Before we start, take a moment to think about the quote below:
The fastest way (and the only way) to be abundant is to start with abundance, not scarcity. However, this is challenging, given that scarcity is very real. Not having enough in the account to pay bills, rent, tuition, etc. are significant issues we face when we struggle with our finances. How do you deny that reality?
For many, working hard is not a problem, the issue is, even after working hard and giving everything, it is not enough to make ends meet. In situations like these, we are trapped in the cycle of scarcity, unable to see a way out of it.
If finances have been stagnant for you, or worse, have taken the u turn, the best place to start is an abundant mindset.
So, what is an abundance mindset?
In the simplest terms, an abundant mindset is the deep knowing that there is enough for everyone in this world. It is a belief that you have all the tools you need to live your best life. And everything will become available to you as and when you need it. That it is not about win-lose, but about win-win. While an abundant mindset can mean different things to different people, here are a few specific descriptors that help us daily:
You are enough
Everything starts with you. And the buck also stops with you. Knowing that you are enough and believing that you have the capability to achieve the level of financial success that you dream about is more important than anything else. Unless you have the courage and confidence that you can do it, financial freedom will be hard to achieve. The best thing you can do is to learn and develop that confidence. There are many ways to go about it. Ask a friend, who has this quality and request if they can coach you, spend time with you to help you through your hurdles. You can get professional help if this is particularly challenging for you. You can even hire a coach or take an online class that may help you (Mindvalley, for instance, has many such courses). There are many ways to develop a belief in yourself. Make sure you start with believing in yourself first before going ahead.
Here are some quotes to help you get started on the journey of believing that you are enough:
There is enough for everyone
Once you have confidence in yourself, this step will become much easier.
For years, subconsciously, the idea of scarcity has been drilled in us. There are only certain seats available in a top school, only the best will get that scholarship, if he wins, I lose. Our view of the resources is quite binary – if he gets it, I do not. But an abundant mind does not work that way. When it comes to abundance, there is enough for everyone. The universe is vast and large. It has infinite resources at its disposal. There is no way any of us can truly know its vastness and power. Just because you did not get that promotion does not mean that you lose. It means that a better opportunity is waiting for you around the corner. Life has figured out a way to make both your dream come true. Believe that there is truly enough to go around. Things will always work out for you if you believe and work towards it.
Here are some quotes on the universal abundance:
Thinking abundant does not mean, “I just want to pay my bills” or “I want just enough to cover my debts”. Thinking abundantly is thinking bigger. If you truly do not need the money for yourself, think about how you can transform the lives of others when you are financially free. Pursue larger goals that are bigger than your upliftment. How can you set a trust for generations to come? How can you change the lives of others if the universe is abundant towards you?
Money is a river, here to nourish you and nurture you. It flows then to other pastures for enrichment. Do not try to hold the flowing river all to yourself. Do not build a dam to control it. Let it free. It really does not matter how you give back – but do. Lend money to someone who needs it, donate money if you can, volunteer, or donate your time, or help someone in need. There is always a way to give back no matter what situation you are in.