How You Feel Now = How You'll Feel Then
Christy Lambert has guest posted here before, but this might be my favorite post she’s ever written.
For those of us who sometimes think we’ll feel better once we manifest our desires, Christy explains why that’s not going to work out so well. Enjoy this tidbit of manifesting enlightenment:
If you’re feeling like there’s not enough right now, chances are when you reach your goals, it will still feel like there’s “not enough.” Which pretty much sucks.
The only way to get to true abundance is through abundance – which doesn’t mean there isn’t value in simply having money and reaching your goals. I’m a big believer in having money. I’m an even bigger believer in having money in way that actually feels good, and supports your overall happiness and wellbeing.
– Christy Lambert, Radical Abundance
It’s easy to get into the habit of thinking that our lives will be better and we’ll be happier once we reach a certain goal. But in reality, what ultimately ends up shaping the experience of your life is how you choose to feel as you move towards your goals.
This is good news! It means you can start experiencing more joy, freedom, connection or whatever else you want to experience right now. You don’t have to wait for something to happen. You can choose happiness today.
Try this exercise:
Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle.
On the left hand side make a list of 25 things you want in your life. It can be anything from a new job to a pool to having your debt paid off.
Then on the right side, write down how you think having this thing will make you feel.
Here’s an example:
- More travel = Free, inspired, educated
- Pool = Reflective, fun, relaxed
- Debt paid off = Secure, free
Once you’re done with both lists notice if any themes come up. This exercise gives you insight into what you’re most craving in your life. For me it’s typically a mix of freedom, security, inspiration & joy.
Now here’s where it gets fun – you can choose to experience these emotions right now. Today. Before you change anything about your life. You can do that a few different ways:
1) consciously choose to take a specific action each day that will generate the feeling you want.
2) take time to reflect on all the ways you already have the feeling you want available to you. For example, notice five ways you are already secure. What are five ways relaxation is available to you now?
Don’t wait until you reach your goals to feel good. Choose to feel good today. You are 100% responsible for creating the life and the feelings you want to experience.
It’s your turn! Do the exercise above and share on the blog one feeling you want to experience and one example of how that feeling is available to you right now.
Christy Lambert is devoted to helping people transform their relationship with money. Find her online here.