Abundance is something that is naturally ours, we just fail to complain. We receive so many mixed messages in life about what we do and don’t deserve, that we naturally start falling into the belief that we must go above and beyond for everything we want and need.
We work extra hours just to get an average amount of money. We compete with other women just to “get” the person we want to date. We’re even a little stingy with our leftovers from lunch because they belong to us and there’s only enough for one.
No matter how trivial the idea behind each of these examples might be, they all come from the same place: the idea that there’s not enough for resources to go around.
This is a lie, and a lie don’t care who tell it! Unfortunately, you’re telling this lie of “not enough” every day. So, how does one get around it? Cultivate an abundance mindset.
What exactly is the abundance mindset?
An abundance mindset is when you see infinite potential and opportunity in life. It’s when you step away from the idea that you, or anyone else, can’t have something simply because there isn’t enough to go around. Abundance says, there’s more than enough.
Abundance is accepting that there is more to life than we sometimes allow ourselves to see and experience, and if we slightly shift our perspective to one that always sees what there is to be grateful for in a situation, we’ll never feel like we’re lacking.
To put it simply, an abundance mindset is adopting an attitude of gratitude, healthy optimism, and limitlessness as a foundational part of your belief system.
Real world examples of it.
It’s really easy to say, “I have an abundance mindset!” But it’s a lot harder to genuinely and realistically put it into practice.
This mostly happens when we don’t have a full understanding of what the process actually entails. It’s not about selling yourself dreams or being always happy about life. Rather, it’s just shifting your perspective to what negativity and pessimism won’t let you see.
Here are a few examples of what this might look like in practice:
- I didn’t get the job because they felt there was a better candidate. I am so grateful that I wasn’t picked for something that wasn’t a good fit for me, anyway. This means that the right company and position is still out there and available for me to fill.
- I don’t feel the need to compete with other people for my romantic interest’s attention. I know that I’m a great person and if they are the one for me, we will naturally connect.
- I put just enough food on my plate to nourish my body and enjoy my meal. I appreciate food so much that I know it’s not necessary to be greedy with it. It’ll always be available to me when I need it to be.
Here’s how to cultivate it.
Cultivating an abundance mindset requires you to use what’s already within you. There are a million and one things that can go into doing it, but we’ll keep it simple and only visit the three most important steps to cultivating the mindset:
- Gratitude. You can’t feel abundant without first being grateful. Look around you! Even if you’re dissatisfied with where life currently is, I am certain that you can still find something to be grateful for.Think deeply about the water you drink and bathe in, the ability to breathe, the food you eat, the fact that you’re alive which means you still have a chance to change your life—and know you are blessed.
- Acceptance. The abundance mindset is not about faking it. It’s about accepting the reality that’s in front of you, while also knowing that there is potential for the situation to be more. Obstacles can be opportunities, just like your opportunities can turn into blessings for others! Abundance, like energy, is infinite and cannot die.
- Limitlessness. The sky is the limit here! Say goodbye to “I can’t” and open yourself up to all the ways you can! Blockages are real and should be acknowledged, but the abundance mindset says that limitlessness is achieved when you shift your focus to the solution and not the problem.