The same mindset can be extended to healthy living. People make excuses for not having enough time to exercise or cook nutritious meals. “Those living with the abundance mindset know without a shred of doubt that they have more than enough time. They just need to prioritise and get rid of time-sapping activities that do not add any value to their lives.”
The toxic mindset of scarcity
The antithesis of an abundance mindset is a scarcity mentality: the belief that there is not enough to go around. In the hope of poaching customers and gaining a larger market share, competitors slash their prices — but they are only hurting their own profit margins when they engage in a price war. “Just as an abundance mindset creates more, the converse is true: A scarcity mentality erodes value.”
The scarcity mentality is characterised by the following:
– Being jealous of others’ hard-earned achievements, and a secret hope that they will fail in their endeavours
– The need to always be in charge
– Hogging recognition and credit
– Focusing on “what is not working”
– A tendency to overspend, because there is a gnawing need to have what others have
“Why do you want to be rich? Self-centred motivations — to become more comfortable; to prove to others you can do it — are weak motivations. But when your reason for wanting to succeed is greater than yourself — to serve God; to bless others; to make the world a better place — the likelihood of succeeding is significantly higher.” Eugene also believes that when your motivation exceeds your personal desires, you will find that there are many people who are willing to help you succeed, because your motivation resonates with theirs.
What is so great is that switching to an abundance mindset is free, and is a step that you can take right now.
Give more of what you want. In an article for Success, author John Maxwell says to gain the very thing you yearn for, you need to start giving it to others. Pressed for time? Take an hour out to help someone in need. Feel like you are cash strapped? Donate to a charity. This will help you become more appreciative of what you already have.
Pay attention to the words you use. Do not underestimate just how powerful your thoughts are. Instead of saying “I can’t do this”, say “I will get better with time and practice.”
Develop an insatiable curiosity in people. People with an abundance mindset are not Mr and Miss Know-it-alls. They love to learn, and they believe everyone they meet has something to teach them. Start asking about others’ experiences, and listen to what they have to say, rather than chime in and offer words of advice.
“When you consistently say yes to abundance in every aspect of your life, you will notice that more positive-thinking friends want to meet and follow you. Through them, you will receive more opportunities, which help to bring in more income. This eventually leads to personal growth and contentment,” says Eugene.
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