Inviting Shift: One of the biggest factors in determining success, courage and shift is the perception we have between scarcity and abundance.
Scarcity: insufficiency or shortness of supply; dearth
Abundance: an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supplyBy these definitions, we may think that those who have more are abundant thinkers and those who have little are scarcity thinkers. The dominant perspective among these two often has little to do with what we have. There are both scarcity thinkers in both the wealthy and poor, just as there are abundant thinkers among both. When it comes to scarcity thinking, there is always this underlying current of not having enough. Scarcity focuses on survival which is triggered by fear. It often feels like something is lacking, or that happiness can only happen when you reach the next goal. In the meantime, you make a lot of sacrifice along the journey in order to reach your next destination and hope when you get there, you’ll be happy. Whether you succeed or don’t, you soon realize, it’s not enough either. That’s scarcity thinking, or in other terms, fear-based thinking. How you notice a scarcity thinker: There’s a goal before happiness. Look for phrases like, “I’ll be [insert conditional phrase here… happy/relaxed/satisfied/do] that thing that’s good for me when…” They complain a lot and seem to struggle with shift because it’s uncertain, so they’ll often try to hold off changing which only makes shift more challenging and costly. Scarcity thinkers are often anxious because they believe they just won’t have enough whether that is energy, money, power, love, worth or intelligence. Abundance feels much different. When I read the definition of abundance, it feels like thriving. We remain open to opportunities and know that giving and collaborating are the ways to attract more abundance. Abundance has an undercurrent of freedom to make choices in alignment with our true desires. Abundance is knowing our true worth and enjoying each moment, not putting off feeling good until the work is done. Abundance has amazing trust in the Universe that everything will work out, and self-trust to show up and do the work in the meantime. Abundance is triggered by gratitude. How you notice abundant thinkers: They practice gratitude. They truly believe that everything happens for a reason and are open to receiving all of life’s gifts, even if they don’t come in the packaging they expected. They may even seem care-free (or even careless to a scarcity thinker) about seemingly intense situations. They are people who want to lift everyone up because they know there’s enough for everyone.