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New Year, New Mindset of Abundance Will Make the Difference!

Happy New Year!

Over the holidays, like you, I was engaged in a number of interesting conversations.

My wife, Anne, brought up a topic I never thought I’d hear out of her mouth.

It came to her while listening to one of the podcasts she’s been listening to as she walks to work these days.

The topic was the concept of “abundance vs. scarcity.”

We agreed that having an abundant mindset was the singular most important frame of reference one could have for life.

The opposite, scarcity mindset, came with a lot of stress, cynicism and skepticism.

What is the difference between a mindset of abundance and a mindset of scarcity?

There are some key differences.

People with an abundance mindset see:
•    Unlimited resources instead of scarce resources
•    Opportunities instead of threats
•    Collaboration instead of competition
•    Applicable similarities instead of irreconcilable differences
•    Possibilities for growth instead of fear of loss
•    The sum being of greater value than individual parts
•    Opportunity to build on others’ success instead of a zero-sum game
•    An internal locus of control vs. external controlling factors
•    Internal responsibility instead of external blame

When I was younger if someone I knew received an award or a bonus or secured a new client, I would resent it, and them.

The sad thing was I felt this way whether the individual was working with me in my company or on my team, or if they were a friend in an unrelated field or career.

How crazy is that?

I felt as if their success reflected negatively on me.

In reality, it was the level of results I was producing that determined the impression others had of me.

The only thing preventing me from getting similar accolades, awards, bonuses or a new client was my skills and ability.

I needed to take responsibility for that.

What about you?

What is your relationship with an abundance and scarcity mindset?

Make 2015 the year you shift to a 100% abundance mindset and it will be a great year!

All the best to you, your family and your company in 2015!

’til next time, make it a great week!

Best Regards,
skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

There are 15 comments. Add yours.

  1. Dirk Biese

    Hi Skip:

    I think that scarce resources of one type are sometimes just a reality but it can lead to rethinking what resources need to be used and on what projects. This can lead to very positive outcomes and is therefore not negative in itself. You may focus better which projects should be worked on or it could also lead to improved designs that use new/alternative materials and processes.
    If you take it this way then the “scarcity” of resources may lead to the discovery of resources previously not visible or considered. Opportunity instead of threat!

    • Skip Weisman, Workplace Communication Expert

      Dirk,
      Absolutely, the best way to approach this. An “abundant” mindset focuses attention in the right places and seeks possibilities and the best use of available resources or additional resources to get additional resources, etc. Awesome contribution to this article. Thank you for being inspired to contribute here. Please come back and do so, again.
      Skip

  2. Babita Ram

    Nicely captured Skip ! I believe its hard to not touch each of us on any of the points.

    • Skip Weisman, Workplace Communication Expert

      Babita,
      THank you for being inspired to drop by and leave a comment here. I’m pleased you found value in the article.
      Skip

  3. Karen Delon

    Thanks Skip. This is a perfect way to start off the New Year!

    • Skip Weisman, Workplace Communication Expert

      Karen,
      Thank you for the positive reinforcement of today’s topic. I’m pleased you found value in it,
      and being inspired enough to stop by and leave a comment.
      Skip

  4. Dirk Biese

    Skip,

    I wanted to comment more on one item in your listed abundant mindset key factors:
    If you are open and simply honest enough with yourself and take responsibility for your own mistakes you can learn from it and grow. If you just look around to put blame on someone else nothing is achieved in the end. Unfortunately even some “leaders” forget this point and do not encourage learning from mistakes enough. Since everyone is making mistakes there is usually an abundance of opportunities!

    • Skip Weisman, Workplace Communication Expert

      Dirk,
      Great point, again. It’s tough to look for the opportunities, learnings and growth from mistakes if we don’t have the right mindset to begin with. Blame shuts down the need to look for any learnings or answers because you’ve already determined the answer and the problem, so why bother looking anywhere else, especially inside ourselves, which those who blame others will not do.

      Of course, then you have the flip side of that, which is the person who has such low self-esteem they blame themselves too much and take too much responsibility, beating themselves up, tearing themselves down and create a downward spiral they can’t get out of. Have to be careful of that, too.

      With an abundance mindset, it solves both of those issues because the belief behind it is that there is always another way and another opportunity down the road so let’s set ourselves up to take advantage of that, instead of living too deeply in the past setbacks.
      Thanks, again for this conversation.
      SKip

  5. Marcia Mitchell

    I would add one thing to the following statement to truly have an abundant mindset “The only thing preventing me from getting similar accolades, awards,bonuses or a new client was my skills and ability.” That one thing is attitude, specifically a positive attitude. Skills and ability can be propelled to a higher level when a positive attitude is present.

    • Skip Weisman, Workplace Communication Expert

      Marcia,
      You are soooo right! Thank you for clarifying that. I guess I was too close to the story and just assumed that the “attitude” was inherent in the approach I was espousing. And, you’re right it has to start there!

      Thank you for being inspired to stop by here and leave a comment. Please come back and continue to bring value to the conversation here.
      Skip

  6. A H Hussain Imraan

    Skip,

    Simple things, but powerful ideas for growth. Well Said. Thank You.

    • Skip Weisman, Workplace Communication Expert

      Hussain,
      Thank you for the positive reinforcement and for being so inspired to come here to leave your comment.
      I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.
      Skip

  7. Fortunatina Graziano

    Abundance
    My relationship with abundance is that I recognize that there are unlimited opportunities for positive growth and development which ultimately leads to success.

    My relationship with scarcity is a difficult to describe.

    • Skip Weisman, Workplace Communication Expert

      Fortuanatina,
      Thank you for sharing your relationship with the concepts in this article. I’m pleased you found value in what you read here and were inspired enough to leave a comment.
      All my best!
      Skip

  8. Bernie Sison

    Now that I am 60 years old my life is more abundant that ever.
    I am dauntless in almost everything. I am only limited slightly by the hours in a day and my stamina. Detractors no longer bother me because I can only influence them positively whether they know it or not. I don’t know where this is going to take me but I am up for the challenge.

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