“As a man thinketh, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
It’s a widely shared belief that changing our thinking to a mindset of Abundance and Prosperity rather than from a paradigm of Poverty and Scarcity, will change your life and relationships………So how does that work then…….read on…………
Our thoughts provide the blueprint for our lives….just a physical blueprint determines what a building will look like when it is finished.
First of all, thinking from Abundance means thinking – believing – that wealth, success, and prosperity are possible for you.
Thinking Abundantly, though, isn’t just about “us” – nor is it just about money – a prosperous Mindset also embraces the idea that there is enough for ALL.
…for many of us, we may go through the day thinking “I didn’t get enough sleep” or “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, it often goes unquestioned and we spend time worrying and complaining about what we don’t have enough of….scarcity is the underlying assumption.
You may know the Parable of the Talents where a wealthy man goes on a journey and entrusts 3 of his servants with his assets. The first two invest wisely and the third is fearful of loss and buries the money. On his return the man is furious with his cautious servant having made no good use of his opportunity and promptly gives his share of the money to the one who earned the most !
A scarcity mindset leads us to handle our money fearfully, timidly, and ineffectively. It leads us to cling tightly to every pound, thinking that we are keeping it safe. But in reality, our tight hold eliminates growth, prevents profits, and even takes opportunity out of our hands. Thinking abundantly increases the flow of our money by allowing us to use it in multiple ways, not simply “bury it” or lock it up to slowly accumulate interest.
Signs of a poverty mentality:
- Belief that you are a victim of others’ decisions and choices.
- Fear of spending money on non-essentials.
- Constant search for cheapest alternative, even if a discomfort.
- Obsession with getting “deals” and free entry.
- Belief that you’re lucky when you succeed, incompetent when you fail.
- Feelings of guilt when you have more than someone else.
- Fear of being seen as boasting when you describe a simple accomplishment.
- Never feeling you have enough reserves or resources
- A belief you can “lose it all” despite everything you do.
Here are a few tips to help create and reinforce your own abundance mentality.
- Focus on the abundance, not on the lack.
We find what we focus on – our reticular activation system will highlight the things we focus on. For instance: instead of thinking of lack of money, focus on the possibilities to make it. Have you noticed what happens when you become interested in a particular type of car or a holiday destination?
- Be Appreciative.
One way to change habits quickly is to appreciate and be thankful for what you already have. This will not only turn your mood into a more positive one but also help you notice possibilities you have missed or forgotten. Get into the habit of appreciating every day.
- Get an abundance vibe from other people.
Put yourself on a negativity ‘diet’ ………….cutting out or down on watching the news/TV shows etc. Instead actively seek out the company of people with an abundance mentality. Read success stories and have a positive attitude to the success of your friends, family and colleagues. Above all be selective with what you expose your mind to !
Remind yourself on a daily basis.
Keep this new thinking front of mind by putting ‘reminders’ around your home and office. Remember this new thinking is creating new neural pathways in your brain………..and your unconscious mind responds beautifully to repetition.
- Invest in You and Your Future
This might be a good time to think about how else you will develop yourself and your career in 2016………….?