Having an abundance mindset is the next best thing to having a million dollars in your hands. Why? Because it could get you that million dollars… and a whole lot more!
Have you tried observing or studying millionaires? These people are undoubtedly living the good life. Now, they don’t waste their precious time thinking that they would never amount to anything.
In most cases, people like them actually have a very positive outlook towards life. And believe it or not, you also have the opportunity to live that way. You may not be the son of a tycoon or the daughter of a world-renowned fashion designer; but if you have an abundant mindset, all the benefits that come with being rich and successful will fall easily onto your lap.
Here are some of the different ways you can encourage an abundance mindset.
1) Read books dealing with wealth and success stories.
Reading nourishes your mind. If all you do is read about how bad the economy is and how you’re never going to get to the top, what kind of images do you think your mind will conjure up? You definitely won’t encourage an abundant mindset that way.
Whereas if you keep yourself inspired with a lot of financial motivation and success stories, you’ll not only learn which strategies work, you’ll also be setting yourself up for the same kind of success.
There are many titles in bookstores these days that you can choose from. One book I highly recommend to develop an abundant mindset is “Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker. The “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” series by Robert Kiyosaki can also shift your mindset dramatically towards attaining financial success. I say grab a copy of the one that appeals to you best and start reading!
2) Give yourself time to appreciate what you have.
We’re always busy these days. No longer do we have time to take a stroll around the block, nor do we have time to just sit down and enjoy the scenery.
But the truth is, the key to having an abundance mindset is sitting with yourself and being grateful for all the blessings you are experiencing in your life right now. Why don’t you start make a list of all the good things you have in your life?
Even if it’s just having cereal this morning, write it down. There are some people who actually try to create a month-long happy list in their journals. Everyday, they must write something down that made them happy.
At the end of each month, you’ll be surprised to see just how much you can be thankful for. Doing this exercise helps hone the perspective that you are always blessed. Life offers us simple pleasures. Let’s not waste them.
3) Be generous.
Don’t be a penny pincher. Having such a tight hold on your purse strings is sending out a message to everyone (even yourself) that you don’t have any, and will not have any, money to spend.
Not that you should give away all your priceless possessions to the next homeless guy you see, but you should at least know when to give and when to treat yourself.
Every once in a while, why not treat yourself to a nice and relaxing massage? Think of it as an investment. When your body has had its rest, you tend to be more productive and more eager to get back to work. Or why not treat your friends to coffee one of these days? Better yet, why not donate to your favorite charity? If you have the opportunity to be a little magnanimous, don’t let it slip away.
Someday, those same people might return the favor. So don’t hold out on other people, even on yourself. And hey, even if they don’t repay you, the universe will.
There are a lot of people who try to save every last bit of their penny, haggling to death with a vendor even when they know they can easily afford the product. Just think of it this way. Money rotates. The more unwilling you are to part with your money, the more unwilling it will be to return to you.
However, you should not confuse being generous with being a lavish spender. Giving yourself a treat once in a while, or sharing your blessings with other people, is a great way to attract wealth. But improper budgeting, impulse buying or compulsive spending can make you go broke before you realize it.
Having an abundance mindset will open up a lot of wonderful opportunities for you. It will enable you to develop a different perspective of the world, give you room for more creative ideas, and help usher in a lot of good vibes in general.
And don’t worry. It’s easy enough to ease yourself into the abundant mindset. You don’t have to go through a rigorous personality change. Just remember to surround yourself with positive energy, appreciate what you have, and be more giving to others and yourself.