As we start our journey into a new year, we like to spend a bit of time on mindset. While there are certainly several ways to approach this, one of our favorite methods starts with 4 simple questions.
For us, these questions help define whether we have a mentality of abundance or scarcity. Let’s put it to the test. Answer whether you agree or disagree with the following statements:
- In order for me to win, someone else has to lose.
- I am in the driver’s seat of my own destiny.
- I celebrate the success of my colleagues, but deep down I feel envious of their attention and worry it will hinder my own success.
- Where others see a problem, I see an opportunity
If you agree with items 1 and 3, you’re someone who has a “scarcity mentality”. If you agree with items 2 and 4, you tend to have an “abundance mentality”. Great, but what does this all mean?
A scarcity mentality can come in many forms: self doubt, constant comparing to others and blaming outside forces for our mistakes - to name a few. While it’s hard to break this cycle, simple recognizing it exists is the first step on your journey. Stephen Covey talks about this at length in “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.
Conversely, the abundance mentality exists in a space that understands that someone does not have to fail for you (or your business) to succeed. Life is not a race to the finish line and when your business succeeds, the success of your team members and others around you also have the opportunity for success. This can have a ripple effect though the entire community! In his book Linchpin, Seth Godin illustrates his concept of the “culture of gifts” (abundance mentality).
You’re now equipped with some great books to help you work through finding your 2022 abundance mindset; something even the strongest leaders need to focus on from time-to-time. We’re looking forward to making 2022 a continued year of abundance!