The haves versus the have-nots. This phrase refers to the wealthy, or the haves, and the poor, or the have-nots. It’s easy to separate people by their possessions and how much money they have. But, today, I think this phrase can also refer to mindset.
Life is more than what you have and what you don’t have. Life is about perception, or how you see your reality. Two people can view the world differently based on their mindsets.
If all you focus on is what you don’t have, then that is all you will see. It creates a scarcity mindset, which is the belief that there will never be enough - enough time, money, love, health, or happiness. As a result, you live in a higher state of stress, fear, anxiety, and insecurity. This not only relates to areas such as job, money, and possessions, but it can even seep into your relationships and how you value yourself.
But, when you focus on everything you have, you will find that you have more than you realize. This would describe someone with an abundance mindset. An abundance mindset comes from having a stronger sense of self-worth and security. Someone with an abundance mindset believes there is more than enough of everything for everyone.
Someone with an abundance mindset doesn’t give into stress, anxiety, fear, or insecurity as easily in their daily decision-making. It doesn’t mean they don’t care about their finances. It also doesn’t mean that they don’t plan or use their money responsibly. All it means is that they are not ruled by fear of the unknown. They believe they have everything they need and that it’s possible to get more of what they want.
Someone with a scarcity mindset is always worried about not having enough to get by. They believe they’re acting more responsibly and thinking more realistically by focusing on worst-case scenarios. They live in black and white, with very little room for gray. As a result, they can become very close-minded, losing sight of the bigger picture.
Someone with an abundance mindset not only believes that they’re always going to make it, but they also believe they can make their dreams come true. They don’t let what others think, believe, or fear get in their way of being happy and hopeful. As a result, they tend to follow through on their plans with action while someone in a scarcity mindset remains stuck or frozen.
To cultivate an abundance mindset, practice gratitude. Being grateful creates a portal of positivity and possibilities. When you focus on all that is good in your life, your headspace becomes calmer and your eyes stay peeled for more good to come your way.
Like energy creates like energy. When you’re grateful, your energy also invites more reasons to be grateful. Your efforts directly and indirectly invite more people, places, and things that align with your goals.
How do you prefer to see your reality? Choose the mindset that aligns with how you want to live. Would you rather live in fear or courage? Would you rather play it safe or take healthy risks? Use this affirmation to cultivate an abundance mindset, express gratitude, and to feel good about what you have while you reach for more.