I think you’d agree that we don’t walk around thinking we live in scarcity. But, in a subconscious way, we do. We are encouraged to consume and achieve more. Even when we have enough, we’re told that we need a better car, better clothes, or a higher income to be successful, and that’s supposed to impress others, right? I remember my first boss encouraging us young rookies to invest in a luxury car so that when we’d pull up to a client, the client would think we’re successful. Crazy, isn’t it? More more more, do more, be more, have more, achieve more. And I’m not against having more and doing more, but is it always necessary? Does that desire fuel unhappiness? It’s no wonder at times we feel like there isn’t enough for everyone.
And thinking that there isn’t enough, that thinking is the “scarcity” mindset. That scarcity mindset is the opposite of having a mindset of abundance.
As the year is coming to a close, I thought I’d share some thoughts on shifting our way of thinking so next year can be off to start with a mindset of abundance. What are some ways we can do this?
- Those with a scarcity mindset have a very short-term perspective. If you regularly find yourself only concerned with entertaining yourself as much as possible each moment, you might have a scarcity mindset. The utilization of resources right now prevents them from being taken away later. Overeating and overspending can be symptoms of a scarcity mindset. “Better eat it or spend it now before it’s gone” is poor way to view the world.
- Focus on what you already have. You might already have enough to have a grateful and positive mindset. When you see that you have enough, you won’t be worried about losing it. You have plenty.
- Avoid people that complain a lot. Complainers have a scarcity mindset. You’re more susceptible to the mindset of others than you think. Find positive people to include in your social circle. There are so many people in the world, why spend time with those that make your life harder? No thanks Negative Nellie!
- Focus on what you can have in the future. Instead of worrying about what you might lose, spend some time thinking about what you can gain in the future. Look forward to the future rather than fear it. Shift your thinking. Visualize an exciting future. Develop positive feelings about the future. Isn’t that the foundation of an abundance mindset?
- Avoid wasting time. By taking part in frivolous activities, you waste your most valuable resource – your time. Value your time and you’ll have more of it.
- Keep a journal. Keep it positive. List the things in your life that make you feel grateful. Be sure to mention all the people in your life. You probably have a home, a job, a car, family, friends, and so on. That’s a good start to a wonderful life.
- Get organized. Getting organized can greatly hasten your move from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset. Organize your closet, garage, or attic. You’ll be surprised by how many things you own. Getting organized will also free up more time. When you realize that you have more things and time than you thought, you’ll think more abundantly.
- Be generous. Convince yourself that there is enough for everyone by sharing what you have. The more you’re willing to share, the more others are willing to share with you. That includes sharing your time.
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