The Abundant Life: Here I Come!

I’m up early again, 4:30am.

I woke to the sound of my toddler’s cries because she wet her bed. As I tenderly cleaned her up and changed her sheets, I made sure that she felt accepted exactly as she is, whether or not she stays dry through the night. No judgment, only love.

Now she’s sleeping again and I can’t get this thought out of my head:

How can I show that same unconditional love to myself?

Before proceeding any further, you should know that I’m fresh off reading two inspirational books: The Go-Giver and 365 Thank Yous. The first is a game-changing, quick-read parable about how selling is really giving; the second is about how cultivating gratitude can transform your life. I feel like a better person for having read these two gems.

My bottom line takeaway from them?

What you focus on is what you get.

This thought is so mind-blowing for me that I’m launching a year-long experiment to nurture abundance in my life, using the tools and frameworks these books offer.

My goal?

To see what is possible when I focus on giving.

In a year’s time, I want to be in a completely different state of mind. I want to eliminate from my consciousness worries that close off creativity such as:

  • Fretting about making ends meet and where my next business will come from
  • Cramming everything into my week when there never feels like enough time
  • Wondering if I’m good enough, and wanting to be thinner, prettier and better
  • Agonizing about how to be a better mother and wife

Instead, I choose to be present, accepting and abundant with myself. To focus on what builds us up rather than what tears us down.

Here’s how I plan to do it.

I’ll focus my attention on:

  • Choosing to see the good in life first, engaging in each moment and letting the future take care of itself
  • Putting out positive intention for what I want and opening my heart to receiving good outcomes
  • Taking fine care of my body and mind
  • Doing what feels creative and fun and turning away from what feels dull or outdated
  • Being grateful for what I have and thanking people who bless me with their support
  • Loving my family and never giving up on relationships with key people in my life (including myself)

And I’ll spend my time:

  • Providing extraordinary value for others, professionally and personally
  • Developing ways to touch more peoples’ lives
  • Investing in relationships with like-minded people, concentrating on their needs and helping them succeed
  • Finding ways to show up authentically and give of myself
  • Being open to receiving gifts and value from others

When I hit obstacles, I’ll bring my attention back to what’s important. And, I will be kind to myself: I’m laying down new neural pathways, learning a new way to be in the world. It will take practice.

What a thrilling realization to know that I have what it takes to live the life I desire.

I wonder:

Where will this lead?
What will be possible?

I feel a sense of excitement.…And honestly, a bit of fear (which lets me know I’m on the right track).

Want to join me in this journey?

I would love some company.


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8 Responses to The Abundant Life: Here I Come!

  1. jane March 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Wow! Merideth. I love this post. And yes, this is a journey I want to join you on by also putting out positive vibes, showing unconditional acceptance for who and where I am, living authentically in all areas of my life, and giving to others without condition. Now… to just remember these things on a moment-by-moment basis! This seems to be my challenge… jane

  2. David F March 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    Merideth: I alway want to make that choice, to not fret or worry, doesn’t always happen. When I do worry nothing positive comes out of it, when I honestly put on a brave face, tell myself I can go find the next deal, the next deal usually shows up. I don’t know if it is magic but sometimes I have to remember that it works. Keep this going I’m happy to tag along with your adventure and of course learning what works and what doesn’t. It’s good to have a pathfinder. Cheers,

  3. Merideth Mehlberg April 1, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Thanks Jane for joining me and putting out your intention! You have such a sparkle to you, I know you are meant to play big. Keeping your commitments to yourself and how you want to be in the world in your active consciousness will be important.

    I’ve put into action a great idea someone on Twitter shared recently: having a Gratitude Wall. I’ve created one in my home (in my office, right in my line of sight) where I can cultivate thankfulness and appreciation in my life. Wondering if that idea sparks something for you?

  4. Merideth Mehlberg April 1, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    David-Thanks for joining me on this path. I find that you have an uplifting energy about you, and you seem to stay in such a positive headspace whenever I’m in your presence. You too are a pathfinder. Thanks for joining the conversation here.

  5. Ian C. April 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    Great post. The power of (authentically) positive thinking… awesome. 🙂

  6. Merideth Mehlberg April 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Thanks Ian – appreciate the supportive comments. Our conversation helped inspire this post!

  7. Rebecca Stees May 16, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I’d love to Play Big with you.
    Do you want to share some tea?


  8. Merideth Mehlberg June 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Yes Rebecca, let’s do! Let’s set a date.

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