When you think you don’t have enough: 5 ways to pump up your Abundance Mindset
How many times have you worried that you’re in a crowded market place & there aren’t enough customers for you all? Or maybe you think time is running out & you’re too late to market to make the most of the opportunities out there?
Most of us have been there and endured the pain that comes with worrying about what might happen if there just isn’t enough…
Before we got our new puppy, we visited him and his 11 siblings. Feeding time was a frenzy of noise and excitement, not just because they were hungry but because they wanted to get all they could before it was woofed down, with nothing left for them.
So are you the like the proactive puppy at the front of the cue holding his own, or are you waiting, making excuses & hoping there’s some left for you at the end?
Most entrepreneurs have a deep-rooted hunger; for success, fortune, making a difference and idea generation. Without the hunger, ideas remain just an idea. At some stage of the new business cycle though, the potential famine looms and this is where the choice is made, albeit not consciously, to act from a place of scarcity or abundance.
It’s very common for people to be deeply scripted in what is called the Scarcity Mindset. They see life as having only so much, as though there were only one pie out there. And if someone were to get a big piece of the pie, it would mean less for everybody else.
The Scarcity Mentality is the zero-sum paradigm of life. People with a Scarcity Mentality have a very difficult time sharing recognition and credit, power or profit – even with those who help in the production. They also have a very hard time being genuinely happy for the success of other people.
The Abundance Mindset, on the other hand, flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth and security. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody. It results in the sharing of prestige, of recognition, of profits, of decision making. It opens possibilities, options, alternatives, and creativity.
Here’s some of the language you would hear from the owner of a Scarcity Mindset:
“I don’t have enough”
“I win, you lose”
“There is only so much available for everyone in the world – when others do well, there is less for the rest of us”
“They won’t choose us…I am expecting bad news”
“The problems are endless…it’s just so unfair”
On the flip side, this is what you might hear from someone with an Abundance Mindset:
“There is plenty for everyone”
“I win, you win, we all win”
“We can share ideas and collaborate”
“The road ahead is full of opportunity”
“The more you give, the more you get”
Just take a minute, on average, where does your mindset sit… Scarcity or Abundance?
Scarcity Town is a dangerous place for any of us to hang out. Visit if you must. Take a picture. See what happens on the ground and how toxic it can become when people get lost in this mindset of ‘not enough’. Then get the hell out. Sadly, I see too many business owners get a one-way ticket there and struggle to find their way back. As Tony Robbins says: ‘You never get beyond scarcity, you have to start beyond it’.
So, here’s how can you begin to build an Abundance Mindset for yourself, your team, your customers and your business:
- Look for Win-Win solutions – seek out the opportunity for others to be winners too. This means you have to start with listening and understanding what their win would be; ask, be curious, weigh up your needs and theirs, get creative.
- Get organized – The simple act of getting your possessions and your time in some kind of order can help grow an abundance mindset as you start to see exactly how much you do already have.
- Keep a gratitude journal – there is a wealth of evidence to show how beneficial daily journaling can be. Spend just 5 minutes before you go to bed capturing what it is you are grateful for from that day. Focusing on this helps you direct your energy into all the opportunities you have. I like to use 5 Minute Journal. It’s an easy use to app that works across devices. You can download it for free here.
- Stop comparing yourself to others – compare yourself to yourself! Drowning in social media can cripple you as you see all the successes people are shouting about having. Instead, turn your attention onto the small steps you can take now to make your own life and business better.
- Get on the front foot – Scarcity breeds reactivity. Get behind your outcomes and drive towards making them happen.
There really is plenty to go around. So, the next time you find yourself with your head stuck in the dog bowl, scoffing the last few scraps, just know that is very odd behaviour. The dog food is for the dog, not you. Eat a proper meal. And be grateful for every mouthful, safe in the knowledge there is plenty more.