Are you afraid that there isn’t enough success, money, or opportunities to go around?

If so, then you are living in a scarcity mindset. You believe that there is a limited amount of resources and opportunities available in the world. People with a scarcity mindset tend to focus on what they lack rather than what they have, and they often perceive life through a lens of limitations and fear. A scarcity mindset can have a significant impact on a person’s life, hindering personal growth, relationships, and overall well-being. It can limit one’s potential for success and happiness, as the constant focus on what you lack can create a self-fulfilling cycle: you will end up lacking more.

The opposite of a scarcity mindset is an abundance mindset. Achieving an abundance mindset is important if you want to shift your perspective from scarcity (“not enough”) to abundance (“plenty”). Here are eight steps to help you develop an abundance mindset:


As we say so often, a regular gratitude practice can make a huge difference in helping you to achieve your goals. Start your day by acknowledging the things you are grateful for — either by journaling, using a gratitude app, or saying each thing out loud. Focus on the positive aspects of your life rather than dwelling on what you lack. Try to identify what you have plenty of: access to healthy food, friends, professional opportunities, etc. Gratitude cultivates a sense of abundance by reminding you of the abundance that already exists in your life.


Create a clear mental picture of the abundant life you desire. Visualize yourself achieving your goals, living your dreams, and having an abundance of opportunities. Regularly reinforce these positive images in your mind. One surefire way to do this is to create a vision board for your goals for the next year (or several years). You can use Pinterest or go old school and pin photos up on a bulletin board in your workspace. This will serve as a constant reminder of the abundance that you are seeking.


Be aware of negative thoughts related to scarcity, lack, or fear of not having enough. When you catch yourself thinking this way, challenge those thoughts and replace them with positive and abundant alternatives. For example, maybe you find yourself worrying about not having enough professional opportunities next year. Instead of going down that path, remind yourself (or even make a list) or all the professional wins you’ve had this past year.


Embrace a mindset of giving and sharing. This could be through acts of kindness, donating your time or resources, or supporting others in need. By giving, you reinforce the important belief that there is plenty for everyone.


Surround yourself with people who have an abundance mindset. Engage in discussions and activities that inspire growth, creativity, and positivity. Avoid people who constantly focus on lack and negativity.


Embrace a growth mindset, where you see challenges as opportunities for learning and growth. Instead of being discouraged by failures, view them as stepping stones to success. Work on continuously seeking knowledge and self-improvement.


Engage in mindfulness practices such as meditation or deep breathing exercises to become more present at the moment. Mindfulness helps you let go of worries about the future or regrets about the past, allowing you to appreciate the abundance that exists in the present moment. This can be combined with your daily gratitude practice to reinforce thoughts of abundance.


Instead of feeling envious or competitive when others achieve success, celebrate their accomplishments genuinely. Recognize that their success doesn’t take away from your potential for success. Embracing others’ achievements with a positive attitude reinforces the idea that there is an abundance of opportunities for everyone.

All in all, developing an abundance mindset is a process that requires consistent effort and practice. Be patient with yourself and celebrate your progress along the way. Over time, you’ll find that the abundance mindset becomes more natural and ingrained in your daily life.