IMG_2569Yesterday, I wrote about adopting an abundance mindset. You can read about it here if you missed it.

Today’s blog is to help get you started on adopting an abundance mindset by completing this simple exercise that comes to you courtesy of my brother, Bernie. As he likes to remind me, “What you think is what you (will) feel, and what you feel is what you will do.”

I want you to think, feel and act abundantly. This is the point of this exercise, a simple “paint the fence, wax the car” exercise that will, I hope, help you to help yourself.

10 to 1.

Take ten pictures today of absolutely anything that you think is beautiful. Once you have taken the 10 pictures, you have to delete 9 of them and email me the last one. There is a time limit – today by 8PM EST.  Here’s my email address: [email protected].

What is the point?

Well, I can’t really tell you that because ideally you are going to figure that out for yourself. But I will tell you that this exercise is intended to help you see the abundance in your life.

To do work that matters, which is the only work that counts or – looked at a little differently – is the only work that anyone wants to pay for, requires an outrageous amount of generosity and passion on your part. Passion is easy to understand because we all love something. But generosity is a little bit more complicated. Especially in this case, because generosity isn’t an act, it’s a choice of what you see and how you live. I should confess that I sometimes fail at this miserably. We’ll work on it together.

To truly matter, you must be fully committed to what you are doing, and why you are doing it must be about so much more than being paid. Your effort has to be for someone else. Your work is your gift to give, and the intention of the gift is to change someone else for the better.

You can’t fake wanting to matter.

To be generous, you must feel generous, and to feel generous you must feel abundance in your life, an oversufficiency of quantity or supply. Overwhelming fullness, so much that you want to give it to the world around you.

To do work that matters to others, the work must matter to you. You can’t fake passion. You can’t fake immersion. You can’t fake curiosity. You can’t fake commitment. Your work is your art, and it is deeply personal to you.

Go take 10 pictures with your phone that you think are beautiful, choose the very best image, delete the others and send the last image to me. That’s all you have to do. Don’t let The Lizard ruin a good opportunity to grow.

 

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