As someone who has always been a strong advocate of using affirmations as a tool for effecting positive change, when I was contacted by Ed Lester and offered the opportunity to review his new product The Abundance Index, I jumped at the offer.
The Abundance Index is a tool, developed by Ed, that enables you to assess your openness to the process of abundant thinking. It enables you to calculate your own score, much like an IQ (intelligence quotient) or an EQ (emotional quotient) score, that provides a clear indication of where your own thinking may be getting in the way.
But it turns out that his product is much more than a simple device to assess your current position because it also includes the tools you need to take that information and turn it into, what Ed calls your own super-affirmation. It is a super-affirmation because it is targeted at your own negative and self-limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from achieving the success you desire.
It was interesting to read Ed’s thoughts about the natural state of what he calls ‘static energy’ i.e. the tendency to stay where we are. This can be observed in many things in life but perhaps your weight serves as a good illustration. Your body wants to be a particular weight. You might want to change that weight but, one way or another, you always manage to remain at that place. You might gain or lose a little weight, but the change tends to be temporary.
However, the tendency to remain in the same place is something that can be observed in many things in life. We may think we want to change: we want a better job, higher pay, more happiness or enjoyment, less stress and so on, but our actions just don’t produce the change we desire and that may be because of our underlying thinking.
Regardless of what we might consciously think, we are where we are in terms of weight, happiness, salary etc, fundamentally because we are comfortable there. All of those things are a part of our comfort zone and to break out of our comfort zone, we must first change our thinking, specifically with regard to what we believe it may be possible for us to achieve.
Ed asks a number of interesting questions, such as:
“If you had a Nobel scientist’s IQ of 160, but had no social life, would that be ok?”
“If you had 10 million dollars in the back, but had no friends, would that be ok?
“If you had high emotional Intelligence (EQ) but no money in the bank, would that be ok?
Of course, the answer that instantly comes to mind is ‘no’ those things are not OK. But that’s often the reality of what our choices are actually doing to us. By focusing too much on particular areas of our lives, we may be guilty of living our lives out of balance. To be truly happy, we need to learn to live our lives in balance. The Abundance Index highlights these areas of imbalance so we can turn our attention to them.
It reminds me of an exercise I would often run in my stress management workshops that was designed to do a similar thing i.e. to highlight areas that needed to be worked on to improve balance. The basic premise of that course was that stress is what we experience as a consequence of living our lives out of balance. By getting our lives back into balance we naturally manage stress. It is an approach that strikes at the underlying causes and not at the symptoms – an approach I have always favoured.
Working my way through the Abundance Index assessment took about an hour or so to complete including answering all of the questions and completing the analysis. I felt that it did help me to identify areas of my life that I need to work on and from the analysis I was able to build five powerful personal affirmations that are specifically focussed on those areas for growth.
The assessment is something you can return to over and over again to identify areas for improvement. There will always be areas of your life that represent high-leverage activities you can use to accelerate your route to success and sometimes, these things are not the kind of activities we think we should be concentrating on. For example, my assessment shows the area I need to focus upon at present is health and fitness.
Don’t get me wrong, my health and fitness is just fine – except, as you may recall, I am a little overweight at present. But when I consciously think about how to move forward toward my major goals, the idea of addressing my health is not something that generally pops into my mind despite the fact that I realise that everything is interrelated.
What completing this assessment this has done for me is to help me realise that my new goal of permanently addressing my weight issue is also a key factor in achieving my most important business goals. Of course, for you, the result is likely to be entirely different.
The Abundance Index is now a comprehensive online system and you can join here … The Abundance Index