Step Nine To Abundance: Ask Yourself the Important Questions

(courtesy Iqbal Osman via Flickr)

(courtesy Iqbal Osman via Flickr)

In an earlier blog entry I talked about the importance of being honest with yourself. Being honest with yourself is an important step to knowing who you are, but there’s often more work to be done to fully discover what is most important to you. And knowing that can lead you to abundance!

The world is a crazy place that throws so many messages at us all the time. Most of those messages are neither true nor important. We’ve got to stop believing all the marketing around us since the messages tend more to lessen our self esteem rather than bolster our egos or self worth.

We don’t need things to have abundance, in fact, it’s just the opposite. The need to have things will likely destroy any chance we have of gaining abundance in today’s world.

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Step Eight to Abundance: Avoid the Money Robbers

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(courtesy Jeff Kubina via Flickr)

In the last blog entry, we talked about free stuff. Today we’re talking about exactly the opposite — expensive stuff or money robbers.

We all have them in our lives and unfortunately, as long as they’re there, abundance will elude us.

What are the money robbers?

Debt is number one. I can’t speak to the idea of a crushing debt problem, personally, because I escaped the debt trap. Timing was one reason. When I was in college, credit cards were not available to kids. Thank goodness for that.

I also grew up with depression-era parents, and although we were poor in material things, my parents did not have a lot of debt.

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Step Seven to Abundance: Do Cheap (and Free) Stuff

In Hollywood, Florida, where I live, there is so much free stuff to do.

(photo credit Ryan Johnson via Flickr)

(photo credit Ryan Johnson via Flickr)

I bet there is where you live, too. The Hollywood city website is a great source of all sorts of free activities in my community as are the local newspapers–the free ones I’m mailed each month. There is so much going on here and so much of it is free or very low cost.

There has to be lots of free things to do around you, too. Hiking, biking, walking, running, swimming in ponds or lakes or local public pools, or bird watching, or playing tennis in public parks, or going to local youth sporting events, or picnicking in the country, or going to free concerts or lectures or plays in the park are all things you can do. I know you can come up with lots of other ideas. Not only are doing many of these things good for your wallet, but they are also good for you physically and mentally and socially.

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