Running on fear, your body and mind will naturally move towards a scarcity mindset. Instead of believing that the world is full of opportunities you start adding up all the things you’ve lost.
- In cognitive science this is called, loss aversion and it’s powerful stuff. Anytime you see a deal and someone puts a deadline on it, people will rush to that store to buy the item. These people don’t want to experience the loss of missing out on a good sale.
There’s nothing wrong with this, but it can bleed over into your everyday thinking.
Having a scarcity mindset means thinking the world is full of only zero options
Anytime you experience a breakup you will go naturally be in a scarcity mindset. Instead of moving on, you’ll over-analyze and think that girl or guy was your only option in life.
If you’re hooked on a business deal and it doesn’t fall through, you’ll be beating yourself up instead of just chalking it up to the game.
The Abundance mindset exercise
The one exercise that pulled me out of bad case of the scarcity mindset, is to take account of all the things you have going for you.
- What I do is I’ll just start talking out loud about all the stuff I’m thankful for. I’ll do this until I run out of steam. No matter how mundane or insignificant, I’ll be thankful for it.
For example, I’m thankful that I’ve got two legs and was able to walk to this cafe where I’m typing up this post.
There are people out there who can’t walk and I’m lucky in that sense.
I’m thankful I live in a country that allows me the freedom to come and go. In some countries, you can’t even walk across the street without a sniper taking your head off.
I’m thankful that I’m able to connect ot the internet and post this information. In some countries, the interenet is non existant.
I’m thankful for the people who turned me down for petty reasons. I’m thankful because I got to know someone for a time but just wasn’t their cup of tea. Many people just don’t even have social skills and aren’t in a mental space to even talk in coherent sentences.
I’m thankful for the failures I’ve accumulated in my life. I’m thankful because from these failures I’ve learned what to do and what not to do. These failures only leveled me up as a human and forged my mind into something more sharp.
I’m thankful the sky is blue. I’m thankful because some people are blind and will never experience what blue is. I’m lucky to have 2 eyes that work.
I’m thankful I live in an age where I can connect to thousands of people through the internet. At no point in time would this be possible. But today it is. It’s a great day to be alive.
I’m thankful that I have countless tools and resources to kill the game and succeed at life. There’s a book for everything, and if there isn’t someone has written about it.
Once I do this exercise all my troubles and losses seem dull in comparison to what I have. I’ve done this exercise for 15 minutes straight, just taking in all the things around me and finding ways to be thankful for it.
Eventually you’ll have a long enough list of things you do have vs the things you don’t.
This is the abundance mindset exercise.
Depending on how bad your situation is, you might have to go for longer, or do it every hour or morning.
I do it when I’m walking around outside sometimes.
All I know is this stuff works for me, and that’s why I’m sharing it. It pulled me out of a bad spot and I’m sure it will work for you.