If you’re new around here, you’re just in time.
Step One: Answer This Question
Now, open up a bank account and begin depositing this amount every month. If you really want to amplify the flow of generosity in your life, insist on an actual bank account, not a line in the family budget. Every time you deposit into this account, you strengthen your understanding of the fact that you already have more than enough. The
When families haven’t discovered the real number that they can afford to share each month, they see opportunities to give and they hesitate. They have no proof that they can afford to be generous. The Scarcity/Abundance breaker snaps to the off position and the ability to give goes cold.
You can almost hear that switch snap back on when families practice depositing every month into their abundance fund. The next time they recognize an opportunity to make a real difference, they jump on it. They’ve been preparing for this moment for months. The decision to give has been made and all that’s left is the fun part.
Recently, a friend of ours has been undergoing treatment for cancer. Our family has watched this young mother face adversity with ferocious strength. In the summer, our kids realized that her kids wouldn’t be coming to camp. Since our kids knew about our abundance fund, they asked if we could pay for our friend’s children to go to camp with them. This was a perfect opportunity to help our friends, made even more perfect because our kids recognized it.
Step Four: Notice the Narrative Changing
Once you open an abundance fund and start seizing opportunities to give, you may start seeing your own story in a different light. Where you used to see all the ways that you succeeded through your own blood, sweat, and tears, you now see the number of people who have lifted you along the way: The mentors, the teachers, the open
If you’re looking for happiness, start with gratitude. Many people worry that if they give, they will create a dependent relationship. My advice: Let your gratitude and your joy spread. When people catch your sense of good fortune, they want to experience it as well. Make it clear that you’re not giving because you’re a self-made success. You’re not giving because you’re any better than anyone else. You’re giving because you’ve received so much and you want to keep the lights of gratitude on in your own life. Trust me. That light will spread to those who receive from you.