The concept of an abundance mindset is one that has gained popularity in recent years, particularly in the personal development and self-help spheres. Essentially, an abundance mindset is a way of thinking that is focused on abundance and positivity, rather than scarcity and negativity.
When you have an abundance mindset, you believe that there is more than enough of everything to go around – whether that's money, success, love, or happiness. You see opportunities everywhere, and you approach challenges as opportunities for growth and learning.
So many times when I'm out doing my thrifting or yard sales, there's always the potential to get angry when someone scores a deal before I do. Walking up to a sale as someone is walking away with an armful of video games can wreck your mentality -- if you let it. However, because I choose to have an abundance mindset, I'm continuously blessed by finding more later.
See, the law of attraction dictates that the energy you put into the Universe is exactly the kind of energy the Universe returns to you. If you're angry because you lost out, the Universe will deliver you more losses. You've probably heard "If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right."
So what does an abundance mindset look like? I think I've whittled it down to these 4 key characteristics.
4 Key Characteristics of an Abundance Mindset:
People with an abundance mindset are often grateful for what they have, which helps them to see opportunities and possibilities in their lives. Rather than focusing on what they lack, they appreciate what they have and are content with their current situation.
People with an abundance mindset don't view life as a zero-sum game. They believe that there is enough success, love, and happiness to go around, and that one person's success doesn't come at the expense of others. This allows them to celebrate the success of others and feel inspired by their accomplishments.
People with an abundance mindset tend to have a positive outlook on life. They look for the good in situations, and focus on solutions rather than problems. This helps them to see opportunities where others might see obstacles.
An abundance mindset often leads to greater creativity and innovation. When you believe that anything is possible, you're more likely to think outside the box and come up with new and innovative ideas.
OK that's great Steve... How do I do that? Well, I believe there are 4 very simple steps that you can do every day to cultivate an abundance mindset.
4 Daily Activities to Cultivate an Abundance Mindset:
Make a habit of reflecting on the things you're grateful for each day. This could be as simple as jotting down three things you're thankful for before you go to bed each night. When I was promoting SendOutCards, I made it a point to send out a heartfelt card of appreciation every morning when I first woke up. Now, the first person I think of, I just reach out to them on Facebook and let them know I was thinking about them and how blessed I am to have them in my life. You could also simply "pay it forward" and buy coffee for the guy in the drive through behind you. Whatever you choose to do, make gratitude an activity you do daily.
Celebrate Others' Success
Rather than feeling envious or threatened by others' success, try to celebrate it. Send a congratulatory message, or simply take a moment to acknowledge their accomplishments. The world is a very competitive place but if you choose to be angry because someone else got the promotion you wanted, you will be returned angry and resentment from the Universe.
Reframe Negative Thoughts
When you catch yourself thinking negatively or focusing on what you don't have, try to reframe those thoughts in a more positive light. For example, if you're worried about not having enough money, try to focus on the abundance of opportunities to earn more money that are available to you.
One thing I always tell people is never say "I can't afford [abc]." That's completely untrue and puts you in a victim mentality. Instead, reframe that as "I choose not to spend my money on [abc] at this time." If you lived on bread and water or decided to live in a cardboard box under a bridge, you could absolutely afford the car you want or the vacation you feel you should take. However, you have more important priorities. Don't be a victim, empower yourself and recognize that negative thoughts breed negative circumstances.
Seek Out Inspiration
Surround yourself with people who inspire you and who have an abundance mindset themselves. Read books or listen to podcasts that promote positivity and abundance. Never be the smartest person in the room.
Not wanting to turn this into a religious message but I am a Christian man and I believe in God. I always seek out inspiration from going to church every Sunday. Maybe this could be your opportunity to reconnect with your creator and find inspiration in the stories you hear when you go to church.
By cultivating an abundance mindset, you can open yourself up to new opportunities and possibilities. When you approach life with a sense of abundance and positivity, you're more likely to achieve the success and happiness you desire.