3 Habits To Cultivate A Life Of Abundance

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

There are three habits that help us cultivate a life full of abundance.

  1. Create awareness
  2. Engage in mindfulness
  3. Take inspired action

Books, blogs, and self-help summits + seminars help us with the first two. 

You read a book or blog and become aware of things in your life that you want/need to change in order to live a happier life.

You go to a summit or workshop or seminar and feel empowered to go home and make some changes. You write your lists, you make your plans, you design exactly what it is you want in your life that will make you happy.

And then you go back to your life and forget about the changes you want, need to make because you’ve got to get back to reality. You’ve got to get to work, to prepare for that meeting, take care of that issue, sit in traffic on your way home, make dinner, watch that favorite show, brush your teeth, go to bed late and get up early to do it all over again tomorrow.

The grind of life takes our inspiration and tosses it into the wind. Sometimes that inspiration comes back to us, but most of the time it gets stuck in traffic on the 405 freeway and opts to skip the gym, pick up dinner from In-N-Out, and curl up on the couch with your dog and a bag of Cheetos to watch a movie you’ve both seen a hundred times.

Or maybe that’s just me.

We get inspired all the time, it’s the action that’s hard to take.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.

~ Pablo Picasso

But the action is only hard to take because we’re no longer in alignment with whatever inspired us in the first place. Simply thinking back to the time you were aligned might work every now and then, but not often enough to use it as a strategy to overcome un-spiration.

To be inspired to take action, you’ve got to get in alignment with where (and who) you are in this very moment. Once you do that, take one step and let the other leg follow right behind.

You may not feel like every day is a day for inspired action, so it’s important to make a conscious decision about what it is you’re actually inspired to do. Hint: you don’t have to do something BIG every day

3 steps to help you decide what you’re inspired to do (every day):

  1. Create awareness: Get curious about yourself today. How are you feeling physically, emotionally, and energetically? What are 2 things you’re grateful for in this moment? (Don’t feel obligated to make it a “big” thing, it’s perfectly fine to be grateful for the bag of Cheetos you found in the cupboard this morning.) Write it all down as you go. Take no more than 5 minutes.
  2. Engage in mindfulness: Plan out the next 30 minutes based on what you discovered about how you feel and what you’re grateful for right now. It might be to make a phone call or take a nap or make a delightful snack. If the next 30 minutes comes easily, shoot for another hour or two, or even the rest of the day. Release any judgments you have about what your plan is by taking 10 slow, deep breaths and rereading your findings from step 1. Take no more than 5 minutes.
  3. Take inspired action: Pick one thing to do from your plan—it doesn’t even have to be the first thing. Go all Nike on yourself and Just Do It. When you’re finished with the one thing, congratulate yourself with a smile and a thank you in the mirror. Ready for the next thing on the list? Go for it. Not quite? Lather, rinse, repeat steps 1-3. Take as long as you damnwell please.

(Awareness + Mindfulness + Inspired Action) x Daily = Abundance

Inspired action (and thus, abundance) isn’t always about doing the big thing. It’s about knowing where you are in each moment of your energetic wellness and making decisions from that place. When you can make your decisions from a place of energetic well-being, it naturally creates a river of abundance because you’re doing what you truly desire.

Some days that desire will be to take it easy or take care of yourself. Other days your desire will be to go full steam ahead with something you’re tired of being afraid to move forward on. The trick is to take action consciously, and not stand still simply because you’re not sure what to do next.

With that, I’m off to take a nap. Or go for a run. Or maybe maybe write a new workshop …

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