Abundance over Scarcity: The Mindset of Collaboration
There are two kinds of people in the world. Those that lift each other up, and those that compete for limited resources. While there can be some motivating benefits from feeling competitive, the fundamentals of competition come from a scarcity mindset and an external focus.
A scarcity mindset includes seeing things from a perspective of lack, you are either a victim or the bully. Thus, the mindset of lack forces you to see things in a more competitive way. There are also negative emotions associated with perceiving others are receiving what you cannot have. You see others as stealing a piece of the pie as you do not believe the pie is infinite. You see the world as countless missed opportunities and have a fear of missing out (FOMO) that cripples your progression.
Meanwhile, an abundance mindset puts you in the driver’s seat. It drives you into cooperation instead of competition with your peers in order to lift each other up. Us humans have a long history of collaboration which dictated our ability to survive the harshest of environments with our ancestors. Thus, abundance mindset can be summarized as seeing the world full of opportunity and infinite resources.
As Tony Robbins explains: ‘You never get beyond scarcity, you have to start beyond it’.
Most of us grow up in households where, “Save your pennies for a rainy day,” or, “No, we cannot afford it…” are common utterances. Thus, this whole mindset thing isn’t as simple as it sounds.
We are working with deep-rooted perceptions of reality. When we are changing our mindset, we are creating a new mental pathway. In this case, for abundance to cut through a pattern of lack that has potentially infiltrated us since childhood. So, do not be too hard on yourself if you are not there yet. Mindset shifts can take a while, and the key to success is perseverance.
Persevere; notice your thoughts and keep thinking abundant. – Kaylee Houde
Sure, life can be unpredictable. There is never any guarantee.
However, what if you live an intentional life with an abundance versus scarcity mindset?
If you knew there were unlimited resources for you, would you put others down? No. Would you step on others to get to the top? Probably not.
The next time you run into your “competition” at the coffee shop, instead of sending them the stink eye, think about all the possibilities from working together. Or at least let them grab their coffee in peace knowing there is enough room for everyone on the block.
How would you rather live? In collaboration or competition, whichever you choose you now know it is a choice and all boils down to your mindset.
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