Your mindset determines your reality.
If you focus on lack, you’ll have plenty of lack in your life. On the other hand, if you focus on abundance, you will have more than you need.
But is creating abundance in your life really that simple?
The answer might surprise you… If you’re like most people, you want more. More success, more wealth, more freedom, and more fulfillment.
Sound about right?
The good news is that it’s more possible than ever to have all those things. The bad news is that you will have to do some inner work to make it happen.
Here’s the thing, there are endless ways to make money and prosper in today’s world. And just because you’re successful, doesn’t mean others can’t as well. Once you learn that abundance is truly unlimited, everything in your life can change.
But to get to that level, we must first understand what is abundance and why most of us are programmed with a scarcity mindset.
So what is an abundance mindset anyways?
It’s knowing that there is more than enough in the Universe for you and everyone else to succeed. In essence, you can get as much money as you want and need while not taking it from anyone else.
For some people, this doesn’t even feel possible. Why?
I think it’s the way that we are raised growing up. We’re taught at a young age that you need to go to school, get a good job, climb the ladder, then retire. Along the way as you’re “climbing” the ladder in the corporate world, it’s easy to get a scarcity mindset without ever realizing it.
Since most of the population are 9-5 employees, not entrepreneurs, this leads to most people with a scarcity mindset. When you’re climbing the ladder inside a corporation, it’s easy to think there isn’t enough.
Sometimes you’ll get a promotion while others won’t or vice versa. This ingrains the thoughts and feelings of scarcity in your own little world. When in reality, there are endless possibilities and opportunities if you choose to look for them.
Let’s break it down further…
Scarcity vs. Abundance Mindset
To create abundance in your life, it’s vital to understand the difference between scarcity vs. abundance.
Once you can recognize which is happening in your life, it gives you the power to switch to abundance if you aren’t already. Or, to create even more abundance in your life.
A scarcity mindset usually means:
Thinking that only some people can win. As if there’s a certain amount of money in the world and only certain people can have a certain amount of it.
Usually have feelings of overwhelm, stress, and anxiety. When you’re living with a scarcity mindset, it’s easy to feel stressed that if something happens, you’ll never bounce back or prosper again.
People with a scarcity mindset usually say things like “There will never be enough.” While a person with an abundance mindset will say and think things like “There will always be more.”
Meanwhile, an abundance mindset usually leads to:
Knowing that everyone can win. With an abundance mindset, you don’t tear people down, you want everyone to win because you know there is more than enough.
Having feelings of security, peace, and overall more happiness. Because you know that there are infinite possibilities and ways to find success.
Now that you have a bit more context about the two, do you think you are more abundant or scarce with your mindset? Here’s the thing, too many people pretend they’re abundant but more scared or worried in reality.
For example, let’s say you have an online course about how to use Facebook ads for restaurants. Pretty much regardless of niche, I’m sure there is competition - either directly or indirectly.
But how you frame competition is everything…
Do you think competition is a bad thing? Or, do you think that competition means there is a huge demand and thus, enough opportunity for everyone.
If you’re still suffering “fake abundance” here are three strategies to help you out starting today.
Get Into Alignment
As Paul Coelho (author of The Alchemist) said, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Sadly, most people aren’t doing something they want to do for a career. Let’s face it, most people hate their jobs and careers. Studies have shown that 8 out of 10 people dislike or hate their jobs.
So why do so many people settle for something just to pay the bills?
From a scarcity perspective, most people want to feel “secure” in a 9-5. Plus, society has indoctrinated us to believe that working for someone else is the safe, secure way.
But I think the hidden reason why people hate their job is that they aren’t in alignment. They have no focus, motivation or inspiration because they’re spending time doing stuff that doesn’t excite them.
But those who are operating inside their zone of genius and working on stuff they’re passionate about almost always win. The people that have the most success (both financially and spiritually) are always aligned with their purpose.
Focus on Gratitude
The second step to creating an abundant mindset is to focus on being grateful right now.
Even if you aren’t where you want to be in life or business, focus on what you have to get more of what you want.
As Tony Robbins said, “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
I’m sure you’ve seen endless posts on social media about gratitude but maybe brush it off. Trust me, I used to do the same myself. But the more I focus on being grateful, the better I feel and the better situations I attract into my life.
Being grateful for even the smallest things can help your attitude and motivation every day.
Quit Comparing Yourself to Others
Finally, to help you achieve an abundance mindset, I can’t leave this part out, comparison syndrome.
With the average person spending hours of time on social media, it’s never been easier to get into a scarcity mindset by comparing your life to others. It also shouldn't be a surprise that depression, anxiety, and other negative factors have drastically increased since 2010… when social media started being consumed.
But as you probably already know, comparing yourself vs. others is a losing formula. What you see on social media is about 1% of what that individual’s life looks like.
Instead, it’s the highlight reel that is cultivated to get more fans, followers, and subscribers.
Please, please, please, do not compare your life with anyone else.
At the end of the day, no two people have the same journey on this planet. The only person that you can compare yourself to is your past self.
If you keep comparing yourself to others it’s easy to subconsciously create a scarcity mindset and operate from the feeling of “I’m not enough.”
To help create an abundant mindset, acknowledge yourself and your wins as much as possible. Do things like:
Limit time on social media.
Write down three wins every day in a journal.
Celebrate yourself and your big wins to program your mind to get more of it.
Do monthly, quarterly, and yearly recaps to see how much you’ve grown and evolved.
Oftentimes, we do more than we give ourselves credit for but when doing these exercises, it's easy to remind yourself how awesome you’re doing. Winning breeds more winning which will help create more abundance in your life.
At the end of the day, there are epic things happening all over the place. Despite seeing others find financial freedom and success, others don’t think it's possible.
Unfortunately, most of us have been programmed to believe there isn’t enough for everyone to succeed.
When in reality, that is 100% not true. You can become as wealthy and successful as you want without negatively impacting the success and prosperity of others.
Step one is first identifying that you have a choice. You can choose to have a scarcity or abundance mindset. Once you choose abundance, make sure you then:
Align yourself with your life’s work.
Focus on what you have (to attract more of what you want).
Quit comparing yourself to others and focus on your own goals.
Remember, what you focus on determines your reality.
Choose your thoughts and intentions carefully as they’ll subconsciously help you create the life you want. Focus on lack and you’ll probably get it but if you focus on wealth and success, you’ll be much more likely to get it as well.
As Ernest Holmes said, “Thoughts of lack manifest as limitation. Thoughts of abundance manifest as success and happiness. Failure and success are but two ends of the same stick.”