Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Abundance Test

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When you look at your life, do you feel like you have all you need? That your "cup runneth over?"

Today, I took a test to figure out my “abundance score.” The test is part of a course called The Real More by Robert Holden (Author of Happiness NOW!, Shift Happens!, Success Intelligence and Be Happy). You can take the abundance test herehere or here.

The test is geared towards finding "real" abundance by looking at how much you accept yourself, relationships, knowing what you want out of life, your relationship with money, your ability to give and receive, forgiveness, gratitude, being present in your life and knowing your purpose.

These are all of the things I know I should focus on in my quest to live my best life and I feel like I do focus on. My score on one site was and 84 and on the other site, I was in the "68 to 83" point group so I figure I am on the cusp.

Here's the breakdown of what that means:

If you scored 84 to 100 points:

At this level, you experience an inner shift in which you realize that true abundance is much more about "being" than it is about "having," "going," "doing" and "getting." Here, you discover to your great delight that your unconditioned self is made of everything you are trying to find in the world. Joy is your spiritual DNA, love is your original energy and your true nature is already free. As you manifest more of your true nature, you naturally experience a life that is rich in every way.

If you scored 68 to 83 points:

To increase your abundance score, invest more time identifying the "real more" that you really want. Ask yourself, "What do I really value?" And, "What is sacred to me?" And, "What do I love?" The more honest you are with yourself, the more you will realize what you truly want and what you already have. "You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy," philosopher Eric Hoffer said. The clearer you are, the less obstacles and distractions you will meet.

I can agree with both assessments. There are some areas like gratitude, giving and relationships that I have put high priority on and have seen great results in my well being. At the same time, I recognize that I can work a lot more on being present (rather than worrying about tomorrow) and on being firm in my purpose and what I want out of life--and actually taking the steps to get there. In many ways, I am doing that but not to the exclusion of spending hours on things I'm not passionate about.

I don't like speaking for others but I'd venture to say that we all have room to grow. This test was a good way to remind me of how I can grow. There was also an article with helpful exercises in getting to true abundance (at least on Oprah's site). Check it out here.

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