Moving from Scarcity to Abundance
Which Mindset are you in?
When you learn about mindsets, you can really start to understand the people around you. There are many different ways of thinking, but for the most part people fall into one of two categories: they are scarcity thinkers or they are abundant thinkers. The different ways of thinking affects how they approach life, and how they end acting and reacting to different situations.
The goal for most of us should be to move from scarcity thinking to abundant thinking. In order to do that we have to understand both mindsets, and we have to make a conscious decision to think abundantly. It may take a lot of time, but as you grow and teach yourself to think abundantly, it will come more and more naturally until you have vanquished scarcity thinking.
Two Bosses; Two Mindsets
Most of us have had bad bosses. Hopefully most of us have also had good bosses. A big factor that determines the “bad” from the “good” is what mindset they are stuck in. Consider these two bosses.
Boss A greets you every day with a smile. She is genuinely intrigued with your life, and asks every Monday how your weekend was. She encourages you, helps you grow, and leaves you feeling like you’re ready to tackle the day. When you watch her interactions with other people, it doesn’t waver; it’s as though they are the only person that matters.
Boss B greets you with a “hey.” You’re rarely praised for your work, but often criticized when you fall short. He puts pressure on you to get a lot of work done in a short period of time. While he may see it as helping you grow, it really just drains you. He complains about everything, and you are led to believe that he complains about you when you’re not around.
Two very different people that we often chalk up to, “that’s just how they are.” But what it boils down to is what mindset they subscribe to. Boss A believes there is more than enough to go around; Boss B believes there is never enough.
Scarcity vs. Abundance Mindset
When you’re a scarcity thinker, you often have these mindsets:
- Resources are limited, you need to get your share
- You can’t give anything, even advice, for free or you’re going to get behind
- You don’t trust people, thinking they will push you down to get ahead
- There is limited pie, you have to claim your slice
- You believe the best times are in the past
- You feel entitled, avoiding risk, and fearful of failure
Conversely, the abundance thinker subscribes to these mindsets:
- Resources are infinite, share freely
- The more you give, the more it will come back to you; especially passing on wisdom and knowledge
- Your rise to the top doesn’t mean another gets pushed down, instead you both rise
- The pie replenishes with every slice taken
- The best times are yet to come
- You are thankful, confident, and take big risks to gain big rewards
Moving from Scarcity to Abundance
The tricky part with these mindsets is understanding how to move from one to the other. How do you get rid of the scarcity thinking in your life, and start to subscribe to the abundance? Part of it is simply telling yourself to think the other way.
Any time you find yourself fearing failure, you have to consciously remind yourself that setbacks are learning experiences, not permanent marks of who you are. When you see someone else rise up, it doesn’t mean you can’t rise with them; remind yourself that you can emulate them and rise too. Learn your trade, and freely share with others interested. Be kind, compassionate, forgiving, and loving.
Every day, in every situation, stop and think which mindset you’re in. Make the decision to think abundantly, and eventually it will come naturally.
Where is your mind?