When we view the world with an abundance mindset we are able to give and make a positive impact because we don’t have to hold so tightly to what we already have. We know that the same skills, talents and abilities that we used to create the wealth we have will open doors for us in the future. This opens us up the amazing rhythm of creating and releasing. It is in this rhythm that we are able to truly enjoy the life that we have. The scarcity mindset strips the enjoyment out of everything. We then live our lives out of fear of loss rather than hope for the future.
We don’t have to live that way. Take a few moments today to observe the world around you. There are so many things that we take for granted every day that are in such abundant supply. Sure, sometimes things change and for a season there is scarcity, but there is always an abundance of something. Consider the air that we breathe, the grass we walk on, the trees that surround us, the beauty of a mountain stream, the warmth of coffee with a friend, the laughter of children, the food on our plates, or the heat of the sun. There is abundance all around us. We choose how we view the world.
[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@brianmininger” suffix=”#thankfulness”]When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears. ― Anthony Robbins[/inlinetweet]
It is easy to choose an abundant world view when we are in a season of visible, personal abundance. But we will all experience seasons of scarcity in some area of our lives. When this happens the struggle will be to overcome and not fall back into a scarcity mindset of the world. For me this season was during the economic shift of the Great Recession in 2008-2009. During that season, the business for my design-build remodeling company dried up. I had borrowed and spent a lot of money to build the staff, facilities, equipment and business systems necessary for the company to grow and instead the sales fell off. We needed sales to pay the bills and we quickly found ourselves in a season of financial scarcity that resulted in corporate and personal bankruptcy.
[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@brianmininger” suffix=”#abundance”]When you experience a significant struggle with scarcity, you fall back into a belief systems that is governed by scarcity rather than abundance.[/inlinetweet]
The difficult part is that to break free from a season of scarcity and rebuild from a struggle like that you need the abundant mindset. The very thing you need is the hardest to believe. When your world comes crashing down, you feel like there will never be opportunities again. For me, it has taken small steps over years to return to an abundant world view. Many times I have had to take action based on the belief in abundance, even when I didn’t feel like it. I had to choose to give and bless others even when I was afraid that what I had, might be all I ever got again.
But slowly, with action, the belief in abundance has returned. And, as it has, my eyes have been opened more and more to the many opportunities around me. The same can be true for you!
How have you overcome seasons of scarcity?
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