by Mary Cantando, Founder of The Woman’s Advantage, Guest Contributor

This time of year, we talk a lot about abundance, and often, overabundance. But what does that word really mean? How can you truly live with abundance?

Here are five states of mind to consider if you want to create abundance in your life.

Five Keys to Living with Abundance

1. Awake with optimism.

Even if you don’t feel like bounding out of bed, just do it. Be grateful that you can open your eyes, stand on your own two feet, and that you have something to put those feet into. Tell yourself that today will be a great day and it WILL be!

2. Capitalize on the abundant talent you possess.

You are a clever, creative person. You don’t have to ration your talent because it is permanent and self-replicating. As you practice your talent, it will grow.

3. Trust that you can make a living and generate income in many ways.

Remember that you can support yourself in multiple ways. If you’re unhappy with what you’re currently doing, don’t waste another year of your life on it. Find another path that will bring you happiness.

4. Appreciate the comforts of your life.

You don’t have to live a luxurious life to appreciate the small comforts of a hot cup of tea, a warm pair of socks, or the hug of a three-year old. Don’t just MOVE through life. SAVOR it.

5. Bask in the sense of accomplishment you’ve earned through hard work and good decision making.

Although unsuccessful people might attribute your success to luck, you know better. You’ve earned it so enjoy it.