We hear so much in the personal development realm about scarcity mindset vs. abundance mindset. It’s sparked me to understand it better and look for ways to improve not only myself, but help those I mentor.
“Mindset” is our thinking pattern that influences our choices and actions.
A scarcity mindset is one that is focused on lack or fear of losing control. In this mindset, we tend to live safely within our comfort zone, for fear of taking any risks.
While we don’t want to go off the deep-end with taking crazy risks all the time, if we stay ONLY in our comfort zones and avoid risks, we will miss out on so much!! We could be missing out on career opportunities, relationships, marriage, amazing adventures and ultimately, our god-given calling.
An abundance mindset is focused on potential and plentiful opportunities. It’s not that risk is sought after, but it’s a general mindset of peace that there will be plenty to go around, when facing new and uncertain situations.
Which camp do you find yourself in?
How to shift from scarcity to abundance mindset
If you find yourself gripped with fear of “running out” or struggle with stepping outside of your comfort zone, here are a few ways you can shift your mindset to one of abundance.
1. Gratitude. Take inventory every day of at least 3 things you are grateful for. Don’t overthink it. We can all be grateful to be alive! What about drinking clean water, having clothes on our backs, people that love us? There is always, always, always something to be grateful for. If this mindset doesn’t come easily to you, I encourage you to intentionally make it a new habit. Within the first hour of waking each day, write down 3 things you are grateful for.
2. Generosity. It’s hard to be fearful and generous at the same time. In order to expand your sense of abundance – GIVE. When you give in even the smallest ways, you are sending a signal to your mind and telling it that there is plenty. You don’t have to start off on a grand scale, but what about just buying a cup of coffee for the person behind you at the drive-thru? One of my mentors always suggested having a Wealth Wednesday. Every Wednesday we were to do something generous – anonymously. Try it out see how much JOY you will find in the process.
3. Responsibility. Own your attitude. Blaming others will never move you closer to an abundance mindset. Acknowledge areas of your life that need improvement and then take action. There’s no “failure” unless you don’t learn from the experience. Don’t overly criticize yourself. Acknowledge responsibility and move on.
If you’re reading this and realize you have some work to do on your mindset… Congratulations! You are not alone. We all catch ourselves falling into a scarcity mindset at some point in our lives.
Being of an abundance mindset doesn’t mean that you’ll always feel “happy” and energetic either. It just means that overall, you have a positive outlook on life.
Don’t let fear cause you to hold back. Try giving more… time, energy, attention are all free! If you want more, give more. See the return it will bring.