Top 3 Signs You Have a Scarcity Mindset (and What to Do About It)
By Mia Fox
Author, Money Mindset & Manifestation Coach
There may be a deeper reason that your aspirations are going untouched, and it doesn't necessarily have to do with lack of interest, laziness, or apathy.
You may have a scarcity 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 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.
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 workbook, I 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.
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 Do You Lose Your Scarcity 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!
Related Article: 7 Ways to Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind to Reach Every Goal
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.
Author, Certified Transformational Trainer, NLP & Mindset Coach
Hey there! I am Mia Fox, author, money mindset coach, and the founder of the SelfMadeLadies online community, where I inspire women like YOU to turn their dreams into goals and crush them! My manifesting and money mindset books, blog, and online coaching programs will help you to create your own inner coach and transform your life, the way you always wanted it to be! And now it's your turn! Here is how I can help you » Shop My Books!
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