Wednesday, November 3, 2010


At ActionCOACH, we have 14 Points of Culture. Today I'd like to talk about the fourteenth:

I am an abundant person, I deserve my abundance and I am easily able to both give and receive it. I allow abundance in all areas of my life by respecting my own self worth and that of all others. I am rewarded to the level that I create abundance for others and I accept that abundance only shows up in my life to the level at which I show up.

Let me illustrate this point with a personal experience:

A woman is waiting patiently while the clerk rings through her purchases. At the completion of this process, the clerk tells her what she owes. In response, the woman offers her debit card. The clerk puts the card through, only to have the sale return incomplete. There is something wrong with the card. Before the woman has time to be flustered, the next customer in line steps forward and offers to pay for the woman's purchases with their own card. For a moment, both the woman and the clerk stare confusedly at the customer. The customer is completely unruffled, offering their card and suggesting that the clerk ring through their own purchases as well and add them to the current total. The clerk gains control of her surprise and takes the customer up on their offer. The woman is astonished, but starts to offer her gratitude in several expressions of surprise and thankfulness. The customer simply smiles and says, "Enjoy." The woman, still marvelling and thanking the customer, gathers her purchases and walks out.

Is their any confusion about the principle of abundance shown in this example? Abundance means there is enough (and more) for everyone, and from our own gratitude grows a desire to share what we have with others. When we act on that desire we start a ball rolling. Was there anyone in this experience that didn't remember it clearly that evening as their spouse or friend asked them how their day went? Was there anyone that didn't stop for a moment to evaluate what happened, and ask themselves why a complete stranger would suddenly become involved in another's life and make it that much better (even if only for a moment, with one purchase suddenly and unexpectedly paid for)? Everyone should have taken a moment to quietly celebrate in their own hearts the principle of abundance. Celebrate it today - give what you have to give to someone who could use it. No strings attached, no begrudging the gift - just celebrate. Be the one to show the world the meaning of abundance.

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