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Abundance mentality versus lack mentality

One of my secrets for feeling successful and attracting bountiful abundance into my life has been an internal axiom that I use virtually every day of my life. It goes like this: Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change. This has always worked for me.

— Wayne Dyer

Words have power. Our thoughts have power. Trust that our words have power; they do. Be aware of the thoughts we allow ourselves to focus on; they become all that we can see.

This is especially true when we are faced with a fearful situation, a difficult challenge or an area of life that we’d rather shut off. Our mentality when we approach such situations dictates our response, and the situation then responds in kind. The difference between the potential experiences depends on us.

Once we learn to trust our words’ power and start to recognize the nature of our internal thoughts, we can shift ourselves away from a lack mentality and towards an abundance mentality. What’s the difference between a lack mentality and an abundance mentality?

A lack mentality says things like:

  • I can’t do this.
  • This is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.
  • I am not enough.
  • I don’t have what it takes.
  • What will others think?

Meanwhile, an abundance mentality faced with the exact same situation says:

  • I got this, and when I stumble, the universe has my back.
  • This is a fleeting moment within my eternal experience, and I will view it with the right perspective.
  • I am enough. In fact, I am more than enough. As the Bible states, “For God has not given us a Spirit of fear and timidity, but gives us Power and Love.”
  • I have what it takes to handle the situations that matter.
  • The only thing that matters is fulfilling my purpose-driven destiny, not the destiny that others may try to impose on me.

Every situation presents itself as it is. It simply Is. From a lack mentality, we see the situation one way. But from an abundance mentality, you see less of a challenge and more of an opportunity. “Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.”

author: Josh Duvauchelle

Josh is a health coach and certified personal trainer with a nutrition certificate from Cornell. By loving yourself and caring for your physical health, you create a sacred space to manifest your highest, happiest divine self.


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