Updated: Feb 16
It would be true to say that in western societies most people live with a scarcity mindset and almost all of this scarcity mindset is created by the endless hours of advertising and our current obsession with Social media and the media as a whole.
We are encouraged to consume and want more, more, more. So it isn't much of a wonder that even those among us who have already achieved huge amounts of successes in their lives are driven to own better, slicker faster cars, higher tag designer brands, earn a higher income and become more successful to impress our neighbours, friends, families and intimate partners and not to mention our social media fans, followers and online friends.
It's no surprise that we feel like there isn't enough for everyone. In certain parts of the world, the population has a good reason to feel this way as there is a shortage of food, clean water, and housing.
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 neighbours. It's no wonder we feel like there isn't enough for everyone.
Below are 8 easy ways to move your mindset from one of scarcity to one of abundance:
1. Short-term perspective.
Those with a scarcity mindset have a short term focus. If you regularly find yourself only concerned with entertaining yourself as much as possible each moment, you might have a scarcity mindset. The utilization of resources right now prevents them from being taken away later.
* Overeating and overspending can be symptoms of a scarcity mindset. "Better eat it or spend it now before it's gone" is poor way to view the world.
2. 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.
3. Avoid complaining.
Complainers and complaining comes from having a scarcity mindset which tends to focus on the negative. Their glass is always half empty and not half full. You're more susceptible to the mindset of others than you realise. Seek out and spend time with positive and uplifting people and include them in your social circle. There are so many people in the world, endeavour to spend time with those that choose to focus on the positives and to walk on the sunny side of the street.
4. Focus on what you can have in the future.
Instead of worrying about what you might lose, spend some time thinking about what you can gain in the future. Look forward to the future rather than fear it.
* Visualize an exciting future. Develop positive feelings about the future. Set goals and focus on taking the steps in achieving them is the foundation of an abundance mindset.
5. Avoid wasting time.
By taking part in mindless activities, you waste your most valuable resource - your time. Value your time and you'll have more of it.
6. Keep a journal.
We cannot stress this enough and recommend it to all of our clients but keep it positive. Practice gratitude by compiling a list of all the things in your life that make you feel grateful. Be sure to mention all the people in your life, your home, job (even if you are currently working in a role you have outgrown or a job you are unhappy with focus on the things the income from your job provides), a car, family, friends, running water, electricity and so on. That's a good start to a creating a thankful and joyful life.
7. 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.
8. Be generous.
You will 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.
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 set goals and to take the necessary steps to achieving those goals and to make positive changes in your life.