3 Signs of a Scarcity Mindset & How to Unblock Abundance

By Mia Fox
By Mia Fox

Bestselling Manifestation Book Author of 'Become the CEO of Your Dream Life'

Do you set goals only to have the year wrap up without them becoming a reality? Are your journals going unused, vision boards bare, and goal trackers collecting dust? Did you ever ask what may still hold you back from taking action to manifest abundance? Your scarcity mindset could be the answer…

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There may be a deeper reason that your aspirations are going untouched, and it doesn’t necessarily have to do with a lack of interest, laziness, or apathy. You may have a scarcity mindset. 

So what are the signs of a scarcity mindset? Three big signs can tell you that you have a scarcity mindset. One is if you are self-sabotaging your goals. The other ones are planning for the worst to happen or believing that things are just not “meant to be” for you.

But read on, so I can explain to you the different points in more detail. And also sho you how to fix them and turn a scarcity mindset into an abundance mindset. 

What is a Scarcity Mindset

  • We’ll never be able to afford something like that.
  • I guess I did ok, but I can do better.
  • My situation at work will never change.


Can you relate to this running dialogue? The truth is that many of us can. We all have moments, days, or even weeks where negativity gets the best of us.

A scarcity mindset is different from your average lull in the mood because it becomes a thought process rather than just a thought.

A scarcity mindset stems from the belief that there will never be enough. You may believe that you will never have enough money, happiness, work, time, opportunities, etc.

This focus on a perceived depletion of resources has a profound negative effect on your ability to see what is true and the good that can be manifested in your life.

This scarcity mindset also affects your willingness to celebrate the accomplishments of others and even your own successes.

But gratitude and generosity come along way when you want to attract more abundance.

Related Article: How to Identify and Overcome Abundance Blocks for Faster Manifesting


Top 3 Ways to Check if You Have a Scarcity Mindset

As with any behavior or mindset, it’s going to take some hard work and introspection to see where you stand. It is hard to be self-aware in areas of our thought processes that have become second nature.

Make a commitment to be honest with yourself and check these three areas of self-assessment.

You Self-sabotage Faster Than You Set Goals

You’re eager to accomplish things, and you have an innate desire to set goals.

You’ve bought just about every planner in the bookstore but can’t seem to make your goals hop off of the paper and come to life.

Setting goals is hard because there is a part of you that believes they’ll never come true.

Forming healthy habits is important, but you already know that you’ll end up sleeping in and skipping the gym on day two.

Does this sound familiar?

Self-sabotage is bred from a sense of lacking. Whether it’s the funding, resources, or inspiration that you think you’re missing– it’s just easier to quit than to start.

In my transformational goal-setting workbookI teach a process that will help you to overcome your scarcity mindset right in the process of goal setting.

It’s all about using different types of goals that trigger different emotions.

The great thing is that this goal-setting workbook comes with a goal planner, so you are all set to achieve your goals by taking action.

Want to finally crush your goals? Then Check out my goal-setting workbook and planner here.

You Anticipate (and Even Plan) for the Worst

You’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Your overall fear isn’t based on any past truth, but instead, just assume the worst will always happen to you.

This goes hand in hand with self-sabotage because fear can propel you to quit prematurely, and often for no reason.


You Believe That Some Are Simply Lucky and You’re Not One of Them

A scarcity mindset causes you to turn a blind eye to the hard work behind other people’s accomplishments.

The success of others can lead to jealousy or feelings of injustice. You may even have a difficult time living in the moment and embracing your own achievements.

You anticipate the moment not lasting or that in some way, people will realize you weren’t deserving. But the only thing you do with thoughts like this is standing in your own way.

The good news is, if any of these points describe your thought patterns, there is a way out, and I’m about to show you how. A scarcity mindset os nothing that you have to tolerate.

How to You Turn Your Scarcity Mindset Into an Abundance Mindset

The absolute first step in ditching your scarcity mindset is realizing that you aren’t indebted to it.

You do not have to think that your life is vacant of goodness for one more day.

A shift in mindset takes time, and it takes practice. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can start doing today to embark on the life that you deserve–one filled with joy, goodness, and resilience.


Gratitude and Grace

Most of us know that our mindset has a surreal effect on our daily lives. If you can manifest a life that centers on dread, lack, and fear, then you can certainly manifest a life that centers on gratitude, abundance, and grace.

Try to exercise your gratitude each day by writing down the things and people in your life that you are thankful for.

Keep these lists somewhere that you will see them often. I suggest using the notes section on your mobile. Or start a gratitude journal.

Secondly, have grace for yourself. If you derail into that scarcity mindset again, then remind yourself that you are making progress. Take one day at a time.

Flip the Scenario

A scarcity mindset is unhealthy because it is based on fear and lies.

Sure, it may be true that you have x-amount of money in your bank account, and rent may be due, but the lens that you view that information through makes all the difference.

Rather than thinking, I can’t believe I only have that much in my account right now, try turning that thought to a more positive truth. I have X amount in my account right now.

After all, having some money is still better than not having money. Right?

Changing how you say it doesn’t change your balance, but it does change the attitude associated with it. It trains your brain from scarcity to contentment.

And it sends much better signals to your subconscious mind.

Hold the Mirror Up

Nothing fuels a scarcity mindset like comparison does. This is your permission slip to focus on yourself.

That doesn’t translate to self-centeredness at all, but rather the ability to focus on what is going well in your life and not comparing it to those around you.

Comparison is toxic and can lead to paralysis. If you are constantly worried about how you measure up financially, physically, mentally, and every other facet of your life, then you won’t be enjoying life at all.

You will become a victim of starving for more than you will ever be able to accomplish. Your life is beautiful, and you matter.

Live your life, and that scarcity mindset will melt to make room for fulfillment and peace.

Welcome Your New Abundance Mindset

It isn’t surprising that an abundance mindset is the opposite of a scarcity mindset. Scarcity declares that they’ll never be enough while abundance reassures that there is already enough.

Jealousy, fear, lack, and anxiety are all emotional abundance blocks, and they fuel the scarcity mindset. The abundance mindset exists off of happiness, a celebration of others, joy, plenty, and hope.

Evicting the scarcity mindset and adopting an abundance mindset is possible.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • It takes time.
  • You’re not alone in your journey.
  • Set positive habits to keep you on track.
  • Be persistent.


Related Article: Overcome These Common Abundance Blocks for Faster Manifesting

What Lies Ahead

There are beautiful things ahead of you. A life that is worth living is worth asking hard questions and making lasting changes.

An abundance mindset is yours for the taking, and I can’t wait to see you shine.

And I’m here to lead you on your journey and design the life you always wanted!

To get you started, I have a little gift for you today; you can download a free chapter of my bestselling manifesting book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mia Fox is a bestselling author, founder & CEO of the SelfMadeLadies Community. After a decade as an NLP coach, helping women to overcome their abundance blocks and turning big dreams into reality, she started her manifestation blog in 2018. Since then, she has helped millions of readers with her practical manifesting tips, and wrote her bestselling manifestation book “Become the CEO of Your Dream Life,” which turned into an award-winning transformational program, teaching students in over 222 countries worldwide how they can transform their lives with self-coaching. Read more about Mia Fox here.

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