Few of us, myself included, have been programmed or conditioned to experience success and abundance with ease. Instead, we’ve been taught, “You have to work hard to get ahead,” “life is a struggle,” and “nothing is easy.”

Most of us came to accept these beliefs, rather than question them, and as a result, have expended great amounts of time and energy struggling and working hard to achieve the success and abundance we desire.

And if you are one of those who chose not to accept these beliefs? Then there’s a good chance you’ve rebelled and have looked for the “easy way” to your dreams—probably with little success.

What so many of us never realized is that “finding the easy way” is not the same as experiencing ease in the process of accessing greater levels of success and abundance.

Fighting with the Thermostat

Consider the universal principle of abundance I’ve mentioned repeatedly in this column; for example, the idea that “the internal creates the external.” [See our March/April 2005 issue—Ed.] More specifically, this says that your internal creates your external. This is not unlike a scientific formula.

Let’s say that the external result you desire is a residual monthly income of $5000. Using this formula, we can deduce that your internal condition must first be set or programmed for having a residual monthly income of $5000. Unless and until this is so, you will not achieve your desired result—or if you do, it will only be with great effort and struggle, and you will not be able to sustain it.

Imagine that your central air conditioning’s thermostat is set at 62 degrees. One result of this setting is you’re freezing. Let’s say that you don’t know where the thermostat is located, or how to change it if you could locate it.

What do you do? You put on a sweatshirt. When that doesn’t help, you put on a wool sweater. Still freezing, you turn on the oven hoping the heat it generates will warm you up. Finally, in desperation, you build a fire in the fireplace.

No matter what you do, it doesn’t work—because the thermostat is still set at 62 degrees. Every time you start heating the house above 62 degrees, the air conditioning kicks on and cools it back down again!

How’s that for hard work, struggle and frustration?

Your Abundance Thermostat

You have an internal thermostat that works the same way. It’s comprised of your conscious and subconscious thoughts and emotions, beliefs and expectations. No matter how hard you work or what new actions you take, you won’t experience different results (at least not permanently) until you change your internal thermostatic setting.

Your external results automatically reflect your internal settings. In fact, they do so with ease.

It’s only when you try to achieve external results that are not congruent with your internal settings that you experience the struggle and hard work most of us consider to be a “normal” part of the process.

Let’s again use the example of seeking a $5000 monthly residual income. To achieve that through your networking business, you would take actions that include making phone calls, sending e-mails, scheduling parties or presentations, working at a display booth at an expo and/or conducting trainings.

However, notice that in taking these actions, you are spending all your time and energy on trying to change the external without first (or simultaneously) making sure your internal thoughts and emotions, beliefs and expectations are set for the result your actions are intended to produce.

Remember, if your internals are not programmed accordingly, the actions you take will be no more effective than putting on sweaters and building a fire in a home set for 62 degrees!

Time to Reprogram the Thermostat

I certainly acknowledge the value of all those other actions you may be taking; nevertheless, here’s the critical question: what actions are you taking to reprogram your internal setting? Do you know how to go about shifting or readjusting that internal setting to support you to have the $5000 you seek? Do you even know what your internal setting is?

How much time and energy, if any, are you investing toward this process?

I’m clear that the work of recognizing, experiencing and reprogramming any limiting or sabotaging internal beliefs is not always “easy” work, especially at first. It can be challenging, difficult, at times even painful. Ironically, though, it is only by doing this internal work that your actions will support you to achieve your desired external results with ease.

Perhaps you believe that you have already done the internal reprogramming necessary. Perhaps, like me, you’ve done a ton of personal development programs, seminars and workshops. If so, here is the best way to know whether or not you’ve done the internal reprogramming necessary: look at your external results—especially your monetary results.

In our example, I would ask, do you have the $5000 monthly residual income you desire?

If not, then this is a strong indicator that you’ve not yet completed the necessary internal reprogramming to achieve that result.

Your internal creates your external. It’s as simple as that.

If there’s an external result you’ve sought and have been struggling to achieve for a long time, it may be time for you to do the “hard work” of internal awareness and transformation. By doing so, you will finally be able to achieve the external result you’ve wanted.

In fact, you will be able to do so with ease!

TERESA ROMAIN 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.