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. Its an
excerpt of a conversation between two characters in Trina Pauluss 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 lifeespecially financiallyis desire. You have to want itmore 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 youd much rather vegetate and just watch television. You have to want it enough to ask someone if theyd be interested in your product and/or business despite your fear that they will say no. You have to want it enough that youre willing to feel rejected and disappointed and frustrated at times.
Your desire for abundanceat all levelshas to be strong enough that youre 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 scarcityespecially 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 cant or shouldnt 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 abundanceespecially financiallyyou say you want.
You can be right about all the reasons why you cant fly, or you can actually start flying. You can be right about all the reasons you dont have the abundance and success you want, or you can begin experiencing abundance and success.
Its 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 caterpillardoing what youve always done or, at the least, what is relatively comfortable. You can continue to think the thoughts youve always thought and hang onto the judgments, beliefs and expectations youve always had, or you can choose to think about flying in ways that support you to fly.
You must choose. Its 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 moreagain and again and again.
Remember, a caterpillar does not become a butterfly overnight. It slowly stops being a caterpillar and enters its cocoon (technically, its called a chrysalis)not unlike that transition period you and I go through, that in-between place where youre not where you used to be but youre 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 butterflys wings so that, when free of the confines of its cocoon, it can fly.
Its all about the strength of your desireto fly, to be abundant, to be free.
Perhaps we can rewrite the quote from Trina Pauluss 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 areand 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.