Finding time for abundant living becomes much easier as you embrace your power to change your mindset. That’s because it’s not only WHAT you do, but it’s HOW you do it that makes all the difference!
In a previous article, we looked at how the first step toward abundant living is to fully accept that time is limited. When you stop trying to cram 2 days of living into one that means far fewer painful “time blisters” along the way! But of course, that act of letting go can leave lots of your plans in limbo. What will you do about those?
Try this: Create CRYSTAL CLEAR PRIORITIES for yourself. Once you fully grasp that each day is finite and can’t be stretched, it’s much easier to see that you MUST set clear priorities.
Creating a clear hierarchy of priorities is a cornerstone of developing an abundance mentality. It’s like strengthening muscles you needed all along, but never knew you had. One muscle you develop is the all-important skill of distinguishing your “wants” from your “needs.”
Simplicity’s reward: When you can tell your “wants” from your true “needs”, it’s easier to simplify your life WITHOUT feeling deprived! When you truly accept that some letting go is essential, your resistance to making tough decisions will gradually give way to inner contentment.
It may sound paradoxical, but try it. It’s like living inside a deep, relaxed breath. Feel your shoulders soften! You will feel the space inside your body relax and expand as you stop trying to wedge yourself into a too-tight schedule! Feeling more relaxed does a LOT to contribute to a feeling of inner abundance.
Here’s another paradox. PRIORITIZING CREATES MORE YOU. Simplifying is challenging. You commit to making do with LESS of what you WANT to fill your day with. When you do this, you develop an inner resourcefulness. That’s why I call simplifying COURAGEOUS PRIORITIZING.
How does courageous prioritizing bring freedom and spaciousness? Because making these difficult decisions and living by them CREATES MORE YOU!
- You are more defined.
- You are more mature.
- You experience firsthand how simplifying your schedule to fit the 24 hours in a day EMPOWERS you to step off the treadmill.
- And the more you experience your personal power through wise time choices, the less you look outside yourself.
That is when your own INNER ABUNDANCE really shines. This is something you can practice any time, any day. See for yourself how changing your mindset and strengthening your resolve eases your sense of stress and scarcity. The more you practice, the more rewards you enjoy!
Ready to give it a try?© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.