A conversation with a colleague got me thinking. We were talking the usual work stuff. I was questioning the costs he was quoting me regarding some stuff we were working on. This is when he started to get philosophical – as he tends to drift off to – and he mentioned how many business cost models are based on scarcity. This got me thinking about our lives and how we often think about things. It is helping me make a mental shift in how I look at a lot of things.
We so often act and behave as though we’re living in a world of scarcity. We’re not.
At a basic level, is there enough water, air, food, land, fuel … for everyone on the planet? We hear about running out of things. We’re in for a future of scarcity we’re told. This pervades our thinking. People are fighting over these things.
On a personal level scarcity is based on limiting beliefs. Limitations. Self-imposed by our very own minds. We limit what we do because we limit what we believe we can do, and what we believe is possible for us. There are no limits. You may think I’m nuts, but I’ve seen enough evidence, and heard enough stories, of so many people (seemingly ordinary, and even disadvantaged people) achieving so much. Overcoming limitations, and scarce opportunities, to achieve great things.
It is more than just glass half full or empty thinking I’m talking about here – it runs very deep into our subconscious.
There is an abundance of what we need in the universe. The only constraint that exists is how we see things, and how we perceive what we see. All our experiences, ‘education’, upbringing and environments condition us.
I’m not sure when in our life cycle the concept of scarcity plays havoc with us and diminishes our thinking.
At a business level the perception of scarcity is used to drive higher costs and influence customer behaviour.
Marketers use it – “Buy now – only two left!” “Wow only two whizz bang new fang-dangled soon to be obsolete and forgotten gizmos. Quick we must get in now!” “Our dream home – we must have it. There is only one of these.” You know the story. I’ve been there. I remember missing out on buying a dream house. It was awful. I could see myself in there. Exactly what I wanted. The timing was perfect. We needed to move and we’d looked around at a fair number of houses. Then this house came along. There was only one of them. Scarce! Must have it! Well the devastation of not getting it was terrible. Then, not long after, another place came along. It was different. Better suited to our changing requirements. It was great. Perhaps good houses are not that scarce.
I think it is all a part of fear-based thinking which creeps into our minds as we are ‘educated’ and grow up. When we’re young there are few limits on our thinking – certainly no scarcity-based thinking. Some of the ideas my children came out with when they were young were fantastic. I even remember the unbounding ideas I had, as a kid.
But now, “There are only so many opportunities out there – and they’ve got them all already.” “I’ll never get any job, friend, love … [fill in the blanks]”. As though there is a finite limit. This is not so.
When I say there is an abundance – I mean there is no restriction. You don’t have a limit to how many smiles you can give, love you can share, effort you can exert, patience, perseverance, tolerance or forbearance. By using or giving some, doesn’t diminish what you have left. If I love you, it doesn’t mean my quota on love for others is diminished. Actually, what I’ve found is that the more I share love, the more I grow and the more love there is. The reverse is true. An abundance.
Ah – but what about that old chestnut – money. You say you don’t have an abundance. This doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundance. Because there is. You can have it if you act with the right intentions, and truly believe in abundance over scarcity. There is an abundance of money in the world.
When you feel alone, please reach out. There is an abundance of friendship and companionship.
When you feel down, sad, terrified, or in pain. There is an abundance of compassion. An abundance of joy.
When you feel lost. There are people who can help you navigate.
You have access to an abundance of what you need to be your best you. Much of that is within you. Sometimes it just takes some support to see it.
Open your mind up to abundance. Ask for what you need and the universe will provide.
What do you think?
Let me know,