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What you appreciate, appreciates.
I am pretty sure you’ve heard the phrase “What you appreciate, appreciates” a few time already.
However, today I want you to really hear me and TRULY embrace the power you have by being AWARE of your Focus of Attention.
Because…WHAT YOU FOCUS ON, EXPANDS.
That brings me to the Essential # 3 for Creating Wealth and Success:
Use the Power of Your Attention
Let me share with you briefly my personal story to demonstrate this power.
After I resigned from my “comfortable” job to go to the business school, left my “comfortable” marriage and started my own investment business, I expected that my life will be more exciting, more meaningful, and more adventurous.
Well, the beginning was too adventurous…. I felt like I was on a roller-coaster and then hit a wall. Everything seemed to be falling apart – from my health, to my business, to money and relationships.
My critical mind was constantly bringing my attention to what was NOT working (e.g. business, health, relationship) and what I didn’t have (e.g. a house, family, money).
I felt like a total failure.
You see, everybody goes through some crazy phases in life when it feels like everything is falling apart. That is the time to TRAIN your mind to focus on what works in your life and count your blessings!
Awareness of YOUR ATTENTION is paramount if you want to start creating your life intentionally/consciously.
Just like you use a remote control to switch a TV channel from something you don’t like, you can use your AWARENESS as your lever to direct your attention intentionally. And where your attention goes, energy flows.
Now let’s look at this essential principal from a practical perspective as it pertains to managing your money and creating wealth.
I am a big proponent of fiscal discipline. You’ve got to be a good custodian of your money if you want your money to “hang out” with you and in your world.
However, fiscal discipline is NOT the same as frugality.
For example, when you choose to save money, make sure you focus on what you say YES to, not what you say NO to.
You want to make financial decisions from a place of abundance and respect for your money, not lack and fear of “not enough”.
When you make a decision to put some money aside into your “peace of mind” fund (aka emergency fund),
are you making this decisions from a place of fullness (e.g. “YES, I CAN SAVE, I LOVE PAYING MYSELF FIRST and having the “peace of mind” fund”)
from a place of lack and scarcity (“I don’t have enough to put money aside”, “my income is too small to save money”, “I have to save for the “rainy day””)?
That’s an important question to ask yourself if you want to test your focus.
If you focus on all the abundance you already have and what else you want to create in your life, then saving money becomes an empowering experience!
This is an important distinction to remember.
Let’s talk about ”The grass is always greener on the other side” syndrome – comparing yourself and your life with others, focusing on what “they” have and you do not.
There is always someone out there who may have more of what you want – more wealth, more success, more love, more fame, whatever. And if you focus on what “they have and you do not”, YOU make yourself “LESS THAN THEM.”
It adds stress, pressure, and triggers toxic “I’m not lucky/not enough” feelings….
YOU sabotage yourself.
What if you flip this and think about all the people who have less than you, who would love to have what you have – health, home, family, friends, etc.
Remember that NOTHING is GUARANTEED in life – what you have NOW is not guaranteed forever.
Bring your ATTENTION and ACKNOWLEDGE what you have NOW, and the progress you’ve made thus far. Then decide which areas of your life you want to up-level.
Once you stop comparing yourself and your life with someone else’s (who may have more wealth and success right now), and intentionally use your attention to focus on what YOU HAVE at the moment in your life and what YOU CAN adjust (e.g. upgrade your skills, become more aware of your old beliefs and money patterns, etc.), you will release stress, feel better, and elevate your mental and emotional energy.
THAT will create a rich ground for more opportunities and wealth in your life.
There is a great Buddhist saying: “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.”
Gratitude is the way. Being in the Now is the way. Realizing how fortunate you are in so many ways… is the way.
YOU CAN CHOOSE where you direct your attention.
YOU CAN CHOOSE what you give your energy to.
YOUR ATTENTION DIRECTS YOUR ENERGY.
What YOU SEE, IS.
What YOU FOCUS ON, EXPANDS.
To your Health, Wealth and Freedom!
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Millen is a Wealth architect and Financial Independence Coach, entrepreneur, and a bestselling author. Being a Possibilities' Catalyst, she uses her intuition, business, and investment expertise to support entrepreneurial women (like you) who want to master their money, live their purpose achieve financial prosperity and freedom. With her physics and business education, corporate and entrepreneurial experience, money management know-how, mindfulness practices and transformational coaching skills, Millen has a unique ability to guide and support clients in achieving extraordinary success in their lives.