Step One to a Better Job: Know What You Want

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 8.09.38 PMIf our jobs aren’t fulfilling us, or paying us enough, or destroying us, it’s time to do something else. The main route to joy, peace, and abundance is through our work. Unless we have rich relatives that are leaving us their money, our work is our number one resource to abundance. So let’s make certain it’s doing its job.

Easier said than done, huh?

Maybe getting the job we want is easier than we think. But there is one big IF  –  we have to know what it is we want to do.

There’s a great book I’d like to recommend: Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton. After completing a set of multiple choice options online, your answers are evaluated and you get a profile of your five professional strengths.

It’s a hugely enlightening, non-threatening evaluation — one of the coolest assessments I’ve ever taken. And, it was spot on.

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The Importance of Being Grateful

credit: BR via Flickr

credit: BR via Flickr

In my ebook The Improbable Millionaire, I talk about growing up poor. Oh my gosh, how lucky was I! Although my home was troubled and money was tight or nonexistence most of the time, we had so much more than many of my wealthier friends and neighbors. It’s not what we have that brings us abundance, but how we feel about what we have.

I can remember a Christmas when I was about seven years old. My grandmother gave me a skirt that she had bought for me when she visited New York City. Black with red and yellow and green stars on it, it had a wide hem and when I twirled around, it would swing with me. I loved that skirt and probably wore it to school two or three times a week all the way through elementary school. When I finally out grew it and couldn’t wear it as a regular skirt any more, I used to dress up in it on Halloween or when I went roller skating. I don’t know what eventually happened to it, but that one gift and how I felt about it stills lingers in my mind today.

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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

slot machine

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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 Six to Abundance: Get Rid of Your Junk!

Junk Drawer

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There is so much junk in our midst and there are so many reasons to get rid of it.

Before we talk about getting rid of the junk in our lives, let’s define what it is.

Junk is that stuff that keeps us from abundance. It can be the things we buy, or do, or read, or think about, or are addicted to, or want, or believe.

We have to define “junk” for ourselves since it’s different for each of us, but we all have it. If we look for the junk in our own lives consciously, we’ll know it when we see it. Once we discover what it is, we can work to get rid of it.

Examples of junk include watching TV, impulse buys, excessive amounts of things like clothes or shoes or jewelry or purses, or toys, or cigarettes, or gambling or drugs.

This is not an inclusive list. In fact, it’s only a small fraction of how junk manifests itself in our lives.

While junk abounds in our closets, it’s more dangerous when it abounds in our minds. Junk, maybe more than anything else, keeps us from the abundance we deserve.

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