Foundational Secret to Success

February 20, 2012 in Minimalist Tips by Lorilee Lippincott

Image: Paul

Besides coffee being a secret to success :) I want to talk about an amazing and foundational idea that I read in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People that might have Hindu roots (not sure where it originates).  This idea is super important for minimalist living or simple living (whichever you want to call it).  It isn’t a new idea, it is more the awareness of it.  For intentional and simple living we all need to understand the concept of:

Abundance Mentality vs Scarcity Mentality

Abundance means more than enough, more than there is room for, more than we can handle.  

Scarcity means there is not enough.

The idea is that in our minds we decide the way the world is and our decisions (minds) create that reality in our life.   Do we see the world as having an abundance for us or being scarce?  Here are some things I can come up with where this could be applied:

  1. Money
  2. Jobs
  3. Friends
  4. Popularity
  5. Influence
  6. Time
  7. Customers
  8. Professions (fields of work)
  9. Talents
  10. Material possessions

Do you believe that there is only a limited number of one of these things and that you have to compete to get your share?  or do you believe there is enough to go around and that we can all work together and all succeed?

Having a abundance mentality creates an optimistic outlook.  There is enough money, jobs, success and if I work for it I will find it.  If one job or promotion doesn’t work out there will be more or there will be other options in other areas.  There is enough room for everyone to succeed.  With the abundance mentality everyone is a fellow traveler, potential team member and friend.   It is easy to help others and work with them because there is a common goal that both can reach, maybe even quicker if working together.  Simple, and fun.

Having a scarcity mentality creates a competitive outlook.  There isn’t enough money, jobs or success out there.  It is like a bad game of musical chairs every day because some (or many) people will be left out.  There is 5 people going for one promotion and only 1 person will get it.  There is only so much money the company has to spend so if they give one co-worker a raise then the other won’t get as much.  With the scarcity mentality everyone is an enemy or a potential enemy.  Manipulation, and secrecy take the place of team work to avoid giving others any information or knowledge that might let them get ahead.  Not simple, and not fun.

The crazy thing with our minds and life is that we create one of these realities just by believing it.  If you believe there is always more options than you will have your eyes open for them and will be able to come up with other ways.  If you believe that there is one option to fight tooth-and-nail for than it will be the only place you focus.

Lets practice abundance mentality this week and into this year together!