Is your life full of scarcity & distraction?
Home Internet is very expensive in Oman, so I when I signed up for the Internet I subscribed to an Internet package with a small amount of data. I reasoned that I had access to the Internet at work so there was no need to pay for too much Internet at home. That was true and, to an extent, it served me well. But, I was constantly checking to see how many Internet gigabytes I had left, and then paying a little more money to add extra gigabytes - one gigabyte here and one gigabyte there - so that I had enough to last me to the end of the month.
I didn’t realise at the time that I was operating from a scarcity mentality. And all just to save a few dollars!! When I started my blog, I had to spend a lot more time on the Internet, at least at the beginning as I was learning how to do everything. I had to continually check out how to do each little thing. So, I upgraded my monthly Internet plan to make sure that I had plenty of gigabytes. This meant that I didn’t have to call up the Internet provider all the time and I could happily surf the net to find any information that I needed.
A huge bonus was that I now had plenty of Internet gigs, so I could do a lot more things online. I started watching interesting videos. I could watch Ted talks. I listened to podcasts. Then I started signing up for free online business and mindset related Masterclass lectures to help me get ideas to improve my blog and get more clarity about how I wanted to develop my blog into a coaching business. Boy, was I learning lots and getting more and more enthusiastic about the direction I was heading in! I didn’t realise it, but by upgrading my Internet plan I was actually upgrading my life! Inadvertently, I had given myself permission for abundance and opportunity. The more I focussed my search, the more opportunities started presenting themselves.
One of the opportunities was a Masterclass called “Playful Prosperity”. I loved the energy of the coach, the content and the way the content was presented. As it was right up my alley and I really thought that it would be valuable for me, I signed up to do the program. And, I was right! It’s amazing and fun. I am learning so much and getting lots of ideas, as well as support. Lots of the people taking the course are already coaches and speakers, so I can learn from them. We also have weekly live coaching sessions so I get to observe a coach in action. I feel like I am being coached myself.
The important learning about this situation for me was that, while I was scrimping and scraping with the amount of Internet data and constantly being worried about how many gigabytes I had left and how much it would cost, I was limiting myself and plagued with distraction. This limiting thinking affected everything I did on the Internet. However, when I spent a little more money, I was relaxed and calm, and could follow up anything that I wanted to. No more scarcity distracted lens!
This made me think about other areas of my life. Is this scarcity mentality only linked to the Internet scenario or does it dominate other areas of my life? If it does affect other areas, how does it show up? Am I so easily distracted in other situations?
An important lesson that I have learned from these Masterclass lectures is that successful entrepreneurs all have focussed intentional morning routines. Before, I used to get up early with good intentions of doing exercise but I would just spend a few minutes to check my emails first, then the news and Facebook etc, - Oh my gosh I’ve just wasted an hour – oops! Great distraction!! Too late now, time to get ready for work!
So, I have made some changes to my mornings and my priorities. Now, I start my day with meditation, followed by writing in a gratitude journal, and then some exercise. It feels great. I have made my intention to have a successful life and business more important than distraction. I start my mornings with focussed intention of how I want the rest of my day, and the rest of my life to be.
How you start your morning is how you live your day, and how you live your day is how you live your life!
What about you? How do you get distracted? How do you start your mornings? Do you limit yourself in some way?