Do our thoughts have power in and of themselves? That is a question worth pondering. If our thoughts indeed have power then how are we to think? Being intentional in our thought life is essential if we are to break away from the mundane and travel the road less taken.
“The abundance mentality is scarce and the scarcity mentality is abundant.” Keith Weinhold (Get Rich Education)
An introduction of sorts. How do you write on something that takes a lifetime to cultivate? No easy task. In my opinion, having a mindset of abundance is one of the greatest gifts and pursuits you can partake of in this life.
All too often we are bombarded with negativity. From the daily news, to our jobs, to our home life. All this negativity takes its toll on our psyche. But yet we, that is those who have that inner spark, we know there is so much more, so much left untouched, not accessed.
If we could just figure this out. If we could just use this amazing muscle called “the mind” given to us by our Creator to overcome obstacles with joy, the suffering’s of life would take on new meaning, as we see that they are working perseverance unto character and character unto hope.
“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.” God (Psalm 50:10)
Your mind is a powerful engine that can propel you to the heights. It can also keep you in the dark. You must cultivate the thoughts of one who dwells upon abundance.
I remember back to a time when I was given this impression from God of wealth, true wealth. I envisioned myself holding on to a small treasure, a pittance really. All the while God was offering me Fort Knox. Too often this is the case. We settle because we are so prone to settling. I don’t believe God wants us to settle.
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have [life] more abundantly.” Jesus (John 10:10)
“Don’t live below your means. Expand your means.” Keith Weinhold (Get Rich Education)
The person with an abundant mindset sees opportunity all around them. The person with a scarcity mindset sees opposition around every corner. One mindset frees you to do anything. The other mindset cripples you.
What opportunities are awaiting you today? Do you ever ask yourself that question?
Beyond Positive Thinking
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
The abundance mindset is more than positive thinking; you are creating and taking part in a mental revolution set in place by your Creator. It is no coincidence that the world works in such a way as this; if you believe something, if you focus your mental strength on something, you become what it is you focus on. Your mind is a powerful tool to be controlled by you; don’t let your mind control you.
Scarcity Mindset Defeatism
The scarcity mindset is self-defeating from the beginning. It creates all sorts of strife in your thought life. You will covet your neighbor’s possessions, rather than being happy with their success. When someone has something good happen to them, you lack the capacity to be joyful with them. These are just a few examples of the negative power of a scarcity mentality.
In contrast, to the degree that the scarcity mindset brings about a poor thought life the abundant mindset brings about a positive mindset. You rejoice with your neighbor. You find pleasure in good happening to others. You begin to realize that there is more than enough to go around.
Scarcity Mindset vs Abundance Mindset
- If I share I may not get mine vs I will share because there is plenty to go around.
- If I take a chance I may fail vs I will try and if I fail I will learn so next time I will be better equipped.
- If I let others in on my success secrets then they will steal my share or take all the good deals vs I want others to succeed because it will create a better world and it often will come back to benefit me in the end.
- If I show appreciation for the contribution of others it will diminish my own contribution vs when I appreciate others it edifies and encourages them to new heights, which brings me joy.
- If I compare myself to others I see that I come up short vs today I can make my life better in the following ways.
- If I don’t preserve what I have then I will lack vs how can I grow what I have, to have even more.
- I am suspicious of others and their motives vs I love to build rapport and trust with others
Abundant Mindset Exercises
- Spend the day repeating the word “ABUNDANCE.” Focus your thoughts and energy on that word as you go through your typical day. Journal any ideas you may gain from this experiment.
- Every evening think about how thankful you are for the gift of that day. Focus on being grateful and journaling for five minutes on everything about the day that you are grateful for. For example, relationships, health and provision.
- Once a week take an hour to brainstorm ideas on how to expand your means, rather than live below your means. Be consistent with this weekly one hour “time out” to really focus your brainpower on discovering ways to expand your means.
- Fast (abstain) from media for a specified time so you can cleanse your heart and mind from the constant information overload in the form of news, media, and advertising. The media tends to focus on fear. Advertising focuses on scarcity. You are bombarded with it daily. Turn it off and give your heart and mind a much needed break.
- Focus on relationships. Analyze your current relationships and determine if the people you spend the most time with help you cultivate an abundance mindset or a scarcity mindset. Make a determination to hang out more with those people in your life that help propel you towards an abundant mentality and steer clear of those who bring you down.
- Be the change you want to see. If you are not feeling very abundant, offer abundance. It is funny how this works but if you want something in life often you have to give it before you get it. If you want love, you have to give love before you get it in return. The same goes for abundance. Give abundantly and you will reap abundantly. “[G]ive, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Jesus (Luke 6:38)’
- Focus on your self-talk. Speak to yourself as you would one who you love. Too often are self talk is harsh and condemning. Instead, offer yourself advice that you would give to a dearly loved friend. Be honest but merciful.
Thanks for reading this far. And thank you for participating with me on this journey towards an abundance mindset. Finally, let me leave you with some inspiration.
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