Abudant Thinking + BONUS Affirmations For Success
Abudant Thinking + BONUS Affirmations For Success
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Introduction by Author
Abundant thinking is a form of positive thinking. It is about creating
a mindset of positive values that allow you to perceive your life as
one of abundance, not one of deficit. It teaches you to flip your mental
attitude coin from negative to positive and appreciate how much you have
in your life to be grateful for.
The Alternatives to Abundant Thinking
1. Deficit Motivation/Entitlement Thinking
Deficit motivation is the opposite of abundance motivation. It is also
known as entitlement thinking. This is how victims are made.
Entitlement thinking has already been discussed to a certain extent. It is
that awful feeling that says you have been cheated out of your just desserts,
your rightful inheritance. It is how people think when they set specific
expectations for themselves that are based on their belief that they deserve
more. Entitlement thinking can create the narrow miss that causes a little
grimace, or a headlong plunge into an empty chasm. The latter happens when
delusion is largely responsible for a personâ€™s expectations. Think the
tone-deaf crowd in the first round of â€œAmerican Idolâ€.
This sort of thinking takes many forms. It may make you think you deserve
more money, a better job, more praise, a more attractive body, better
opportunities, skills, friends, partners etc. It covers the whole gamut of
disillusionments that can cause our lives to be so miserable, and our emotions
to be so fraught and charged with anger and resentment.
These emotions are caused by the belief that you have received less than you
expected or less than you deserve. It is setting too-high minimum expectations.
This is down to often arbitrary personal assessments that have no basis in
reality, and that have been bolstered over the years by well-meaning but
ill-advised encouragement from others. Think the relatives of the tone-deaf
crowd in the first round of â€œAmerican Idolâ€. On the other hand, entitlement
thinking may be based on a sound assessment of a personâ€™s skills and abilities,
which makes missing the mark even more annoying. Either way, however, the
stumbling block is the same: expectations. These are what cause the unhappiness.
Recognizing entitlement thinking is easy. It is feeling that we are in a hole
and trying to climb out. It is the sense that we are constantly struggling to
keep our head above water. Although these situations may be true now, they should
not become who you are. A better way to think of things is to realize it could be
a lot worse: the hole could be your grave that you never get out of; and at least
your head is above water and youâ€™re not drowning. With these new interpretations,
it instantly becomes apparent that you have a lot to be grateful for.
Deficit motivation can cause serious harm to an individual. It can make them
aggressive and negative to be around, even with those people closest to them; or
especially so. It can provoke a reckless attitude to life, where dangerous and
uncalculated risks are taken. Or it can cause a person to feel so sorry for
themselves that they withdraw and give up, which can lead to depression or worse.
The really sad part of deficit motivation is that it can cause people to miss some
truly outstanding opportunities because they do not completely conform to the
individualâ€™s preconceived ideas of how their main chance will appear to them. By
the time they realize that they may have misconstrued the situation, their window
To defeat entitlement thinking, we must ask ourselves exactly why we believe we are
entitled to anything at all. Mostly, it is because we have been born into a society
that promotes the idea that anything is possible. This is the selling of The American
Dream. Yes, almost anything is possible with abundant thinking, but we have been not
been schooled in the workings of abundant thinking, we have been taught that we are
entitled, and this has created expectations.
You have to separate the ideal of entitlement from the reality of what you can
honestly expect. We all believe we have the right to life, the basic entitlement to
live our lives peacefully, but try telling that to the have-not who intends to join
the haves by using a gun on you. Nothing can be taken for granted, and once we realize
this we can truly begin to be grateful for what we do have, because we will understand
that it is all a gift.
Over the centuries, and recent years especially, our notion of what we are entitled to
has changed beyond all recognition. Perhaps we feel we are entitled to foreign holidays
twice a year, but thatâ€™s only thanks to the Wright brothers a hundred years ago. Before
that, trips abroad were far more arduous and expensive affairs. Luxuries have become
necessities, and our values have been screwed up. We no longer look at the simple things
in life that used to make people grateful, we notice instead all the things we are
lacking. We are teaching ourselves to be unhappy, and to feel that we are victims of
some awful fraud.
Deficit thinking can even create paranoid thinking; that we are being â€œrobbedâ€ of what
we deserve. We can start to view other people negatively and with deep suspicion. Anyone
we perceive as having the things we want becomes the enemy. We cease looking inwardly for
answers and instead focus on who is to blame for our deficit.
2. Scarcity Thinking
Scarcity thinking is the opposite of abundance thinking. This happens when people focus
on what they do not have in their lives. They take what they have entirely for granted,
show no gratitude, and choose instead to focus all their energies on being resentful at
the â€œgapsâ€ in their lives.
People who live by thoughts of scarcity are creating the very circumstances that will
cause further scarcity, because they are convinced that there is a shortage of the things
they want in life. They do not embrace the concept of abundance, and thus do not invite it
into their lives through a positive attitude.
Scarcity thinking can also produce more far-reaching negative repercussions. It can cause
people to take things they donâ€™t need, or too much of what they do need, or can make them
hoard which stops them giving. Those who think abundantly, on the other hand, are happy to
take only what they need, because they know that there is a limitless supply should they
want any more.
The concept of abundant thinking can be puzzling if you do not understand the message that
lies at its heart.
To summarize, abundant thinking is about being grateful for what you do have rather than
focusing on what you lack. It involves having no hard and fast expectation of what you will
receive based on some egotistical notion of what you deserve out of life. It says: be happy
with what you have because it is all effectively on loan to you whilst you are here, and if
you want more then take the appropriate actions to achieve more, but remain happy in the
knowledge that it may not happen as you expect.
All this serves to produce the correct frame of mind to ultimately accept the gifts that the
universe has waiting for you in abundance. This is where some people may struggle, because
this asks that you make a leap of faith and believe that there really is an abundance out
there. The only way to get round this is to realize that the alternative view is that there
isnâ€™t an abundance, and that you will have to live your life in scarcity. The choice about
what to believe should then be clear.
Think of it this way: Itâ€™s your birthday. Itâ€™s not written in stone that you are entitled
to gifts, so whatever you receive is a bonus and you should be grateful. However, you are
more likely to receive better gifts the nicer you are, and nice people tend to have positive
attitudes. A negative attitude means you are not so much fun to be around, thus fewer people
will show up at your party and they will likely hand you their unwanted gifts from the previous
Christmas, or come empty-handed and just drain your booze cabinet. Which would you prefer?
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