Posts Tagged ‘abundance’

The Formula for Success = You + A Dream + A Decision

I’ve written before that much of financial planning comes down to you. In my time working with people, I’m always sad when they want to talk about all of the reasons they can’t get ahead. They worry about politics, the government in general, rules and regulations, the stock market and more…

Yet there’s also something very exciting to be found at the other end of the spectrum. It’s inspiring engaging with clients who are passionate about life and everything they are “up to” in the world. These are the people who rarely have much to say about the negative external forces.Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 2.22.30 PM Rather, they focus first on their own actions.

If you really want something, including financial security, there’s a five step process to getting it:

1) Decide. I’m not talking about hoping or wishing. You have to actually decide what’s going to be in your future. Several years ago, I worked with an artist who decided she was going to stop talking about “one day selling her paintings,” and instead, was going to actually do it. In less than 2 months, she sold her first piece.

Making the decision to change your financial status means that you’re going to do something about it. We’ve all felt the difference between hoping and deciding in our own lives. When you first decided to shoot your short film, finish your script or stage your solo show; when you decided it was time to lose weight; when you put down the cigarette and said, “That’s my last one.” You have to decide. Without this step, no magic happens.

The rule = You have to ask for it before you have a chance of receiving it. (more…)

Did We Strike a Nerve?

So…wow.

Bryan and I have simply been blown away by the response to last week’s “Living in Possibility” call! Hundreds of you joined us for a conversation about living life powerfully as artists who CHOOSE to create the success you desire (and deserve) in every area of your lives. We suspected there would be a few motivated artists who might dive into the material, but we just weren’t prepared for the number of calls and emails we’ve received, sharing your questions, experiences and victories–we’ve never seen the group this fired up before! It seems we really struck a nerve!

Or are you all even more dynamic than we realized?!

The immediate question is: With all of this momentum and new insight, what are you going to do next to stay in the zone of your potential? How will you apply this work practically day to day? How will you best capitalize on these discoveries and treat yourself to the good to come–right now? (more…)

The BEST Quote Ever!

“Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.” — Gore Vidal

My acting teacher shared this quote with me, and it quickly became one of my favorites.  I still laugh at it, and I still wish it weren’t so damn true.  Don’t you wish that at this stage of development we were more enlightened, less envious, more accomplishing, less self-sabotaging?  Or that we could openly acknowledge where we are at, be genuinely and fully happy for the success of others, and trust that the universal abundance that exists was ours to share, that the extraordinary life of our dreams was truly within reach… like, right now?

Yeah, us too.

If there’s a disconnect between what you want–what you authentically know to be possible for you creatively and professionally–and the actual results you achieve day in and day out, then I invite you to join me and Miata on our free webcast, LIVING IN POSSIBILITY. It’s a 90-minute call that could shock you, might inspire you, and will almost certainly raise your consciousness and provoke some amazing new actions.

It’s sometimes amusing to me that here at Abundance Bound we’re in the business of teaching artists about finance, when a great deal of what we do has nothing to do with money. In fact, this seminar could easily be called, IT’S NOT ABOUT MONEY.  It’s about our emotional relationships.  It is how we feel about money, or success, or family and friends, or acting or painting or music–or whatever–that defines our world and our level of satisfaction. I don’t care whether you book one acting job or a thousand acting jobs, or paint the Sistine Chapel II, you can’t outrun your subconscious or your deep emotional paradigms. (more…)

Enjoy the Holiday Without Breaking the Bank

You’ve made it through Black Friday and the Thanksgiving shopping weekend, hopefully with your pocketbook intact. I hope that you had a warm, fun time with friends or relatives. As we wheel into a fantastic stretch of holidays on the calendar, I know there’s little I enjoy more than renewing old acquaintances, enjoying new friendships and watching the pageantry of the season.  It can truly be, to quote the classic holiday song, the “greatest time of year.”

This stretch can also be the worst time of year, though. I’ve spoken with people who see deals all around them and feel like they can’t take advantage of any because of money woes. A group stops off at Starbucks for a Peppermint-favored holiday drink and all you have in your pocket is enough for bus fare home. For this reason and others, the holidays can lead to depression and feelings of miserable loneliness.

Whether I’ve explained your situation or not, there are good ways to experience and enjoy this holiday season without spending every dollar you have.  Much as the Grinch discovered, there is more to this time of year than presents and shopping. Here are some tips to help you beat the holiday blues:

(more…)

The Many Colors of Abundance

Abundance is very much like colors. No two people see colors in the same way. One person may see blue while another sees purple. Two people looking at the same pumpkin will not see the exact same shade of orange. And no two people will experience the same feelings or have the same ideas of what abundance is. The question is—what does it means for you?

(more…)

Automatic Tithing

I am writing this month’s newsletter having just come home to Los Angeles after a two-week trip to the West African country of Nigeria. This is my father’s birthplace, and we returned as a family after not having been for almost 25 years. It is so difficult to describe the experience. Nigeria is in many ways a beautiful country. The people we met were warm and welcoming and I was awed by the fierce sense of family and generosity of spirit. It is also, however, a country ravaged by corruption, poverty, hunger, illness and the constant struggle to meet even the most basic of needs. As I empty my suitcase, throwing clothes in the washing machine, lights on throughout the house and music playing on the stereo in the living room, I think of the children we met who walk over two miles each way, every day, to collect river water that is very likely contaminated. The idea of turning on a tap and having any water, let alone hot water, come out of it, is completely foreign to most of the population. Almost everything is done outside – cooking, washing, bathing – so as to utilize any available daylight. It is impossible not to feel shame at how much I take for granted, and yet to simultaneously breathe a sigh of relief that my father “escaped.” That he built a life in the US. That my brother, sister and I were given every opportunity that this country affords.

(more…)