9 Tips to Live an Abundant Life

Posted by Donald Latumahina 10 Comments

Abundance is, in large part, an attitude.
Sue Patton Thoele

Living an abundant life is everyone’s dream. We all want to live a prosperous life where we can be happy and fulfilled. While it may seem difficult for some people, in reality we already have what it takes to live an abundant life. As the quote above says, the most important ingredient for abundance is attitude and your attitude is something you can control.

With that in mind, here are nine tips to help you live an abundant life:

1. Have abundance mentality

Abundant lifeAbundance mentality says that there is enough for everyone, so someone else’s gain is not your loss. This is the opposite of scarcity mentality which says that there is only a fixed amount of reward so someone else’s gain is your loss.

By having abundance mentality, you won’t feel envy when someone else succeeds. You know that you can have your own success.

2. Be grateful for what you have

More than anything else, being abundant is about how you see life. Some people may have everything but they still feel poor. Some other may have fewer but they feel abundant. You need to look at what you already have and be grateful for them instead of complaining for things you don’t have. Some people need to go through painful loss before they can appreciate what they have. Don’t let that happen to you. Here are some things to be grateful for.

3. Smile

I know it sounds simple, but smiling is an easy way to change the tone of your day. Even if your day doesn’t go as good as expected, you can always choose to respond positively. By smiling you are sending a positive message to yourself and others that you are a winner in life.

4. Start your days right

How you start your days greatly influences how they will be. That’s why you should make sure that you start your days right. While only you can define how to start your days right, here are some ideas:

  • Rise early
  • Get out of the bed right away
  • Meditate or pray
  • Exercise

5. Prepare yourself for opportunities

The way you use opportunities that come your way matters a great deal. Those who know how to best use opportunities will advance faster in life than those who don’t.

The first thing you should do is preparing yourself for opportunities so that you are ready when they come. Here are some things you can do to prepare for opportunities:

  • Know your strengths
    The opportunities you get could be unexpected, but most likely they’re related to your strengths. So it’s essential that you know what your strengths are. Books like Now, Discover Your Strengths and StrengthsFinder 2.0 have tests that can help you identify your strengths.
  • Develop your skills
    After identifying your strengths, you should develop skills that are relevant to them. See 7 Essential Tips for Developing Skills for more on it.
  • Be observant
    Open your eyes and your ears. Be on the lookout for opportunities. The best opportunities are those that are overlooked by others.

6. Make the most out of every opportunity

Once you have an opportunity, explore the full extent of it. Don’t let it pass half-used. Is there other ways to use it? Can you combine it with something you already have to create something new? Can it open related opportunities?

7. Build friendships along the way

Relationships give you a lot of joy in life. It’s through relationships that you love and be loved. Furthermore, you can get the help you need from your network of friends. 106 Tips to Become a Master Connector has some tips you might find useful.

8. Build upon what you’ve built

The easiest way to achieve greater things in life is to build upon what you’ve built. Rather than starting again from scratch, leverage what you already have to jump to the next level.

This applies to many aspects of life. For example:

  • You can apply for a better job based on the resume you’ve built.
  • You can cross promote a new business to the customers of your existing businesses.
  • You can find new connections through the network of friends you have.

9. Enjoy your life

Living an abundant life means you should be able to enjoy your life now without waiting for something big in the future. You don’t need certain amount of money or certain level of success to be happy. You can be happy right now with what you have. Read 30 Simple Ways to Enjoy Life for some ideas on how to enjoy life.

Photo by Sir Mervs


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  • http://www.squidoo.com/quantumknights Arturo Gonzalez

    Excellent recommendations. I would emphasize though the importance of proper hydration. A technique I was taught a couple of years ago is to drink six glasses of water (it’s difficult when you are starting!) first thing in the morning. Then wait about 45 minutes or an hour (while you are getting ready) to eat or drink anything else. Then continue drinking clean pure water the rest of the day as normal. This technique stimulates all the internal organs and brings them rapidly to prime condition. You will feel the difference in a few days. Also another tip is to take ice cold showers. It will feel you with super energy and also make you sleep better at night.

    Many blessings,

    Art Gonzalez
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  • http://hpshappy.blogspot.com HP van Duuren

    Thanks for the great recommendations,

    Especially to start your days right is something that I (HP)
    do in my “HP” (“Hour of Power”) when I start my day. Usually singing positive ‘Shower Songs’ doing exercising etc. etc.

    All the Best,
    To your Happy Inspiration,
    HP

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  • http://www.lifeoptimizer.org Donald Latumahina

    Arturo,
    Six glasses of water in the morning? I never knew that we need to drink that much. I definitely need to drink more then. Thanks for the tip!

    HP,
    “Hour of Power” is a good term to use, I love it. How we use the first hour of the day determines how the rest of day will be.

  • http://www.adventurouswench.com/quality.htm Adventurous Wench women tours

    Thank you so much for this! It’s a hard time now for so many people economically. That means it’s both harder than ever, and more important than ever, to maintain that abundant mentality. Every day you watch the news, it seems like scarcity is growing, but I know that focusing on that negative side is just the opposite of what we really need to do!

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  • http://www.mylifeceo.net Coral

    What a great list. Many things (all?) are to do with our mental state and what we focus on. Happiness also…Buddah said “there is no way to happiness; happiness is the way”.

  • http://www.lifeoptimizer.org Donald Latumahina

    Adventurous,
    I agree that this time we need abundance mentality more than ever. While having the mentality isn’t easy, it gives us the right attitude to rise and overcome the challenges we face.

    Coral,
    That’s a good quote. As you said, abundant life has a lot to do with our mental state and what we focus on. They become the foundation upon which we can build an abundant life.

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  • Thompson K.

    These are factual facts. It all begins with the mind. Want to be RICH? have a richness mentality.

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