The universal truth is we are already equipped with everything we need to get the job done. This is called operating from a place of abundance. It’s also like the glass-is-half-full approach.
There are those who live from a scarcity mindset and those who practice an abundance mindset. There’s a big difference between the two.
The scarcity mindset tells individuals they just don’t have enough. That they have to hoard the resources they do have, rather than putting themselves out there in the hopes of achieving growth. That it’s not worth risking their current situation to see what potential may await in case you lose what you already have/.
This mindset is plagued with toxic words and actions like small, lacking, resentment, reactive, fearful of change and focusing on what’s not working.
The abundance mindset embraces the notion that, while we have a lot, there are always opportunities on the horizon just sitting there for the taking. Their minds are open to new experiences, they’re willing to take chances and they believe there’s plenty more out there for them in this big, old wide world.
This mindset is characterized by optimistic phrases like big, plenty, happiness, proactive, embracing change and acknowledging what is working well.
My point here is, when times lean out – whether it’s due to the holidays, rising interest rates or a certain point in a market cycle – it’s easy to fall victim to the scarcity mindset. You only need to look as far as the stock market to see what an event, combined with reactivity, fear and a scarcity mindset, can accomplish.
Never stop learning. Never stop taking chances. And never, ever turn down an opportunity for growth. What’s the worst that can happen? You end up no better (but no worse!) off than when you started – and you had abundance to begin with!