Steve Pavlina:

Many people try to move towards abundance because they’re fed up with scarcity. They’re tired of working at jobs they semi-dislike just to pay the bills. They notice the years passing and don’t feel they have much to show for it. These people seldom escape that reality, however, because that level of thinking actually reinforces scarcity.

Abundance is much easier to create once you get clear about what you’ll do with it. Why bother with it? Who cares? What will life be like on the other side? Is it just the absence of some annoyances? Is there something more to it?


People who try to copy my approach usually fail. They typically give up within a few months. Why? Because they’re not really copying my approach. My approach wasn’t to copy someone else’s approach, so if they copy my approach, then that wasn’t actually my approach. Get it?

My approach was to focus on a vision that inspired me and commit to that vision. I didn’t just say to myself one day, “Yeah, this abundance thing sounds cool. Let’s give that a try.” Trying is a waste of your time. It’s much too big a challenge for trying.

Trying works for ordering your first cinnamon dolce latte. Trying works for seeing The Artist. Trying doesn’t work for creating a life of abundance in today’s world.

If you give up within the first year, that’s trying. If you won’t give up even after 20 years, that’s doing.