When it comes to money, there’s a simple truth we’re slow to embrace:
Millions and billions of dollars are changing hands every single day.
Then why does it seem like it’s so hard to earn a little extra? Why does it seem like there’s always more month left over than money?
Well, I’m not here to share about creating wealth. That’s another story for another time.
What I intend to cover here are a few simple things we can all do to create more flow in our lives. And while these steps may be “simple,” they are also life altering if engaged in consistently.
Read on to find out how you can create financial flow in your life…
What I know for sure is that when you declutter – whether it’s your home, your head, or your heart – it is astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life, and your family. – Peter Walsh
Walsh’s quote says it all.
Whenever I file my mail away, clean up the desktop and downloads folder on my computer, or let go of things I no longer need, I am blessed with remarkable inflow – often in the form of new business.
Decluttering is also a form of completion. Rarely do people complete anything in their lives, and often hold onto objects charged with emotion, tragedy, and trauma. Letting go is healing, It’s an opportunity to complete what isn’t complete in your life. Completion doesn’t just show up – it’s created, and you can create it anytime you want.
Give & Be a Contribution
Giving does not only precede receiving; it is the reason for it. It is in giving that we receive. – Israelmore Ayivor
I went through a long period of being a people pleaser, but I eventually realized that there was nothing in it for me beyond self-sacrifice, and at some point, autoimmune disease.
The turning point for me came several years into my foray in network marketing. One summer, I lost the girl, I lost my business, and I even lost my faith. My prayers were hitting the ceiling, and I was – and I don’t use this word lightly – depressed.
That was the moment I decided to begin acting with agency. Making decisions for myself (especially financial decisions). Acting selfishly. And that worked for a while.
But eventually I got to the point where that simply wasn’t working anymore. And now I’m finding a balance. I’m discovering that giving and being a contribution out of abundance creates flow like few other things ever do.
How much should you give? Give generously.
Who or what should you give to? People or causes you’re passionate about.
What does giving and contributing do for you?
Just yesterday, my post about my productivity tool stack was bombarded with hundreds of views, I added a new subscriber to my online academy for artists and creatives, and I landed a new ghostwriting opportunity.
(Now all I need is an assistant or writing partner to divide and conquer my workload with…)
Look for good things about where you are, and in your state of appreciation, you lift all self-imposed limitations – and all limitations are self-imposed – and you free yourself for the receiving of wonderful things. – Abraham-Hicks
If you’re always looking to the future for the fulfillment of your dreams, it means you’re discontent in this moment. Because you’re discontent in this moment, you can’t attract or create what you desire. What you lack is gratitude for all that you already have.
If you are grateful and happy for what you already have, it creates a space for what you want to enter your world. Remain in that grateful, happy space and you won’t just feel better, but you will also see your desires manifest.
Recently, my friend reminded me of this simple truth.
Step into Your Calling
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’ – Martin Luther King Jr.
There is no hiding in 2023. You either step into your calling and prosper or you shy away from your greatness and languish in obscurity.
In 2023, I am embracing my personal brand. I’m embracing all I am instead of trying to contain my interests in neat little niches. That has never worked for my anyway. I’m stepping into who I was always meant to be, making the difference I was always meant to make.
If you choose to step into your calling, know one thing – it will invite change into your life. Your friends will change. Your community will change. Your career, or profession, or business may change. Remain open to change.
Are you looking to create the best year you’ve ever had? Then you would merit a reading of my Start Your Year the Right Way, an inspirational work guiding you through goal-setting, planning, and achieving, complete with prompts you can follow to self-diagnose and identify the steps necessary to having your best year ever.
Over the course of the last two quarters, my team and I have been raising funds for an organization called Sahakarini, which supports the education of underprivileged children in South America (and related projects).
This organization is near and dear to me, because over the course of their lifetimes, my father and my grandparents contributed greatly to the cause.
My father passed away more than 20 years ago in a motorcycle crash, and to this day, it impacts me as well as my family.
My grandpa passed away after multiple heart attacks about 10 years ago. And this year, my grandma expired of liver cancer.
So, I asked myself – what could I do to bring some healing into this family, and create a legacy?
The answer became obvious as I started a yearlong leadership program earlier this year – to give to the same cause my father and grandparents gave to.
So, we’ve been raising funds thorough business revenue, donations, and other creative initiatives.
Our funding goal is within sight, but we don’t have much time left. We are counting on your support to help us get over the finish line.
Please watch the video below for more details.
Update: We are up to $868.97 as of yesterday!
I would like to invite you to donate. The relevant links are below.
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
So, we need to shift our thinking from how to get something, to how we can give and be of service to others. How can we contribute?
I’m not talking about being a doormat. I’m talking about being considerate.
You don’t know what people might be going through on a given day. Their pet could have died. They could have had caffeine-fueled insomnia the night before. Maybe a family member fell ill.
So, making requests of others should never be taken lightly. We should always be thinking about how to have requests show up as opportunities for others. Otherwise, we get stuck in a space of convincing and commanding, and generally there’s nothing inspiring about that type of communication.
Now, you might think that being considerate should be kind of obvious or commonsense, but in a world where we’ve basically been trained to be narcissistic consumers, we’ve got to interrupt the pattern and be more conscious about caring.
No matter someone else’s values or beliefs, they are never less or more important than you are. That type of thinking is exactly what leads to discrimination, and it can happen to anyone of any race at any time – not just the people who scream the loudest about it.
Do you want to be a victim, or do you want to make a difference in this world? It’s two very different vantage points, and I would suggest the latter is the more compassionate choice.
Frankly, we don’t care about others. We only care about ourselves and what we’re going to get. And I can tell you right now that type of communication isn’t considerate, helpful, or value-adding.
This might seem like an odd thing to talk about, and it gets weird headed when we try to force reciprocation through good behavior. But fundamentally we will get more of what we want out of this life if we create mutually beneficial opportunities instead of always trying to get what we want.
Remember… you never know what others are going through. And so, creating from a space of opportunity is considerate. Convincing, commanding, and coercing is not. That’s not showing empathy let alone sympathy to anyone.
And more than ever, we need to be a stand for unity and connection, not for division.
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You don’t know what others are willing to do for you.
Or how badly they want to support you.
Or how desperately they’ve been longing for something that adds meaning to their lives.
Don’t hesitate – just ask!
The worst thing that can happen is they say “no,” but most people will still find a way to say “yes,” even when they mean “no.”
I’m not saying to take advantage.
What I am saying is your life is nowhere near as full or rich as it could be without others being meaningfully involved in it. You could have so many more areas of your life working for you that are presently not working or are on the backburner. You could have these areas working by virtue of accepting the contribution of others.
Put yourself into receiving mode and ask. See what happens.