Research has shown that people who encounter scarcity in their lives consistently have trouble making sound decisions that will bring them success in the long term. If you have ever had a shortage of anything - time, money or food - this comes as no surprise.
Even more surprising is that a person operating under a mentality of scarcity, whether not that scarcity exists, will make worse decisions than a person who is operating under a mentality of abundance.
The mentality of scarcity causes people to stop being able to make decisions for the long term and look just at the short term issues that are directly in front of them. In other words, they prioritize the urgent over the important - over and over and over. The more one is consumed with “staying afloat,” and the longer one makes decisions for the short term, the harder it is for them to overcome hardships in the long run.
Changing the way we think about scarcity is not easy, especially for those who have encountered real scarcity in the past and fear going back to it. However, there are some small ways that we can all practice seeing the world as a place of abundance. Here are three suggestions for your practice today:
Give up envy. When you are envious of another person, you are telling yourself that there is not enough beauty, love, fame or whatever else in the universe. That's bullshit and you know it - so set a boundary for yourself when those thoughts come up.
Practice gratitude. Notice the features of your life that are already abundant and practice appreciation and gratitude for those things.
Ask for more. It is here for you. The universe is abundant. Dream big and look for the opportunities to move closer to your goals.
For more information on scarcity and sociology, check out this article.
These pictures from Paris illustrate the contrast of these two mindsets. Louis XIV and his incredible Palace of Versailles are the very essence of extravagance, opulence and possibility. Use his example to take your understanding around your own mindset deeper today.
If you knew that every beck and call would be answered, every request met, every resource was in full supply...
- What would be different in your experience?
- How would you show up in your life?
- Who would you be if you felt like Royalty every day of your life?