I recently shared a story about something powerful that happened for me when I first started looking at money. It might serve you for me to share it here.
I kept on noticing the number 108 everywhere. I’ve found it kind of fun to notice numbers and then look them up to see what people say they mean and 108 is consistently associated with God and Abundance. So I got all excited, telling Matt over and over again: “Another 108! Abundance is coming!”
But I didn’t feel abundant. And my bank account didn’t reflect abundant.
What I Did Next
So one day I had a little complaining-talking-moaning to life session where I asked life why I kept seeing all those damn 108s and what the heck did it mean, anyway, damnit?
And I got a very clear reply: “Notice what you already have.”
I had to go lay down after that.
Because the TRUTH of it hit me like a ton of bricks. As I was going around wishing for more and hoping for more I was COMPLETELY missing what I already had. And I had a LOT.
So I stopped seeing 108s as a message that abundance was coming and started asking myself a question each time I saw it: “What is there here to appreciate? What do I have to be thankful for? Where is there abundance in my life already?”
Really and truly stepping into that had an impact on my bank balance. Because when I stopped being so caught up in wanting more and understood how much I already had I could be lighter and more playful and more peaceful in all of my money-related activities. Creating clients. Making proposals. Being willing to risk the ‘no’.
And THAT made a BIG difference in how comfortable people felt around me, which meant the outcome of it all was different: I signed more clients, for a higher rate.
The Trick You Can’t Skip
The trick in telling this story is that if we adopt the message: to really and truly stand in understanding the abundance you already have—we gotta do it from that place and that place alone. Not in the hopes it will improve our bank balance. Because then we’re missing the point completely.
We do it just to do it.
With love, and light ahead,
Essays like this are so important to bredaoning people’s horizons.