Do You Believe in Abundance? (Part 1)

Photo Credit - Alice Popkorn

Photo Credit – Alice Popkorn

(The Following is an excerpt from the book I am working on about creating a positive impact business)

The rising tide lifts all the boats – John F. Kennedy

How do you view the world in which you live and do business?  Your perspective on that world and the opportunities that it contains will determine how you respond to it.  AND, your response to it will determine the results you receive.

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However, many times the opposite belief, a scarcity mindset, rules in our heads.  We will never accomplish our destiny with a scarcity mindset.

Merriam-Webster defines scarcity as, “a very small supply: the state of being scarce.”

Scarcity is also seen in the economic principle that says that if you spend money on one thing you can’t spend it on something else.  You have a finite supply of money and therefore saying yes to one thing means saying know to something else.  While this is a good principle to live by for personal budgeting, it is a destructive way to approach business.
Ultimately, it is true that there is a finite limit to the money and resources in the world.  However, that limit is so great that it is of no consequence.  Therefore, we live in a world of abundance, and we need to approach life and business from that perspective.  For all practical purposes there is no limit to the opportunities we can seize, the relationships we can enjoy, or the money we can make.

Merriam-Webster defines abundance as, “a large amount of something: and abundant amount of something.”

See the difference?  The scarcity world view says that there is a small supply of the things that I need.  Therefore, I hoard and hold on tightly to what I have for fear that there might not be any more in the future.  This view strangles opportunities and destroys relationships.  It puts me in a defensive positon of protecting what I have rather than an offensive position of moving forward and creating more wealth.

People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality, the more we are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people. We believe their success adds to…rather than detracts from…our lives.” –  Stephen R. Covey

What Holds You Back From Believing in Abundance?

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