Lynn comes from the UK to speak in California this month
Back in September 2008, I wrote an article called "How a Broken TV Made Me a Wealthy Woman." Perhaps some of you might remember it. In that article, I reflected upon all the wonderful things that had opened up for me since my television blew up in February 2008, and I made a decision not to replace it.
I explained how I utilised my new-found free time to start a community project, build a network of wonderful friends and business contacts, learn new online skills and finish writing my book—The Garden of the Soul.
But most of all, I discussed how my anxieties over money had not only shifted, but disappeared, as I was no longer being 'fed' a daily diet of fear and scarcity messages via the media and marketing companies. This inner freedom opened up so much space within me, I was able to invent new, innovative ways to grow my business and create a more fulfilling way of life.
At so many levels, my broken TV made me a wealthy woman.
It is now coming up to the 3-year anniversary of when my television blew up. I have still not replaced my old set. In fact, a few months ago I finally rearranged my living room in such a way that there is not even any space for a television. My home feels cosier, homier and more inviting. The chairs face each other, intended for interpersonal conversation, rather than having them all facing the same direction, waiting to be programmed by the incandescent god in the corner of the room.
Since learning how to live without a television, I have achieved many things:
I self-published a bestselling book and got signed by an A-list literary agent.
I built my extended network to nearly 30,000 strong and created several #1-selling book launch campaigns reaching millions of people.
I helped my own daughter achieve her dream of launching her first book. It went to the top of the charts in its category.
I became Chair of our local Transition Town movement, where I work towards helping others shift their lifestyle from petroleum dependency to a healthier, more natural and sustainable model. I've organised a garden share with a neighbour, who now grows vegetables in my backyard.I worked with dozens of private clients and delivered hundreds of radio shows, webinars, telesummits, workshops, lectures and online classes.
I won a couple of awards.
I made lots of videos.
I wrote two online courses for authors.
I remodelled my home.
I travelled to Italy, Spain and all over the UK.
I took uncountable walks along the river.
I taught my grandson how to tell 'knock knock jokes'.
But most of all, the more time I spent without a television, the more I saw all of my anxieties and insecurities about money, self-image, relationships, health, and other things dissolve into thin air.
Not only do I no longer stress about money, but I have also created a steady flow of income.
Not only have I created a steady flow of income, but I am also no longer in debt.
Not only am I out of debt, but I have also learned how to live without credit.
Not only have I learned to live without credit, but I am also positively convinced the whole notion of credit is second only to television as being the 'drug of the nation(s)'!
Never again will I own another credit card.
My consciousness has grown. I look around me and I see things I never saw before. I see people who are feeling trapped, and they don't know why. I see good, decent and sensitive people unable to fend for themselves economically without a clue as to what to do. I see CEOs of big corporations feeling disconnected and fearful, but they dare not allow anyone see them with their defences down.
My heart aches for humanity. It aches for our planet. I want to shout from the rooftops
Why? Because I know what is making us ill—
I don't just mean advertising of products and services. I mean the whole industry of selling beliefs and ideas. I mean the subtle mind wars in which we are led to believe we need things we cannot get, and the emptiness we feel when we try in vain to acquire that which is impossible to attain.
And this is why I became a 'marketer'—to help others clean up the mess we've all made over the past century. This is also why my next book, which is coming out on June 21, 2011, is called The 7 Graces of Marketing: how to heal humanity and the planet by changing the way we sell.
And in the mean time, turn off the telly and see what opens up for you today.