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Step 5-Find Abundance in a World of Scarcity

abundanceToday we’ll wrap up our series on abundant living. We’re tired of hearing about scarcity so we thought it was time to talk about the other side of things.

Before we introduce our fifth and final step, let’s talk about something we haven’t addressed yet in this series. You’ll see how it relates to this last step in a couple of minutes.

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Should you live abundantly? Would living abundantly make you feel guilty?

For some, it may because, especially today, we value frugality. Abundance has gotten a bad rap.

Some people equate abundance with excess, excess with greed, and greed with evil. Therefore, they think that seeking abundance is wrong.

In light of the current economic crisis, coming out of a period of conspicuous consumption, there may be a tendency to go too far the other way. But we’re really talking apples and oranges here and that’s an important distinction to make.

Bigg success is life on your own terms. In other words, to each their own.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone by having abundance, then enjoy it. And as we’ve discussed, abundance usually comes to those who find ways of helping others win as well.

So with all that in mind, here’s our fifth and final step to finding abundance in a world of scarcity:

Share more and you’ll have more

Want to feel like you're living abundantly? Then give something away!

Seems counter-intuitive, doesn't it?

If you can't afford to share, you're not seeing abundance. When you give your money or your time away, you're signaling to your brain (and your soul) that you have more than you need.

Research shows that sharing has benefits as great as receiving. Allan Luks, the Executive Director of the New York chapter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, coined the phrase “helper’s high” in his book: The Healing Power of Good

Giving creates an endorphin rush similar to working out. This is the “helper’s high.

Give is a verb. Verbs mean action. So take action today … give!

You can’t afford it?

Can you give something you don’t use any longer? You may be able to give and de-clutter at the same time!

Do you have any canned goods you could donate?

Can you give your time instead? Give your attention to someone who’s lonely. Sometimes it’s not, “Buddy, can you spare a dime?” It’s “Buddy, can you spare some time?”

It’s funny how those who are most critical of people with abundance are often the last people to share any of theirs.

To twist a line from Seinfeld, can you spare a share? It’s the final step to finding abundance. That’s bigg success!

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The First Question Entrepreneurs Must Ask

questionYou are the entrepreneur of a very important enterprise – your life. Entrepreneuring your life is a process. It’s a journey to a destination.

You design the life you want and find your path to get there. A good opportunity is the vehicle to take you down that path. Entrepreneurs know that a good opportunity provides a reasonable return for the risk assumed.

A lot of people are surprised at the first return the entrepreneur must worry about. So many prospective entrepreneurs ask the wrong question when looking for an opportunity.

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This involves a business, but you could apply the same thinking to a career. The wrong question to ask first is:

How do I make money?

The question you should ask is:

What problem can I solve?

If you find enough people who have a problem and the money to spend to correct it, you may have found your opportunity.

The first return is societal

So the first win for an entrepreneur is actually a win for his or her customers. You won’t be successful if you don’t solve a problem for enough people.

It’s a societal return. A group of people, the entrepreneur’s customers, get a problem solved. The first return that entrepreneurs create is a return for others.

An attractive vision

This first return is what helps entrepreneurs with another group of essential stakeholders. We saw a great article awhile back over at the Harvard Business blog. Stew Friedman said, “Serve others and others will want to serve you.”

We love it!

He’s talking about leadership in general, not just entrepreneurs. He says that people who talk about their own achievement don’t inspire action in others.

Action is inspired by talking about how you are helping others. So the lesson here for us entrepreneurs is this:

If you want to attract an inspired group of people to work with you on your vision, talk about how you’re helping others.

People want to feel like they’re part of something bigger – bigger than them, bigger than the company. They want to feel like they are making a difference in people’s lives.

As an entrepreneur, you must communicate how your organization does that – how do you make a difference in people’s lives? When you do that successfully, your employees will become more engaged in the success of your business. That’s bigg success!

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Test Yourself: Do You Think Bigg?

By Bigg Success Staff
10-01-08

Test Yourself

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Here’s a quick test to measure the size of your thinking. We adapted this from David Schwartz’s great book, The Magic of Thinking Big. The only thing we don’t like about his book is that he spelled “bigg” wrong!

There are twelve situations presented here with two ways to think about each one. See which answer most closely matches how you see the world.

Expense Accounts  
 
Do you increase your income by …
a) … aggressively reporting expenses on your expense account?
b) … producing more?

Conversation
Do you talk about the …
a) … negative qualities of people you know when they’re not there?
b) … positive qualities of people you know when they’re not there?

Progress
Do you believe in …
a) … maintaining the status quo?
b) … expansion?

Future
Do you see the future as …
a) … limited?
b) … very promising?

Work

Do you look for ways to …
a) … avoid work?
b) … do more work, especially helping others?

Competition
Do you compete with the …
a) … average?
b) … best?

Budgeting

Do you increase by bottom line by …
a) … cutting back on necessary items?
b) … increase income to buy more necessary items?

Goals
Do you set your goals …
a) … low?
b) … high?

Vision
Do you focus on …
a) … the short-term?
b) … the long-run?

Security
With which of the following statements do you most agree …
a) Security means success?
b) Success leads to security?

Mistakes

Do you handle minor errors by …
a) … turning them into major issues?
b) … ignore them if they have little consequence?

Companionship
Do you surround yourself with people who mostly chose …
a) … Answer “a)” above?
b) … Answer “b)” above?

Obviously, small thinkers answer “a)” to the questions above. Bigg thinkers choose “b)” and they surround themselves with other bigg thinkers – birds of a feather.

Admittedly, this seems like a simple list. However, when we looked deeper into the list, we realized that there are times when we fall back to “small” thinking. The challenge is to fight that urge, whenever it occurs, and keep thinking bigg. Another challenge is to always spell “bigg” right!

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