How to Have an Abundance Mindset Even If Times Are Tough

How can you develop an Abundance Mindset?

If you’ve been struggling to achieve your goals or pursue your dreams, then it’s time to embrace the power of an abundance mindset. Some people also refer to this as an abundance mentality. It’s the same thing. It’s a mindset that allows you to approach your life and the world around you with the expansive and open energy of possibility.

Before we dig deeper, I have an important question to ask you: Are you responsible for what happens in your life?

When you have an abundance mindset (as opposed to a scarcity mindset), you know that you are responsible for your outcomes. You may not control every single thing that happens in the course of a day (that’s impossible!), but you are responsible for your actions and reactions. When you approach life with an abundance mindset, you can drastically affect the course of your life.

What is an abundance mindset?

Having an abundance mindset means you’re open to limitless possibilities available both in your personal and professional life.
What you think is what you become. When you have an abundance mindset, you know that there are endless possibilities and resources available to you at every moment of every day. You are not limited and stuck. You are constantly surrounded by opportunities.

Abundance Mentality vs Scarcity Mentality

An abundance mentality and a scarcity mentality couldn’t be more different.
A scarcity mindset entails perceiving life as a finite pie. Often, this belief is entrenched in fear and limitations. While an abundance mindset allows you to see that your fears are unfounded and your limitations are merely mental constructs. When you have an abundance mindset, you begin creating win-win scenarios knowing there’s plenty out there for everyone.
Would you like to live with a feeling of deep contentment and optimism, knowing that there is enough for you and everyone else?

Results You Can Expect

When you have an abundance mindset, that’s how life feels. Success becomes more easeful, and your life begins to feel more joyful. Still with me? Then it’s time to start developing your abundance mindset!

This stuff works! I know because I’ve seen the results in my own life. Through developing an abundance mindset, I went from teacher to department head to CEO. Now I’m creating my own business and collaborating with a growing company that’s aligned with my values. I’ve used this abundance mindset to bounce back from every difficult situation I’ve encountered. Just because you have an abundance mindset doesn’t mean you won’t have challenges. Life is FULL of challenges. These are blessings that allow you to grow and develop as a human.

When you embrace challenges with an abundance mindset, you can turn what seems like mud into gold. So let’s get started!

1: Practice Gratitude by Focusing on What You Have

As human beings, we tend to focus more on the bad rather than the good. It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of our shortcomings. This can quickly turn into a vicious cycle of negative thinking. If you’re feeling down, you may begin to obsess over what you don’t have.

On the other hand, an abundance mindset means actively choosing to see the positives and focusing on what you have. When you redirect your energy to the things you have, you naturally pull yourself out of that scarcity state of mind. Gratitude is about appreciating the good things in life and the lessons you’ve learned along the way. This, in turn, allows you to cultivate an abundance mindset. It’s a positive cycle that fuels itself.

Abundance Mindset Practice Exercise:

To get started, list 5 things you’re grateful for first thing in the morning or before you go to bed. This is the best way to make gratitude part of your daily routine. If you do this daily, you will begin to notice more opportunities than obstacles and limitations.

2: Spend Time with Friends Who Also Have an Abundance Mindset

If you want to develop an abundance mindset that will lead you to fulfillment and success, you need the right people around you. In fact, it’s essential that you surround yourself with like-minded individuals who support your growth and advancement. You need a network that is as committed to personal development as you are.These are companions who will push you forward, cheer you on, and, most importantly, hold you accountable. When doubts start creeping in, they will help you rediscover your strengths and encourage you to pursue your goals. Find people who strive to create their own personal transformation because they are the best company to keep. Their abundance mindset will feed your own in a positive loop.

Abundance Mindset Practice Exercise:

Make a list of all the people you know who have an abundance mindset. Include friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances. Now make a point to spend more time and cultivate deeper friendships with those people.

3: Build and Nurture a Growth Mindset

A growth mindset means believing in the power of improvement and development for the most basic of abilities. When you have a growth mindset, you’re not fazed by obstacles, setbacks, or even failure. In this regard, a growth mindset is intrinsically attached to an abundance mindset. One nurtures the other in a way that builds determination, resilience, and unparalleled love of learning. An abundance mentality craves new knowledge and growth. So, cultivate your curiosity, practice truly listening to others, and reflect on your ability to change and grow.

Abundance Mindset Practice Exercise:

Make a list of 10 things that you’ve become better at in the past ten years. Now write down how you became better at those ten things. What did you do? The next time you feel down or think you can’t achieve something, take out this list and remind yourself that you have an infinite capacity to grow, learn, and transform.

4: Recognize the Possibilities

An abundance mindset allows you to see more and seek more, whether it be more options, choices, or resources. When you’re too focused on one particular thing, your tunnel vision prevents you from seeing all the other possibilities. Your mind can only absorb so much. Therefore, if you amplify the thoughts that tell you, “I can’t do it” or “it’s impossible,” you tend to discard any thoughts that say otherwise. To remedy this, train your brain to expand its focus and build a comprehensive awareness.

Ultimately, what you believe to be true is what you will receive!

Abundance Mindset Practice Exercise:

Write down all the possibilities you have right now. Write down every single path you could take and all the opportunities you could pursue. Don’t stop until you have at least 20. If you’re struggling, you can also include opportunities that have come your way over the past few months that you turned down. Write everything that comes into your head, even if it sounds crazy. No judgement, just get it all down. Do this activity every time you’re starting to feel lost or doubtful that you truly are surrounded by opportunities or begin to slide into a scarcity mentality.

While having an abundance mindset may not be completely organic at first, anyone can develop and maintain this way of thinking.
By taking consistent and persistent action, you can tap into your own depth of abundance and live a meaningful life.

By Amanda Da Silva  |

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