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Welcome to post # 2 of the Scarcity to Abundance series!
In the last post we talked about what a scarcity mindset and an abundance mindset is and you identified with one or the other, or maybe you fell somewhere in between. If you missed that post, you can read it here to get up to speed.
Hopefully, you also committed to making a shift and that’s why you’re here.
Over the next couple of month’s we’re working on shifting our mindset from scarcity, also known as a lack mentality, to an abundance mindset. An abundance mindset will help you achieve your life goals.
Remember, an abundance mindset is the belief that there is enough to go around and there is plenty for everybody. Plenty of wealth, prestige, and happiness. They’re optimistic about the future and believe things will work out despite any hardships or challenges they may encounter.
An abundance mindset allows you to boldly go after what you want and...
Live an unlimited, fulfilled, and satisfying life
Ooze happiness despite circumstance
Feel plentiful; like the sky's the limit
Easily give and receive affections and items of high value
Feel creative and inspired
Create successful outcomes
Take full advantage of and enjoy new opportunities
Create memorable and meaningful life experiences
Feel secure and confident in your life endeavors
We want to master that!
You have two choices when it comes to the way you think about life. You either think there's more than enough for the taking and you always have a choice or there's never enough to go around and you have no choice.
Most people live with a scarcity mindset. In certain parts of the world, the population has a good reason to feel this way. There is a shortage of food, clean water, and housing in much of the world.
Much of our scarcity thinking is driven by advertisers and the media in general. We are encouraged to consume and achieve more.
Even when we have enough, we’re told that we need a better car, better clothes, or a higher income to be successful and impress the neighbors.
We think the more we have, the more successful we are. It’s no wonder we feel like there isn’t enough. It’s an evil game of cat and mouse.
Thinking this way, it makes sense that successful people still aren’t happy. I call that “stuckcess”. Success isn’t synonymous with happiness.
Life has shown me that success does not add to your happiness unless it is rooted in authenticity. Meaning, you define success for yourself using your true heart’s desires, not society’s definition of success.
If you grew up in poverty, chances are your default mindset is scarcity and lack. When you face a challenge or are wanting to achieve a BIG goal, a scarcity mindset kicks in if it’s dominant. And if your mother had it and your father had it, there’s a high chance that you have it to.
Here’s a real life example of a scarcity mindset…
Several years ago, I was devastated financially.
I knew that I didn’t want to go back to a 9 to 5 (even though, logically, that’s what most people would do to get back on their feet).
I wanted to do things differently and create a more independent life this time. One where I was in control of my income and where there were no caps or limitations on how much I could take home.
I wanted to build something for myself and not depend on someone else for a paycheck every two weeks. I did not want to continue down the road of false security.
I wanted out of that life!!
There were several other reasons why I wanted to go this route, but that was the main reason.
This goal of mine came with some doubt and worries.
What if I fail?
What if I am unable to get clients or maintain a steady flow of clients?
What if I don’t earn enough to pay my rent and bills?
What if my skills don’t match up with the people who have more experience than me?
All the what-if’s began to kick in. Fear was grabbing hold of me and my adopted scarcity mindset was trying to reign me in. I had experienced financial hardship so tough that I was afraid to have that happen again. I was afraid of being without and I was afraid of losing.
That mindset caused me to procrastinate, put my dreams on hold, put MYSELF on hold, and prolong doing what I was inspired to do, be, and have. It wasn’t a good place to be. I felt stuck.
Fortunately, I recognized that this was my scarcity mindset resurfacing. I knew there was more to life than just making ends meet and I KNEW there was more waiting for me to grab hold of it.
So, I decided to take the leap without looking down.
Wherever I landed would be where I landed and I would work through it. I came to that decision because…
People win all the time.
There are more than enough clients out there who need my service. There is no shortage!
There are so many entrepreneurs out there who started from scratch and built successful businesses. The success stories are limitless!
That shift in thinking made me take the leap. I never regretted it and never looked back.
Here’s the thing: A scarcity mindset is the conditioning from the past that is preventing you from trusting.
Whatever conditioning you have built based upon past experiences, creates a block to the flow of life. That includes a flow of abundance and all that it encompasses: prosperity, wealth, love, health, happiness, and anything else that adds to your life in a positive way.
