My friend Dave posted the photo above to his Facebook page. His lone car in the lot means he’s got the beach to himself where the solitude and the view are priceless. I enjoy seeing Dave’s photos because I have a deep affection for empty parking lots myself.
While I love to go skiing, I really don’t like crowds. I don’t like the feeling of competing for space in the parking lot or the lodge. I don’t like waiting in lines. I don’t like dodging skiers on crowded slopes. The more people that are involved, usually the work-to-fun-ratio skews too far in an unwanted direction for me.
So I ski when the parking lot is empty. Midweek. Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays (or whenever there’s a storm). Occasionally, I’ll ski on a weekend to go with a friend, and while it’s still fun, I find it a significantly less enjoyable experience for all the practical reasons I just mentioned, but there’s something more…
When I arrive at the mountain and see so few cars in the parking lot, I feel wealthy. In that moment, I am in tune with my personal feeling of wealth. For me, while I certainly like big numbers in my account or a fan of green bills in my money clip, there’s really not a lot of juice in those ideas for me.
Having money is very cool indeed, yet I find that the greatest aspect of having money is that it can buy me some of what I really love — freedom! So for me, wealth feels like freedom. Wealth feels big, open, beautiful vistas and space. Wealth feels like being in charge of what I do and when I do it. Wealth feels like empty parking lots where I have the mountain and the day to myself.
I mention all of this for a couple reasons. First, the desire for more wealth is among the top 3 desires for most people. And yet, the reason why most people live apart from this desire is that they’ve never taken the time to define what wealth really feels like for themselves.
By default, we tend to equate being wealthy with having lots of money, shiny things, or perhaps some degree of fame. While it’s perfectly cool to decide you want any or all of those things, it’s worth taking a moment to ask yourself why you want that those things. What is it for? What do you think having it will buy you? And specifically, how would having that thing you associate with wealth make you feel?
As I said, the real reason for my desires around money are my beliefs around the freedom it will bring. So this brings me to my second point. When you identify what wealth really feels like to you (and it could be anything from taking a day off to greet an empty parking lot somewhere, to sitting on the couch watching your favorite show on TV, to drinking expensive champagne at a fine restaurant in Paris), you can begin to experience and amplify living a wealthy life, now.
You can stop waiting for all those imaginary dominos to fall in to place. You don’t have keep trying to answer a question you don’t have the answer to (“How do I get this money that I think will allow me to feel the way I want to feel?”). You can stop striving to get to some place that never seems to arrive.
You can simply decide to have your wealth, now.
And here’s the kicker… When you start living your wealthy life now — you consciously allow yourself to have the experience that connects you to wealth, now — you will naturally draw and create more of those experiences into your life. When you allow the feeling of wealth into your life, that feeling gets naturally amplified over time. You expand your own capacity and desire for wealth. This is the Law of Attraction in action. Keep in mind that the Law cuts both ways. The more you deny yourself in this moment, the more you deny yourself in the next.
So if you’re ready to allow your wealth now, you’ll need to identify what this feels like to you. Like a fingerprint, your feeling of wealth will be a vibration unique to you.
Once you know what it feels like, in order to have it now, you’re going to have to cultivate and allow that feeling. That usually means taking a few minutes to place yourself in the middle of your desires by imagining them. That may mean breaking an old routine and being selfish enough that you allow yourself to have something that you know feels good to you. In short, you need to decide to say yes to yourself and quit putting off your desires into the future.
It’s worth mentioning that for quite some time, I’d feel a tinge of guilt after “indulging” in a weekday on the slopes. On my ride home from the mountain, I’d start to see all the other people who spent the day at work, “being productive,” and here I was, playing all day. I’d start entertain an internal debate as to whether I deserved to have so much wealth in my life. In those moments, I learned to catch myself and make the simple decision that yes I did deserve it, just because I wanted it and I was willing to stand for what I wanted, now.
So here’s what I know. Over the years, by saying YES to my desire and being in those empty parking lots, I’m delighted to say that I’ve experienced nothing but an amplification of wealth in my life. By allowing things that feeling good now in my life, more and more things that feel good (including money) get created around me. I’ve never been wealthier or happier in my life than I am today. And I know for sure that the “later” that most people are waiting for is a grand illusion.
If you notice that the idea I share here feels expansive to you in any way — that you can have the wealth you really want, now — then you very well may want to take the time to identify what true wealth feels like to you and just allow yourself to bask in that feeling now. The more you connect to this feeling, the more you live it, the more you’ll see that the wealth you’ve been wanting has been waiting for you to say yes to it all along.
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If you’re attracted to this idea and you’re ready to experience your own version of true wealth now, please consider joining me in my new Law of Attraction mini-program, inspired by my love for empty parking lots and open vistas.
INSTANT WEALTH: HAVING THE WEALTH YOU REALLY WANT, NOW.
Every day for 5 days you will gain access series of conversations to guide you through the process of Instant Wealth. These conversations are channelled from a Law of Attraction perspective and you can listen/download at your convenience.
The topics include:
Day 1: The Metaphysics of Manifesting Wealth: Why You Can’t Have it Later
Day 2: Defining Wealth for Yourself: Making Wealth Real for You.
Day 3: Now Means Now
Day4: Take a Stand For Your Wealth
Day 5: This is All Easier Than You Think: Hell, You Can Even Give Up Completely
* SUPER-COOL BONUS:
* LIVE 90-MINUTE COACHING WORKSHOP ON INSTANT WEALTH
WHAT YOU GET
1) You get access to all the INSTANT WEALTH daily conversations (over an hour of leading edge material, spread over 5 days)
2) You get to join the live 90-minute coaching workshop where you are free to ask ANY question you have (worth the price of admission alone)
All recordings will be in your inbox each day. You can listen whenever you like and the recordings may be downloaded.
The live coaching workshop will be held (and recorded) on Friday, November 7th at NOON EST.
Join this series if you are ready to have your wealth, now. The feelings you can expect include from connecting to this material? Freedom, Relief, Clarity, Ease, and True Wealth.
This series is not about fixing money problems. Just the opposite in fact. These conversations are about connecting to the feeling of the wealth that surrounds you and having it now. Listen to the sample for the vibe…
This is the first 5 minutes
To gain access to all the coaching materials and the live coaching call, just register now and the first recording will be sent you immediately. (In fact, I send you access to all the recordings right away. You can listen/download whenever you like).
The Instant Wealth series is just $50. That’s it.
(The coaching session alone would normally be much more than that…)
Registration closes November 3rd, 2014
Hope to connect with you soon,
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