(12 minute read)
Point blank as a financial mentor & business strategist, one of the most common questions I receive is “how can I make more money?” This sentence might ring low-energy and basic, though it’s nothing of the sort. It’s straightforward. The individuals I’m fortunate to work with share similar (if not the same) values as I, hence we both share the view that money is a portal that provides options (not the root of evil). Before you can begin to discuss & strategize “how to acquire more wealth”, you have to make sure you’re speaking the same language each other (including understanding needs, motivation & capacity).
The short form answer in how to make more money or acquire more wealth (a starting point): make what you love your motivation, or make doing what you love your motivation. This is done through either a) literally doing what you love for a living or b) working towards creating the freedom to do more of what you love on a personal note (if the two don’t directly tie together).
Directing focus towards “doing more of what you love” is more simple than you’d think. Understanding the concept comes first. Continuously living it is the trick. If you’re inclined to see how you can attract more abundance into your life with one simple formula (and a lot of heart), stay tuned.
What’s all the hype around abundance? Living abundantly means living fully. The word abundance simply means of great quantity. Whether you realize it or not, we each have a driving force that helps motivate us towards a state of abundance (experiencing good health & unconditional love, comfortable living & security, fulfilment in our career & our relationships, participating in experiences that help us grow, allow us joy, expand our consciousness, and the list goes on). The cumulative driving force towards the continuous & rolling actualization of abundance being the entirety of what we are living for.
I read a question other day, question being, “in one word, describe what you are living for”. Great question. Simply (and completely valid) answers that immediately sprung to mind were: love & freedom. Love and freedom are EVERYTHING, however you can be love, give & receive love, and have freedom, though if you aren’t totally connected to whatever you desire (love, freedom, whatever have you), I feel there’s a bit of a gap and slight deficiency in personal currency. Not an emptiness, just a gap. Extra space that’s on reserve for fill should and when you wish to pursue that quest for deep connection, truth and abundance.
What are you living for? Be selective. Remember, you have one word to allocate this great magnitude 😉
I live for (deep) connection and bear an unintentional intensity in many of my relationships (or at minimum, the ones that carry exceptional weight). In reflective observation my intensity has attracted like-personalities who fully ignite my existence and remind me why I’m alive. On the flip, it has also driven people away, which in hindsight I’m ultimately grateful for. I embrace my intensity and love, live & mange it as best I can on the daily ~ as without it, I have a deficiency in currency (and heart).
Have you ever noticed what your “one word” (you’re living for) has either brought into or taken out of your life when you’ve been living it full tilt? Important note: when people and things exit your life, this isn’t a negative. It’s a simple acknowledgement that your time of servitude together is complete on each of your journeys. You’re free to move forward. The point to acknowledge is that we are in a constant state of flux of relationships & experiences, giving & receiving, and not being attached to that which we let move through us. Nodding towards impermanence & respecting its element is to participate vs. letting life happen to you. Huge difference. And yes, your chosen word ties significantly to abundance.
Back to love, which is whatever you perceive it to be. Let’s call it the cake of life, baseline & summarized a natural state, foundation and spring board facilitating life’s toppings; the icing on the cake. I.e. connection & exchange of currency which leads to the experience of abundance. Now that we’ve briefly wrapped our head around shards of what encompasses abundance & motivates us to achieve that, let’s move on – we’ve set our foundation.
Human Connection & Wellbeing
We can all self-sustain ourselves, though co-existing with the human population and those we love is just healthier (and so much more pleasant!) depending on who we surround ourselves with 😉
You know what it’s like to have been travelling for hours and just want to have a conversation & connect with somebody, or get back to your room or your house and dive deeply into solving the mysteries of the world – or just banter about the vintage of wine that you’re sipping, or what’s going on in the presidential debate, or shake down history – or debate the pro’s and con’s of going paleo? . . . When the moment strikes, you crave that connection. I say this, and am equally a hybrid of solitude and spend a decent amount of time in silence, though given the choice I’d definitely do everything on earth with the right soul and share my wealth with the world should it need it.
Human connection is as vital to our health as food & shelter. Without human connection, your bubble is less abundant. Think of your bubble as the personal sphere that encompasses you. What’s in that bubble feeds your existence. Toxicity in your bubble? You’ll be ill. Joy & shared experience in that bubble, you’re healthily fuelled. Depleted of the connection nutrient? Your vitals will show it. Hoarding your gifts being of scarcity mindset? The universe will soon let you know. There are so many moving parts in our lives its tough to consciously keep track, hence the goal to make certain things as natural a state as simply breathing. Exchange in currency and connection being one of them. Like many universal laws, this is an theory that comes full circle. Without human connection & the significant wellbeing we reap from it, abundance isn’t really abundance.
Relationships, words of affirmation, consistent communication, acts of kindness, understanding, inclusion and shared experience light up the soul on all notes ~ personal and business alike. Where do memories & big victories come from? Many fond, I fare to guess, have not been made in extreme isolation.
