Thinking with Abundance
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - Joe Kiedinger
Nelson Mandela is most credited with an idea that I have interpreted as follows: people aren’t afraid of failure. What they’re most afraid of is success. For in their success, they will be looked upon differently by those closest to them.
What does it mean to think with abundance? Most people think it means only great wealth. That is simply an outcome for some. Abundant thinking revolves around the idea that life will always provide and there should be no fear of want.
In other words, a sales person with abundant thinking calmly focuses on meeting the right people. He or she does not worry about meeting the right people. They surrender to the fact that they either already know the right people or that the right people will find them due to effort and belief.
There is a wonderful line in the newest Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie when Charlie finds the last golden ticket. He contemplates selling the ticket because his family desperately needs money. His grandpa says, “There’s plenty of money out there. They print more every day. But this ticket, there’s only five of them in the whole world, and that’s all there’s ever going to be. Only a dummy would give this up for something as common as money.”
In my search for inspiration about abundant thinking, I discovered a professor of literature who worked in mythology and religion, Joseph Campbell. Below are three quotes from Campbell that speak to this very idea:
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
The abundant thinker is not afraid to try new things and open new doors. Change is a frame of mind.
The opposite of abundant thinking is the scarcity mentality. Simply stated, those with this mentality worry about the future. They worry about their kids, their income stream and what else could go wrong.
So, what percentage of your thoughts revolve around abundant thinking and what percentage of your thoughts are about scarcity?
I’m not perfect, but I’m getting better each day in deciding to spend as little time as possible in the scarcity sector. I’m a cave seeker! Join me.
ACTION PLAN: What is one area of your life (money, health, relationships, etc.) where you can start to surrender and understand that all will be well if you allow it to be?