Good morning and happy Monday!
As I meandered through the past few weeks doing career day presentations at three different high schools and conducting several company workshops, I realized that everyone spoke of what they didn’t have or have enough of, whether it was time, respect, communication or resources. This made me decide to write about how we could turn this around, because excuses or rationalization for “why” not does not build accountability or ownership which is where leadership begins. I realized that as we create limiting mindsets, so would our lives be limited and that the universe would not provide us with the abundance that is available to all of us.
I read the article below and thought it was appropriate to share ways “To Create and Maintain an Abundance Mindset”
Some feel strapped for time, while others feel they don’t have the connections but in time of constant need, a positive mindset can put you at ease.
Put these five methods to the test and see if you can build – and maintain — an abundance mindset. You’ll feel like you have all the world’s resources at your fingertips.
1. Focus on what you do have
“Count your blessings, not your problems.” –Unknown
This one’s all about switching up your train of thought. Instead of focusing on what you lack, focus on what you do have. You’ll feel more abundant, and you’ll appreciate the good – and even the bad — just a little bit more.
Sure, you may not be able to afford a new car, but at least you’re lucky enough to have a wonderful neighbour who screams out for you every morning or the co-worker who offers a ride when he/she is passing your area in the evening. Maybe your days aren’t as long as you’d like, but you do have time to play with your kids and eat a healthy meal in a country which is still not obsessed with processed foods. By paying extra attention to the things you have and love, you’ll train your brain to jump to available resources – instead of unattainable ones — when a new idea comes to mind.
2. Give yourself a confidence boost.
“We gain a sense of self-efficacy when we see ourselves mastering skills and achieving goals . . .. This is the confidence that, if we learn and work hard in a particular area, we’ll succeed; and it’s this type of confidence that leads people to accept difficult challenges and persist in the face of setbacks.” – MindTools
You may look around and think the people next to you are more abundant than most. Odds are, that’s not the case. They just have the confidence to tackle tricky tasks.
Those with increased self-esteem are more willing to seek solutions to common problems because they’re confident it will turn out with a positive result.
By finding ways to boost your own confidence, you’ll begin to do the same. Start celebrating the small wins at work and at home. Revamp your LinkedIn profile. It’ll require you to look at your qualifications and skills. Begin speaking up at meetings so others can hear your thoughts and ideas. The best complement to an abundance mindset is newfound confidence.
3. Think Positive.
“Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.” –Harvey Mackay
Positive people can find the good in every situation. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the bad, by identifying silver linings when they appear, you’ll gradually cultivate a positive and abundant mindset. Imagine what you could accomplish with that kind of attitude.
Those with abundant mindsets also spread positivity for others. Instead of carrying a win-or-lose attitude into every situation, they create win-win scenarios that benefit everyone involved. They do not believe that the world is out to get them but rather that the world is conspiring in their favour. They don’t compete – they collaborate. This makes it that much easier to maintain a positive mentality and help others build their own feelings of abundance by not taking things personally.
4. Get organized.
“Organization isn’t about perfection. It’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” –Christina Scalise
Maybe you do have the resources you need, and you just can’t find them. A little organization may help you uncover extra assets that are hiding just under the surface.
Worried that you don’t have enough money to pay for school or start that retirement plan, start slow and steady, but remember if you don’t take step number one, you’ll never be able to take step number two. Procrastination is a deterrent to success.
Feeling like your days are a little too short? Pull out a planner or calendar, write out your responsibilities, and find gaps in which to do the things you enjoy. Keep your bucket full. Take care of you.
Thinking you lack the connections to make something happen? Everything happens through and with people. Scroll through your contacts list and think about the people they may know. Who knows – you may stumble upon something you weren’t even looking for. Start building relationships. The bible talks about seed emptors. New business, continued business, referrals etc come from relationships built by not who you are but how you make others feel. Start appreciating others and thanking them. They will be happier but, you will be too.
5. Surround yourself with similar people.
“Invest your most valuable possession—your time—around the right people.” –Andrew HortonWhen all else fails, surround yourself with people, who already carry abundance mindsets. Their positivity, can-do attitudes, creativity and organizational skills will rub off on you, making that feeling of abundance almost contagious. Spending time with other abundant minds will also help you maintain the right attitude when times get tough. I know in life we are forced to be around others who are energy vampires. Limit your time with them. Find the OQP’s in your life. The other quality peoples. The sum total of your worth after all is the people you hang out with.
Remember, you don’t have to have all the resources under the sun to feel abundant. Instead, building and maintaining the right mindset will help you achieve what was previously impossible.
Let me know what you do to improve your mindset in the ocean of negativity we are often forced to traverse?
Have a fantastic week. Namaste!
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Dionne Chamberlain Miranda