The scarcity mentality is the zero-sum paradigm of life. People with a scarcity mentality have a very difficult time sharing things, sharing power or acknowledging others. They also have a hard time being genuinely happy for the success of other people.
Their thinking is, if another person takes a big piece, that leaves less for everyone else. There will never be enough. Hence why we see panic shopping during a pandemic.
People with scarcity minds...
- Hoard things
- Resent competition
- Criticize others
- Hold grudges
- Talk about people
- Compete to stay on top
- Won't share knowledge
- Won't offer help to others
- Suspicious of others
- Think small and avoid risks
- Fear Change
And then we have the abundance mentality, which flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth, confidence and the desire to serve others. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there for everybody. It results in acknowledging others and cheering for their success.
People with abundance mentality...
- Share knowledge
- Collaborate with others to stay on top
- Strive to grow
- Generous with others
- Believe in the good of people
- Build rapport
- Take ownership of change
- Carry a hope based mentality
- Solution thinkers
- Talk about ideas
Here is the beauty of it all. We actually have a choice of which mentality we want to adapt. Clearly, the abundance mindset allows you to live a more tranquil, fulfilled and impactful life.
Here are three ways to shift to a more abundant mentality.
1.) Audit your circle of influence:
Keep the practice of social distancing going by staying away from scarcity minded individuals. Attitude rubs off very easily among the people you hang around. Take this time of social distancing to audit the people in your life and think about those that have an abundance. Maybe you can reach out to them to share how much you appreciate them in your life. Solidify those relationships during this time.
2.) Train your Brain to recognize opportunities:
Even in the midst of this pandemic, there are opportunities that will arise. It doesn't have to be things that will change the world. The simple act of someone playing a violin from the balcony of their apartment in Italy to his neighbor- while everyone is sheltered in place- is an example of an abundant mentality. Look for the good.
3.) Listen to Oprah:
“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” -Oprah
I love that quote. Gratitude changes everything. It's impossible to feel anger and gratitude at the same time. It's a powerful positive emotion that alleviates a lot of anxiety. Practice it daily.
Want to know a simple way to experience happiness on a daily basis?
Lately, Angie and I have been writing a lot of gratitude cards. It's pretty amazing how this simple practice of gratitude can change your perspective and inject more happiness into your life.
Your mind is your biggest asset. As you continue to prime a genuine and sincere abundance mindset, you will find that your positive outlook can spill over and influence the people around you.
The Best is Yet to Come!