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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Scarcity vs. Abundance Mentality: There's enough for everyone

Special Note: Hello everyone! As you notice, I am still taking rest from writing on my blog! This is a subject that I deeply enjoy and like to read about, which is the scarcity and abundance! It's   Besides, this topic is an on time post! I accepted this post by  Maria Rainer who is a freelance writer and a resident blogger of education  because it can bring value to all people who desire to change their mindset from scarcity to abudance! I  enjoyed this post! I really hope everyone will like this post and hear what Maria Rainer has to present to you! Enjoy and be blessed!




         Scarcity vs. Abundance Mentality: There’s Enough for Everyone
                                     
                                             By: Maria Rainer


The Scenario

You’re hosting a birthday party at home for your significant other. More people than you invited show up, but you can’t exactly turn them away. The cake was made for 10 people, not 15.

You:

A. Quickly get a slice for yourself, even if it means someone else won’t get one.

B. Figure everyone who wants one will get one.

C. Break out the sugar, flour, and frosting. Who wants more cake?

If you answered A, you’re likely struggling with the scarcity mindset. If you answered B or C, you’re wading in the pleasant waters of the abundance mindset. The difference is this:

A. You have an eye for detail, even the bad ones. This isn’t a bad thing until you start to fight over small slices of cake. Things are scarce, so you better get your hands on it before there’s nothing left.

B. and C. You’re detached from certain details and are fairly easy to please. You believe in abundance. If there isn’t enough for everyone, you’re eager to make it.



Why We Think Scarce

The truth is that many things in our capitalist society are based on scarcity. If there’s not enough, we throw a fit until we get more. Then we criticize everything in sight and try to find meaning in details while running into walls because we forget the big picture.

Those of the abundance mentality, however, know that what seems scarce on the outside is usually a matter of what’s going on inside. The difference between these mentalities is at its most basic a matter of optimism versus negativity. Some people have led lives that encourage the scarcity mentality—for example, those who have overcome legitimate hardship. You couldn’t ask anyone in Auschwitz or post-atomic Hiroshima to look on the bright side when they were having difficulty staying alive.

Even if we’ve been through tough times, most of us are going to be okay. We’re neck-deep in debt but we have warm homes with kids and happy dogs. We might be going through some medical hardship that’s eating holes through our pockets but we make it out okay. Our blogs don’t get the attention we think they deserve but hey, we have computers and Internet. Those are all pretty awesome things. Why, then, do we so easily get stuck in scarcity ruts?

Even “successful” people in the world get down at times. They, too, look at small problems through magnifying glasses and pick petty fights. Usually, this happens when what’s on the outside isn’t the same as what’s on the inside. For example:

• Your work gets you money, but you don’t think it gets you enough because you aren’t debt-free yet.

• You want to help the environment and give to charity, but you work with an oil company and buy clothes made in sweatshops because they’re cheaper.

• You want to see the world but haven’t set foot out of your state.

When you were in school, didn’t you used to say, “I got an A,” but also, “Dr. Johns gave me a D”? When we’re unhappy inside, we usually look for reasons why on the outside.

Thinking Abundance

There’s no one way to get out of this rut, but the underlying theme is to reexamine yourself through a wide-angle lens. Why are you unhappy? Rather than nitpicking, take a step back and see what you can change. Here are a few tools to help you along the way.

• Start a gratitude journal. Instead of thinking of things you’re unhappy about, think of things you’re grateful for, like your family’s health, the book you found at the used book store, indoor plumbing, your kid’s good grades, the smell of coffee in the morning, etc. Write just three things every day. Just three. It will only take one minute!

• De-clutter your living space. You have all this stuff and yet you’re unhappy. Maybe it can make someone else happier. Go through your closet and donate everything you haven’t worn in the past 6 months to charity. Donate extra shoes to Nike.* (They’ll make playground surfaces and new athletic courts and tracks out of them. See address below.)

• Create something. Make a soup from scratch. Grow herbs or flowers in your garden. Bake a loaf of bread. Give it to someone. There’s enough for everyone, remember?



Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she writes about education, online colleges, and the future of online degrees. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop. Read more of Maria's work at http://www.onlinedegrees.org/
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