We live in a society focused on never having enough. Sadly, most of us spend more time thinking about what we don’t have rather than focusing on what we do. It’s not surprising that so many of us come from this mindset of scarcity when we are constantly bombarded by what others have through social media and advertisements.
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“Comparison is the thief of joy.” This quote by Theodore Roosevelt rings true when thinking about our culture of scarcity. How many times have you thought “I’m not as (smart, rich, pretty, athletic, skinny, etc.) as X” in your life?
From A Culture Of Scarcity To A Mindset Of Abundance
The truth is that when we shift our focus from comparing ourselves to others or thinking about what we don’t have, to recognizing that we already have enough, we begin living from a mindset of abundance.
We start to see the opportunities that already exist in our lives and we focus on ways to improve our situation.
For me, this shift in mindset came when I started practicing gratitude on a daily basis. I didn’t realize how much of an impact a gratitude practice would have on my attitude and perception of the world.
I am amazed at how much my life has changed for the better since adopting a practice of gratitude.
My life isn’t perfect. But my focus is no longer on the imperfections of my life.
My focus is on what I’ve already been given, including the endless opportunities for improvement and growth.
I’m living my life with intention, passion, and compassion rather than with limitations and defeat.
Cultivating An Abundance Mentality
Cultivating an abundance mentality requires a shift in mindset that can only come from intentionally carving out time to focus on what you already have.
Here are 5 ways to cultivate a mindset of abundance:
Assess Your Current Mindset
Take some time thinking about the way you view your world. Complete a brain dump where you list out the areas of your life where you’ve been living with a scarcity mindset. Then think about how you can turn those thoughts into ones of abundance.
Start Your Day In Prayer And Praise
Starting your day in prayer and praise helps you to begin your day focused on what matters most. For me, I always start my day with a daily devotional or a Bible Study.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
A daily gratitude journal is a significant step in cultivating a mindset of abundance. Your journal can simply be a list of things you are grateful for in your life, or you can keep a journal or diary of your thoughts.
End Your Day In Thanksgiving
Research has shown that those that end their day in gratitude sleep better. When your focus is on positive thoughts, your anxiety and stress will decrease, and you will have an easier time relaxing and falling asleep.
Stay Focused On Ways You Can Grow
By thinking about ways you can grow in your life, you will focus on opportunities rather than limitations. Writing down your personal growth goals is one of the best ways to stay focused on the areas of your life where you can grow. An abundance mindset is a necessary prerequisite to attaining your goals.
If you find yourself living your life from a place of scarcity, I encourage you to try these 5 ways to cultivate a mindset of abundance.
Do you come from a scarcity mindset or an abundance mindset?
I’d love to hear about your experience or thoughts on this subject in the comments section below.
With Love and Joy,