We've all heard the one about the universe responding to what we put out and God blesses good people. Don't buy it. When we see the rich list, we don't think “What a great bunch of saintly people”. When we see a family living on a dump site in a third world country, we don't think “What truly terrible people they are”. It's nonsense.
In fact, that family making use of people's rubbish to make a living is actually part of the solution. Innovation and an attitude of responsibility for our situation go into it. There will be all kinds of factors that prevent us from becoming as successful as the next person. It's not our fault when we work hard and realise only a fraction of the dream. We can make steps to ensure that fraction is as big is it can be. Here are some great ways of addressing abundance with human psychology.
Gratitude goes a long way. Look at nature. See how difficult it is for any life form to even survive for a few days. With predators and people on the cards, not much makes it through to ripe old age out there. We can expect a lot more than nature in general, that's because we're generous people and a social race of creatures. Humans look out for one another and have created a society that helps us to do it. Be grateful more often and you'll feel richer already.
Generosity generates. As in the previous point, the human race is a generous one. Those who want to give, provide service, and improve lives are the ones who make it in the world of business and work. The people who care about giving their all and doing their fair share are the ones who prosper the most.
No faking it. As much as it seems attractive to walk in another person's shoes, if they don't fit you'll soon fall over. Stick to what you know and never stop learning. That way no path is ever closed off and you will never lose your footing. Being in a permanent situation you don't feel comfortable in will bring out the worst in you pretty quickly.
Do it for a reason. Work for work's sake might pay the bills but to make a real impact we have to do things that are truly worthwhile to society. Work that works and work that pays are not necessarily the same thing. Choose where you put your energy wisely.
Nurture realistic ambition. Never settle for what you have now, always be looking to better yourself or your situation. This said, don't reach too high or aim for something with too many steps in front of you. Keep it reasonable and close to where you are as to not give the impression you hate your life. We know that's not true.
Keep learning. Continual education is paramount to staying on top of your game. Never think you know everything, none of us do. Each aspect of life and work has areas of study that go ever deeper into the dynamics and theory of the ways things really are. Knowing ever richer detail helps us to get ever more understanding of our journey and purpose.
Believe in your ability to better your life. Never give up. Keep going and always do your best. People may try to put you off, encourage a change in direction, or call you unhelpful things. They simply reflect their own inner world onto yours and they don't match. Kindly thank them for their advice and then carry on doing what you feel is best.
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