Our outer realities tend to be a vivid reflection of our inner states.
If you think about the bad, more bad things tend to happen, but if you focus on the good, you start to see more good in your life. Needless to say, if you want to create an abundant life, cultivating an abundance mindset is key.
Even if you’re stuck in a scarcity mindset at the moment, you were born with the ability to change your behaviors and shift your perspectives. It’s never too late to work toward becoming your best self.
Creating an abundant life requires a skill set that can only be unlocked by an abundance mindset. So, let’s dig into the secrets of the abundance mindset to create a life that is fulfilling:
What is the Abundance Mindset?
The abundance mindset, at its core, is the belief that the resources available in the world will never run out for anyone so, it’s safe to share them with everyone around us.
This mindset focuses not on the size of the limited pie that life is but on the opportunity that offers everyone a piece of it.
Naturally, this belief piggybacks on the shoulders of gratefulness. Being thankful for what we have instead of lamenting about what we don’t have is a core characteristic of the abundance mindset.
This mindset transforms our miseries into contentment by enabling us to turn our negative experiences into positive ones. This mindset, which revolves around optimistic thinking, encourages us to explore the vast world of opportunities and possibilities that lays ahead of us, instead of only seeing limitations.
Abundance Mindset vs. Scarcity Mindset
The abundance mindset is generally talked about as counter to the scarcity mindset.
Intrinsically, our brains are designed for survival, and they magnify the unfavorable as soon as they suspect a circumstance that might cause us distress. This overemphasis of negative experiences, which then take over the positive ones, creates thought patterns that force us to stay away from risk-taking tendencies.
The scarcity mindset is fuelled by a pessimistic approach, and it limits us by influencing our decisions to remove ourselves from daring situations, whereas the abundance mindset paves a way for us to walk away from those thought patterns that restrict us by motivating us to take risks.
Even though an abundance mentality does not promise protection from the risk of disappointments, it does reward us with a deeper sense of gratification and resilience to surmount setbacks.
The scarcity mindset also gives rise to victim mentality and prevents those with this mindset from developing courageous goals while the abundance mindset equips us with control to take charge of difficult situations by allowing us to concentrate on growth and development, leading to an abundant life.
Characteristics of an Abundance Mindset
As mentioned before one of the core characteristics of an Abundance mindset is gratitude. When we choose to be grateful for everything that happens to us in life, the good and the bad, we start to feel a sense of deep satisfaction with where we are in life.
While we might be building something for the future, we are content with where we are, rather than thinking we can only be happy when we have something or achieve something. We are grateful for the moment we are in and the things we have in the present.
People with an abundance mindset don’t compare themselves with others. They only compete with themselves. This me vs. me mindset allows them to enhance their sense of self-worth in a non-toxic and positive way.
This mindset leads to feelings of empowerment, determination, perseverance, and acceptance as opposed to those with a scarcity mindset who are often plagued with feelings of fearfulness, anger, anxiousness, and frustration.
This mentality allows people to celebrate others’ success instead of resenting it. For ones with this mentality, the glass is always half-full.
This mindset evokes a proactive approach to life, allowing people to plan their future strategically, without doing it from a place of fear.
If you have an abundance mindset, you understand that change is the only constant in life. Which allows people to welcome change with open arms even if it is hard to steer sometimes. This further enables them to live in the moment rather than fearing or becoming anxious about the future because they know change is an essential component of life.
An abundant life is filled with optimism and positivity. This mindset choses to see the good over the bad— not ignoring the bad things that happen in life, which can lead to toxic positivity, but rather using the bad that happens as a tool for learning, and growth.
Why an Abundance Mindset is Key for Creating an Abundant Life
When you have an abundance mindset, your focus shifts from “there is no way out of this difficult situation,” to “this is an opportunity to learn something new to tackle this difficult situation.”
You become intentional with what you let out of your mouth and the words you say start sounding more optimistic. Gradually, it becomes a subconscious process contributing to the development of confidence, motivation, and inspiration.
This mentality makes you appreciative of your work, relationships, and life in general, and prevents you from taking anything for granted; be it your life partner, your dream job, or your body that enables you to enjoy the wonders of the world.
With this mindset, your happiness comes from within and is not attached to material things, which allows you to live your life to the fullest. This sheds light on the fact that the abundance mindset, as our inner state, manifests as reality and hence becomes the key to creating an abundant life.
Steps for Cultivating an Abundance Mindset
For Homo Sapiens, whose brains have been wired for survival, it is instinctive to function with a scarcity mentality. This does not mean you cannot cultivate a positive inner state at a later stage of life.
A positive approach toward life always begins with practicing gratitude. Being content with what you have right now and knowing it in your heart that the next moment is bound to bring something good for you leads to the beginning of the creation of an abundance mindset that eventually becomes your dominant inner state as you continue practicing gratitude.
To take gratitude to the next step, take on empowering beliefs. Do this by creating a list of things you are grateful for to put yourself in a positive mindset. This will help you see how far you have come and how much you have achieved instead of letting you focus on what you couldn’t.
This further enables you to vanquish your self-sabotaging beliefs and replace them with healthier ones by aiding you in understanding that what you couldn’t achieve was simply not in your control. Once you let go of your negative, limiting beliefs, you take your final step toward cultivating an abundance mindset to lead an abundant life.
Creating an abundant life by first developing an abundance mindset might not be an easy task but once you start this journey, it sure is rewarding. When you are appreciative not just toward the universe but also toward your mind, body, and soul, it generates a ripple effect that then showers you with the blessings of an abundant life.
Just remember “The secret to having it all is believing you already do” if you do that, you’ll be well on your way to creating an abundant life.