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Struggle vs FLOW

Discover five simple steps to create your own luck!

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be luckier than others? Maybe you feel lucky. Congratulations! Or, on the other hand, perhaps you feel that lady luck never comes knocking on your door.

I have often wondered what luck is and if there were a way to change my luck. I have spent a lot of time and energy pursuing answers to that question.

I grew up in a good, hard-working family that never seemed to have much luck. Life was challenging and a constant battle for survival. Money was hard to come by, and outside forces were constantly wreaking havoc on our dairy farm, our animals, and our finances. There were diseases, bugs, floods, and droughts, and it felt like a never-ending onslaught of bad luck. No wonder people connected to the land can develop a sense of superstition that some outside force is against us. All external forces have an observable effect on our quality of life.

We had enough food due to thrift, garden, fruit trees, cows, sheep, and chickens. At least that is the way I remember it. Birthdays and Christmas were not a time for luxuries or gifts — but practical things like clothes and work boots. Or perhaps a new school uniform. Oh, and by the way, the school didn’t have a uniform — it was just cheaper to wear the same clothes every day.

Money was always hard to come by, and I learned that I would have to work hard, sacrifice, live with pain and suffering, and exert massive effort to get ahead in life.

But who says this is true?

There is a vast difference between applying effort to a goal or purpose and struggling to make ends meet. So why are we told so often that it is noble to sacrifice and struggle only to make it barely?

The underlying belief is that life, resources, and even love are scarce and in short supply. That we have to compete with other people for them, to win at all costs, and that we have to earn love, respect, and acceptance.

What if this is a lie?

What if life, resources, and love are abundant? Free and all around us? What if we don’t have to struggle at all but accept that there is a lack of knowledge about living a life of effortless FLOW. Think about the possibilities — all desirable things in life flowing in your direction.

Knowledge seems to be the missing element.

We do have to make choices, sometimes tough ones. At the same time, is there an alternative to sacrificing, endless hard work, and barely getting by?

Could it be easy? Could we create our own luck? I say YES!

If you create your own luck, then struggling could be referred to as the absence of luck. The struggle results from taking action and applying effort infused with negative emotions. Desperation, attachment, and fear work against you.

Suppose you replace negative association and attachment with positive expectation, certainty, and detachment from outcomes. In that case, you may experience more ease, peace, and FLOW. You will still apply hard work and effort; however, the result will be flowing and not struggle.

The inside reflects outside.

Most people don’t realize that our lives reflect our innermost feelings, beliefs, and attitudes. When you change on the inside, your outside results change. How you think and feel in the present moment determines your outcomes in the future.

Think about it this way: Accepting responsibility for your life means taking ownership of creating your destiny. If you experience struggle, you make it by your feelings about your circumstances. Switch your emotions, and you will change from struggle to flow — such a simple concept yet very profound.

In other words, it is your feelings that make the difference! Your feelings are the key drivers of your actions, and your actions are what create your outcomes in life.

Because we are trained, programmed, and conditioned to struggle, we often accept this as normal. We don’t realize that an alternative way of life is possible. A reality of abundance and effortless flow is not considered because our conditioning doesn’t allow us to recognize it.

There is a way out of the constant struggle to create our own luck. Here are the steps:

The first step:

Consider that struggle isn’t fait accompli and identify all the areas where you are struggling. You will need courage and the willingness to accept the responsibility of causing the struggle. You have the power to choose something different to move into more flow. Once you accept that, you know with absolute certainty that all your struggles can be eliminated from your life over time.

The second step:

Write a list of all the areas of life where you are struggling. Don’t be shy or modest. List them all, and even the ones that are hiding in the secret corners of your life.

The third step:

Prioritize your list to arrive at an order of importance to focus on one area at a time. The best approach is to resolve one area before beginning on the next one. If you try to do too much at once, it is easy to become overwhelmed, feel like it is impossible, then give up. Sadly, most people give up before they even really begin. Don’t be one of those people and complete what you start!

The fourth step:

Consider your underlying emotions and thoughts, innermost feelings, beliefs, and attitudes towards this one area of struggle. Make a conscious decision to let go of the struggle and to embrace more effortless flow in this area. Take note of any “inner voice” that replies with fear and doubts if this is even possible. You can do it!

Meditate on it and affirm your choice to become lucky in this area. Let go of any payoffs for the past struggle.

You will find that your feelings shift from agitation, negativity, and attachment to peace and serenity. Calm and confident expectation attracts new, fresh energy that attracts more similar energy into your life.

Once you have transformed this first area from struggle to flow, move on to the next item on your priority list and repeat the same process. Take ownership of your feelings and transform them.

The fifth step:

Next, please make a list of the most influential people in your life and consider how their lives are struggling or flowing. Share this concept with them and work together to implement these five steps. The more people you encourage, support, and share, the more flow you will experience.

Starting today, commit to letting go and transforming one aspect of struggle per day. Be sure to record your progress from scarcity to abundance.

Good luck! Bon chance! Let us know how you get on.

XOXO

Andrew John Harrison


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Thoughts about Money

Many of us would agree that our results in life are created by our actions, and our actions are preceded by thoughts, and our thoughts are created by our feelings.  The challenge is that most of us have thoughts and feelings that are hidden deep in the subconscious mind – out of our conscious awareness. The easiest way to see what is in our subconscious is to look at our results.  Our results will reflect the inner workings of our mind.

Over a lifetime, we hear thousands of comments about money and observe the money behavior of the people closest to us:  our parents, relatives, teachers, friends and colleagues.  Many of these comments reinforce patterns of thinking and beliefs that over time become buried in our subconscious.  Our day-to-day experiences confirm and validate that these thoughts and beliefs are true and accurate.

In order to change the relationship we have with money, we have to reprogram our subconscious mind.  This requires replacing negative thoughts and feelings that are inaccurate with positive thoughts and feelings that give us the results we want.

Most people would like to increase their income, however negative thoughts about what they have to do to make more money often counters their intention.  For example, if you have the belief that you have to be dishonest to make money – and you see yourself as an honest person – you will avoid making lots of money so you don’t compromise your status as an honest person.  However, this belief is not true.  You can make as much money as you want through honest means and all the while maintain the highest levels of honesty and integrity.

Making a list of your most negative thoughts about money will help you to bring these deep-seated thoughts and feelings to the surface so you can view them and choose a replacement thought and feeling.

Many years ago, I sat down with a note pad and created two columns.  In the left column, I listed my most negative thoughts about money.  In the right hand column, I wrote a positive affirmation that would reprogram the negative into the positive.

This process totally transformed my relationship to money.  I highly recommend that you make your own list and pay attention to the thoughts that come up as you read the list below.  Feel free to use any of these and add them to your list.

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Negative Thoughts about Money

Changing the relationship we have with money requires that we reprogram our subconscious mind.  This means replacing negative thoughts and feelings that are inaccurate with positive thoughts and feelings that give us the results we want…

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