There’s Plenty of Everything to Go Around: A Look at the Abundance of Life

There’s Plenty of Everything to Go Around: A Look at the Abundance of Life

When you get into nature’s flow of abundance, everything is possible

We are racing toward a world of abundance, and we are going to be increasing the quality of life for everyone on this planet. The world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest business opportunities.

Peter Diamandis, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

There’s plenty of everything to go around.

This is a truth that we often forget in our day-to-day lives. We are so focused on what we don’t have, what we lack, and what we need to get by that we lose sight of the abundance surrounding us.

In this blog post, I’ll look at the abundance of life and how it manifests in different ways. We’ll also explore why it’s so important to remember that there’s plenty of everything to go around!

We live in a world of abundance

Abundance is all around us. A change in perspective clarifies things for everyone. Finiteness, scarcity, a rather pessimistic outlook, fear, and a lack of faith in the future hamper our feelings and thoughts of abundance.

Nature displays abundance

Natural abundance is everywhere we look.

The sun shines on every living thing, even if it’s only a tiny insect or plant. The oceans teem with life. The grains of sand on the beach and the stars in the sky demonstrate an unimaginable abundance.

There is enough food to feed everyone. And as I learned as a director of a rescue mission, we don’t have a food problem; we have a distribution and supply chain problem.

Nature would tell us that there is another approach to operating a system that is not based on scarcity but on abundance and generosity.

As ecosystems evolve in time, they become more diverse and complex. Diversity creates more resources in a system. Because different plants and species require different nutrients to thrive, they each produce abundant resources that they can use to share.

They soon realize that they can gain what they want by creating cooperative relationships. Instead of drawing all their resources from the soil, they exchange their surplus resources with other species of plants. This shift from competitive relationships to cooperative ones creates the conditions for systems based on abundance.

For those of us raised in a scarcity environment, it can be difficult to imagine a system that operates on abundance.

And yet nature has given us whole systems of mature coral reef ecosystems, old-growth forests, and mature grasslands that operate as generous systems full of diverse life. These systems are based upon interdependent relationships where resources (i.e., money) are regularly exchanged because it’s more effective and enables them to contribute to the system’s overall health.

Nature has much to tell us about how to design efficiently and beautifully.

We’re afraid that there won’t be enough, so we hoard, judge, and value ourselves and others by how large our possessions are or how much we consume.

Attracting Abundance - Bob Proctor

Our fears cause a mindset of lack

There is a battle in most people’s heads between two perspectives: abundance versus lack. These are two ways we can go through life. Each path gives us a vastly different experience of life.

Abundance correlates with positivity and generosity, believing that there’ll be enough for everyone. Abundant thinking helps us feel good about ourselves and keep going when things get rough.

When we think from the perspective of lack, our primary motivation is fear.

We tend to think negatively and are highly tuned to not having what we want and what won’t work and deficiencies in our situation. We believe in black or white and shrink from obstacles, retreat to a conservative, protective, comfortable, safe zone, avoid risk, and resist change.

If we live with a lack mindset, we get in our way and keep ourselves stuck and stagnant. It makes us cling to what we have because we become more aware of what we don’t have.

We’re afraid of losing anything and become highly risk-averse. An overly-attuned brain cannot facilitate flexible and abundant thinking nor engage in sound decision-making.

When we are risk-averse, we cut off our abundance.

However, when we live with an abundance mindset, we see the world differently.

We believe there is enough for everyone and that everything is connected. We are more open to new ideas and willing to take risks because we trust that things will work out.

An abundance mindset helps us identify opportunities, be creative, persevere through difficulties, take risks, and not give up easily. It is a sign of hope and resilience in the face of challenge.

We can choose to have an abundance mindset or a lack mindset. It’s a decision we make every day.

The good news is that it’s never too late to switch from a lack to an abundance mindset. All it takes is a little bit of awareness and the willingness to change our thinking.

If we can do that, we open ourselves up to a whole world of abundance. And that’s something everyone can benefit from.

