my get-rich-quick plan {it totally works!}

The other day, I ordered a coffee that cost four bucks and some change. I had four dollar bills. But when I dug into my wallet for the change, there were no real coins inside – just two gold game tokens. What!? The guy behind the counter laughed, wondering aloud if I had a clever kid at home {ahem. yes.}. And then he told me not to worry about coming up short and handed me my latte.

Ahhh, so grateful.

It felt like a funny little nudge from the universe after a couple of weeks of struggling with my abundance mindset. See, I believe my thoughts create my reality: when I focus on what I’m lacking, more loss and deprivation surfaces for me; but when I focus on the riches in my life, I feel {and am} taken care of.

Well, that perspective’s been put to the test recently. A perfect storm of big family and work expenditures combined with unexpected delays in some major client payments put us in a serious pinch. And friends? I started to fret. And the more I did, the worse I felt – and, it seemed, the worse things got. I got mad at every bill that arrived in the mailbox. I tensed up every time I thought about things we needed to buy, big and small. I started to doubt anyone would ever buy anything from me ever again. Oh yeah. I went there. That downward spiral is quick and harsh.

And then, one morning, I opened up my Notes from the Universe email. I don’t read them every day; only when I feel moved to do so. It was a super simple message – advising me to “act as if” –  but those three words woke me up. Part of my belief system is that, in order to attract more of what I desire, I must act as if it already exists. And I totally wasn’t doing that.

Shifting to “act as if” didn’t mean spending frivolously as if money was no object. But it did mean that I needed to trust I always have enough and that there’s plenty to go around, to believe that more is coming, to honor my resourcefulness, to celebrate the abundance I already have. I’d been doing the opposite. It’s like Eckhart Tolle writes in A New Earth:

So, I made a conscious move to focus not on what I didn’t have – but on what I did have, and to express my deep-down gratitude for it all. It was possible to witness my own wealth in every mundane moment of the day.

As the temperature dropped and I got the kids ready for school, I felt gratitude knowing I could send them out into the world all warm and cozy, wearing last year’s winter coats and hats. Abundance.

As I pulled into a gas station to fill up my tank, I whispered “thank you” for not only having the money to get gas but to have my own transportation. Abundance. 

Boiling water for mac & cheese that night, I relished having all we needed to eat dinner as a family: fresh water, a working stove, a cupboard full of pots and pans, food in the pantry, schedules that allowed for us to gather around the table together. Abundance. 

And as I counted my blessings instead of the bills, our bounty grew as unexpected gifts appeared. An old friend offered free tickets to a family movie. Invitations to speak and contribute to new projects showed up out of the blue. And a package arrived on our doorstep: Verizon, who gave me a Samsung Galaxy SIII this summer as part of my participation in their Midwest Savvy Moms program, sent me a second device: an LG Intuition tablet. Another high-tech device to play with!? My kids think we’ve won the lottery!

Because we have. We have totally struck it rich – and I clearly needed a reminder. No matter how much is in my wallet – whether real money or gold tokens – I am grateful for living a life of amazing abundance.

Liv Lane

Liv Lane

As an intuitive adviser, author & teacher, I help brave-hearted women illuminate their paths to purpose through powerful classes, individual readings, workshops and writings. This blog, started in 2006, chronicles my journey and offers light for yours. Thrilled you're here!
Liv Lane