The Importance of Presence: Behind the Scenes of Chapter 3 in Busting the Scarcity Mindset

It’s time for the next sneak peek behind the scenes of our upcoming book on busting the scarcity mindset! Below is a summary of Chapter 3: Create—In a Be, Then Do Way.

The Importance of Presence

The title of Ram Dass’ classic book from 1971 states the first principle of creation: Be Here Now. Being present is essential to creating anything because it ensures that we are starting with a present-moment mindset. If we begin with a past mindset, we will recreate the past. If we begin with a future mindset, we may overlook important information in the present that could hold the keys to our success in the future. Presence is where it’s at, literally.

Being present, often referred to as mindfulness, requires staying fully engaged with the current moment. This practice can have profound benefits that will directly impact your ability to create.

Here are five reasons why being present is essential to creating:

  1. Improved Mental Health: Being present helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms. By focusing on the here and now, we are less likely to dwell on past regrets or worry about the future, leading to a calmer and more peaceful state of mind. When we are at peace, we create from a clean slate.
  2. Better Relationships: Presence allows for deeper and more meaningful interactions with others. This is key to finding quality people who can help you make your creations a reality. When you are fully attentive in conversations and interactions, it fosters stronger connections, better communication, and a greater sense of empathy and understanding.
  3. Increased Productivity and Focus: Mindfulness enhances concentration and focus, allowing for better performance at work and creating wealth overall. Being present helps minimize distractions and enables us to fully engage with the task at hand. This leads to higher quality outcomes and efficiency.
  4. Greater Enjoyment and Satisfaction: Engaging fully in the present moment enriches experiences, whether that moment is enjoying a meal, spending time in nature, creating something purposeful, or participating in hobbies. This heightened awareness can elevate enjoyment and lead to greater overall satisfaction.
  5. Intentional Decision Making: Being present helps in making more thoughtful, informed decisions. By focusing on the current situation and tuning into your emotions and thoughts without the clutter of past experiences or future anxieties, you can evaluate options more clearly and make choices that are aligned with your vision for what you are creating.

Cultivating a habit of being present can enhance your overall well-being, transform your interactions with others, and exponentially improve your ability to create wealth.

Being, Then Doing

An important distinction, however, is that we must focus on being first, and doing second. In our modern culture, we do the reverse and often prioritize doing over being. It takes a level of intention and discipline to focus on being first. This is much more effective than focusing on doing first because it centers us on what matters most. When we are grounded in our being, any action we take from that mindful place will be aligned with our own motives, goals and values.

Many people focus on being through meditation. Eileen Luders, a researcher at the Department of Neurology at UCLA’s School of Medicine has discovered evidence that meditation changes the physical structure of the brain. As an article in Mindful magazine states, “Like anything else that requires practice, meditation is a training program for the brain. ‘Regular use may strengthen the connections between neurons and can also make new connections,’ Luders explains. ‘These tiny changes, in thousands of connections, can lead to visible changes in the structure of the brain.’ Those structural changes, in turn, create a brain that is better at doing whatever you’ve asked it to do. Musicians’ brains could get better at analyzing and creating music. Mathematicians’ brains may get better at solving problems.”

In short, we can train our brains to get better at anything with focused attention. For example, if we want to be more resilient in the face of adversity, we can meditate on acceptance. If we want to improve our concentration, we can focus on the breath or a candle flame. If we want to experience more abundance, we can focus on gratitude. Being present and focusing on the here and now helps us improve our overall awareness and bring what we want to create into existence.

Pastor Chuck Swindoll shared a beautiful insight into the difference between being and doing in one of his daily devotionals:

“Doing is usually connected with a vocation or career, how we make a living. Being is much deeper. It relates to character, who we are, and how we make a life.”

When we prioritize who we are over what we do, we can make a life we are proud to live. As a creator—of a business, a work of art, a family, a home, a life — we each have a responsibility to create our own being first. Only then can we create from an authentic place of integrity and produce meaningful results.

