Have you ever wondered how someone who makes very little money can feel rich while someone who makes millions feels poor? The secret is not about how much money you have, but simply recognizing when you have more than you need. If you want to shift your mindset from the “I need more” to feeling abundant, here’s what to do.
First, make a list where you have more than you need. If you have a packed closet, a garage filled with items you’re not using, or more than enough money to cover expenses and recreation and still have money left over, those are areas where you have abundance. If you have good health, you love your job, and have a great family, those are areas where you also have abundance.
The second step is to recognize the difference between wants and needs. A “need” is something you absolutely must have such as food, water, shelter, clothing, and other basics.
A “want” is something you would like to have but isn’t really a need. For example, my car is six years old, however it only has 30,000 miles on it, it’s fun to drive, and is worth only about $5,000 less than I first paid for it. While I may want a new car, I really don’t need one. In fact, I realize by keeping my current car, I have a lot more money in my bank account (more abundance) to provide not only for my needs, but for some other wants that are more important to me than buying a new car.
The third step is to address those areas where you may be struggling. For example, if you’re experiencing a serious health problem, focus on the resources you do have—a doctor you trust, insurance, supportive friends and family, whatever it may be. Then remind yourself of the other areas where you DO have abundance. Use ALL these resources together to tackle the challenge you are facing.
No one has everything they want, but if you have everything you need with just a little bit left over, you really do have an abundant life—you just need to recognize it!