THE SEVEN STEPS TO ABUNDANCE
Here are my thoughts and steps on how to to "design a life"
..instead of been blown about by the winds of life (like a paper
bag), or the currents, like a jelly-fish. Enough similes!
1.Find the VISION. Unless you know where you're going, you are
unlikely to get there. Any place where you are is a good place
What activities have you most enjoyed in the last 10 years?
What is fun? What do you treasure?
What do you most want to be doing in the next 10 years?
I'd love to write, help and hopefully even inspire others.
Which of your strengths and weaknesses are a joy to you?
What do people say you are good at?
What is special about you?
List ideally what would you be doing? Living at the beach,
writing and travelling...and be financially secure, of course!
Ideally what would you want to be? A successful author was my
Ask WHY do you need those things? What are those status symbols
Define your vision. Write it down in less than 10 words. Does it
involve other people?
What do I most want to be doing? Why?
What do I most care about? Why?
What steps can I take to move me closer to doing what I really
want to do with my life?
Find your niche - your unique skills?
Think about WHO will pay you to enjoy yourself. Instead of
worrying about being sacked, think who will pay you to have fun?
Where do you want to work? With whom, in what sort of company?
Look for a picture of your ideal environment: home, as well as
3. PLAN ahead carefully. Doing this reduces false starts and
wrong directions. Most people spend more time planning their
annual holiday than they do their "blueprint for life".
Put it all down in writing. My advice: "Think big, but start
The prominent American psychologist, Carl Rogers said: "The only
real security is the preparedness to embrace insecurity". Be the
YOU you most intend to be? Take stock, review your plan and
prioritize your life goals.
4. Make the COMMITMENT. Stop saying you're going to do it and
actually DO IT. Put in the work and write out the cheques. This
involves going past the point of no return. Make commitments: to
yourself, to your loved ones in terms of time, energy and money.
Then stick to it and take full responsibility for the outcome.
5. Spell out the details of the PLAN. Think it all through and
concentrate hard. What are you going to do? How are you going to
do it, step by step? What needs to be done and in what order of
priority? What resources do you have at your disposal? What are
your expenditure needs? Reaffirm your commitment through a
personal budget. Be flexible in your thinking, as circumstances
usually change...and we can't foresee the future. And most
importantly, THINK BIG.
6. Develop a network of people to help you achieve your goals
(and you can help them achieve their goals at the same time).
First, you must be aware of them. It's a "win-win" situation. Be
enthusiastic at all times, because enthusiasm is catching.
7. Take ACTION, that first step...then the next will follow
naturally ...and far more easily. Nothing can stop you now.
"Roll up the sleeves" and get down to work. I believe the first
prerequisite for success is loving what you do. I love writing,
although it's very lonely (and probably the world's most
solitary occupation). Always remember, life is not a 100 metres
sprint - it's a marathon. So rest when you feel you need to and
don't feel guilty about it (something I have to learn!). Have
fun along the journey. Perservere and persist in your quest.
Take responsibility for your own abundance and your learning
throughout the 'game of life'. Appreciate your abundance daily
and give thanks to the Universe for what you do have.
Have faith in yourself - believe deeply in yourself, but even
more deeply in a Power far Greater than yourself... who loves
you and wants what's best for you. The spiritual journey may
take far longer than you thought, so be patient.
The measure of success is not money, but learning and growth.
Measure success in learning and growth - nothing else is
important. Work is a place each of us creates in order to grow.
It is the laboratory for experimenting with our potential
10. When working for yourself, this is a time of unprecedented
change in your life. Work allows you to put into place skills
and knowledge acquired through education. It is a time to
experiment with our potential and the various demands made upon
us. Initially we learn to work in teams, working towards a
common objective. Then gradually in our working careers we learn
to take on more and more responsibility.
Believe you deserve to be abundant - though not more than
others. It's a matter of finding a balance between your
ambitions and your responsibilities. Be accountable and socially
You can't force people to change. Listen to your intuition,
truth and love. That is the "voice" of the Higher Power, God
speaking to you.
Wherever you are, what better time to start than NOW!
* Craig Lock is the author of numerous books and articles on
money management and life assurance, as well as how to make the
most of your life. He lives in beautiful and tranquil New
Zealand), where he has thetime, space and peace of mind to think
about life and write.