What is abundance? What does it have to do with creativity?
People have been asking me more and more about what this means to me.
I have built a successful business as a story coach, director and facilitator for twenty years. I get to teach with big-wig artists and writers sometimes. I seem to have always made more money through my business than most of my peers and contemporaries. I think there are many reasons for this and I want to share them with you.
First, it’s important to define the kind of life you want and envision it. It will change and morph over time as you step more and more into your full, radiant power, if this is a path you choose.
When I began teaching this work, I was desperate to simply find a way to survive in Santa Fe, with my daughter, who was then three years old. Her father, the former breadwinner, had a schizophrenic break, and was not only unable to support us any longer, but due to the severity of his mental illness, was no longer able to help in any way, at all. I was on my own with very few resources financially, at my disposal.
Though I came from a family who had money (not necessarily true, deep and full abundance), very little was offered in support of my situation. It was up to me.
Almost twenty years later, I look back in awe and gratitude. If someone had been willing to bail me out, I would never have experienced the freedom, the joy, the autonomy and the flow that I do today.
The need to make money, I mean a real need to put food on the table, make a car payment, pay for my daughter’s pre-school etc, set me in motion and pointed me toward my North Star like nothing else.
I’d already written and performed several solo shows, but I made almost no money on them. I also knew nothing of becoming a creative entrepreneur, yet that is exactly what I did.
Here is the gig, when it comes to flow and abundance around money in an unconventional lifestyle: the more you show who you are, fully and boldly, the more others want to work with you or sponsor you, hence, the more money you make.
Here are some of my deep and lived strategies for creating, attracting and building abundance, in a nut-shell.
1) Have an attitude of resilience no matter what.
I’ve personally been through sexual abuse recovery, 12 step programs, divorce, great loss through death of beloveds, anxiety disorder and being broke with a young child. No matter what, know and believe, in your heart, that you will get through it and ultimately triumph. Be pro-active. I cannot stress this enough. If one medication is not working, go try another, seek help from people who have what you want, constantly challenge old belief systems that may be limiting you, write everyday. You can stop and take a break but never give in to the collapse. You have tools and there are always options. Seek them out and use them.
2) Good people are everywhere and want to help you. Find them.
When I was totally unknown, promoting my book and monologue show, “The Cancer Monologue Project” , people asked me how I possibly got my work into Oprah’s Magazine, on NPR, and on the CBS Early Show. I asked people to help me.
At Oprah, for example, I called at least twenty editors without getting a returned call. Then miraculously, I got through to one of the more junior editors. As it turned out, her mother was going through treatment for cancer. She asked me to send her some excerpts from the book, which I did. She called me back, weeping and said that she wanted to help me. Though she was not in a position to make the call to get me in the magazine, she made my project her “pet project” and pitched one of her co-workers, a senior editor who got it in the magazine.
I have so many stories like this from years in my creative career. Ask, and ask again, and ask someone else, and ask, yet again. You will get in the door if you are in your integrity and have something of value to offer.
3) Embody generosity.
Be a generous person yourself. Embody the spirit of generosity. Do not be stingy when it comes to letting a car go in front of you or picking up a check. You receive back, as you invest. Invest with your heart, mind and yes, money, in good things and people. Money flows to people who love people and people who are open to both give and receive. I filmed an entire video on generosity – The Secret to My Success as a Story Coach – which you can watch here.
When you do begin to make real money, invest it in your business and in yourself. Loving your business and representing it in the world in a way that honors and respects it, will bring great abundance back to you. Loving yourself is the recognition of your own value. People see it, feel it, notice it and remember it. People want to do business with people who respect and love themselves as well as others.
Assignment for the Day:
Check in with yourself and your ongoing experience of creativity and abundance. Are the two integrated in your life? If not, what action steps can you do to align yourself more with your true self and the financial abundance that you want to create?