How to Use Appreciation to Increase Financial Abundance

If you’re a person who comes from the corporate world or maybe even a system or organization such as the teaching system that I came from, you might remember that it wasn’t considered professional to give personal compliments, praise or even any type of overall expression of appreciation. There always seemed to be fear around this: don’t say too much, don’t get too close, don’t share from your heart … so let’s take a moment to recognize what this really is: an activation of lack. That’s right, the holding back of praise and appreciation activates lack. When you withhold sharing something that is of a natural, abundant energy (like gratitude) you are activating the opposite: lack.

When you do this, lack then begins to show up in ALL other areas of your business and life as well.

Entrepreneurs should use praise as an integral part of their everyday interactions with others. What I found for myself was when I made this shift and started sharing praise and appreciation during business interaction the energy of business abundance expanded! I also made sure I didn’t have an attachment to how the praise or appreciation was received (that didn’t matter) but just allowed myself to be confidently in that abundant flow of sharing praise, sharing appreciation … everything in my business started to shift.

When I say that I wasn’t attached to how appreciation was received what I mean is I released judgment about how I expressed it and how others received it. The release of judgment for myself was ‘Oh gosh, here I am at a networking event and I shouldn’t be complimenting someone on what they are wearing; we’re here to talk about business. And definitely not if it’s a man…’ I let that all go and just connected back to what I knew was my primary intention, which was to express the appreciation and abundance that I was naturally feeling for myself and somebody else.

What I noticed as I started to do this – again, especially at business meetings, networking events, and even connecting with potential clients – was that most people are literally starving for praise. That’s right. And as I practiced this more and more what I came to further understand is that most people are starving for praise because literally (research shows) close to 95 percent of the population are just unskilled or unpracticed or amateurs in the art of interpersonal communication (and expressing appreciation is a HUGE part of being this.)

It’s not just that expressing appreciation isn’t supposedly appropriate in business; it’s that it’s not practiced hardly anywhere! Why? Because most people don’t know how and they don’t know how because they haven’t practiced it! But here’s the thing: human beings are emotional creatures. Emotional creatures have a high need (you could even say it might be a mild addiction) to the sweet-sounding words of encouragement and recognition.

So let’s look at why this makes a difference in business …

Being in business is simply about human relationships, no matter what business you’re in. If you’re in a service business, absolutely; if you’re in a product business, this applies to you too. Because who you are exchanging your energy with – whether it’s through your service or your product – the receiver on the other end is a person, a human being.

To leave emotion out of business doesn’t really make energetic sense. It actually creates a disconnect and that’s what I know I was feeling as I was holding myself back when I was in that first year of business. Honestly, I look back at that first year and I feel a sinking pit in my stomach because of all of the missed opportunities. But, then I manage my energy and am able to just embrace it, allow it. I forgive and more so, I use that to fuel myself to creating amazing connections that are filled with praise and appreciation every day in my business, with my Support Team, Coaching Team, JV Partners, Boot Camp Members, Private Mentor Clients … you name it!

I would also say that when it comes to your sharing of praise and appreciation, you do want – as Entrepreneurs – to choose this praise and appreciation to be connected with your heart, with your soul, authentically, genuinely, fully grounded from the most open-heart place.

That’s what allows appreciation energy to manifest into physical abundance. Easily.

The Magic Formula to a Healthy Mindset is Money, Abundance and Meeting All Your Needs

There are three components to Network Marketing, says trainer Jay Kubassek, “Mindset, Marketing and Mission.” Well I discovered 3 components to the mindset of a Good Network Marketer and they are Money, Abundance and fully Meeting Needs. Your Money Mindset started around age 9 when you thought independently around the subject of money. You began to make choices with money while observing the choices your family made. This shaped your experiences with money which in turn helped form the attitudes, beliefs and values you have today.