So if the first step to creating wealth is being present, I ask: Where are you now?

Prosperity is all about measuring progress. In order to create the life we desire, we need to have an accurate picture of where we are now—and a greater vision of where we are headed.

In Chapter 3, we guide you to use the Prosperity Thinkers’ Focus Wheel to measure your level of satisfaction in each of the following areas to assess your current situation:

  • Faith
  • Finances
  • Friends
  • Food
  • Fitness
  • Family
  • Freedom
  • Fortune

Once you’ve established your baseline and your vision for where you are headed, you can set attainable goals—for being, then doing—and Visioneer your future. Creating wealth requires a proactive mindset, encapsulated perfectly in the “be first, do second” attitude. This approach emphasizes the importance of establishing a strong personal and professional identity—being someone who initiates and leads—before jumping into actions and tasks. Knowing yourself and how you lead will make your tasks ten times easier.

Keep Your Money Moving to Serve Your Being and Doing

So how can the velocity and flow of money serve your being and doing? First, it’s important to note that we must make room for money to flow. This could mean clearing physical space, opening up our minds to new ideas, or removing obstacles to financial growth. While some people are prone to accumulating and saving money, keeping it moving will actually better serve your sense of purpose. Stagnant things don’t grow; dynamic things do.

To effectively keep your money moving and serving both your being and doing aspects, it’s important to consider how your financial activities align with your broader life goals and values. Here are a few ideas of how you can keep money moving to support both your present awareness (being) and your future aspirations (doing):

1. Strategically Allocate Your Resources

  • Budget for both mindfulness and growth: Allocate funds for activities that enhance your present awareness and personal growth, such as meditation courses, yoga classes, or spiritual retreats. These investments help nurture your “being” by fostering a deeper sense of inner peace and mindfulness.
    • Invest in your goals: Channel a portion of your finances into investments or savings that fund your future goals. Whether it’s saving for a home, investing in education, or starting a business, these actions support your “doing” by building a foundation for future achievements.
    • Maintain flexibility: Keep some of your resources fluid to allow for spontaneous decisions that can lead to personal enrichment and joy, embodying the balance of being present while also planning for the future.

2. Use Financial Tools to Enhance Both Modes

  • Automate savings and investments: Use financial tools that automatically route a predefined portion of your income to savings and investment accounts. This not only simplifies the process of securing your future but also helps you maintain peace of mind in the present.
    • Engage with a trusted financial advisor: Regular consultations with your financial advisor can help you stay aligned with your financial goals without getting overly consumed by the mechanics of financial planning, thus supporting your “being” mode by reducing stress.
    • Embrace technology: Utilize apps and online platforms for managing your finances (such as Currence, which I highly recommend!) which can provide insights and track your progress towards both immediate and long-term financial goals, supporting your active “doing” efforts.

3. Periodically Review and Adjust Your Financial Strategy

  • Reflect on personal values and goals: Regularly assess the areas of the Focus Wheel to determine whether your spending, saving, and investment choices align with your evolving personal values and life goals. This ensures that your finances are not just a means to an end, but a living, moving part of a fulfilling life journey.
    • Adapt to life changes: Be prepared to modify your financial plans as your life circumstances and goals change. This may involve shifting funds between different accounts, changing investment strategies, or reallocating budgets to better serve your current needs and future ambitions.
    • Balance risk and reward: Consider different financial strategies that balance risk and reward according to your age, responsibilities, and life aspirations. This helps nurture your being by minimizing anxiety over finances while energizing your doing mode by actively engaging in growth-oriented financial practices.

It’s important that your financial decisions and actions enhance your ability to be fully present in the moment while also efficiently working towards future aspirations. This dual focus on being first, and doing second, can significantly boost your overall life satisfaction and well-being.

When you prioritize presence, focus on being first and doing second, and keep your money moving, you create from a place of purposeful power. When you center yourself in your authentic being, what you create makes a bigger impact than you would any other way.

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