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How to Keep an Abundance Mindset
(Monday, January 12th, 2015)

How to Keep an Abundance Mindset

In the last two days I’ve had conversations with people who talked from a place of fear, lack and anxiety – their lack of jobs, lack of opportunities, lack of courtesies in the world. Both of these people are television news junkies, and it got me thinking about the culture of scarcity that has been created by the media. All news stations feature bad headlines, health scares and every problem that the world faces all conveniently wrapped up in 60 minutes of broadcasting. Most marketers would like us to believe that there is never enough of something. When there isn’t enough, we are influenced to buy, and that is what they want.

Adding insult to injury, reality television shows pit teams or individuals against each other in the process of elimination to see who can survive. In the blockbuster movie “The Hunger Games,” children fight for their lives in a televised death match. Please don’t get me started on any of “The Housewives” shows.

As I see it, we are a society that is disconnected from ourselves, our earth and each other. This disconnection leads to scarcity thinking and “me” mentality. When we fail to see the humanity in each other, we only decrease our connection to our own humanity. Why keep thinking there is never enough? Why believe that in order for me to do well, you have to do bad? What about thinking abundantly? What if there was more than you could ever imagine

Most of our problems are what a friend described to me recently as first-world problems. How true. I don’t live in a third-world country. I have a roof over my head, plenty of food to eat, and I live in a city where I feel relatively safe to come and go as I please. I am not denying there are issues in the world, and I am well aware of the wars, shootings and other horrible things that are going on, but I choose to focus on what is going right, live my joy and work towards making this a better place to live by my daily actions.

Here are some of my ideas on how to practice Abundance Thinking:

1. LISTEN TO YOUR CONVERSATIONS OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
Are you talking about what is going right, or are you giving the doom and gloom report, constantly recounting the bad news you’ve watched on television to anyone who will listen? If you find you are always sharing bad news, change the conversation.

2. FOCUS ON WHAT IS GOING RIGHT.
Do you make it a point to take inventory of your blessings and what you are grateful for, or do you focus on what is going wrong in your life? When you take time to count your blessings, it is impossible to stay negative and fearful. The more grateful you are, the more abundance flows into your life.

3. GIVE-GIVE-GIVE.
You can’t stay in a scarcity mentality when you give. Give friendship, give your time, give compliments, give smiles, give your ear. It can be monetary, but it doesn’t need to be. Giving feels darn good and you have an unlimited supply of love and smiles to give. When you give to another you connect with them and you bridge the disconnection.

4. SPEND YOUR TIME WITH EMPOWERING, GENEROUS, GIVING SOULS.
Each person is like a battery giving off energy. Are you spending your time with people who drain you or fulfill you? When you surround yourself with loving and empowering people your whole life takes off in a new direction.

5. REFUSE TO BE A DULL NORMAL.
Most people thrive on the negative. They can’t wait to share the latest bad news, gossip or world tragedy. “Be the change you want to see in the world,” as Gandhi said. Anyone can be a dull normal quoting the latest bad news. Dare to be different and become a loving soul who lifts others with their words, spirit and energy. Make it a habit for people to feel better after spending time with you.

6. FEED YOUR MIND A GOOD DIET OF POSITIVITY.
Consciously look to bring positive conversations, music, books and friends into your life on a regular basis. A diet of positivity is just as healthy as eating an apple a day.

7. SEE THE ABUNDANCE IN NATURE.
When you find yourself feeling there isn’t enough, count the leaves on a tree, the blades of grass in your yard or the pebbles on the beach. Our world is filled with abundance and beauty, but it isn’t screaming from your television set or in a headline somewhere. You need to slow down and notice it.

How you choose to see the world is a choice. I choose abundance. I choose love. I hope you do too.

Make Today Great! #MTG

Love & Happiness,

Michele Phillips