4 WAYS TO CREATE AN ABUNDANCE MINDSET
Most people are deeply scripted in what I call the Scarcity Mentality. They see life as having only so much, as though there were only one pie out there. And if someone were to get a big piece of the pie, it would mean less for everybody else. – Stephen Covey
It’s really common in our society to focus on what’s lacking. Just look at advertisements or billboards. We’re told we need the newest car, the best phone, a better body, more wealth, etc. etc. etc.
This can create a perception of scarcity in which we never have enough. It can also make us feel like our own self-worth is fleeting and we must always compete or attain more to maintain it. This can then make it very hard to be happy where we are or feel like we can change our situation.
But when you have a mindset of abundance, you’re more inclined to see the bigger picture. It opens up the ability to be at ease with where you are now while working towards any changes you’d like to see in your life. With an abundance mindset, you aren’t so terrified of change that you don’t even start.
So, how do you cultivate an abundance mindset? Here are some places to start:
#1 Practice creating abundance.
Make a daily practice of thinking about the abundance of possibilities you have to achieve what you want. It’s amazing how powerful this can be. There are often resources close to our environment that are helpful for achieving our goals but that we hadn’t previously noticed because we weren’t focusing on finding them.
#2 Be around things or people that inspire abundance.
That scarcity mindset I mentioned before is born from our need for more—and that comes a lot from watching advertisements, commercials, mainstream media, and often the news.
By cutting down on your exposure to these sources, it’ll be easier to focus on abundance.
Start listening to and reading about personal development. Follow blogs on personal development and subscribe to podcasts on the topic. Make plans with or just be around people who have a positive attitude and an abundance mentality about life. Make a choice to feed your mind good things, and you’ll get a great return.
#3 Remember what you do have.
We can choose what we focus on each day, and it’s all too easy to get caught up in dwelling on what we don’t have. Even if you are going through something very challenging in your life, make a point of appreciating any good you do have—in fact, it’s even more crucial to practice this appreciation during tough times.
Take just a few minutes each day to appreciate anything and everything that’s good in your life: from the food you’re eating to the roof over your head to any friends or family you love. It’s helpful to write these things down—keep a journal and list them out each day.
This begins to cultivate an abundance vibe in you that can carry you far and help you notice possibilities you may have missed or forgotten completely before.
#4 Keep reminding yourself what’s good.
Creating an abundance mindset might be a struggle at times, and that’s completely okay. It’s human nature to get stuck in old thought patterns. But even if you’re feeling mostly scarcity at this moment, still continue to remind yourself of anything that’s good. Write notes to yourself, read quotes that inspire you to focus on abundance, and work on just thinking positive thoughts more often.
You can even remind yourself of times in the past when you had abundance, such as in a great relationship or a great job. This is not to dwell on the past but to remind yourself that you have the power to recreate a circumstance like that again.
Creating an abundance mindset is a powerful way to work towards the positive changes you want to see in your life while not getting pulled into a feeling of scarcity that takes you away from any goodness or possibility currently available to you. Once you focus more on abundance, you’ll be amazed at just how far that can go.