An Abundant World.

(C) Rémi Walle

This month, I was thinking about two mindsets: scarcity vs. abundance.

Reading about each side has given me fresh perspective on reframing my life—a personal journey of mine in the past year.

So what’s the difference?

A scarcity mindset comes from a place that the world is limited and barren. There is not enough to go around—and we all compete for shrinking resources. It’s a negative-sum attitude that focuses on the short-term.

An abundance mindset comes from a place that the world is lush and bountiful. There is more than enough to go around—and we all share in growing resources. It’s a positive-sum attitude that focuses on the long-term.

Here are three pillars which I am trying to shift my attitude to abundance:

Money

From early on, I was taught that money was a tool, and not a yardstick. Still, I remember feeling pangs of envy – to people who were earning and saving more than me. Recently, I’ve been trying to focus inward and redefine my relationship with money. I’ve seen the pain and heartache money can bring when people attach to it personally. So I’m doing my best to realize that money will always ebb and flow, but if you do it right, there will be a chance for everyone to have and enjoy it.

Work

In a professional environment, sometimes it can get lonely. It can feel like a battle between you and everyone else for that promotion, raise or job. Early on, I felt a struggle to compete for everything—because if I didn’t, I’d be left in the dust. Thinking with an abundance mentality, I am starting to recognize that my stress is baseless. Maybe it’s just a matter of time, but opportunities will come and you’ll have a chance to capture them when it’s right.

Relationships

As a young man, I felt I could only give so much in relationships; a belief that I had a certain amount in my “well” before running out. But my mother showed me an important lesson: your heart can grow if you let it. Her abundant mindset has spread so much light and love to many people over the years. I hope to channel her thinking: relationships flourish when you allow yourself to give completely.

We all have such unique journeys, filled with amazing highs and terrible lows. And a lot of us (including me) search for reasons of why things happen to us.

But maybe if we look at things a little differently, the answers might just be a matter of perspective. A perspective from a simply abundant world!

3 Thoughts on “An Abundant World.

  1. Arun Rao on May 15, 2016 at 1:13 am said:

    Dear Arjun – this is a good piece of thinking – perhaps you could also think in terms of your having to spend money when you start a married life and also when you become a father.

    We fully agree about helping others – yes, to the full extent one can -spread care and love and happiness to folks and situations and perhaps ones real worth surfaces – privations steel up the human frame. And dear grandson, we feel proud of you and love you too.

  2. Aparna on May 15, 2016 at 6:58 am said:

    Nicely written! And thanks to Anjali for sharing it! Would like to share something. I feel having less than your needs is scarcity. Have more than your need is abundance. We just need to be focused on what our needs are and reasonably manage our wants.
    Keep writing!

  3. Another good post Arjun, I agree an abundance mindset is the best 🙂

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