When faced with a challenge, an unexpected circumstance, or even a new opportunity, do you consider yourself a “glass half-full” or a “glass half-empty” kind of person? If you’re like me, you probably have experience with both outlooks, sometimes seeing life as half-full and other times feeling a little half-empty. That half-empty feeling can be hard to shake, but with a little work you can nurture that glass half-full kind of outlook, no matter what life, love, or business throws at you.
What being a “glass half-full” or a “glass half-empty” person really comes down to is mindset—and whether or not you approach the world with a poverty mindset or a prosperity mindset. You might have heard these terms before, but if not, let’s take a moment to break them down.
A poverty mindset can start out as a “lack mindset” or “scarcity mindset” — the fear that there isn’t enough; there aren’t enough resources to go around; things like success, money, and happiness are finite; and that somebody else’s gain is your loss. When you get too bogged down by lack mindset, or when you refuse to work on altering that mindset, the result is a poverty mindset—fueled by a “poor me” attitude and debilitated by the fear that there isn’t enough for you and there never will be. In fact, a poverty mindset can become so deeply rooted that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.
A prosperity mindset, on the other hand, is all about creating and nourishing abundance. If you approach the world with a prosperity mindset, you realize there are enough resources to go around, the success of others doesn’t lead to your failure, that abundance will come your way, and you’ll be deserving of it (and able to manage it) when it comes.
The key is to transform a lack mindset, or a poverty mindset, into a prosperity mindset. But how do we do that?
The first step is to clearly identify whether you’re working from a poverty mindset or a prosperity mindset.
Here are some ways to recognize when you might be feeding a poverty mindset:
Consider these tips for breaking free from a poverty mindset:
Complete the following sentences:
i.Money is ________________________________________
ii.Money means ____________________________________
iii.In my life, money represents ________________________
So now, consider your mindset around money. How do you respond to words like wealth, poverty, abundance, and prosperity? Do you have any mindset blocks? Do you recognize any of the typical characteristics of poverty mindset in yourself? If so, are you doing anything to shift your energy to a healthier mindset? Have you invested enough time in a gratitude practice, mediation, or other mindfulness exercise to help you tune into your energy and avoid making fear-based decisions?
We all struggle at one point or another with lack, scarcity, and poverty mindset. Sometimes it’s easy to believe that there is finite amount of everything, that things will run out, or there is just not enough to go around. But when we shift our energy from a poverty mindset to one of prosperity, believing that the universe is abundant and there is always enough, that's when we start manifesting the wealth and success we desire.
To learn more about poverty vs. prosperity mindsets and how to develop a mindset that works for you, check out the Facebook Live video that accompanies this blog post, visit my Alpha Female Sisterhood Facebook page, or sign up to receive updates about my 21 Day Mindset Makeover "Money Edition" program , where we discuss all of this and more! "This program, being the "Money Edition" - focused all around shifting the energy and mindset around our conscious and subconscious money beliefs so we can create the abundance and wealth we desire." More info at 21daymindset.com
Meet Seo Kelleher, an intuitive coach for life and business, committed to empowering women. "I am passionate about helping women find the courage to transform their lives by embracing their vulnerability and taking the responsibility."