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Abundance Mindset as defined by the creator of the term, Stephen Covey, is “a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and successes to share with others.”
It has been said that many of the most successful people in their fields subscribe to and fully believe in the concept of abundance. An abundance mindset will help you feel more in control, believe there are multiple solutions to a problem, help expel feelings of anxiety, frustration and impatience, and allow you to be more creative and inspired among other things.
The opposite of an abundance mindset, a scarcity mindset, believes if someone else wins, or is successful, that you lose and can not be successful. Someone with a scarcity mindset is always fighting to get to the top, even at the expense of others. Those with a scarcity mindset put themselves in a position of unnecessary conflict, and competition which can wind up being very destructive.
If you find that you have a bit of a scarcity mindset, don’t worry, most of us start there on our personal development journeys.
“There’s never enough time”, “There’s never enough money”.
Time and money are two of the things many of us feel like we never have enough of. The truth is, everyone has the same amount of time (it’s plenty), and there is absolutely enough money to go around. The problem lies in how we look at the world, and how we use what we have.
If you are like many of us and feel like there is never enough of something, don’t worry. You can change anything about yourself, including your mindset.
The best way to start your shift in mindset from scarcity mindset to abundance mindset:
Start helping others.
The first steps are really that easy. Start helping others and do it to help, not to benefit from it. And help in the way that goes most against what you are afraid of in your scarcity mindset.
So, if you are always afraid someone else will succeed instead of you, help someone you consider a competitor.
Example: say you are in direct sales and sell makeup. You are always checking out what your neighbor (who also happens to sell makeup) is doing and keeping tabs on how successful she appears to be. Which, seems to be more successful than you. You often feel in competition with her for customers, especially those who live in your area. You have a pretty good online customer base, and are great at throwing online parties (Maybe you even took an online course on it like, EPIC Facebook Parties from Sassy Suite.)
To you, this neighbor always feels like your competition. The truth is, there is plenty of business for each of you, both online and in person. You know you throw killer online parties, so offer to help her perfect hers!
Helping her, even though you feel very competitive with her, helps your subconscious start to believe the thought “there is enough success for everyone”.
If you are always saying “There’s never enough time”, volunteer an hour or more weekly to a cause that is important to you.
Giving others the time you are so worried about not having will help you train your subconscious that there is plenty of time to do what truly matters. The big illusion with time, is that many of us believe there’s not enough, when really that’s all there is. Everyone has the same amount of hours in a day, no one gets more or less. We all just use it differently. Start giving some of yours to help others and it will be easier to appreciate.
If you are always saying “I don’t have enough money” or “there’s never enough money” or anything similar, donate to a charity that means something to you every month.
It doesn’t have to be a lot. Five dollars every month turns into sixty dollars in a year. That is sixty dollars more than that charity would have if you didn’t donate. If you can afford more, do more. Giving away what you are afraid you don’t have enough of will help you to feel more comfortable in what you have.
These are just a few examples. As you start to pay more attention to your thoughts and responses, you may find that there are other areas in your life where a scarcity mindset prevails. Use those observations to find other ways to help others. The more you help, the more your mind will open to the abundance mindset.
Of course, be reasonable with your expectations. Don’t quit your job to volunteer full time- you still have bills to pay. “Abundance of money” does not translate to “magic money”. The universe works in funny ways, but you need to work with it.
Remember, it’s about getting to a place where in your heart of hearts, your subconscious knows, accepts and fully believes in the law of abundance. The law of abundance essentially states, “if you believe there is plenty available to you, you will have plenty.”
Start showing your subconscious that you believe there is plenty by acting as it’s so.
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