10 Things My Lucrative Corporate Career Taught Me About Spirituality
We tend to think money and spirituality are totally unrelated. But the opposite could not be truer.
Over the past few years working in corporate sales (and earning over six figures as a result), I have seen several spiritual laws come into play at the office. In fact, I have seen karmic returns manifest in multiple ways over time.
I am shocked that very few people acknowledge this connection, let alone pause to think about how they can improve their spiritual-financial connection. We typically conceive of the relationship between spirituality and money in the wrong order: we think money gives us abundance, joy and freedom. Really, though, if we can tap into higher forms of abundance first, we can design our lives to create financial returns.
Here are ten essential lessons about spirituality and abundance that I learned from my decade long sales career.
1. You get what you give.
Energy is your primary currency. Your skills, competence and enthusiasm are your security in this world. Given that there are no guarantees of much in life itself, there is also no assurance of job security.
High quality productivity, constant self-improvement and ongoing learning are therefore essential, as they will provide you a stable foundation for a more sustainable notion of success. So invest in yourself. It will allow you to be present in your work (and life more generally) for optimal returns!
2. Good guys don't actually finish last.
It's a myth that good guys finish last. Maybe that's true in the short-term; but in the long-term, your reputation, your character, who you are, always reveals itself. People who hurt and manipulate others, take credit for their work or treat others unfairly will inevitably deal with the ramifications later.
3. Faith is fierce.
Faith does not mean you sit at your cubicle wishing for more money and validation. Faith is not passive or weak, but fierce. Faith means you work hard, tap into your creativity and use it. From there, you trust that your efforts will pay off.
Expect good outcomes from what you put out there — that is faith. Expectation is a very powerful force that can attract good things when we spin our energy in a positive direction. Ever notice how positive-thinking gets people ahead?
4. When sh*t happens, it ain't final.
Understandably, we usually think that whatever BS happens at work is the End. Of. The. World. Period!
That's simply not true. Sure, you might get dropped from a project, lose a client or get criticized by your boss. It does not mean that next week things won't totally turn around (a better project, a more interesting client or two, some restructuring at work or an awesome meeting with your manager). That's why it's good to always remember the power of "going with the flow." Foster that perspective every day.
5. Worrying is completely and utterly useless.
It's a waste of time to focus on what you cannot control, including at work. As in our personal and spiritual lives, try your hardest just to do your very best and then surrender. This is easier said than done, I know. But worrying and overthinking will drain your energy, creativity and power. And believe it or not, you have all of these qualities in abundance. You'll only realize this when you allow yourself to stop worrying.
6. Patience wins every battle.
Good things take time. No matter what. Ever notice how famous actors (when you watch old movies or TV shows) were the extras or minor supporting roles in the cast? Like, "Hey, is that Matt Damon in Mystic Pizza?" or "Wait, is that actually Bradley Cooper in Sex and The City?" There is no shortcut to success. Breathe, because it will happen for you. The only thing you can do is just focus on today, what you have the flexibility to do what you can now, and doing it. So do it well. The future will take care of itself.
7. Inauthenticity feels like crap.
I think there is no worse feeling than that moment when you realize you're acting like a phony. Sadly, a lot of people seem to feel this way at work when they are in a job that does not suit them. Going to work can feel synonymous with "faking it" somehow. Spiritually, we feel disconnected, even at war with ourselves.
In this situation, you can still choose peace. Remember why you are doing what you are doing, even if it's just for the money (we all need cash to live)! Ask yourself, what can I be doing differently to feel more authentic? Be kinder to my colleagues? Be more proactive in a specific area? Volunteer my time outside of the office when possible? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then go for it. Be authentic; there are no excuses to be otherwise.
8. You have to ask for what you want.
People aren't mind-readers. This is an important spiritual law. In order to be happy, you have to let your outer voice be in alignment with your inner voice. Are you due for a raise? Are you being treated poorly? Are you not getting credit for your impressive efforts? Do you want to be involved in a new development at work? Raise your hand and speak up. Silence kills us slowly, so ask and ye shall receive.
9. Victimizing yourself won't get you results.
There is nothing worse in life or at the office than a constant complainer. Most people who think they are "stuck" in a bad situation have succumbed to a victim mentality that is keeping them stuck — whether it is in a dead-end job, bad relationship, or unhealthy lifestyle.
The truth is simple: you can change your life. Of course, it's not easy. But it starts as an internal shift in thinking. That's the hard part. But once you can rewire your thoughts, changes will flow beautifully into your external circumstances. If you utter the words, "I don't know how ..." or "It's not fair that ..." or "I don't get paid enough to …" without trying to do something about it, then you are in a victim mindset. Enough already!
As a life coach, I am a big fan of the notion that everyone has many facets, all of which should be honored and nurtured. A lot of my clients have a day job and a "side hustle" — a project, volunteer position or side gig that nourishes their passion. This also gives you an opportunity to pursue your true calling and hedges against an uncertain economy.
The long and short of this? Abundance is available to you. You just have to believe in your ability to access it.
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