By GG Renee Hill

Start and end the day with gratitude. Trust that you already have everything you need. Know for sure that what you give comes back to you. These are just a few concepts that create an abundant life. There is more to it than just praying for blessings and waiting to receive.

I was raised to pray daily – morning, day and night, actually. But I remember always asking for God to intervene and fix something. I would wait for my prayers to be answered and if things didn’t go my way, I thought I’d done something wrong.

My approach is quite different now. I pray for strength to be resilient and see past my own understanding, trusting that my struggles are for my greater good. And when I’m feeling anything but abundant, I know that my best recourse is to uplift someone else. To use what I have to do what I can. This isn’t always easy. Sometimes we become so consumed with our own needs and problems that we think we don’t have anything left to give. But there is always enough love to go around.

Even when you think that you have nothing left, give.
Whether it's your time, a kind word, or a sympathetic ear. When we cling to ourselves and our sense of lack, we are not creating an environment that attracts abundance. Don't listen to the messages that dominate the world, telling us that there is not enough and we must cling to our own. When we give our time and our energy to each other, we create a cycle of generosity that gets bigger and bigger as more of us adopt this philosophy. When you think of yourself as rich, and you give what you can, you will receive in kind. Giving always signals abundance.

Focus on what you have instead of what you don’t.
Notice the blessings all around you that you often taken for granted. Get creative and repurpose things. How can you use what you have to help someone else? Question whether you really need what you think you do. The mindset of lack can easily creep into every area of our lives whether it’s time or money or energy. So be mindful of what you say to yourself. If you constantly tell yourself that you don’t have time, then you won’t. If you tell yourself that you don’t have any money, then you won’t. Speak abundance into your life instead. Try these affirmations: “I can always make time for what matters to me. Money comes to me easily and all of my needs are being met.”

Make gratitude your default state of mind.
Say thank you for everything all the time. Be grateful for the ability to give, no matter how small you perceive your contributions to be. Feel the joy of giving and receiving, knowing that you are creating a positive cycle in the world. Say thank you for the blessings you have not yet received. Gratitude is about awareness and choosing to place a high priority on finding the goodness in your life. This feeling will naturally inspire you to pass your abundance on to others.

In order to create more abundance in your life, try spending time each day writing down what you are grateful for and brainstorming ways that you can give back. It will boost your spirits, I promise.

GG Renee is an independent author, a life coach, a feeler and an overthinker. She writes for the crazy beautiful complex free creative inspired love drunk woman who relishes her quiet time and believes in miracles. Blog // Twitter // Instagram