by Joseph Rea
Tuning into abundance is a hot topic today. There’s been a wealth of information, including books, movies and research articles, presented on the topic. So many of us have heard about abundance, but few of us actually master it. What’s missing?
Improving financial health is like improving any other aspect of one’s health. Just as health and wellness issues must be treated at their root causes be fully resolved, financial issues must also be traced to their original source. One must dig beneath the surface to understand the real cause of the problem; what’s really happening beneath the surface.
Searching for a quick fix to money problems is a common tactic among those who struggle, and they often bounce from one program to another without any meaningful change in their situations. They don’t get the results they want because they’re not getting to the root of the problem. Finding a real, lasting solution requires that we resolve the specific root causes rather than treating the symptoms.
One of the most important factors for tuning into abundance is cultivating the right emotional foundation. In 2014, a Harvard Business Review article titled “How Your State of Mind Affects Your Performance” was published, surveying top leaders around the world to determine their emotional states and how it impacts their performance. Top leaders reported that calm, happy and energized were the emotional states that drove their highest level of performance.
Developing positive emotional states allows us to become more engaged and productive in our efforts. We enhance our creativity, communicate with more energy and attract more opportunities for wealth into our lives. It allows us to see things that others may overlook and to be ready to take action when a new opportunity appears in our paths.
Other emotional states were reported as being detrimental to participants’ success. Leaders reported experiencing emotional states that held them back and created negative long-term results. The emotional states reported were those of being frustrated, anxious, tired and stressed. While these emotional states allowed study participants to achieve short-term goals, they were detrimental in the long run. Relationships were strained, leading to more conflict. They also were less able to see their situations clearly, impacting their decision-making abilities.
Another key element in unlocking abundance is to shift one’s self-image. While many people may feel good on the surface, there’s often a level of self-doubt lying underneath. They may have had an experience earlier in life that caused them to doubt their abilities, or to reject a certain aspect of themselves. They go through life trying to force success in a way that doesn’t reflect who they truly are, creating additional resistance in their efforts to create financial wealth.
In addition to creating a strong emotional foundation and adjusting one’s self-image, it’s also vital to address the thoughts and beliefs developed about money. Whether it’s “Money doesn’t grow on trees”, or “Life is hard, so you have to save for a rainy day”, many people are programmed with certain beliefs about money at a very young age. These programs are constantly “running” in the background, often without awareness of how they are affecting decisions. To create a significant shift in the level of abundance one receives, it is important to uncover what these deep-seated beliefs are and begin to rewrite them with more empowering beliefs.
Tuning into abundance requires commitment and dedication, but it is something that is available to all of us. We can create dramatic changes in our financial well-being by creating the right emotional states, by improving the way we see ourselves, and by rewriting the messages we’ve learned about money. Once we experience these shifts within ourselves, financial abundance often comes as a natural consequence.
Joseph Rea is the founder of Natural Spark Personal Development. He helps people create thriving businesses based on their unique set of skills and talents. For more information, call 512-514-4991, email Joseph@NaturalSpark.com or visit NaturalSpark.com.