Abundance: more than enough, ample, sufficient, plenty, bountiful, copious
Would you like MORE abundance in your life? If your answer is Yes, read on. If not, read on anyway, so you can help others have more abundance. What images, emotions or thoughts come to you when you think about abundance? Are they exciting and energizing—or unachievable and unrealistic? Some people reject the concept of abundance because many authors have wrongly linked abundance with only wealth. Abundance applies to all elements in your life, such as health, friends, relationships, achievement, your emotional and spiritual state and many other facets. Wealth just happens to be one of many possible abundance components in your life. However, abundance is not about your condition or circumstances; rather, it is about your mindset. Before you can enjoy and embrace an abundant life, you must believe that abundance is both real and is possible. Individuals with an “abundance mindset” do not think the following thoughts:
- With my luck, things won’t work out.
- I never have enough money.
- I can’t find any friends.
- There are no good people I can date.
Of course, we can cite hundreds of other examples of individuals believing that resources and opportunities are limited. Abundance really doesn’t care what you think; it will simply work to fulfill your thoughts and objectives—whether they are positive or limiting! I have come across individuals (and organizations) who feel it is immoral to embrace abundance. Guilt burdens them; they justify their misery or hardship as martyrdom. They make statements such as, “With so many around the globe with nothing, I should not have a happy, fulfilling life with the comforts of a home, car and financial stability—that simply is not right.” But how does your being a broke, miserable martyr help anyone, especially the less fortunate around the world? The truth is, it does not. It is impossible to know all the specific reasons that many people reject abundance; however, in many cases, it is mistaken intentions and beliefs. In some instances, individuals knowingly or unknowingly use their condition to draw attention to themselves as unsung heroes of hardship and adversity.
However, abundance is supported even from a biblical perspective: “…I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, ESV). Did you know that your lack of abundance thinking in one area of your life will spill over into others? For example, recently, one of my good friends—a very successful businessman—stated on a teleconference that financial independence and success are very difficult to achieve if a person is struggling in his/her personal relationships.
With some astonishment, the group asked why he thought that was, in fact, true. He responded that it is very difficult to focus on and pay attention to financial disciplines and strategies when one’s personal relationship is falling apart. A financial planner for more than three decades, he knows the two are connected at the hip; it is impossible to separate the various aspects of one’s life. So, what is your abundance mindset? Do you believe there are unlimited resources and opportunities for you?
To varying degrees, there is abundance for everyone reading this article. My wish is that you embrace—or at least consider—the fact that you, and only you, have restricted your possibilities. Abundance thinking focuses on what can be, not what has not been or cannot be. The opposite of abundance is scarcity. If you are thinking with a scarcity mindset, then don’t be surprised when you are not fulfilled.
In a study and through a book written on scarcity, the authors confirmed that living in scarcity reduces one’s bandwidth and ability to deal with all other areas in life: “It makes us less insightful, less forward-thinking, less controlled and reduced cognitive capacity.”
So, what can you do?
- First, if you have scarcity as a mindset, you must let it go. If you don’t like the conditions of your relationships, health, career, etc., stop thinking about them. All the mental energy you spend complaining to anyone who will listen is a magnet for attracting more of it into your life.
- Next, shift over time into an abundance mindset in all areas of your life. Focus on what you would like; acknowledge that your current results and outcomes are the ones you have attracted to yourself. Let’s look at a couple of examples in which you can re-frame your situation. Go from: “I can never find the right partner; they are all losers.” To: “Every day, I am becoming the individual that will attract the perfect partner to me. My perfect partner is already out there and being attracted to me.” Go from: “I never have enough money.” To: “There are unlimited resources available to me; I am open to receiving them into my life.” Go from: “I dislike my work; there are no good jobs for me out there.” To: “I am in the process of discovering the perfect job and career for me.”
To clarify, abundance thinking and having abundance does not limit others from having abundance, too. By definition, more than enough means exactly that – more than enough. My only caveat on the principle of abundance is that it be about attracting what is good and right. Abundance comes from a positive energy or focus. Thinking about an abundance of ill will or hardship onto others is not abundance; it is negative and destructive energy. To help you on this journey on what is important to you and how you can improve, I suggest three of CRG’s assessments:
- The Stress Indicator and Health Planner will assist you to benchmark your entire wellness level and help you outline a plan to embrace great health and wellness.
- The Values Preference Indicator will help you outline your core values so that you attract abundance that reflects your values—and not those of someone else.
- The Self-Worth Inventory will assist you to determine whether you feel and think you are worthy of more. Remember: abundance starts as a state of mind.
A final thought about abundance…
For those of you who have two or more children, think about this. Did you have to cut your love in half when your second child was born? Where did that extra love come from? Did you love your first child less than 100 percent so you could save some of your love for your next offspring? Of course not! Why? Because out of abundance (unlimited resources), not only did you take abundance, but you also left abundance.
The Spirit of Abundance
- Ask yourself if you are living an abundant life. If not, why not?
- Realize that abundance applies to all areas of your life. List them for yourself now.
- Abundance is interconnected through all these areas: health, relationships, emotions, spirit, career, etc. Is there one area where you are not claiming abundance? What is that area? What are your limiting thoughts?
- One way to reduce abundance is having a scarcity mindset. Does scarcity thinking apply in any area of your life? Which area? Why is that true for you?
- Stop thinking about your current conditions and focus on what you want—not what you have. This will increase your abundance. Make a list of your re-framing statements, as in the e-zine examples.
- Benchmark your current situations using CRG’s Stress Indicator and Health Planner, Values Preference Indicator and Self Worth Inventory to help you paint the picture of what is and what can be.
- Help others (who want it) to be “abundance thinkers.” That will help you in your abundance state.
- Be encouraged each week by one of my guests on my “Secrets of Success” podcast. Listen and subscribe now!
- One of the characteristics of abundance is patience. Even if you are in a hurry to meet the partner of your dreams, that might not happen today. You just have to claim that it will happen.
- Abundance means being thankful when your requests are honored. Greed and ego do not have a place in the abundance process.
- Know that you are worthy of abundance and that you can—and will—make a difference in other people’s lives through it.
Living on purpose aligns with experiencing an abundant life. Read my latest book, The Quest For Purpose and start attracting the many wonderful things life has to offer you.
Until next time, keep Living On Purpose.
Ken Keis, PhD