I strongly believe that we are born with a right to a life of meaning, fulfilment, significance and abundance. There is plenty out there for everyone. It does not mean that when someone gains something that you have lost. Opportunities present themselves everyday and it is up to us to seek, identify and explore them.
Most people believe opportunities are limited. Imagine if Nando’s owners in 1987 thought that there is a giant called KFC founded in 1930 and everybody buys their chicken. There could be no 1000 outlets operating in 35 countries now.
Meet Theo Baloyi, the founder of Bathu, the African sneaker brand. Imagine if he thought that the big brands out there have taken every client and there is no opportunity, there could be no 5 stores and talk of additional 7 stores in 2020.
Because we are steeped into thinking that there is so little of everything, we give up on our dreams. We fight for a pond, oblivious to the fact that there is a sea where each one can harvest the water. This is scarcity mentality that breeds anger, envy, jealousy and greed. This mentality sees insufficiency, rareness and lack in everything.
You deserve abundance of all the good things life has to offer irrespective of the circumstances you were born into. You deserve fulfilled dreams, a bountiful family, good health, love and wealth.
I recommend the following pointers to help you live the abundant life you deserve:
#1. Adopt attitude of abundance: the good thing is that you don’t have to search for abundance elsewhere, it is within you. What you need to do is to let it out. You won’t find more love and joy elsewhere before you unleash it within. No amount of money, possessions or the number of relationships will give you fulfilment. Failing to recognise this will push you into scarcity state and you will constantly try to fill the bottomless pit with external things.
#2. Do what you love: Doing what you love gives you so much abundance of joy. I have listened to countless testimonials of people who reported abundance of peace by doing what they love. These are people who left their jobs to follow their passions or people who still work for somebody but experience more joy in doing what they love in addition to their daily jobs. Defy fear and go after what you deserve. Beth Moore said, “fear of the future makes people settle for things in the present that completely defy abundant life”.
You want to go mountain climbing? Do that.
You want to bungee-jump? Go crazy.
Want to explore new business opportunities? Go after them with vigour.
Life is there to be enjoyed, do what you love.
#3. Show gratitude: Being grateful for who you are, what you do and have is the foundation of abundant living. Being grateful for life, the relationships you have and the food you eat, opens doors for more blessings. It is easy to be drawn to the negative and what is not working. The deliberate act of acknowledging self, others and your creator focuses your life on more positive stuff.
I practice these pointers and even at my darkest moments, I am able to receive the abundant life that was promised to me at birth. You and I deserve better.
Tex Hlalele is a Personal Mastery, Leadership & Organisational Effectiveness Specialist. Book Tex for speaking engagements and to help you and your team gain insights and possibilities for individual learning and organizational advancement on +2764 656 6174 or visit http://www.dreamsmadepossible.co.za/contact.html. He is the author of the book, Face the person in the mirror.