Also influencing your money mindset is the cultural values in society regarding money. What does money represent to you? To me money represents energy. It is like the smallest form of exchange we have to measure things with. We save it, we spend it and we need it to survive and meet our needs. Did you know that it is a scientific fact that all matter broken down to its smallest components is made up of energy and information?

You and I are made out of the same cosmic particles. The only difference between us is how that energy and information is organized. What actually is moneys function in the world? Well money is a measurable value we have placed on everything in the human world to help meet our needs with. The days of trading chickens for weaved baskets or cows for tools are over. Money allows us as individuals and as a community to more effectively meet all of our needs.

Do you have a healthy mindset around money? In our home business, as team leaders we will work with many people with many different money mindsets. From the extreme of poverty to the very greedy, like the scrooge who only wants more money for money’s sake, a healthy mindset and a good team leader will have found the middle path using money effectively to meet all of their needs through their home business. Abundance is the key to a healthy mindset. Life really is a miracle here on planet earth.

Did you know that all live duplicates itself? The apple seed, given love and the right nurturing becomes the orchard. A man and a woman’s love given the nurturing become a family which eventually becomes a community. In business, when you invest your energy into duplicating the business system you have in place, you can achieve financial freedom.

Have you ever heard of that Buddhist expression, “Man is a God clothed in rags?” Our rags are pretty complex. Our cells duplicate themselves so completely that every 7 years we are a brand new person. A group of cells makes up tissues. A group of tissues makes up organs. A group of organs makes up systems and a group of systems makes up a human being. In fact humans are made up of 14 systems all working synergisticaly to give us life. These 14 systems absolutely need each other and the life-supporting systems of the earth around them for us to survive.

So humans are naturally great at needing and wanting things just by virtue of being alive. Meeting our needs is what we do best. As home business owners with a healthy mindset around meeting needs, we know that improving our financial health is just one area in our life. Have you ever heard of Abraham Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs? His pyramid represents the entire picture of human needs.

On the very bottom level is our physical needs, such as food, water, shelter and clothing. The second level is our safety needs: freedom from sickness and harm. This level also includes our need for security of job, family, home, morality, health, etc. As a society, we take a portion of the money we make in the form of taxes and put it towards the infrastructure in our community that helps better serve these needs as a whole. The third level is our needs for love and a sense of belonging. This includes having family friends and a community.

The 4th level is our esteem needs. This level includes our needs for self-mastery, recognition, knowledge or education and new skills. The 5th and top of the pyramid represents our need for self-actualization. This is when we specialize in something, reaching our full potential. We use our special knowledge, gifts or talents and in turn touch the lives of others out of service to mankind.

Money is required to meet the needs on every one of these levels! Yet having more and more money doesn’t mean we are necessarily meeting all of our needs. In Network Marketing we are in the business of meeting people’s needs with our special products, services or information. With starting a home business opportunity we also help people improve their financial needs.

An unhealthy mindset of new business owners would be making statements like, “with my new business, I don’t have to send my children to College anymore. Now they won’t be slaves working 9-5 jobs. They can have everything they ever wanted from their own home business.”

This is a good example of someone pursuing money for money’s sake. It doesn’t include meeting needs on any of the other levels where needs must be met. This to me is a Scrooge mentality. Developing a Personal Wellness Plan can help you recognize your needs and begin to make improvements by giving more attention and awareness to all of your needs. You start by making a list of the following areas to improve.

Physical needs, Social needs, Financial needs, Emotional Needs, Environmental needs, Intellectual needs, Spiritual needs and Occupational needs. Under each heading write out A, B, and C. For example under Physical, A: more exercise, B: eating healthier foods, and C: prevention of illness.

Then you write out next to each one specific goals you have to meet these needs.

A: new exercise program that includes my children, B: cutting out white sugar and coffee and more fruits and vegis, C: more hand washing, build a healthier immune system. Next to that are things you are already doing to reach those goals. Beside that column you can write out other things you can do to reach those goals. The purpose of a wellness plan is to look at your overall picture of needs and make a commitment to improving each area of need in your life.

