Ok. So I don’t mean literally. Although this image from my childhood of Scrooge McDuck sort of has its own appeal.
What I really mean is the incredible untapped resources and potentialities that are hidden in plain sight in your life as it is now.
In all of our lives.
It is astonishing when I work with clients how profound it is to discover these resources. And so simple. And yet so few people really know how to do it well.
This is such a pity because it is readily available to us all. We don’t have to learn any shiny new method or technique because it’s already there.
So how do we do it?
The starting point is to understand what a resource actually is.
A resource is anything that we use to change our state in a direction that we actually want it to go. It is anything we use consciously or unconsciously to change how we feel.
The classic ones people think of usually are things like meditation, connecting with people who make us feel good, reading uplifting books and so on.
But if we take the attitude that anything that takes us in the direction that we want to go is a resource then it’s much wider.
Take anxiety for example.
Some people eat junk food, some people smoke and other drink to deal with anxiety.
Now I’m not saying these are the ideal choices because they obviously have serious health implications. But if we only try and get rid of these coping strategies its very easy to get caught in a vicious cycle of failure.
Much better is to focus on strengthening our other resources to give ourselves more options in our inner world. To make our inner world larger and richer so we can manage ourselves with more ease.
About 6 months ago a client came to me wanting help with a fear of sailing. He had had some difficult experiences on a boat in the past but was soon to be embarking on 6 week trip that he was immensely anxious about.
Our first sessions together worked exclusively on finding ways to increase his sense of capacity, of how many resources he had available to him.
We then introduced some methods that he could use and train to help calm his nervous system.
And finally we introduced some audio reinforcement recordings to help him really get clear on the experience he wanted to have.
A week after his trip I received an email saying that he’d had no issues at all while he was away- which he felt great about given the level of terror he’d had before the trip.
When we have an issue that is troubling us it’s all too easy to focus only on the problem. While this is useful at the right time, it doesn’t work unless we have prepared our system to be ready for change.
It is much more effective to increase our resources and our capacity. It is much easier to put into place than a wholesale change because it is something we can do right away.
And while it may not make us as rich as Scrooge McDuck, it can make us feel like we are.