In today’s world where everything have to look flawless or “instagram worthy”, it’s so easy to get caught in an unhealthy mindset. You see people on instagram with the latest bag, shoes or traveling to different parts of the world. Naturally, you’ll have time where you can’t help but think, “Oh! I need that!”, “I’m so jealous of..” or “I gotta have that new stuff!” (Even I’m guilty of that.)
This kind of mentality, or the Scarcity mentality as they call it, is the zero-sum paradigm of life. Meaning someone’s gain is another man’s loss and vice versa. People with a Scarcity Mentality have a very difficult time sharing recognition and credit, power or profit—even with those who help in the production. They also find it difficult to be genuinely happy for the success of other people.
The scarcity mindset leads to jealousy not only in the material sense, but also in feelings of inadequacy or competition when others have success.
It can also be quite stressful to have this thinking, why? Because it creates a lot of unnecessary fear, anxiety and the feeling of always lacking something; which is totally unhealthy. Meanwhile, an Abundance Mindset is the total opposite, and frankly what we all we should strive for – a positive mindset where there are always new opportunities and chances. A gift that keeps on giving.
From Scarcity to Having An Abundance Mindset
I know it’s easier said than done but, it’s not impossible. Here are some ways on how we can shift from having a scarcity mentality to an abundance mindset.
Learn to Appreciate. Offer words of appreciation to people. We’re living in a fast-paced world now that sometimes we forget to appreciate. Did you say thanks to the barista who made your coffee? We might not know it but there are times these little gestures can brighten up another people’s day.
Reflect. Write down all the good things that happened to you today. Did you find a new client? Was the weather just right? It doesn’t have to be big, it could even be the littlest thing that made your day, like seeing a cute dog on your run. But, if you just look and take the time to find something good, trust me at the end of the day, it’ll make you feel better.
Be Positive. If you’re facing a problem, turn it around and take it as an opportunity. What can you do to solve the problem? Be optimistic about it. Once you’ve solved that little obstacle, learn from it and utilize it to improve yourself.
Find a Mentor. Look for someone who you admire – an entrepreneur, a musician or anyone who inspires you. What makes them great? What are the traits you admire the most about them? Use that to motivate you – if they can do it, you can too!
Choose the People Around You. There’s a saying that goes, “surround yourself with the right kind of people”. I mean, would you really want to hang with a Debbie Downer? Surround yourself with people who will lift you up. Mindsets are contagious so it makes a lot of sense to find people who share the same passion or support you.
Having an abundance mindset will not be instant but if you try to integrate this in your life, it’ll happen. To end this, I’ll leave you with this quote from Wayne Dyer, “Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.”