A fear of lack (lack of money, lack of financial independence or wealth, lack of confidence in our companies, our futures and our children’s futures) is making it hard for many leaders to sleep these days, and is wreaking havoc on so many of us psychologically.
When you are in fear of lack it is very difficult to feel balanced. It is also very difficult to lead with strength.
Here’s the thing: fear fuels the lack. Fear gives lack energy and power and creates a psychologically debilitating cycle.
To move beyond it we must focus on opening ourselves up to abundance…
How to Open Yourself Up to Receiving Abundance
1. Opening yourself up starts, literally, with physically being open.
I am an expert at putting up invisible walls around myself in an effort to “protect” myself. Unfortunately, it took me many years to realize that life is so much richer when you take the walls down and allow yourself to be vulnerable.
Why? Vulnerability means putting yourself out there. And while that sometimes leads to getting hurt, it more often than not leads to transformative life experiences. The only way to receive abundance is to take down the walls, allow yourself to be vulnerable, and physically open yourself up to the possibility of receiving.
Part of truly being open involves letting go of what is holding us back, fear and lack included, but sometimes so much more than this. I wrote a post a few months ago about the process of letting go that may be of help to you.
2. The next step to receiving abundance is to give abundantly from your heart.
Give encouragement, give love, give joy, give the gift of your presence and your time, and give it all authentically. At the end of the day notice how you feel.
Chances are you will feel fuller, happier and more deeply satisfied with your life than ever before. It is in this state of being that you are then ready to receive.
3. In the process of giving yourself abundantly and authentically from your heart, you actually expand the space within you and provide room that now needs to be filled.
This is where the abundance that you have opened yourself up to will be able to flow.
It will flow in naturally – I promise you – as long as you keep fear at bay.
I recently had an experience where I let go of a client that had been leaving me drained for months; a client I had held onto solely because of fear in the economy. As soon as I let the client go, and let go of that feeling of drain, an email popped into my in-box bringing with it a new, more fulfilling, opportunity.
You have to let go of the fear, and you have to let go of the ways you hold onto that fear, in order to fully open yourself up to abundance!
Will you try it?
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Photo of The Pulitzer Fountain of Abundance by Karl Bitter; located in the section in front of the Plaza Hotel on 5th Ave. by A. Strakey.