Abundance Mindset : Have you ever paid attention to your thoughts for a whole day? Are your thoughts generally focused on fear, negativity, and what you don’t have? Or do you generally focus on hope, positivity, and what you do have? Do you think everything is working against you? Or do you feel that the universe is there to help you?
Do you think you can never achieve your goals because you don’t have the resources? Or are you focusing on living your purpose regardless of the resources you currently have? Do all of these sound familiar to you?
Fear of the unknown can lead us to think with a scarcity mindset. Scarcity mindset is the belief that we will never have enough, and as a result, it produces feelings of fear, stress, and anxiety. On the other hand, an abundance mindset stems from a deep sense of personal worth and security, believing that there is more than enough for everyone.
An abundance mindset can help alleviate our fears and anxieties during uncertain times. When we feel secure and confident about what we already have (whether it be sufficient food or knowledge), we are channeling an abundance mindset.
- You Can Transition from a Scarcity Mindset to an Abundance Mindset in the Following Way:
While abundance is often associated with money, it is not limited to financial thoughts. It shows up in every thought you think. Thoughts such as ‘things are not going my way’ or ‘why is this happening to me?’ can lead to even more fearful, scarcity-based thinking.
- Here are a few examples of scarcity and abundance mindsets:
When someone gives you a gift you don’t particularly like, a scarcity mindset says, ‘They know I don’t like this, I don’t know why they got it for me!’ An abundance mindset says, ‘Wow, this is really nice! I can’t believe they remembered my birthday.’
When receiving an email from a hiring manager that they went with other candidates, a scarcity mindset says, ‘I didn’t get the job, I’m not good enough, I’ll never find a job!’ An abundance mindset says, ‘This wasn’t the right fit for me. My dream job is still out there waiting for me. I’ll keep looking.
1. Focus on What They Have
If you haven’t noticed so far, having an abundance mindset always involves seeking gratitude. It’s about choosing to see the positive and focusing on what they have. When you focus on what you’re grateful for, you naturally free yourself from a scarcity mindset. Gratitude is about valuing the good things in your life or the lessons you’ve learned along the way, which helps you develop an abundance mindset.
The word “appreciation” means an increase in value. Therefore, when you focus on the good feelings you receive by practicing gratitude, these positive emotions will increase. The good things in your life will also be like that because you will start to notice them more often.
You can start by listing (or mentally noting) five things you are grateful for every night before going to bed or as soon as you wake up in the morning. List everything you can see, hear, or think of.
2. Seek Lessons
It is easy to fall into a scarcity mindset when things don’t go the way we want them to. We may think, “I can’t believe this is happening to me,” “I’ll never be able to move forward,” or “I’ll probably lose my job because of this.
When you find yourself trapped in this scarcity spiral, try to think of a lesson you can learn from the situation. Is there another perspective you can take? Did a mistake at work lead to a negative performance review? Did you feel a twinge of jealousy when your best friend finally landed their dream job? Did you choose to stay in your comfort zone instead of asking for the salary you deserve?
What lesson is there for you here? How can you use this situation to grow and develop? Finding the lesson in these situations can help you shift to an abundance mindset and see more possibilities that you can use.
3. Believe You Are Enough
I know that saying it is easier than doing it. Many of us struggle with self-worth issues. The stories from our past make us believe that we are not good enough, smart enough, or beautiful enough to achieve what we want. Or that what we want is silly and will never happen. Do you believe that you deserve the good things in your life? Do you feel guilty for having them? Start exploring these feelings.
When you have scarcity thoughts, it’s easy to see everything from that perspective. It’s easy to believe that you don’t have enough education or that you need one more certification before applying for a job, getting a promotion, or finding your purpose. It’s easy to believe that you can’t get the salary you deserve or that you don’t deserve to pursue your life’s purpose.
Changing your thoughts to believe that they are inherently valuable will help you develop an abundance mindset. Believe that you are worthy simply by being here, by being human. You deserve to have everything you want in the world.
4. to see
When you can see your life and career from a more abundant place, you will create more abundance. It starts with a deep sense of our own inherent worth. When we believe we deserve to have enough and that we are more than enough to navigate our way in the world, this abundance mindset creates more opportunities, more creativity, and more possibilities to make an impact and do good in the world.