In 2022 I had a personal mantra. I’ve known people in the past who had a word of the year. I really haven’t felt called to a ‘word of the year’ before. 2022 felt different. It truly was my focus for the entire year. My mantra was claiming an abundance mindset.
Abundance means a lot of things to different people. The likely association is abundance from a material standpoint. But as the year went on, claiming an abundance mindset continued to mean something more for me. I was pursuing a mantra that meant there will always be enough.
Abundance In Love
Abundance in Trust
Abundance in Faith and Hope
Abundance is Service to Others
Abundance in Generosity
Abundance in Play -Fun – Laughter
Abundance in Creativity
Abundance in Health
Abundance in Time, Rest and Energy
Abundance in Provision
I defined those things and put them on paper on December 21st, 2021 at 11:59 AM. I came back to those words time and time again last year. I came back to them when I felt like I was in alignment with an abundance mindset. I also came back to them when I didn’t feel so aligned.
If you didn’t catch the blog two weeks ago, I decided to use this blog as a reason to stay in a learning mindset as well as to capture what I’m learning on “paper.”
Here’s what I’ve learned when I pursued an abundance mindset… there is always enough. When I’m focused on abundance, I’m not focused on scarcity. When I’m focused on abundance, I’m not subscribing to chaotic hustle culture. When I’m focused on abundance, I know there is enough time, peace, trust, and rest. When I’m focused on abundance, I can be truly happy for people – I don’t have to engage this idea that someone else’s success diminishes my own. When I’m focused on abundance, I start to believe that not everything has to be so damn hard. I really need to say that again, not everything has to be so hard! In fact, an abundance mindset has almost convinced me of the opposite. If it feels too hard, it might not be for me. Which does not mean I don’t pursue my purpose even when things are challenging, not even close. However, I find this bears out more when I engage people whose energy isn’t a great match for my energy. It’s not good or bad. It’s just not the right fit. An abundance mindset helps me understand that there is an abundance of people, organizations, companies that are a good fit for me. It reiterates to me how important it is to continue to do the work and activity to find the people who are a good match.
As I’ve been focused on abundance, I can really start to sense scarcity mentality when I feel it. Scarcity makes me feel sad. When things feel scarce, you’re afraid to enjoy, you can’t engage creatively, you limit trust and micromanage, you judge too quickly, and you have an underlying uneasiness that won’t go away. There is no outworking a scarcity mentality. It will never be enough.
“There is no outworking a scarcity mentality. It will never be enough.”
There’s a quote that surface again for me recently, I think it’s from the book The Secret, “your thoughts become things.” I believe our thoughts have more power than we’ll ever know. I know how much thinking I do, it’s a lot. I’m thinking things even when I don’t notice I’m thinking about things. Because of that, when I have an opportunity to remind myself to think from an abundance mindset, it makes sense to do that. It reminds me of the bible verse “take your thoughts captive.” We get to choose how to think, we were created with the capacity to be mindful of our thoughts. Let’s take advantage of that. If the quote holds true, what are you currently thinking into?
Another thing I’ve learned in this lane, there is both positive and negative abundance mindsets. There is absolutely abundance in negative thoughts if you allow yourself to think there. I’ve learned that it takes an incredible amount of energy to live with negativity. I wrote an entire blog about living and eventually fighting fear. https://encourageherelena.com/2021/09/08/punch-fear-right-in-the-face/ It also takes an incredible amount of energy to live with a positive abundance mindset. If you’re going to expend an incredible amount of energy anyway, expend it on creating abundance in goodness and light.
Where there is abundance, there is contentment. Where there is contentment, there is freedom. Where there is freedom, there is love and peace.
For me, choosing to have an abundance mindset isn’t a one-time decision. It’s one that I’ve had to continue to choose. I’m not sure I’ll have a mantra for 2023. Maybe it will still come to me. In the meantime, I’ll still be reaching and believing in abundance. I’ll be content in my pursuit of life knowing that there is enough, that I’m enough. You’re enough. There is enough to go around – enough love, trust, hope, service, generosity, play, laughter, creativity, time, energy, grace, and provision. There’s enough time for a nap. There’s enough room at the board table. There’s enough business to go around. There are enough ideas to share. There’s enough money to give. There’s enough time to learn new things. There’s enough grace to forgive yourself and others. There is enough love to recklessly throw around.
I see you. I love you. I’m cheering you on.