Are you a gracious receiver? (Uh-ohhh, you can already feel this one coming, can’t you?)
When you were growing up you probably learned the importance of being a generous giver, but what about being a gracious receiver?
We previously shared an article with you about ways you can overcome resistance. The resistance for being a gracious receiver can be slippery and subtle, and can show up in many ways:
- Receiving will put me “in debt” in some way
- Accepting help makes me feel self-centered or weak
- Receiving means I am vulnerable
If everyone in the world gave, there would be no one there to receive and the balance would be thrown off! It is necessary to keep the giving cycle rotating, because giving and receiving are equal parts of the circle. This creates a natural balance.
(And if you’re a people pleaser, you’re probably cringing in your seat right now…)
Think of it this way, if you are gracious when receiving something you are gifting the giver — the one giving gets to feel appreciated. How cool is that?
Have You Been Pushing Your Abundance Away?
A couple years ago we were sharing a meal with our daughters, Brandi and Cinamyn. It was a birthday celebration for Robert and we were all laughing and having a great time.
Brandi is a mother of five, and at the time her family’s budget was pretty tight. She was so excited because she loves her Daddy, and she had gotten him a birthday gift.
When she gave it to Robert, he immediately said, “Oh honey … you didn’t have to do that!”
For a split second you could see the disappointment on her face.
He had deflected her gift, her generosity … her love.
So, here are three tips to help you become a gracious receiver.
- Open Your Mind to Receiving
Before you can be a gracious receiver you need to take this step. You need to be willing to accept gifts (and acknowledgment) from other people. The next time someone offers to buy you lunch, let them. As you open your mind to becoming a better receiver you will instinctively become a better giver.
2. Learn to Say “Thank You”
When Robert said “Oh you shouldn’t have” the girls felt disappointment — instead of feeling appreciated.
Open your heart. Be grateful when receiving. When you give it makes you feel good, right? The same can be said for your giver.
3. Remember to Pay it Forward
This doesn’t mean you are obligated to the person that you received something from. It simply means that you recognize there is a natural flow of giving and receiving, and you are expressing your abundance by both giving and receiving.
In what ways have you deflected being a gracious receiver? How are you doing that right now?
Imagine how abundant and rich your life could be if, instead of blocking it, you could simply call forth and receive your highest good…
Are you ready to easily overcome resistance, and become a gracious receiver? It’s even easier than you think! What if you could Master Your Mind and let your good flow to you effortlessly, instead of you having to try soooo hard to get it?
This article was inspired by Day 7 of the Miracle Mindshift. Begin your Miracle Mindshift now!
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