When you are building something new, it may seem as though you are faced with this daunting question everyday: is there enough? Do I have enough time? Is there enough money? Is there enough of a market for what I am doing? Do I have enough people to pull this off? Enough momentum? Do I have enough motivation and drive?
If this script sounds familiar you may be falling into the trap of a scarcity mentality. Scarcity makes us believe that there is not enough and so we need to clench our fist tight and hoard the “little” we have before it runs out. This clenched fist approach only inhibits our ability to create meaningful, purposeful, and productive work and it reinforces the feeling of scarcity. The good news is, there’s another way.
ABUNDANCE OVER SCARCITY
As purposeful entrepreneurs and leaders of purposeful enterprises, you can live by a different belief. You can choose to believe in abundance over scarcity. It’s true, scarcity induces fear and fear can drive people to action. That action however is short, shallow, scattered, and unsustainable.
Instead of this, we invite you to believe in an abundance mentality—one that insists that there is enough (success, achievement, etc.) to go around. This mentality is what contributes to your work having a purposeful impact in your community and beyond. It’s precisely this belief that can enable you to be more creative and innovative in your work which contributes to there being enough for you AND others.
MAKING THE SHIFT
Living and working from an abundance mentality requires a shift in perspective. It is no doubt a difficult task, but it is possible. Here’s a simple way to get started:
This week, grab a journal and pen and take some time to reflect on what areas of your work and your life where you are living or viewing things from a scarcity mindset. Consider how shifting to an abundance mentality in those areas would more effectively fuel your mission and advance the good you want to bring to the world. Make a list of the resources and relationships you DO have.
Living with this new mentality is best done in a community abundant with support from those pursuing the same purposeful work that you are. Consider signing up for coaching where you can be supported and guided by those on the same journey as you and joining our supportive coworking community.