The result is a healthier mindset about money because money is tied to way more than just meeting our physical needs. It is needed to meet your baser needs, your day-to-day needs as well as your intellectual needs. The end result for everyone in home business is to reach their highest potential working in service to others by helping them meet their needs.

Having careers in the Networking Marketing Industry or Direct Sales Industry can help us to grow in many other areas than just financial. Personal development is apart of our training. So take some time today and think about what money means to you. Ask yourself how you perceive abundance in your life? Working towards meeting your needs on all levels in life and helping others to do the same will ultimately give you a healthier money mindset!

Please email me for a copy of a Personal Wellness Plan format so you can fill in your needs, set specific goals and create an amazing map of your personal needs and how to reach your goals. Optimum health means optimum performance. A healthy money mindset will give new recruits and your team a natural reason to gravitate towards your leadership.

Unlock Business Abundance Through the Power of Appreciation

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what you have into enough and more than enough. Let me share with you a bit about what I mean…

Gratitude turns denial into acceptance.
Gratitude turns chaos into order.
Gratitude turns confusion to clarity.
Gratitude creates a vision for tomorrow.
Gratitude has an energy of its own.
Gratitude gives light to darkness.
Gratitude turns a house into a home.
Gratitude turns meal into a feast.
Gratitude turns a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude can turn a lack of clients into an abundance of clients.

So you want to be grateful for the unknown blessings that you may not be able to see, but are already on their way to you…

Now, this is true…

Energy POOR entrepreneurs believe their success is primarily their own doing. They believe in the self-made person theory.

And this is also true…

Energy RICH entrepreneurs are aware that all good things come from the spirit of love and appreciation. This energy lightens a heavy heart and there is nothing more attractive than appreciation…

So here are three keys to unlock the gratitude in your heart and activate more abundance in your business:

Key #1: Reach out to loved ones. Take a moment and think about how your loved ones have helped you though rough times. Any time that someone was there to help you pick up the pieces and to give you support when you needed it. Take a moment to thank them… be it your mom, dad, sister, brother, husband, wife or best friend.

Show your appreciation for all the support they’ve shared with you in the past and then be willing to ask them to celebrate all that is still to come for you by keeping their eyes, ears and hearts open to folks who would be a match to your service. The amazing thing is that people – especially loved ones – are always happy to help. It makes them feel good!

Key #2: Reach out to clients. It’s SO very important that you show your current and past clients your appreciation for their business. Show them you are grateful by sending them cards, gifts and notes of appreciation. Just because you truly feel appreciative for the opportunity to serve!

This creates an open door for your current clients to be served in the highest way and to have them willing to share their experience with others. Clients that you truly enjoy serving will give you wonderful referrals because they know the genuine energy of your services first hand. This energy will have people keeping you in mind for months and sometimes years! Therefore either coming back for more or referring people or both!

Hint: Also always send an appreciation gift to the person who sends you a referral. Send this gratitude gift immediately.

Key #3: Reach out to potential clients. This may sound tricky but you can show your gratitude to potential clients by activating this energy in ALL of your marketing.

This is a huge difference from marketing with energy such as fear (“What if people see me as a fraud?”); manipulation (“How can I get someone to buy what I have?”); disbelief (“I’ll never get any clients”); frustration (“I’m wasting my time!”); desperation (“I have to pay my rent!”); annoyance (“People are so stupid!”); self-deprecation (“I’m no good at this…”)

I invite you to utter this truth before you use any marketing tool or begin any marketing campaign:

“The light in me, solutes the light in you.”

AND do this consistently.

The result? Consistent flow of new clients.
Appreciation is an extremely attractive energy.

Your Call To Action:

1. Check in – what do you have to be grateful for and celebrate about in your business?

2. Share this appreciation with those who are personally close to you, those that you serve and those who are on their way.

3. Be open to receive.

4. Remember: Appreciation = Attraction.