If you haven’t yet read The Mind Body Code by Dr. Mario Martinez, it’s a read I recommend. Side note: I had the good fortune of listening to Dr. Mario speak live in NYC at abc carpet & home’s ‘beauty, wellness & wisdom” event in April 2015. The event was amazing, as was he! Punchline to this paragraph and the one above: human connection is a necessary to wellbeing; you won’t live (well) without it.
Connection as Currency & Financial Abundance
Whatever your innate gifts are and how you use them, this is your prime currency in all you do – not just around business and income earning. The crux of financial flow occurs when you align social purpose and your true purpose. Meaning you’re using your gifts for the greater good, being of servitude to others, and are feeding your soul (and earning an income) simultaneously.
If you’re doing something that is completely self-serving, this turns off (or dries up) the monetary pipeline. Conversely, if you’re doing something to serve society, though not serving your purpose and feeding your soul, this is not to say you won’t be earning a healthy income, it’s to say there’s still room to go in maxing-out currency potential in exchange. The key in this case is nourishing yourself to ensure father time loves you back to help allow you invite more opportunities in.
Currency doesn’t need to just transact through how you earn the bulk of your income (forever). Many of us start out doing what we’re told, or doing what suggests will equate to longterm security (a steady pay check, health insurance, a pension, etc.) and then WAKE UP and find ourselves in transition until we can fully step into our purpose and be supported all around. It takes time a) to discover, b) to understand, c) to transition, and d) to become one with the concept making it a way of life. Around transition, keep forefront all things worth significant value take time and every single one of us has had to and does start somewhere.
It is up to you whether you use your currency as leverage or not. You’ve got it, use it! What could be more true than connecting doing what comes naturally and a side note: your assets appreciate when fed. The same as exercising any muscle, the more you use it the stronger it becomes. How to feed your currency? Share your gifts with the world. How to share? Connect. Unsure how? Begin by mapping it out with the below formula.
The Formula to Your Ultimate Currency (and financial abundance)
Take your one word “what you’re living for” and pair that with connection. You’ve just created the bare necessities in formulating your key currency to help bring financial abundance into your life. What you’re living for + your secret sauce (innate gifts) + connection = the foundation to your ultimate currency.
I know very little about the English language in terms of proper grammar, though I do know that any word that’s a noun and a verb means you can literally live it, be it, do it, and give it. When you figure out how to fully embrace & encompass your currency, this is where financial abundance becomes greater with less effort (the path of least resistance). Limited words, many people and the same formulas you say? We’re all human, and the basics to creating us haven’t impeded our individuality. It’s all in how you approach these things 🙂
If you happened to miss a beat, the bullet point notes that tie this post together are:
- Currency = something to be exchanged (in this case, your gift).
- Connection = your medium and how you deliver your currency.
- Wellbeing = humans are dependent on connection for survival just like food & shelter (it’s a fact). The best we’re able to connect with each other, the greater state of wellbeing we’re in.
- Financial Abundance = using your currency (gifts) to exchange (connect) will result in the greatest path to financial abundance and overall wellbeing (to deny the fact that we require some capacity of monetary exchange to survive would be ignorant).
Full Circle Abundance How-To
The common threads I’ve found present (I’ve found through personal experience) are:
- Trust (in the universe, others & myself)
- Detachment (from things, people & expectations)
- Faith (oneness)
With trust comes understanding & believing you’re supported (in some greater than you capacity). It’s a filtering process you’ve got to eventually be consciously aware of ~ especially when being financially prepared whilst in transition. I’m definitely not suggesting to go to sleep or not plan, I’m merely sharing how income flows (& dries up) in abundance contribution, plus being cognizant of how heavily weighted wellbeing, connection and your true gifts (currency) play into and effect every detail. Heck yes, you as a whole are one great big sweet deal <3!
Life doesn’t ask us to be solution-oriented, it entrusts us to be (the ones who really want the gusto, the gusto being the one word we’re living for that will help us experience abundance in all forms). Make of it what you will and think it through. The warning: you’ll definitely get knocked on your ass more than once, feel depressed, depleted, and ask yourself why you’re torturing yourself should you take this road, though what I will say – when you start reaping the benefits of your shift, the pain you endured along the way will look minuscule in magnitude.
Every time I’ve trusted myself in making a significant shift from a generously abundant income & lifestyle (I’ve done this three times) to a place of following my gut, making a change, and not knowing (before mapping out every little fool proof detail in transition which is impossible), I’ve arrived at a better place all around than previous in all capacities (not without learning a shit-ton of lessons and driving myself completely insane throughout part of the process each time). Another big key is to keep moving forward and continuously find the good (sounds easier than it is when so many things in your world have shifted from consistent to transient).
To wrap, abundance will mean very different things to different people (as perceived). To I, it’s always been about feeling my healthiest and that deep connection. The rest is, should and when it exist, is simply dairy-free cream cheese icing on the cake 😉 Choose your own adventure, beware of tempting forks in the road, and remember why you’re here, how to use your secret sauce for the greater good and who’s important.
LOVE + FLOW,
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