The Money Is In The Mindset
Yesterday as I watched my kitten Stevie RUN to her food bowl and start inhaling her food before I even put it on the floor, I started thinking about mindset. You see, she eats every single meal as if:
A) We don’t feed her, and
B) This is literally the last meal of her life.
Stevie has the perfect example of a scarcity mindset. When food is placed in front of her, she eats and eats and eats, not confident that she’ll have another chance to eat again. I think a lot of us have this mindset, to varying degrees, in our lives.
For example, I’ve personally struggled with a scarcity mindset around money. Since I’ve always grown up without an abundance of it, as an adult it’s very hard for me to hold on to what I have. I consistently sabotage myself, spending every penny I earn, in order to prove myself that I am right about not being able to hold onto my wealth. Isn’t that twisted? It’s not good.
Conversely, someone else may have such a fear of losing their money that they have an incomprehensible amount of dough in the bank that they refuse to spend. Because of their fear of losing their wealth, they cut corners, skip vacations, and never enjoy it just to make sure they save all that they can. That’s not good either.
The problem is that our brains constantly want to prove to ourselves that our past experiences are inevitable. So it will subconsciously do the things you’ve done in the past—yes, even the bad things—to prove itself right. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy if I ever heard one.
So what can we do? Well, the first step is to dig deep and discover what scarcity mindset shifts you need to have in your life. Be easy on yourself—everyone has them! So whether it’s food, wealth, opportunity, love, or something else, identify it now.
The final step is to find a simple action every day that rewrites the story in your brain. For me, when I swipe my debit card at any store, I always think to myself, “There’s more where that came from.” I rewrite the story, so my brain’s perspective shifts and it will start proving itself in a way that serves me.
How can you start shifting your mindset from scarcity to abundance?