When I decided to write this post, I thought it would be wise to consult the on-line dictionary for the meaning of acceptance. Three of the listed definitions had a direct link to abundance: agreement to invitation or offer, act of willingly taking a gift and coming to terms with something. If you apply any of these dictionary definitions to your life, career and business, the result may not only be abundance but also achievement, accomplishment and advancement.
The first dictionary definition for acceptance that links to abundance is agreement to an invitation or offer. As the holiday season approaches, your inbox and voicemail box will soon be overflowing with a variety of invitations and offers from people you know, people you do not know and people you wish you did not know. You may find yourself spending a considerable amount of time and energy trying to focus on your day-to-day personal and professional commitments and responsibilities while dealing with and responding to all of these requests. In the midst of all of this noise and disruption, a family member or friend may quietly invite you to attend a very special and memorable social event or a client/customer, colleague or contact may ask you to join them to share in a once in a lifetime experience. You may hesitate to accept because you recognize that you have been working too hard, burning the candle at both ends, disliking your own company and feeling increasingly tired, stressed and distracted. You have a list of viable and truthful excuses at the ready to decline their generous invitations.
Before you respond to any and all offers or invitations, take a moment to think about what acceptance looks like for you. Are you the type of person who accepts an offer or invitation only to decline either in plenty of time or at the last minute? Do you accept only to then feel bad, sad or mad that you have done so? Make this the holiday season when you appreciate the abundance of acceptance and accept only those offers and invitations that will make you be, do and feel your best physically, mentally and emotionally. Accept the offers and invitations that take you out of your comfort zone and allow you to meet new people and participate in new experiences. Be strong, strategic, sensitive, and sensible with all of your acceptances. Avoid accepting an offer or invitation because of feelings of guilt or obligation.
The second dictionary definition for acceptance that links to abundance is act of willingly taking a gift. At this time of year, there may be times when you are completely surprised and totally unprepared for a gift that is given to you. Accept the gift with grace, gratitude and generosity of spirit. The abundance of acceptance is when you embrace all that is positive about the gift and none of the negative which is feeling guilty, stressed or obligated to rush out and look for an even more expensive gift and insisting on delivering it in person to the giver. Give yourself the gift of being a receiver and allow yourself to be open to the many generous, wonderful and thoughtful gifts that you richly and greatly deserve.
The third dictionary definition for acceptance that links to abundance is coming to terms with something. While the first two defintitions are apparent in their link to abundance, this meaning is far more subtle. When you are mourning the loss of someone or something, you must experience the last stage of acceptance before you can really move on. You may find it hard to accept what has happened as this means letting go of a hope or a dream and facing reality. At first, it may seem like reality will only result in more loss, however, the abundance of acceptance is that there are opportunities awaiting you if you are open and willing to embrace and receive them.
Think about how allowing more acceptance in your life, career and business can create more abundance, achievement accomplishment and advancement.