Frankl once said that between stimulus and response, there is a space, and in that space is our power to choose our response, and in our response lies our growth and our freedom.
In the emotional intelligence canon, psychologists refer to this as response flexibility, which is the ability to think twice, to pause before responding, leading to reflective functions instead of reflexive ones.
And so, rather than reacting immediately as you normally would, you pause for a moment and choose how to respond. You put a temporal space between input and action, restrain your impulses long enough to consider various options for response.
Anytime I catch myself regressing back to negative, scarcity based, shortsighted thinking about money and earning and income, I remember that I have the freedom not to worry. And that a little education might show me that there is no need to panic.
And so, instead of spiraling into panic mode, canceling various monthly subscriptions and cashing in my change drawer and selling old clothes and vowing never to go out to dinner again, I start by reciting a few mantras.
I am earning a good living from my art. I am ready for the money that is waiting for me. I always have plenty of money to do the things I want to do.
Next, I review the critical snapshots of my business, including accounts receivable, travel schedule, client load, lead pipeline, professional network, project calendar, bank balances and other positive reinforcements of success.
Then, I lock into money making mode and start strategizing about potential income streams, new markets to exploit, upcoming creative opportunities and other avenues for to creating value in the world.
This sequence of activities floods my system with positive brain chemicals, enables feelings of gratitude and abundance and prosperity, and ultimately reminds me that the world is not going to end.
Proving, that the willingness to educate ourselves regarding our options can bring us to a state of calm.
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