You are at this moment standing right in the middle of your own ‘acre of diamonds.’ _Earl Nightingale
Most people live with a lack mindset not realizing that they have everything they need inside of them. It’s easy to see why people think lack when you walk around and see homelessness and poverty, not only in the United States, but globally, and you hear about failing economies. We hear stories all the time about the lack of clean water, housing shortages, food shortages, and lack of medical benefits. The media presents these scenarios every day, but on the flip side, they still encourage us to consume even more.
The thing is, people tend to be ungrateful for what they already have. Even when we have enough, we are told that we need a bigger house, better clothes, a better car, or a higher income to help us keep up with the next person. We feel as though we are lacking when we look at others, when in reality, many of the others are living paycheck to paycheck just like much of the population.
The truth? There is no lack in the Universe – it does not matter what you see. The Universe is in no way limited. There is however, a lack of awareness and an abundance of greed that creates the illusion of lack.
When people hear the word abundance, they mostly think about money. It’s not just about money; it’s about every area of your life. Most likely, if you are struggling with finances, you are struggling in other areas of your life. Money is simply energy. What is your energy like? How are you showing up in the world? That energy directly determines your results – including your bank account.
Move your mindset from one of scarcity to one of abundance with these strategies:
1. Those with a scarcity mindset have a very short-term perspective. 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 people that complain a lot. Complainers have a scarcity mindset. You’re more susceptible to the mindset of others than you think. Find positive people to include in your social circle. There are so many people in the world, why spend time with those that make your life harder?
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. Isn’t that the foundation of an abundance mindset? Stop complaining.
5. Avoid wasting time. By taking part in frivolous activities, you waste your most valuable resource – your time. Value your time and you’ll have more of it.
6. Keep a journal. Keep it positive. List the things in your life that make you feel grateful. Be sure to mention all the people in your life. You probably have a home, a job, a car, family, friends, and so on. If you don’t feel you have those things, take a deep breath – you have the breath of life. That’s a good start to a wonderful 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. 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, and it will become difficult.
An abundance mindset won’t magically place a Mercedes in your garage or add more zeros to your bank account. However, an abundance mindset will allow you to enthusiastically take the necessary steps to make these types of changes in your life.