I want to share with you a great untold secret. Once you understand it and integrate it into your life, this secret will reduce stress, increase creativity, soothe your relationships, miraculously create more time, and even give you more money with less effort.
I have been very fortunate in my life to get to know extremely highly fulfilled and effective people. I am not talking here about the classic image we have of success; someone with large mansions in different continents, a private jet and a packed schedule. I am talking about people who have discovered and are fully giving their gift, who have constant free access to a sense of well-being and spaciousness. I am talking about people like Lynn Twist who has raised more than 2 billion dollars to alleviate world hunger, or Dave Ellis who coaches the CEOs of the world’s largest non-profit organizations. I have noticed that people whose lives are overflowing with good things in every way have one quality that they share in common, it is a mantra that you can easily say as often as you want to, and in comes in three easy sweet words:
I have enough
The fantasy that we all carry around with us (commonly called “The American Dream” — and it is a dream – not reality) is that at first you must get the car, the house, the job, the approval, the right friends, etc. etc, etc, etc. Only then, finally, if you are really lucky you get to say the words “I have enough.”
But let me tell you friends – it doesn’t work like that at all: it starts from the other direction. First you get “I have enough” firmly installed as a plug-in into your operating system, you activate it with money, with food, with transportation, with time with friends, with influence and power and approval, you activate it in every possible way you can.
I have enough money
I have enough friends
I have enough time
My health is good enough for what I need to do
I have enough iPhone apps
I have a big enough house
I have a big enough car
Once you can shift your life over from “I need more” to “I have enough“ all sorts of wonderful things start happening, because now you have plenty of time and energy on your hands. Now you can stop to think about what you really want to do with your life. How do you want to spend these few precious years on planet earth. What kind of contribution do you want to make? What are the things that will bring real fulfillment rather than just empty promises? Now you can unplug yourself from the endless treadmill of acquisition, of needing more, and better, and bigger.
And here is the incredible, ridiculous secret. When you start to live your life from enough, from a sense of sufficiency and overflow, more great things happen with far less effort.
I can give you a really simple example. I train coaches in a discipline known as Awakening Coaching. I’ve trained about 1100 facilitators of awakening since 1995. Many of them (but not all) would like to make a living at it. Some feel desperate early on in the process. They take courses in marketing, print brochures, create squeeze pages, and landing pages, and sales letters, but they never seem to get to the place where they want to be. Others, on the other hand, just start to share the tools they have learned with a couple of friends here and there. Right from the beginning they start their journey with a sense of I have enough. They keep their day jobs. Out of the sense of “I am helping enough people” comes a feeling of gratitude and overflow, a sense of confidence and inspiration. Believe it or not, after a couple of years those are the people who are booked many weeks or months ahead.
It is important to understand that the culture in which we live is deeply marinated in a trance of “Not enough.” That is how the economy works, that is how advertising works. It is the basis of everything we have been taught. “You don’t have enough money, you don’t have a big enough house, you don’t have the latest iPhone, you don’t have enough of anything.” More important than that is the message “you yourself are not enough.” Once you catch this virus, and almost all of us do, your whole life becomes driven by this attempt to fill an aching void. But have you noticed that the more effort you put into filling it, the bigger the void becomes? Consequently, this mantra of I have enough is extremely dangerous to the high priests of commerce, it smacks of giving up, of complacency, mediocrity and compromise.
But let me remind you of something you already well know.
There is all the difference in the world between giving up and waking up.
Giving up means that you are still completely hooked into the idea that more of everything will actually make your life ok, but you are so exhausted and disappointed that you just have no more energy for the battle. Waking up means to recognize that you are already blessed. Look, you have food today, you have people in your life who care about you, and you are free to connect with them as deeply as you choose, You have a computer, you have many, many things and many, many blessings. Waking up means to recognize that the desire for more is always drawing you away from where the real nourishment is to be found: which is right here in the overflowing abundance of this moment.
Enoughness is an exact science, it is not just some fluffy new-age thought, or a moment where we feel good, a pep talk. It is a radical fundamentally different way of living your life. It requires constant reminding and taking a stand against the mad rush of humanity into the future, and a commitment to enjoy what is already here. It means to come back, again and again, to recognize that there is nothing missing in this moment. Right here is where genius happens, where art is created, where love happens and where inspiration ignites.
If you are ready and serious to perform the virus scan on your system for the malware of addiction to acquisitions, if you are ready to download Enoughness and get it working smoothly, please join me for a teleseminar this Thursday September 27 at 6 PM PST. I will share very simple tools from awakening coaching that you can use to shift into enoughness right away. If you can’t make it to the live call there will be a replay link on the page you are directed to after you register.
All the best