Julie Tkachuk

Live Your Dream


How to Live Richly

Posted on 18 November, 2018 at 13:25

When you want to know how much money you have, what do you do … look in your wallet, check your bank balance, or make a list of your assets? Since we live in a world where most of us gauge the level of our prosperity by what we have right now, those would be the most likely responses. But what if you looked instead to the invisible supply? What if you shifted your perception about money and could see that its supply is unlimited?

If you look at the world around you, you will see that there really is an abundance of money. All that you want to happen is that more of it comes to you for your own personal use. And it will not do that if you have limited beliefs about money such as “it’s hard to come by” or “I never get ahead.” Start paying attention to the things you say about money. If you hear yourself speaking limiting phrases about your finances, immediately change them and affirm “money comes to me freely and easily” or “my financial prosperity increases each and every day.”

So where will your additional money come from? If your first thought is for your boss to give you a raise, think again. While you may get an increase in salary, try thinking on a grander scale. Expand your horizons about where money can and does come from. Open yourself up to different avenues of income. Then watch for new opportunities and be prepared to act on them when they arise. A promising investment may present itself or you could be offered a lucrative part-time job.

Not only watch for new opportunities but also create new avenues of income for yourself. Even if you work “for” a company, the truth is that you are selling your services to the marketplace. That means you are an entrepreneur. So, if you want to receive more money, look within yourself instead of outside yourself. Your net worth has far less to do with your current salary or your tangible assets than it does with the combination of your skills, talents, experience and passions.

The work from which you will profit the most is the work you are most passionate about. Ultimately, the amount of your wealth is related to the amount of time you spend doing what you are brilliant at. So, do what you do best?

Do not concern yourself with what others are doing, or how they are doing it. Comparing yourself to others or copying what they do will not create success. Focus on what you do brilliantly, and you will immediately feel more energized and fulfilled.

Next, define what the term “wealthy” means to you. To one person it may mean living in a large house and having a gardener and a chauffeur. To another it may mean living simply, off the grid, with few possessions and responsibilities. Make sure, however, that you are willing to accept the consequences of your version of wealth. If wealthy means being able to stay home to raise your children, the consequence may be giving up a second family income and possibly doing without a new car every two years. Conversely if wealthy means earning a six or seven-figure income, becoming the CEO of a large corporation would likely result in a substantial increase in responsibilities. Basically, there is no one definition that is right or wrong. Just make sure that you choose what is “right” for you.

Keep in mind that if you want to receive more money, you may have to give more. Allow your dollars and good to circulate. Do more than is expected of you at your current job. Loosen up your purse strings and spend more freely (but not to the point of being reckless). If you hoard your money, count every penny you spend, or worry every time an unexpected expense comes up, your consciousness is one of “there’s not enough.” And that mindset is sure to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Know that new ideas create new avenues of income. Remember that the supply of money is unlimited. Claim a greater income for yourself and allow it to come from both expected and unexpected sources.

Finally, because what you focus on expands, focus on what you do have. Focusing on and worrying about rising costs will not help you prosper. Wallace D. Wattles wisely wrote, “Things are not brought into being by thinking about their opposites. …And no one ever got rich by studying poverty and thinking about poverty.” So, spend your time focusing on increasing your income and looking at the good you are receiving. Instead of complaining about your lack of money, upgrade your skills, have a garage sale, give thanks for the lunch a friend buys you and appreciate the unexpected refunds or gifts you receive.

Ultimately the only obstacle to your richer life is you. So, get your negative ideas and your belief in lack out of the way. Decide that you are willing to experience something greater. Stop trying to control how and when money will come. Watch for new ideas and opportunities and allow more abundant good that you could ever imagine to flow into your life.

Copyright © Julie Tkachuk

published in The St. Albert Gazette October 11, 2005

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