Last time, we began a series on overcoming a scarcity mentality and reprogramming yourself with an abundance mentality instead.
It’s incredible how common a scarcity mentality is. In my last blog, I gave some warning signs to be wary of when it comes to this type of negative thinking. For your convenience, here they are again:
- You’re 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.)
Do any of those ring true for you? As they say when it comes to many different types of rehabilitation, the first step is to admit you have a problem. Once you recognize and admit to yourself that you’ve struggled with a scarcity mentality, you can begin the healing process.
As for what the healing process looks like, it simply means replacing your scarcity mentality with an abundance mentality instead. As I said in my last blog, with an abundance mindset, doors of opportunity are always opening for you. Financial security and freedom suddenly become possible. You don’t have to live in fear or anxiety anymore. Instead, you’re confident about your future, and suddenly, anything seems possible!
So now you’re probably thinking, how do I get an abundance mindset?
To be honest, it’s easier than you think. It does take time and practice, but if you commit to it, soon thinking abundantly will become like second nature to you. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing different tips and techniques that will help you reprogram your mind for an abundance mindset, and today we start with a little thing called gratitude.
When we spend time in reflection and learn to acknowledge and appreciate all the positives in our life, it increases our ‘abundant vibes’. In his book, Life, the Truth, and Being Free, coach and speaker Steve Maraboli says, “Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.”
Gratitude can be said to be one of the foundations of an abundant mindset. The reason is pretty simple: what you focus on is what you’ll see in the world. If all you see is lack, that’s all you’re going to experience and know. Your brain will begin to obsess over the lack and that’ll be the sole focus of your every thought.
As an example, let’s say you’re experiencing a lack of money. If that’s all you think about day-in and day-out, feelings of anxiety and bitterness and anger are going to start to choke your soul. Suddenly, lack will be the only story your mind knows.
Now let’s flip the script. Let’s say you focus not on lack but on all the opportunities out there in the world right now to make money. Let’s say you concentrate on the abundance of resources that are all around you.
When you focus on these things, 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.
So here’s your challenge until next time: practice the habit of gratitude. Spend a few minutes each day appreciating your health, your family, your home, your food, and so on. Exude a grateful spirit in all things, and you’ll discover that your vibe becomes one of positivity and openness. Whatever it is you’re trying to attract right now, believe that it’s possible for you to have it, and you’ll be surprised at the opportunities that start appearing for you.