Recently, I rediscovered a quote I first heard many years ago. It hit me in my gut and my heart as much this time as it did when I first read it. It’s an excerpt of a conversation between two characters in Trina Paulus’s book, Hope for the Flowers:

“How does one become a butterfly?” one of them asks.

And the response is: “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

Bottom line, the key to accessing and experiencing greater levels of abundance in your business and your life—especially financially—is desire. You have to want it—more than you want the comfort and familiarity of what you have in your life right now.

You have to want it more than your desire to “look good” or “do things right,” i.e. to not make a mistake. Your desire for abundance and prosperity needs to be stronger than your desire to be liked, to be just like everyone else, to fit in.

You have to want it enough to pick up the phone and make a call when you’d much rather vegetate and just watch television. You have to want it enough to ask someone if they’d be interested in your product and/or business despite your fear that they will say no. You have to want it enough that you’re willing to feel rejected and disappointed and frustrated at times.

Your desire for abundance—at all levels—has to be strong enough that you’re willing to act on it despite any knots of fear you may feel in your stomach and despite any challenges you encounter.

You have to want to fly more than you want to be a caterpillar. You have to be willing to take the risk of letting go of what you have and what you know and who you know yourself to be. Bottom line, you have to want to experience greater abundance so much that you are willing to give up your thoughts of lack, limitation, “not enough” and scarcity—especially in terms of yourself!

If you want to access and experience greater abundance, you need to be willing to let go of your need to be “right” about what life is like, what people are like, your “reality” and all the reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t be abundant.

You have to want to be abundant so much that you are willing to give up your excuses, rationalizations, justifications, complaints and all the people or things you blame for the fact that you do not have the success and abundance—especially financially—you say you want.

You can be “right” about all the reasons why you can’t fly, or you can actually start flying. You can be “right” about all the reasons you don’t have the abundance and success you want, or you can begin experiencing abundance and success.

It’s a question of focus. Are you focused on flying and being a butterfly, or are you focused on what you might have to give up, your fears, your challenges, your comfort zone?

Are you focused on flying or on no longer being able to crawl?

It all comes down to these questions: What do you want? And how strong is your desire?

Each moment you get to choose. You can choose to take the next step and the next action toward flying as a butterfly, or you can choose to remain a caterpillar—doing what you’ve always done or, at the least, what is relatively comfortable. You can continue to think the thoughts you’ve always thought and hang onto the judgments, beliefs and expectations you’ve always had, or you can choose to think about flying in ways that support you to fly.

You must choose. It’s impossible to move forward and stay in the same place at the same time. Then you must choose again and again and again. Then you must choose some more—again and again and again.

Remember, a caterpillar does not become a butterfly overnight. It slowly stops being a caterpillar and enters its cocoon (technically, it’s called a chrysalis)—not unlike that transition period you and I go through, that in-between place where you’re not where you used to be but you’re not yet where you want to be.

Even the process of emerging from the cocoon takes time and is not without struggle. The struggle is precisely what strengthens the emerging butterfly’s wings so that, when free of the confines of its cocoon, it can fly.

It’s all about the strength of your desire—to fly, to be abundant, to be free.

Perhaps we can rewrite the quote from Trina Paulus’s book:

“How does one become free and abundant?” you ask.

The response is: “You must want it so much that you are willing to give up being less than who you really are.”

Is your desire that strong? Are you willing to give up being less than who you really are—and all of your excuses, limitations and rationalizations that keep you crawling so that you can start to fly?

You cannot access and experience abundance by hanging on to scarcity. Are you willing to let go and start flying?

TERESA ROMAIN is the President and Founder of
Access Abundance!™ Services International, an organization
dedicated to helping people access greater levels of abundance.