(A great book on learning how to overcome your fears is Napolean Hill’s Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success)

How to Overcome Fear

How to cultivate abundance

We need to overcome our fears and ‘lack’ mentality and learn to start focusing on an abundant world. Here are a few ways we can change our mindset.

Focus on what you have

It may seem counterintuitive, but starting by focusing on what you do have will help you shift your focus away from lack. You’ll notice how much better you feel once you stop dwelling on what you don’t have.

Start paying attention to what you have instead of what you don’t. Notice what you have right now. How does this make you feel? 

Practice gratitude

Gratitude is one of the best ways to cultivate positive emotions. When you practice gratitude, you bring awareness to the present moment and appreciate what you already have. This leads to feeling grateful and happy.

According to Oprah Winfrey, “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

Think of all the things you have to be thankful for. 

When you practice gratitude, you begin to see that abundance is everywhere.

Think positively

Negative thoughts create negative experiences. Positive thoughts lead to positive outcomes. Start thinking positively. Think of yourself as being blessed. Think of yourself as someone who has everything you need. Think of yourself as a loved, appreciated, and valued person.

What would happen if you thought of yourself as rich? What would happen if you started thinking of yourself as a millionaire?

Take action

The only thing we can control is our actions. So take action! Get out of bed every morning and try something new. Do something different. Try something risky. Make a difference. Be generous.

Take risks. Please don’t wait until it’s too late. Don’t procrastinate. Procrastination doesn’t just hurt you; it hurts others.

Practice generosity

One of the quickest ways to abundance is generosity. When we share what we have, it benefits the person receiving our gift and creates a sense of abundance in us. It’s one of the laws of nature – you can’t give without receiving. The more you give, the more you receive.

When you give, you open yourself up to abundance.

The more abundance we have in our lives, the more we can share with others. Abundance begets abundance. When we live in abundance, we are more likely to be generous and giving.

Think about all the ways you can be generous. Give your time, energy, love, attention, and money.

You can also be generous with your talents and skills. Share what you know. Mentor someone. Help others achieve their goals.

Change your perspective

Changing your perspective means changing your point of view. If you see something as a challenge, then it becomes a challenge. If you see something has a limitation, then it has a limitation. If you see something is difficult, then it’s difficult.

But if you see something as an opportunity, it becomes an opportunity. If you see something as being possible, then it’s possible. When you change your perspective, you change your reality.

Be open to new ideas

You might be surprised at how many opportunities exist around you. Be open to them. Try out new things and meet new people. Learn about other cultures and traditions.

By expanding your horizons, you open yourself up to abundance.

Learn to let go

Learning to let go means learning to release stress and anxiety. We hold onto so much unnecessary stuff. Letting go of these things helps us free up space in our lives. When you let go, you make room for abundance and open yourself to new possibilities.

Letting go releases us from the past and allows us to live in the present. By living in the present, we can see all the abundance that surrounds us at any given moment, and we can appreciate it more.

Train your mind to recognize the possibilities

An abundance mindset allows us to see more options, choices, and resources. A fascinating Harvard study found that if we focus on one particular task very intensely, other possibilities just in front of us can be overlooked.

The brain can only take in so much at once, so if your belief system is “I can’t do it” or “It’s impossible,” then any other thoughts contradict­ing that will be discarded.

Start training your mind to loosen its focus and create an expanded awareness. What would you be trying to achieve if you were given all the time and money you could ever want? Questions like that will open your mind up to possibilities.

Ultimately, remember what you think is what you get

There’s plenty of everything to go around. We live in an abundant world. It’s time to start living like it. Focus on what you have, be grateful, think positively, take action, and be generous. Change your perspective and be open to new ideas. If one person in the world can do or have it, so can you.

Abundance is all around you. You have to notice it and release your fears and doubts. When you do, abundance will flow into your life effortlessly.

So start training your mind to think abundantly, and you will see the evidence of it all around you. It’s time to start living in abundance!

The most scarce resource on the planet: Mindset of abundance | Naveen Jain | TEDxBerkeley


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