Do you see the glass half full or half empty? When a challenge appears do you see the opportunity, or do you see the problems? Are you optimistic about the future or fearful of what is to come? I believe everyone can choose to have an abundance mindset instead of having a scarcity mindset. That does not mean that it will come naturally or easy, but studies show that it is in your best interest to embrace an abundance mindset to live longer and be happier.
What is a scarcity mindset and how do I know if I have it? A scarcity mindset is the belief that there will never be enough. The definition of scarcity is insufficiency or shortness of supply. The challenge is that a lot of this thinking was shaped by our surroundings and hard wires that were given to us. Some of the emotions associated with a scarcity mindset is fear, doubt, selfishness, resisting change and isolation.
What is an abundance mindset? An abundance mindset is based on the belief that there is more than enough for everyone. The definition of abundance is an extremely plentiful or over sufficient quantity or supply. This thinking is shaped by changing the way we see the world and the circumstances presented to us. Some of the emotions associated with an abundance mindset is love, faith, integrity, growth, and collaboration.
4 KEYS TO HELP YOU DEVELOP AN ABUNDANCE MINDSET:
- Surround yourself with people that have an abundance mindset. Mindsets and attitudes rub off from those closest around you. Be mindful of the company you keep as your thinking will be greatly shaped by them, so choose wisely.
- Have an Attitude of Gratitude. I coach on this subject as much as any with my clients. Simply incorporating the practice of verbalizing and/or writing down what you are grateful for everyday will shape the way you see the world.
- There is plenty to go around. Our minds are creative, and we need to train our minds to know there is more than enough for everyone. This may take some serious repetitions to become a habit but well worth saying repeatedly.
- Look for opportunities. In every situation there are opportunities or there are challenges. Choose to see the opportunities. By simply reminding ourselves that if there is an opportunity, good things start to appear. The challenges will seem less daunting.
Tony Robbins is the epitome of what an abundance mindset can create. He has helped millions of people embrace this mentality and created an amazing life for himself as well. I think he said it best when he stated, “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears”. We have complete control over our attitude, how was yours today?
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