Let’s talk about two buzz words: scarcity and abundance.
They’re thrown around a lot, and a lot of what is shared isn’t true.
I want to sort of set the record straight with this blog post and share my take on two oh so important terms that will no doubt change your life if you use them.
So, let’s dive right by defining scarcity and abundance…
An Abundant Mindset
An abundant mindset means there is always enough.
- There’s more than enough time
- There’s more than enough money
- There’s more than enough energy
- There’s more than enough opportunity for you and everyone else
- You feel lucky
- You welcome competition
- You design your life from your future without knowing how to do it
- You come from a place of giving
- There’s always enough
The abundant mindset is based in more than enough and a feeling like your life is happening for you.
This doesn’t mean you don’t have problems, feel pain, or have all the ups and downs that everyone else has. It means that you think about all those things very differently than someone with a scarcity mindset.
A Scarcity Mindset
A scarcity mindset means there is never enough.
- There’s not enough time
- There’s not enough money
- There’s not enough energy
- There’s not enough opportunity for you
- You’re very unlucky
- You fear competition
- You repeat your past over and over
- You don’t have enough to give
- There’s not enough fill-in-the-blank
The scarcity mindset is based on fear and feeling like your life is happening to you.
Scarcity is ripe with defensiveness and righteousness. You can seem to be very in control and strong and have a scarcity mindset. The strength comes from an effort to control your life because you’re afraid of what will happen if you don’t.
I used to have a scarcity mindset and seemed very in control. This was confusing to me at first because I didn’t understand how I could be so strong and in control but have a scarcity mindset. Oh, but did I live in righteousness, control, fear, and fairness. When I started to do this work and let go of all these unsupported beliefs, I became much happier. Not only that, but all the wonderful characteristics of an abundant mindset fell into place. I love more, I’m generous, I believe there’s enough opportunity everywhere, and I know my life is happening for me. It’s a beautiful thing.
If you’re not there yet, don’t be hard on yourself. Awareness is the first step to making the change you want.
I have a list of 7 action steps you can take right now to start to change from a scarcity mindset to an abundant one. This is how I started my change, too.
7 ACTION STEPS TO TAKE RIGHT NOW TO CHANGE YOUR MINDSET
If you want to change your mindset from a victimy scarcity mindset, do these actions.
1. Write for 15 minutes straight
Anytime you feel a certain way that you don’t like (or are feeling scarcity), write for 15 minutes straight without lifting your pen (or fingers from the keyboard)! Don’t judge yourself during this exercise. Just write.
E.g.: You’re having a bad day. Write for 15 minutes straight about the thoughts you’re having. Then review what you wrote.
When you do this, you’ll be able to see how your thoughts directly cause your feelings. You’ll be able to separate you from your thoughts and recognize it’s just your brain. You’ll discover the magic between changing your thoughts to support the life you want.
2. Create a list of the new beliefs you want to adopt.
Make a list of your ideal beliefs. These should be specific. For example:
- I am going to make £10k per month blogging by the end of this year.
- I am going to be a full time blogger.
- I can make £1M from my blog next year.
This list can be for anything – health, career, money, relationships, etc.
Then, make a list of laddered thoughts from where you are now to where you want to go (these should be thoughts that transition you from your current thinking to the thinking you want).
E.g.: I haven’t made £10k per month yet, but I know that it is possible that one day I could.
Whatever the neutral thought is, the key is that you have to actually believe it to be true. Practice your thoughts daily.
3. Ask yourself one question every day that supports your thinking.
As I mentioned above, questions are the secret ninja tip that will change your beliefs without much effort on your part.
Choose one question you want based on the area you want to change in your life.
Here are examples:
- What thoughts can I think to support my happiness and success?
- How can I be happier tomorrow?
- How can I accomplish my goal?
- How can I lose 10 lbs?
- How can I become a full time blogger?
- How can I work for XYZ company?
4. Make a list of the emotions you consistently feel versus the emotions you want to consistently feel.
Since most of us don’t manage how we think, we aren’t deciding how we want to feel either.
Make a list of the top 2-5 emotions you feel regularly (e.g.: anxious, stressed, and worried).
Then, make a list of the top 2-5 emotions you want to feel (e.g.: loving, generous, and ambitious).
Notice that you may want to feel different emotions for different areas of your life (your relationships compared to your work).
This awareness and being intentional alone will help you start to change your life.
5. Create a vision board with images that inspire the beliefs you want to manifest in your life.
Vision boards work because they help you focus on something you want to create in your life.
You can create a vision board digitally on Pinterest or Canva or a good ole fashioned paper and magazine board.
Imagine if you started scrolling through your Pinterest Vision Board every morning with things that inspired you to create in the future instead of scrolling through your Instagram feed? #gamechanger.
6. Make a list of daily intentions.
Think of your dreams as a plant. The plant is the life you want to design. All day, weeds grow around the plant. At the end of the day, you need to pull the weeds so that the plant can grow so you can still see it. If you don’t pull the weeds, your plant will start to look like the weeds and you’ll lose sight of it.
To make sure you’re living in a proactive place where you’re designing your dream life from an abundant mindset instead of a reactive state where you’re putting out fires and living other people’s dreams, do the following:
- Write down what your dream life looks like.
- Write down your why.
- Write down your purpose for living.
- Write down what’s most important to you.
- Look at this every day. Forever.
I am thinking of creating a 10 Minute Morning Checklist for you to do this. Do you think it’s a good idea?
There is always going to be a lot thrown at you every day. You have to be clear about your life. You have to decide what you want. Then, you have to set up systems to focus and remember those dreams every day.
7. Ask “What am I thinking?” daily.
Your thoughts and beliefs create all the results you have in your life. To change those 60,000 thoughts you have daily, you’re going to need to figure out what’s going on in your head.
Make it a daily practice that you ask yourself “what am I thinking?”
You’ll start to separate yourself from your thoughts and realize you are not your thoughts. There is enormous power in this.
A Final Thought
Abundance is when you give up the story of lack, and you believe you can have whatever it is you want.
What’s good and what’s bad is just a story. What’s possible and what’s impossible is just a story.
So while you’re entertaining 60,000+ thoughts per day, why not tell amazing, supportive, abundant stories?
I decided to think that I would have enough and I would have more than enough, and more than enough is available to me. So instead of looking at the women who “had it all” and thinking that wasn’t available to me, I decided I was someone that already had it all, and I could have more.
Abundance is thinking you have enough. And you can always get more. You can get what you want.
Abundance isn’t even enough. It’s so much that enough isn’t in the equation.
Abundance isn’t something that our brains are wired to think. It takes work. Serious work!
If you use the steps above, you can actually shift your thinking and create new results in your future.
It’s amazing stuff.
It worked for me, and I can’t tell you how much better my life is because of it.