Poverty, Scarcity, and Abundance Mentalities
“The most important thing to understand is that abundance begins in the mind. Choosing a belief system that cultivates abundance is crucial.” Deepak Chopra
An abundance mentality is birthed from a place of security and certainty that your every need will be met. Abundance requires validation of value in the depths of your soul. When you operate knowing you are valued, loved, and provided for in every area of life you see the world through a different lens. You no longer need to compete with others because your core belief is there is enough for everyone to live abundantly. By nature, this mentality values people and their contribution, while celebrating their unique attributes. A person operating from an abundance mindset believes they are GOOD and therefore they can help others get there too.
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV
Characteristics of Abundance:
- Values people
- Thinks: win/win
- Healthy self-talk
- Confident and secure
- Not threatened by others
- Inspires and includes others
- Takes ownership for their life
- Not defensive or easily offended
- Turns obstacles into opportunities
- Self-worth is not validated by others
- Positive approach, thinking, and outlook on life
- Sharing of recognition, prestige, and credit for a job well done
- Creativity is expressed when finding creative solutions to problems
- Focus on what is available and readily at their disposal for effective use
- Generous – not giving to get or to manipulate others into owing them a favor but truly giving from a heart of love and compassion
- Solutions focused! They will identify the problem and then spend most of their time focused on the solution while aligning all actions toward a positive outcome.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”John 10:10 NKJV
What abundance mentality is NOT:
- Plays the victim
- Elitist viewpoint
- Thinks: win/lose
- Negative self-talk
- Focus is on the lack
- Competes with others
- Compares their life to others
- Very Critical of self and others
- Dome and gloom outlook on life
- Inability to create options = STUCK
- Shrinks back to hide or blend in with the crowd
- Complains, whines, and blames others for their misfortune
- Thinks it is a positive attribute to find what is wrong in every scenario and situation
- Problem-focused! They will rehash the problem repeatedly, unable to identify a positive outcome.
How to make the quantum leap from a scarcity mentality to an abundance mentality will require intentional action. A person determined to take the leap must be willing to master his own mind, will, and emotions. Taking every thought captive. This person doesn’t let negative thoughts live in their head. When you can master the mind then the behavior will follow. You will no longer be a slave to circumstances and situations because you will create your own reality.
People may say, “Brenda, that sound a little new age, following the law of attraction way of thinking.” To this I say, know your bible. Scripture is very clear, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” (Proverbs 23:7a KJV). You will never live beyond what you believe, as shared in an earlier blog: Money Problems the Series. As a dear friend often says, “Sight is the enemy of VISION!” Don’t let what you see everyday overshadow the vision of what can be in your tomorrow. When God moves, your whole life can change for the better on a dime. One right connection, one phone call, one right decision can open up the door of opportunity. If you are too busy with a gloom and doom outlook of it will only be what it has always been, then you will never see the opportunities that are possible. Faith moves the hand of God because abundance is authored in scripture. Jesus is the God of abundance, not the lord of lack!
Breakthrough TipBuild Your Self-Worth:
- Validation: Make a decision to be validated by the blood of Jesus alone and not the opinions of others. This has been the #1 factor in helping me go from suicidal self-hate to loving the woman I see in the mirror. My BtFL Tool called the Love Wash was developed through this phase of my life.
- Self-Talk: Speak to yourself as if you like yourself. Instead of focusing on everything you didn’t get done and didn’t get right, focus on what you did accomplish. What you magnify, magnifies.
- Encouragement List: Make a list of near destruction situations in your life. Recount in detail how you made it through. This is your encouragement list of how many times God has made a way when you thought there was no way.
- Refuse Self-Condemnation: Refuse to beat yourself up when things don’t go as you hoped. Accept responsibility for it, DON’T JUDGE IT, and state affirmingly what you will do differently in the future. You hold the power to change by the way you think and how you ACT. Action = RESULTS!
- Get Help: The hardest thing in the world for an individual to do is to identify their own blind spots. You can read all the books, watch the videos, and go to the seminars but sometimes you need one on one help from an objective outside party. Information does not equal to TRANSFORMATION. We all know a lot of things that we don’t apply to our lives. Sometimes you need someone to come alongside you and help you cross the finish line.
Abundance is about being rich, with or without money.” Suze Orman
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