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The Abundance Mindset is the Unsung Sibling of Gratitude

What we choose to focus on grows, lifting everyone around us.

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The attitude that what we have is more than enough to be happy while sharing it with others is a long-term fulfilling mindset for better opportunities, well-being and purposeful life.

It is the opposite of the scarcity mindset, which says, “One has to lose something for the other to gain something.”

Since our minds are unstoppable at rationalising our beliefs, a scarcity mindset is a self-fulfilling prophecy when you follow it blindly sans assessment.

I occasionally stumble upon the scarcity mindset when surrounded by too much negativity.

But as soon as life returns to normal, I reflect on and regret the toxic ways a scarcity mindset ruins our well-being.

Slowly, I’m adopting the abundance mindset with the help of gratitude journaling. And if you want to improve your happiness index from within, here are three sustainable ways an abundance mindset can help you become the best version of yourself.

#1. Focus

“What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it.”
Oprah Winfrey

What we choose to focus on grows.

For example, doomscrolling leaves us tired and demotivated to do fruitful work.

Seeing everyone on social media brag about their so-called best life spurs a self-critical opinion about ours when we compare it with someone who doesn’t give a jack whether we live or die.

Hitting the gym triggers the soul with unrealistic power to game even more challenging tasks after you’ve survived the sweaty metal business.

When we focus on the positive aspects of life, we slowly develop immunity against the mind-draining effects of negativity.

The slow burn of positivity is sustainable, but creating it requires perseverance. Perseverance regurgitates the belief that we will bounce back stronger on the other side.

Choose to see the good in everything and find a way to document it.

You’ll soon develop an army of achievements for infectious motivation whenever you’re stuck on a mental roadblock and need some self-inspiration to power through.

#2. Opportunist

I have read “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday.

His book has so much timeless wisdom that you’ll always learn something new whenever you read it.

That’s why I keep revisiting the book’s lessons and veer towards becoming an opportunist.

While a healthy level of pessimism is equally essential to steer clear of danger and prepare for it ahead of time, an optimistic attitude is about embracing responsibilities before they come, which helps us perceive obstacles as opportunities.

When we change how we view obstacles and perceive them as responsibilities to learn and upgrade our skills, we become experts at banging opportunities that others might oversee.

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the top 1% of the courageous people in the world.

#3. Community

We’re here to help and leave the world a better place than we found.

Generosity deserves the top position in supporting our well-being by radiating positivity inside out. Even a small positive impact of your work in your community is a fire motivator to boost your happiness lifelong.

For example, when I publish my Medium blog, initially, I write for myself for the sake of showing up and putting in the reps.

But when I receive a heartfelt response from my readers and friends about how my words helped them solve a problem, the shared sense of purpose instils the self-belief that what I’m doing is not for me alone.

The selfless attitude pays off when someone says your work helped them overcome their fear, no matter how minor their fear was.

The ultimate purpose of life is service to humanity.

Closing thoughts

An abundance mindset is about appreciating our primary resources and exploiting them to generate even more opportunities to support humanity’s greater good.

The businesses that thrive on an abundance mindset are the ones who are hellbent on flipping all the roadblocks to solving their customer’s pain points.

I do the same with writing.

Whenever I’m about to bang the publish button on Medium, I seek an affirmative answer to this question, “Will my article leave the reader with a positive takeaway that they can apply in their life?” If the answer is yes, it motivates me to come up with more similar ideas by focusing on the positives of my writing journey.

When we choose to focus on the positives and use the already available options at our disposal to help the people around us, the sheer impact of generosity gets back at us in multiple ways. It’s a way of explaining the Karma theory of Hinduism.

Here is a recap for your memory about how an abundance mindset can multiply your well-being while sharing your happiness with the people around you:

  1. What we focus on grows. Focus on the positive and appreciate when someone does a favour to you.
  2. You’re destined to attract a universe of opportunities when you perceive obstacles as responsibilities.
  3. Working for the greater good of humanity is how you see your impact on the world and become unforgettable in people’s minds.

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Sanjeev is a mentor, writer, and fitness enthusiast from India. He writes about lifelong learning, personal growth, and positive psychology. When he’s not engaging with students in solving their doubts or busy writing, he’s sweating either in a workout, vlogging or playing with his cat, Jim. You can also find him on Instagram and Twitter.



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