Two thousand years ago, Plato, Aristotle and Ptolemy taught--and people ardently believed--that the planets and the sun revolved around the Earth. Sixteen centuries later, first Copernicus, then Galileo and Kepler finally challenged the ancients' view. They introduced a heretical new theory: that all planets--including Earth--actually revolve a-round the sun. This proposition was denounced because of its revolutionary view. Galileo was convicted of heresy and sentenced to life imprisonment. (Indeed, the Roman Catholic church did not overturn his conviction until 1992, when it repealed the 1616 law he had been accused of violating. Today, we know that Gali-leo and his colleagues were right.
Why did it take so long to discover the right answer? There were many brilliant men and women in the world before Copernicus and Galileo: why didn't anyone else see a truth that today seems almost self-evident?
Because their belief that the sun revolved around the Earth precluded them from seeing it.
Before Copernicus and Galileo, everyone was looking for the answer through the wrong "lens"--the wrong paradigm. As long as they looked through that paradigm, they could never find the solution.
Is there a lens you're looking through that may be preventing you from finding the solution in your life--from seeing what actually revolves around what?
The Wrong End of the Telescope
Why does it take so long for many people to achieve the level of abundance they desire, if they ever reach it at all? Do you or your associates frequently feel that you don't have enough money, time or energy? Why do so many networkers regularly experience overwhelm, exhaustion, and excessive busy-ness--even to the point of thinking of them as "honor badges" on the road to success?
Honestly, how often is your reality one of scarcity, despite your desire for it to be otherwise?
While we continue to struggle and work hard to "fix" what appears to be pervasive scarcity, it often seems we make little progress toward its solution. Or, we may succeed in our quest to make more money, yet remain puzzled as to why we don't experience the fulfillment we expected.
What if, like the astron-omers, we are taking the wrong approach? Could it be that the lens through which we're looking at the problem is what prevents us from seeing the solution?
Far more than most realize, scarcity is precisely the lens through which most of us look at life, ourselves and our problems. In fact, scarcity is the dominant paradigm of the business world--indeed, of our entire culture.
It's almost like looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope: instead of everything growing and flourishing, things look smaller and smaller!
A Revolutionary Perspective
Experiencing abundance and success in your business and life requires looking at the situation through another lens, one as revolutionary as the theories of Copernicus and Galileo centuries ago. It means replacing scarcity with abundance as the pre-supposed constant in your life. It means turning the telescope around and taking a fresh look at the life around us.
What if the abundance you need, in any and all areas of your life, is already available to you in unlimited supply? What if you didn't have to create it, compete for it, hoard it, fear losing it, or work hard for it? What if all you had to do was to access it and let it flow?
What if the Earth actually revolves around the sun--not the other way around?
Wallace D. Wattles writes of this in his timeless classic, The Science of Getting Rich:
"No one is poor because nature is poor or because there is not enough to go around. Nature is an inexhaustible storehouse of riches; the supply will never run short. ... If you want to be rich, you must not make a study of poverty. Things are not brought into being by thinking about their opposites. Health is never attained by studying disease and thinking about disease; righteousness is not to be promoted by studying sin and thinking about sin; and no one ever got rich by studying poverty and thinking about poverty."
In other words, you won't find abundance by looking for it through the lens of scarcity.
How will you choose to look at the limitations, difficulties and challenges you experience in your life today: through the lens of scarcity, or through that of abundance? Will you focus on the frustrations, the limitations, the delays and all the ways something is not enough--or on the possibilities, the opportunities, and the abundance in all things?
How might it empower you if you were able to experience gratitude for all things you experience--even the challenges, frustrations, difficulties? What if you were able to see the abundance, and not the scarcity, that exists within every moment and every person in your life...including yourself?
You might well discover that many of your "problems" will disappear, or that you will be empowered to respond to them in new ways, ways that support abundance rather than self-perpetuating lack.
If, like Copernicus and Galileo, you choose the revolutionary approach and look at your business and life through the lens of abundance, the possibilities for abundance that lie before you are unlimited!
is founder of Access Abundance, an organization dedicated to helping people access greater levels of abundance, freedom and fulfillment in their daily lives. She lives with her husband, Dan, in the small town of Baraboo, Wisconsin.