I strongly believe that cultivating a positive mental attitude, and one specifically regarding abundance, can make business (and life) all the more sweet.