I recently talked to a client, and we talked about how scary the world is right now. I noticed something about the direction the call was going. I saw the presence of the scarcity mindset. A scarcity mindset is a way of thinking that tends to focus on the lack of something or many things in one’s life. (Usually, the focus is on time or money) and the focus becomes so strong it is almost like an obsession. It’s hard to see the world any other way, no matter how much effort the person puts. Do you know anyone like this? Perhaps even yourself if you are willing to admit it. It can lead to failure, fear, and unhappiness. It holds people back, and I talk to my team about this. Don’t spend time on a scarcity mindset, and don’t spend time with people who have one.
Maybe you realize you have a scarcity mindset but don’t know how to change. Do you know what the opposite of scarcity stinkin’ thinking is? It’s thinking in abundance. The abundance mindset allows us to have hope, joy, and significance. Abundance thinking is what successful business people and leaders use every day, even in a scary world. It can help eliminate fear and doubt and win at facing adversity.
Do you know anyone with an abundance mindset? Look for a generous person with optimism. Usually, they leave you feeling charged up, maybe offering words of encouragement. A person with this mindset treats everyone with mutual respect most of the time. Do people walk away from this type of person feeling good or bad? Do you notice your mood elevating? It’s the abundance mindset spreading joy to all who encounter it. Do you think spreading joy attracts negative or positive reactions?
Positive reactions fuel this abundance thinker. It’s a win-win.
How about the scarcity mindset? Do you know anyone who operates with one? Often the characteristics resemble a hoarder. These people tend to be much less generous and complain constantly. When you walk away, you likely leave this person feeling tired, drained, and maybe even depressed or scared. Like the abundance mindset thinker, you will notice that the scarcity thinker is like this with everyone. People might even talk about how draining they are behind this person’s back. It’s a lose-lose.
Do you have a little of both mindsets within you? Most people do. It doesn’t have to be black and white one way or the other, but I will encourage you to move your mindset toward the abundance mindset consciously. Wear your heart on your sleeve and throw away the self-limiting fear. I believe in. you and your ability to balance yourself. I know right now the world is a scary place. But you have the power to let it control you or not. Don’t let the scarcity mentality rob you of all the potential and greatness headed your way.
It might take a change of heart, but you can do it. Make the conscious effort today, and watch your transformation unfold (Even in these crazy uncertain times!)