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All the Riches You Haven't Recognized or Claimed in the Past Are Still Available to You

By New York Times Best-Selling Author Peggy McColl

At lunch the other day, Lisa, a client of mine, was complaining that she'd had a brilliant idea for an eBook, but someone else "stole" it and created an eBook on the same topic that wasn't as good as hers would have been. This other author had tremendous success with his project, and Lisa felt that he'd destroyed any possibility of hers becoming successful.

"That eBook was my one big chance, and he blew it out of the water," she complained.

I said, "I think that was a big chance for you, not your 'one' big chance. If you came up with an idea as fabulous as that one, I'm sure you can come up with another."

Lisa looked at me sceptically, and I know what she was thinking: There are no second chances! Well, I don't believe that for a minute. I believe that if we open ourselves up to possibility and trust in the abundant, giving universe, we'll have 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 3,832nd chances! Look around and you'll see examples of people who reinvented their lives and went from rags to riches to rags to riches again.

"Maybe you weren't meant to write that particular eBook," I told Lisa. "Or maybe you were meant to write it, but in a different way, in your own voice--and it's going to be a much bigger success than you imagine.

"Or maybe it's not meant to be a book, but a business, a website, or something else."

I told her about a friend of mine who had been approached by an editor to write a book on a particular topic. She'd created a book proposal that her editor loved, but his boss wouldn't let him buy the book, reasoning that my friend's take on the topic was far too light hearted and fun, so it couldn't possibly sell in the marketplace. She went on to have a dozen publishers turn the book down before one signed it, and it went on to generate five sequels and sell a quarter-million copies in a half dozen languages. The book even inspired a television show based on it. Her "one big chance" seemed to have passed her by when that first publisher said no, but she chose to believe in second chances and an abundance of opportunities.

The universe wants to give to you. The moment you begin to change your vibration to one of abundance, it will start sending you people, situations, and opportunities that reflect your inner state. You'll start to see possibilities for wealth creation, whether they're the exact ones you failed to notice previously or new ones.

It can be hard to let go of the feeling of 'I blew it!' and watch as others enjoy the riches you passed by. Some friends of mine were trading stories once, and everyone had a family chronicle about "Uncle Theo," who sold that gorgeous brick home for a song without telling his brother, and nowadays it's worth a fortune . . . or of Great-Grandpa, who was too skittish to buy up beachfront property years ago and watched his best friend who did invest become a self-made millionaire, while he continued to have to work in the grocery store. As everyone told their family's tale, we had to laugh, because for all the lost chances, here we were, years later, enjoying tremendous abundance together.

Would any of us really be all that much happier if that relative long ago wouldn't have made what seemed like a "disastrous" mistake at the time? I doubt it!

Over the years, I've heard many life coaches tell audiences that they've made a fortune, gone bankrupt, made a fortune, gone bankrupt again, and made another fortune . . . as if anyone who really wants to enjoy great wealth has to suffer ruin and huge ups and downs in their financial situation. I don't think that's true at all, but it is true, as I've said, that you have to be willing to give it all up. The key to letting go of the fear that you could lose all you've worked for is to accept that all the riches you haven't recognized or claimed in the past are still available to you. The door to abundance is never locked--it just sticks sometimes when you're not truly ready to receive wealth.

[This excerpt taken from Peggy's new book "21 Distinctions of Wealth"
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