We live in a world of many pressures and pulls on our time. It is easy to lose track of whether we see the world with a scarcity vs. abundance mindset.
Does it seem you have more demands on your time (and money) than you have to give?
If this is you, then don’t worry, you’re not alone.
In this article we’ll show you 5 tips to help you lead an abundant life and relieve the pressure a scarcity mentality creates.
But first, what do we mean by a scarcity vs. abundance mindset?
Is a Scarcity Mentality Holding You Back?
Our modern fast paced life of “bigger, better, faster, more” works to suggest all the time we should have more, others are more successful, we should be achieving more and why are you not there yet?
These pressures conspire to make us see lack and scarcity all around. Lack of opportunity, lack of time, lack of love, lack of wealth and much more.
You believe you live in a world of scarcity. You feel you are a victim of circumstance or perhaps want to control everything, so you don’t lose any more.
Emotionally you’re switched off, overwhelmed, angry and scared. Possibly, all at the same time. You find it difficult to focus and are wedded to negative thoughts that see scarcity all around.
Your body is tense and fearful of surprises. You might grind your teeth or require constant physio / chiropractic treatment to treat your tense, contracted muscles.
This may be your daily state of mind and state of body. If so, this holds you back from seeing the beauty, abundance and wonder all around.
Let’s have a look at an abundant mindset and how it differs.
How an Abundant Mindset Sets You Free
Despite the fast pace of our modern world, someone with an abundant mentality has a relaxed sense of self.
You engage with the world on your own terms knowing there is more than enough of everything for everyone. Why be fearful and angry at the world when there is so much to give and receive.
An abundant thinker gives gratitude for everything in their life, they do not define it by what they don’t have. Emotionally, an abundant person is engaged, a positive thinker, energized with other people, interested and inquisitive.
- Enjoy a feeling of clarity and peace and you listen actively.
- Know you own mind and take a balanced view of the world.
- See abundance in everything such as friendships, money, love, career, giving and receiving.
- Look for the opportunities
Whether you know it or not, you are living proof of the Law of Attraction which states people attract into their life what they most commonly focus on.
If you focus your thoughts and emotions on scarcity, you see it all around. If you focus on abundance you see opportunities, give gratitude, and appreciate the unlimited resources available to everyone.
You move on from a scarcity vs. abundant mindset.
5 Tips to Live an Abundant Life
Some people are clearly 100% in a scarcity mindset. Others are obviously 100% abundant in their thinking. Most of us are somewhere in between.
I like to think I’m an abundant thinker, but I catch myself with thoughts of scarcity more often than I care to admit. What I know is I can always strive to improve my thinking and vibrational alignment with the Universe.
With that in mind, here are 5 tips to help you (and me!) live a more abundant life.
- Start a Gratitude Journal
- Tap into your passions
- Develop a mindful approach to life
- Create positive affirmations
- Take control, create a new habit
Let’s begin by creating an attitude of gratitude.
Tip 1. Start a Gratitude Journal
Abundance begins with gratitude. Give thanks for what you do have and don’t focus on what you don’t have. Read the following article to learn more about staring a gratitude journal.
Tip 2. Tap into Your Passions
The more you engage with the activities, topics and people you are passionate about, the more you see the abundance of possibilities and opportunity in the world.
Write a list of what you love to do. Who do you want to be around?
Think how can you make time for these activities.
It will invigorate your view of the world and open you up to abundance and prosperity. Once you lose yourself to activities or passions that capture your attention then a scarcity vs abundance mindset will melt away.
Tip 3. Develop a Mindful Approach to Life
Become aware of your thoughts, especially when they turn to fear and scarcity. Practice mindfulness and meditation as means of bringing a thoughtful calm to your life.
Taking time out from your daily work routine to sit quietly and simply be at peace is a powerful interruption to negative thoughts.
Tip 4. Create Positive Affirmations
If you have negative beliefs about scarcity then these can be challenged and changed by writing and saying positive affirmations. These powerful positive phrases are said daily and can help you to see opportunity and abundance where previously you saw none. A scarcity vs abundance mindset can be turned around by the use positive affirmations.
The following article will help you understand more about affirmations:
Tip 5. Take Control, Create a New Habit
Choose to be in control of your life rather than feeling like a victim or at the mercy of circumstances. When you create a new positive habit, you are demonstrating you want to take your life in a positive direction. There is less fear about your life.
Click the link below to visit our “Create a New Habit” worksheet page and download your worksheet for free.
Scarcity vs. Abundance Mindset – People Also Ask:
Here are some further questions people ask about abundance versus scarcity.
Abundance Mindset Exercises
Just like your body, abundant mindset needs constant exercise. You need to feed your mind positive images, thoughts and feelings to make sure you keep on track.
The 5 tips shared in this article are a great start.
We would also add to the list the creation of a vision board, also known as a dream board. A vision board is a place where you post photos, images, quotes and words you have chosen to represent your future life.
This inspirational collection of imagery and words helps you develop a positive, abundant mentality. Click the link below to find out how to create your own vision board.
What is a Prosperity Mindset?
Living a prosperous life is a direct result of having an abundant mindset.
When you see abundance in the world, you see prosperity all around. Not just in terms of wealth and money, but happy, content people living full and prosperous lives.
Scarcity Mindset Quotes
We thought we’d finish this page with 3 quotes to help you reflect on a scarcity vs. abundant mindset.
Scarcity mentality measures out life by the ounce; it always concludes that the needs outweigh the resources.
Erin M. Straza, Author
True abundance is feeling worthy enough to believe beyond what you can see. Expect miracles and they will manifest.
Sarah Prout, Speaker, Author
See yourself living in abundance and you will attract it. It always works, it works every time, with every person.
Bob Proctor, Author, Speaker, Coach
Note: Visit our Bob Proctor videos page to hear more of Bob’s wisdom