In life, our mindset determines which road we travel on. One road is paved in scarcity and the other road is filled with abundance at every turn. In any moment, we can choose to change which road we want to travel on.
The scarcity pathway leads one to experience a life not fully lived, a life that can only be described as pedestrian. Overflowing with strong negative reactions like the high tide that creates waves in a rock pool not to mention the countless missed opportunities and experiences.
Those that choose to walk along the path of abundance experience a completely different life. Opting to live life to the full, exuding happiness, generous by nature, creative and inspirational. Taking full advantage and enjoying the wave of opportunities that come their way, along with memorable experiences.
As the famous quote suggests: “The secret to having it all is believing you already do”.
Here are the 7 main differences between those with a scarcity mindset vs an abundance mindset.
1. Thinking Big vs Thinking Small
Those with an abundant mindset are renowned for thinking big, it is part of their DNA. Scarcity mindset creates limitations in the mind which prevents the creation of audacious goals.
2. Plenty vs Lack
Those with an abundant mentality believe there is plenty of everything in the world from resources, love, relationships, wealth and opportunities. They believe they can afford what they want in life and say exactly that : ‘I can afford that…’
Those with a lack mentality prefer to believe that there is limited opportunities, resources, relationships, love and wealth. They consistently say: ‘I cannot afford that...’. Saying that statement every day reinforces the belief and forms that exact pattern in the life as reality.
As Tony Robbins explains: ‘You never get beyond scarcity, you have to start beyond it’.
3. Happiness vs Resentment
Someone with an abundant mentality is an optimist and is genuinely happy for others when they achieve success. Conversely, those with a scarcity mindset are competitive and resent other’s success.
4. Embracing Change vs Fear Of Change
A person with an abundant mindset understands that change is an integral part of life, They embrace and accept change. Appreciating the fact that change often leads to more positive outcomes, even if change is somewhat challenging or difficult to navigate.
Fear plagues those with a scarcity mindset. They will spend time constantly complaining along about change and take a longer period of time to accept change.
5. Proactive vs Reactive
Due to the positive attitude of those with an abundant mindset, they take a pro-active approach to life.
Rather than waiting for things to happen and then reacting like those with a scarcity mindset do, they strategically plan for the future and create strategies for the long-term.
6. Learning vs Knowing It All
An abundance mentality craves learning and growth. They have a never ending thirst for knowledge and developing new skills whereas scarcity mindset believe they know everything thereby severely limiting their learning and growth.
7. What Is Working vs What Is Not Working
A person with a scarcity mindset selects negative thoughts and adopts a victim mentality.
The strong emotions they experience on a daily basis creates stress in the body with the range of emotions shifting from anxiety, fear, worry, anger and resentment. Their negative emotions, thoughts and beliefs create illnesses in the body leading to general poor health. Their daily focus is on ‘What is not working’.
Those with an abundance mindset are often visionaries and see the limitless possibilities in the world. Their focus in daily life is on ‘What is working’.
The path you have traveled thus far is not set in stone, such is the beauty of life you can change. Deciding to change paths is the first step.
Life is short, live large, believe in the endless possibilities life has to offer and choose to live an abundant life creating memorable moments you can cherish forever.
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