And more than likely there are multiple areas of your life where you’ve created a block.
It takes work to master an abundance mindset.
Here are 10 FAST TRACK strategies that can help you move your mindset from one of scarcity to abundance:
Strive for constant self-improvement. Focus on yourself, on your own goals and accomplishments. As life progresses, you will be met with different challenges and experiences that help you become more consciously self-aware. In order to be on the path of self-improvement, it is important to observe your personality, thoughts, feelings and responses. Spend time knowing yourself.
Self-awareness is an ongoing journey. Never lose touch with yourself. Decide to make self-improvement an integral part of your life.
Self-improvement is a solid example of abundance because it represents the belief that there is more good available to you. There is no limit to what you can do and who you can become.
Visualize an exciting future. Focus on what you can have in the future. Instead of worrying about what you might lose if you go for your dream (your BIG goal), spend some time thinking about what you can gain in the future from it. Look forward to the future rather than fear it. Develop positive feelings about the future.
Isn’t that the foundation of an abundance mindset?
Focus on what you already have. You might already have enough to have a grateful and positive mindset. When you see that you have enough, you won’t be worried about losing it. You have plenty.
Avoid people that complain a lot. Complainers have a scarcity mindset. You’re more susceptible to the mindset of others than you think. Find positive people to include in your social circle. There are so many people in the world, why spend time with those that make your life harder?
Avoid wasting time. By taking part in frivolous activities, you waste your most valuable resource – your time. Value your time and you’ll have more of it.
Keep a journal. Keep it positive. List the things in your life that make you feel grateful. Be sure to mention all the people in your life. You probably have a home, a job, a car, family, friends, and so on. That’s a good start to a wonderful life.
Watch your words. The words and language you use shapes your reality. When you speak, do you speak stories of abundance or stories of scarcity?
Get organized. Getting organized can greatly hasten your move from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset. Organize your closet, garage, or attic. You’ll be surprised by how many things you own. Getting organized will also free up more time. When you realize that you have more things and time than you thought, you’ll think more abundantly.
Cultivate purpose. Foster belief in yourself by learning how to share your gifts and provide value to others. Confidently share your gifts, talents, and abilities through everything you do--your business, in person, at home, at school, or at work.
Be generous. Convince yourself that there is enough for everyone by sharing what you have. The more you’re willing to share, the more others are willing to share with you. That includes sharing your time. To get what you want, give what you want.
One of the primary steps to having more is believing that there is enough for everyone. When you have a scarcity mindset, you become defensive and protective. You also create the false belief that everything will be a greater challenge than it is. When you imagine that something is difficult, you’re more likely to procrastinate or discourage yourself altogether.
An abundance mindset won’t magically place a Mercedes in your garage or add few zeros to your bank account. However, an abundance mindset will allow you to enthusiastically take the necessary steps to make these types of changes in your life.
If you're worried about lack, you aren't free.
Invite Abundance into Your Life
You can attract positivity and welcome more prosperity into your life! Shift the energy around you by changing your environment.
Here's your checklist to usher in greater abundance:
☑ Get organized.
Make a place for everything and put everything is in its place.
☑ Find a place for possessions that are important to you.
When you take care of what you have, you’re acknowledging the abundance that’s already in your life.
☑ Clear out anything you don’t need or love.
When you only surround yourself with things that you love and need, you transform the energy in your environment.
☑ Use what you have, rather than let it sit unnoticed.
To build up a feeling of plenty, notice what you have. Unbox your belongings, pull out things that you've stashed away, and use what you have.
☑ Give away some of your possessions.
When you give to others, your heart opens up and good things can more easily make their way into your life.
☑ Stop mindless purchases.
You’ll hamper your efforts to invite abundance into your life if you keep spending money frivolously on random stuff.
You won’t see a shiny brand new car in your drive way or a lump sum of money in your bank account tomorrow, but you'll be making room for abundance so that you can accept the blessings that come your way with ease!
Surround yourself with things you absolutely love so that you can invite more of it into your life.
Until next time,
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Wanauma Graham is a creative and lifestyle entrepreneur, author of "Totally Unstoppable", and creator of BossFreeMedia.com. She speaks in bold, capital letters, and a lot of exclamation points (a LOT of exclamation points). She's dedicated to helping women work through fear and do something they’ve been inspired to do.