Fake It Till You Make It
As a strict adherent to The Four Agreements
- Do your best.
- Be impeccable with your words.
- Don’t take things personally.
- Don’t make assumptions.
“Faking” anything seems like a breach of the agreement BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORDS. But, I don’t think "faking" abundance… or living abundantly needs to be a dishonest act.
Of course, we are familiar with the unfortunate UAW’s even if we are unfamiliar with the term “UAW”. Under Accumulators of Wealth, as profiled in Millionaire Next Door by researchers Stanley and Danko are people who spend far more than they earn in the pursuit of social status or consumer satisfaction. This dishonest way of living is more an embodiment of Affluenza, not abundance.
“Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy with what you have” ~Zig Ziglar
I think a better guidepost for “Faking Abundance Until You Realize Abundance” is the concept of “Paying Yourself First”.
The idea is that you should prioritize your savings over all other expenses or purchases. While this may sounds difficult or impossible, JD Roth of Getting Rich Slowly provides three benefits in support of paying yourself first:
You’re prioritizing saving
When you pay yourself first, you’re mentally establishing saving as a priority. You’re telling yourself that you are more important than the electric company or the landlord. Building savings is a powerful motivator — it’s empowering.
You’re developing good financial habits
Paying yourself first encourages sound financial habits. Most people spend their money in the following order: bills, fun, saving. Unsurprisingly, there’s usually little left over to put in the bank. But if you bump saving to the front — saving, bills, fun — you’re able to set the money aside before you rationalize reasons to spend it.
You’re prepared for money emergencies
By paying yourself first, you’re building a cash buffer with real-world applications. Regular steady contributions are an excellent way to build a nest egg. You can use the money to deal with emergencies. You can use it to purchase a house. You can use it to save for retirement. Paying yourself first gives you freedom — it opens a world of opportunity.
One tool that might help you with this habit building is YNAB (YouNeedABudget.com).
While prioritizing savings and cultivating financial creativity is an important part of an abundance mindset, practicing emotional abundance is more important.
“Love Wastefully-- or, as the saying goes: “Kindness is free. Sprinkle that *%@# EVERYWHERE!”
Your happiness is not dependant upon other people, your surroundings, or your possession
Happiness is a choice. And realizing this is the fundamental component to Abundance.
Your outlook, your disposition, your words-- Your emotional reality is an infinite well from which you can draw positivity or despair.
Your experience is your choice.
You can choose to live a life confined by scarcity.
You can choose to live a life that expands, in tune with the abundance of the universe.