Doesn’t it always seem like some people have no problem achieving success while others just can’t seem to catch a break? There are many things that go into success that include knowledge, skill, preparation, and execution but having an abundance mindset really helps.
What is an Abundance Mindset?
An abundance mindset simply means that when you look at a situation you see the opportunity possible and not the fear of not being able to get what you want. Actually it is a bit more than that. The idea is that you can have anything you want, there are no limits except for a lack of imagination and the choices that you have not yet made.
I think that these ideas have been around for a long time but the movie and book “The Secret” really made abundance thinking more mainstream. Be clear though that people like Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and Louise Hey have been talking up abundance thinking for at least 20 years and probably longer.
There tends to be two camps as far as creating an abundance mindset goes. There are people that understand the concept and work towards it and there are others that look at it as a greedy outlook by some new age folks. I hope to dispell that myth here.
Also I don’t really look at abundance as money really but lifestyle. If I have abundance of money but it takes me 18 hours a day to make it then my family, health, relationships, and lifestyle all suffer. Think about it, what would life me like if you were the fittest person that you knew AND your relationship with your spouse was the best of anyone that you knew as well? And this is just looking within your small group of friends and the people around you!
How Do I Get Started Creating an Abundance Mindset
Be willing to give always, don’t hold back the things that you have thinking that you need them including time, things, and money. Giving is incredibly important and I never realized this. Everything that we have was somehow given to us. Our homes, jobs, education, spouses love, kids, health, and everything else. Of course you had to work for most of those things as well but there was some kind of transaction that made each of them happen and this will always be the way. so remember that holding tight will lead to lack, and giving will lead to abundance
I think that most people see this completely wrong when they hear it. I would not say take out a loan from the bank and then throw the money into the street or give it all away to the first person that you see, this is just not smart. Instead think of everything you have as something that you can invest in people that you come across to help them and in turn this will help you.
Remember that right now is an instant in time that has been brought to you by all of your decisions in the past and that the future is unwritten. There is no reason to think that what you have gotten up until now were the only choices but instead were the choices that you made so far. If you adopt a mindset that anything is possible is will alter how you make decisions in the future.
Appreciate everything around you. Have gratitude for all that has been given to you and everything that you have earned. The best way to do this is to make sure that you have a list of things that you are grateful for. We sometimes remember a few things that we are greateful for but most of the time we forget those great things in our lives and in our worst times of course it seems that there is nothing to be grateful for so we just spiral down and feel bad about everything.
Get organized. When you are disorganized you don’t know what you have, what you need, and what you want. Organization means really that we know what we have and where it is in the simplest way. We are all disorganized I feel. Either you aren’t doing anything or you are scrambling trying to finish projects and searching for that not, paper, or email that you made just last week. I am great for keeping all the info I need but terrible for organizing it so I have lot of work to do in this area myself.
Look for ways that you can help others in every situation that you see others. This will lead to other people seeing that you are always trying to help and any situations where there is a chance of I want, you can’t have is dulled. You will always have a better chance to create situations that help everyone involved. This can happen at work, at home, anywhere that you are dealing with other people.
Watch out for what you love – Do you love money, things, and owning? This can be a problem as it will make you scared of losing. We learn when we are young that if you love something then let it go and if it comes back it is really yours. Well this is in fact true. If you hold onto money or belongings too tightly then you don’t get a chance to see what you would have without them. We do this all the time with some things like food or bottles for the scouts. things that don’t mean much but when it comes to your car or house you hold tight. Think about this and why.
Rely on learning from the best in every field. There are fantastic people with knowledge that can help you in any single part of your life. Trainers for fitness, teachers for using money better, lifestyle gurus, and those spiritual teachers that you wither listen to or ignore. Too often our mindset it based on what we know instead of what others can easily teach us. Make sure that you are always learning and this will break down that barriers in life that stop you and limit your beliefs of what is possible.
Plan abundance in all parts of your life – Just what do you want? If you have your goals for life out there, the things you are working towards, the dreams you have, and the life you want to live, then it is far easier to plan what you can give for that, and what you will need to sacrifice to others for that dream. Remember that as you give what you have to others it frees them up to give you what you want and need.
Create Abundance in Your Life Starting Today
I really think that creating an abundance mindset is something that every successful person has done but also is something that we can all create for ourselves as well. We tend to live in narrow self imposed lives that have limits that we have created and these limits are important to break away from so that we can live to our greatest potential. 25 years ago I thought the greatest thing would be to become an accountant, 20 years ago I thought that I would always be a Realtor, and for the last 15 years I have been a computer nerd but I am always excited to know that there is always more in life coming that I still can’t see today.
So change the way you look at life, give any time you can, stop setting limits on your future, and make that gratitude journal of all the things your are thankful for today and add to it tomorrow.