Adopting an Abundance Mindset

Abundance reminds us, there is enough sun for everyone and when you change your attitude to one of gratitude, the abundance waiting to come into your life all of a sudden can enter with ease. It is important to accept the fact that abundance and scarcity coincide, and like all opposites, you cannot have one without the other.


Abundance is brave, positive and optimistic while scarcity is limiting, stressful, and promotes insecurity. This is your guide on what an abundance mindset looks like, feels like and acts like.


What is a scarcity mindset?


In order to dive into what it means to be abundant, you have to understand scarcity. Scarcity describes what it is you believe you lack. For instance, if you are always in competition it might be time to reevaluate. Always being in competition can leave you feeling like someone is always achieving something you are not. This might make you feel that in some way, you have lost. Scarcity is also very primal, leaving you feeling unsafe or as if your well-being is somehow at risk.


Statements that start with the expressions below can indicate that you are not feeling abundant. These expressions promote low self-worth, and a lack mentality. Here are the expressions to stop using immediately:


  • I want…

  • I’m trying…

  • I wish..

  • I can’t…

  • I hope…

  • I should…

  • I don’t know…


These statements affirm what you do not have, and do not help to open you up to the opportunity of receiving. Practicing positive self-talk can help you to change your mind, and your life. Below you will learn phrases that can replace these less ideal options.


What is an abundance mindset?


Abundance looks like fearlessness. When you adopt an abundance mindset you realize other people are not your competition. Other people’s success starts to show you what you are capable of achieving, and where it is you can improve. All of a sudden you might realize you would be better off collaborating. This serves as a reminder, there is enough sun for everyone.


These phrase can help you affirm your abundance:

  • I have…

  • I can…

  • I love...

  • I enjoy….

  • I’m grateful for…

  • I choose...

The Reality


There are historical implications on many of our psyches that are very real and cannot go unacknowledged. There has been famine, systemic racism, and social political issues. We are currently turning a corner in the United States and while the work is not done, opportunity is abundant, especially if you train your eyes to find it. Keep in mind the importance of protecting your energy. It becomes easy to take on the weight of the world and feel overwhelming emotion every time you watch the news, or look at social media. Time can start to feel more abundant when you step away from mindlessly scrolling and binge watching television. Time is coveted and nonrenewable, making it one of your most precious commodities.


Joy and the Importance of Challenges


There are very few people who do not know how to enjoy themselves. No matter how uptight, joy is a natural response. Challenges on the other hand can negatively shift our emotional state and truly challenge us into a space of self-study and self-reflection. There is a time period in which it is healthy to process your emotions and “feel your feelings.” Once this process starts to shift, instead of suffering you can choose to find the opportunity, and realize the learning you have achieved in your healing process. This is what abundance feels like.


Here is something to consider, sharing with and teaching others is a sign of your own abundance. What do you have to offer? The answer to this question, matched with action can help you start to experience your own abundance.


Practice Gratitude


One tried and true way to tap into your abundance is to write a gratitude list. The importance of gratitude goes beyond abundance. It improves your mental health, it grounds you in the present moment, it is in fact an act of self-care. Gratitude gives you the opportunity to appreciate your life, all that it is and all that it is not. Understand, gratitude is a quality of thankfulness, acknowledging what you have gratitude for is the action, and regularly practicing gratitude supports abundance. No matter what or who is on your gratitude list, your gratitude list tells you why you are already abundant.


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