Abundance vs Scarcity Mindset


There are two ways to look at life. The first is though abundance where you are always able to find enough and there are always plenty of opportunities for everyone. The other way to look at life is through scarcity. This is where you don’t believe there is enough for everyone and you find yourself in situations where you lack the things you want.

“There are two ways to look at life one is as though nothing is a miracle the other is as though everything is a miracle” Albert Einstein

Some people try to disprove abundance by looking for evidence of scarcity. You can often hear them say, “The bills keep piling up” or “there’s not enough money to go around.” If you are also in the scarcity mindset then this does sound like the truth.

It may seem like you need to work harder just to break even or that life is just meant to be stressful.

What this mindset fails to realize is just how complex our world is. You will always be able to find what you are looking for. If you search for scarcity you will find scarcity.

By focusing on scarcity and on things that you lack you are only bringing more of those things into your life. By thinking about your bills, debts, and hardships you are working towards more of those negative things and you will be able to find even more examples of them.

Abundance on the other hand is a different kind of mindset and it leads us to a different path in life. It focuses on the things that we have a lot of and the great experiences that we come across in our journey.

“The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.”Ben Sweetland

By focusing on the good areas of life and on our goals we start to see more of the good side of life and opportunities start to emerge from behind corners that we couldn’t get to before.

From an Abundance standpoint, life is fun, life is worth living, and life gives us all a chance to go after our dreams and to better ourselves. Life is simply better all around.

But of course whenever you hear someone tell you that you can have everything you want if you just believe you can one of the things you might come up with is, “that is easy for you to say, if life is already going so well for you then of course you can think abundance.”

That’s true. It is much easier to think abundance when you look around at a world that is already filled with abundance. However in order to get to a life of abundance in the first place you have to start thinking about it. In other words the mindset comes first!

Think about this, 80% of millionaires inherited nothing from their families. Of the remaining 20% the vast majority of them inherited a lot less than a million dollars. It is pretty clear that most people who live a life of excess money got there by themselves.

The way they got there was with their mindsets. We all have ups and downs in this life, but the people who are able to focus on the positives and look for new opportunities always rise to the top.

The world around them simply bends to their will as if to make sure that their beliefs about how the world works are proven correct.

As they succeed and start seeing more abundance in life it reinforces their abundant mindset, which in turn creates more abundance around them. Our mindset is everything.

“People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality, the more we are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people. We believe their success adds to…rather than detracts from…our lives.” Stephen R. Covey

If we believe that life is full of love and happiness then it will be. If we believe that our life is full of lack then that is what we will find instead.

The problem is your surroundings and prior beliefs can make it hard to change your mindset. If you have already been living your life in one way and you are seeing evidence that your way of living is right for so long, then it is not going to be easy to do a 180 and start looking at life from a different perspective.

Like the old saying goes, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” We are already accustomed to our current beliefs, so changing your mind and believing that your reality is different then it was before is going to come with a lot of resistance at first.

So, how do you do it? How do you go about changing your mindset from scarcity to abundance if you have debt collectors, excess bills, loss of a loved one, or so on?

Well one way is to stop focusing on the bad things in life and start focusing on the good things. Don’t think about how much you owe someone else or whether or not you will have to declare bankruptcy.

Don’t focus on the potential problems that might come your way. Instead focus on the opportunities that you will have in life. Think about everything that is good.

Focus on the good, fall in love with life, with the challenges that come your way, with the experiences that you will have, and think about how amazing it is that life even exists in the first place. It is a marvelous planet we live in!

Once more focus on the life you want to have and the person you want to be. Believe that you are already that person and live life as if you are already achieving your goals. Imagine your reality slowly evolving and turning into the live that you have imagined.

“Gratitude is the open door to abundance .” unknown

When you first start changing your mindset it may seem tough, because your reality will probably stay the same for a while. All those years of believing one thing will not get washed away by a few hours of a new belief.

As you keep it up and stay passionate about life it becomes much easier to believe your new reality because the circumstances around you will change. It may be little things at first, your friends may treat you different or you may run into others who are already living the life you want to live.

Life begins to rearrange itself to fit into your beliefs. Suddenly you start to see abundance all around you and the world in which you live starts to change drastically.

You may be thinking, “life is not that easy” and yes, it kind of is. There are lots of variables in life, but your mindset plays a major role in how those variables turn out. When you search for the good in life good things start to happen to you that you might not have ever even thought about before.

Your life really does change to fit your thoughts.

It may require a leap of faith to get started and you may need to ignore what you already believe, but the best adventures in life come from us taking a leap of faith.

The man who opens up his first business on the corner of a busy street has to take a leap of faith that he will indeed get enough customers to turn a profit. It can be hard to take that initial step without knowing for sure what will happen.

But once things start to pan out and he starts to get buying customers it is much easier to open that door everyday and come into work.

“Jump, and the net will appear.” Bruce Crowther

The world is full of abundance if you believe it! One of the most amazing parts about this world is that we really do have a nearly limitless amount of potential on this planet. To me this is fun, it’s exciting, and it makes me want to experiment and shape the world in whatever ways I can imagine.

Abundance is such a unique concept because it is everywhere. Yet at the same time you have to look for it to be able to find it. Those who ignore it and focus on scarcity will create a life full of hardships. Those who embrace abundance end up finding more opportunities in life. They are the ones who will shape our world and live a life filled with happiness.

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5 thoughts on “Abundance vs Scarcity Mindset

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  3. Debra Yearwood

    These are words to live by. Although it can be challenging to remember at times, we really do need to embrace our ability to impact and change the world around us.The book,”The Art of Possibility”, by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander explores this perspective and provides some “how to” tips to help put it into practice.It may help folks to take that leap of faith.

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