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5 Ways to Open Yourself up to RECEIVING

Life is made up of constant transactions of giving and receiving. Think about it, we give our time and skills at work, and we receive money. We give love/support, and we receive love/support. We give money and we receive goods and services.

It’s a balancing act of give and take, and it’s important to get the balance right in your life.

How are your receiving skills? Do you brush off compliments? Tell people there’s no need to apologise? Refuse offers of help?

Receiving is a skill that takes practice, if you get comfortable receiving smaller things, you’ll soon be able to receive bigger ones, and the possibilities are infinite.

Consider the following and you’ll be on your way to receiving beyond your wildest dreams…

1) Graciously accept.

If someone offers to treat you, accept with appreciation and gratitude, and ENJOY. When someone pays you a compliment, accept it with thanks. Or when someone offers help, accept their support. Even tiny things, like accepting a smile from a stranger, count.

2) Ask for what you want.

The universe wants to provide for us, it wants us to have everything we want, but we don’t ask. The same could be said for relationships or workplaces - people aren’t mind readers – we need to tell our partners or bosses what we want/need. You’ll be amazed at what you can receive by simply asking and trusting.

3) What do you want?

Think of a sat nav in a car. We need to put in our exact location to get to where we want to go. We can’t be vague! We need to know where we’re going in order to get there. Take time to think about what you desire in life, then when things come about that are aligned, you’ll be more likely to say yes and receive them. A vision board exercise is great for figuring out what you want.

4) Get out of autopilot.

If you’re well versed in batting away compliments, fighting to pay half the bill, or insisting you’re ‘fine’ when offered help, it can be hard to break the habit. Next time you’re offered something – anything – take a minute to see if it’s something you’d like to receive into your life.

5) Remember, expressing gratitude is giving.

It can be tiring to feel indebted to people, to feel we must always give something back in return. Appreciation and gratitude is giving; the perfect payback when someone treats you or helps you.

By Helen Ruff


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