Regardless of where you live on earth, most everyone desires abundance! Who would not appreciate more love, recognition, money, friends, etc.? When I examine my own life, it is shocking that I still struggling to overcome a scarcity mindset; believing that there is a limited amount of love, money, or you name it! Even though I know better, I have been conditioned over the years to see things with a limited view. Stephen Covey discussed this scarcity mindset in his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey used the example of a pie, and that most see the world as having only so many pieces to go around. Once the pieces of pie are gone, that is it! No wonder the wealthy are despised by many in our society today, as they are seen as having taken a BIG piece of the pie and therefore denying others their fair share.
While listening to a sermon several years ago, I remember a great lesson about abundance as it relates to love. The pastor asked parents to remember how much love they felt when their first child was born. He then asked all the couples to raise their hands if they now had more than two or three children. Did they love their first child less and less every time a new child was added to their family? Of course not, they have an abundance of love to give! Such a simple lesson on abundance, and yet I still struggle with a scarcity mindset.
To help improve my thinking about abundance, I have looked to the Bible. There are many lessons on Abundance in the Old and New Testament. John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Luke 6:38 – Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. John 10:10 Reminds me that human beings can alter their life by altering their mindset. The thief (Satan) can steal from us by clouding our thinking where we conduct our lives without believing what all is possible. Luke 6:38 Reminds me of the importance of giving! When we live with a scarcity mindset it makes it very hard to be a giver because we believe there is a limited amount of everything! What a great scripture, as it encourages us to not only give, but to give much and the measure by which we give will be used back with us in what we receive.
Zija is my first experience with network marketing. In the beginning, everyone has a goal of finding an abundance of people (the quicker the better), but looking back over the past decade of building a business I can see how a scarcity mindset can be very limiting to our growth! Many believe that they will eventually run out of people to prospect. Looking back over these many years I have never run out of people to prospect! I have used the excuse of being a “realist” when I tell folks there is only a small percentage of people who will do this type of business. I should know better than to say something like that, so why does it come out? Like most of us, I have been conditioned to think with a scarcity mindset. It is so difficult to have a battle going on within your mind and not being able to declare a winner (abundance mindset) once and for all!
Is the glass half empty or half full? This simple scenario helps me understand abundance mindset vs. scarcity mindset. The optimist sees the glass as half full where the pessimist sees the glass as half empty. Jim Rohn asked, “How can the same measure affect people two different ways? It all depends on how you look at it.” How do you see the world? Are you the optimist (abundance mindset) or the pessimist (scarcity mindset)? This is a very important question to answer and work on as it impacts most all decisions we make in our lives! In fact, if you truly want to build a big organization in Zija (abundance of people), that means you want to be a leader. Leadership guru John Maxwell said, “Leaders can’t be pessimistic, stingy or compete against themselves”
As we move forward in our journey, I pray we overcome our scarcity mindset conditioning. That we see the potential greatness in everyone we meet, and recognize the Abundance of new chances and opportunities that exist!