For the past couple of months, we’ve been talking a lot about the importance of overcoming a scarcity mentality and developing an abundance mentality in its place.
In this final installment in our long-running series, I’m going to review some of the highlights of past blogs as well as offer some final insights and advice on creating more abundance in your life.
First, we talked about administering a self-assessment to determine whether or not you suffer from a scarcity mentality. After all, the first step in overcoming a scarcity mentality is to admit you have a problem. Common symptoms of such a mindset look something like this:
- You’re constantly jealous of the success of others
- You constantly compare yourself to others (especially when it comes to material things).
- You feel relieved when others fail at their goals (especially if the goal is something you want for yourself).
- You see yourself as being in competition with others in your industry.
- You’re filled with excuses for why you don’t achieve your goals.
- You often use the ‘language of lack’ (“I can’t afford that”, “I don’t have enough money”, “I’m not qualified”, etc.)
Remember, a scarcity mentality is basically akin to carrying around a ‘think tank’ of negativity wherever you go. You might obsess over worst-case scenarios with exhausting regularity. You’re always thinking about what could go wrong. You doubt you can be successful because you’re convinced good things happen to other people but never to you. If someone achieves something, you feel like you no longer can achieve it for yourself.
Again: it’s exhausting! And yet so many people are caught up in the trap of this kind of thinking, which is tragic. Even more tragic is that most people will stay in this trap for the rest of their lives.
You see, some people may wonder why they should work so hard to charge the programming of their thoughts when it seems to be the default setting. To them, it seems commonplace to complain about lack, or to be envious of the success of others, or to think that wealth is something that happens to other people. And when we’re surrounded by those who believe these very things, it may even feel more comforting to follow suit. After all, no one wants to be the black sheep.
The only problem with this is that when we follow the trail our scarcity mentality leaves for us, it takes us down a very dark rabbit hole. You go from being a complainer to being a chronic complainer. You go from being somewhat positive to being a ‘glass-is-half-empty’ type. Suddenly your perspective takes on a ‘gloom and doom’ tone where the world is unfair and nothing ever works out for you. This is no exaggeration! Scarcity thinking is a very slippery slope, and the further you fall, the more cynical you become.
And when you’re at that cynical place, guess what happens. You’ve effectively closed yourself off to miracles. Saying “good things never happen to me” is the same as praying for good things to never happen to you. Saying it over and over again is essentially you verbally creating your future. So do you really want to let a scarcity mentality run the show when it comes to your life?
I didn’t think so. That’s where having an abundance mindset comes in.
In this series, we discussed 4 easy ways to develop an abundance mindset. With an abundance mindset, the sky’s truly the limit. You become a magnet for your wildest dreams and many paths toward those dreams suddenly unravel before your feet. You feel encouraged and inspired to take action and to finally take control of your future and destiny. You realize that the power to build your dream life has been in your hands all along.
So let’s review the 4 strategies I presented throughout this series:
- Gratitude. It all begins with gratitude and that’s because of one simple universal law: what you focus on is what you attract. If all you choose to see around you is lack, then guess what—that’s all you’re ever going to experience. Gratitude, however, allows you to feel lighter and more positive. When you acknowledge the good things that are already in your life, you open yourself up to receiving more. Another interesting thing also happens. When you choose to focus on the positive aspects of your situation and the abundance that you believe to be in the world within your reach, you’ll find that ideas and opportunities start popping up ‘out of nowhere’ and jumping out at you. This is because you’ve switched your focus to how you can improve your situation, and have now opened your eyes and mind to the opportunities all around you.
- Friendships. This is a big one. You’ve probably heard it said before that you’re the sum total of the five people you spend the most time with. Have you ever been in a room of people and suddenly someone in a bad mood walks in and it seems like the entire ambiance in the room has changed? Negative mindsets are unfortunately extremely contagious. And if you’re regularly spending time with people who are chronic complainers and only see obstacles instead of seeing solutions, it can drag you down pretty quickly. Don’t let the scarcity mentality of others be what holds you back from achieving your dreams. Either steer conversations into a more positive direction whenever negativity arises, or simply start surrounding yourself with more positive people.
- Content. It’s not just friendships you have to be more mindful of—it’s also the kind of content you take in. This includes things like movies, TV shows, podcasts, blogs, and books. Take a close look at all of it. Do they empower you and uplift you? Do you feel better about yourself after watching/listening to/reading your content of choice? If you’re constantly watching media that makes you feel down about yourself and the type of life you lead, it’s going to create a breeding ground for a scarcity mindset. Instead, consume content that brings you joy and/or helps you develop as a person.
- Environment. Finally, we talked about the importance of keeping an organized and positive home and work environment. By getting organized, you not only create abundance by seeing how much you already own, but you also clear space so that more can come your way. Further, when we surround ourselves with a positive and soothing space (indoor plants, essential oils, pictures of loved ones, etc.), we take care of mind/body/soul, which helps us to feel happier and more positive, which naturally leads to more abundance.
So there you have it! Consider this a roadmap to flexing your own abundance mentality muscles. Practice these strategies regularly, and scarcity thinking will be a thing of the past. And if you really want to up-level your thinking and start surrounding yourself with positive people who are enthusiastically going after their dream life, I want to invite you to learn more about getting coached by me here.