These 5 common abundance blocks are standing between you and your first million. Let’s take them down — TOGETHER.
My guess is you’re not living like a Scrooge because you want to be.
In fact, you may feel like you have to be a penny-pincher who’s protective over every expenditure just to get by from one pay period to the next.
When our abundance is blocked it’s usually because we don’t know any better — not because we’re trying to be miserly or cold.
If you’re not sure whether your ability to receive abundance is flowing or blocked, there’s an easy test you can do right now.
The Abundance Test
Most of us have abundance-blocking mindsets and habits that are currently keeping us from reaching our richest potential.
If you want to check to see if you have any abundance blocks, there’s a simple test you can take to see whether you have any work to do in this area. Simply ask yourself the question:
Am I where I want to be in every area of my life?
My guess is, like most people, your answer is no. In some area of your life, you wish you more or better. You feel like you’re not where you’re supposed to be. Or you’re unhappy with your progress.
So what can you do? Keep trying the same things and work even harder?
What if, instead, you decided to reflect on the various thoughts, beliefs and actions that make your inner world seem less unfriendly to abundance and prosperity?
If you’re up for the journey, that’s exactly what we’re doing today. Let’s get our foundation in order first.
What’s Abundance Mindset?
First and foremost, abundance is not about the money. Thinking about abundance only in terms of how much money it can bring you is exactly where most people go wrong. Why? They’re missing the whole point.
True abundance affects so much more than your money that a money-only mindset will take you out of the flow of abundance. Because you can’t be in the flow of abundance and think like a Scrooge at the same time. It’s one or the other, my friend.
So let’s replace that old definition of abundance with the new, true one. Abundance is an energy that you can live in flow with to receive the largest amount of what you desire, from wealth to love to joy. So if your life is lacking in any area you desire, developing an abundant mindset can help you create more of what you want. That’s why it’s such an important state to cultivate — no matter what you’re looking for.
However, abundance is more than just a mindset. In order to harness its full power, you must take it past simple thought. In action, abundance is a cause and effect relationship that starts with a single thought and ends in riches — richness of your spirit, health, relationships, finances and civic awareness. It’s the alignment of your thoughts, actions, and ways of being and presenting in the world that creates a positive flow between giving and receiving. And when you reach that flow, abundance can make you truly happy and free.
What’s Scarcity Mindset?
You know when things are going well in life, and yet, you’re still living each day waiting for the other shoe to drop?
That’s scarcity mindset.
What about when you’re barely scraping by, and all you can think about is the next bill. Everything else fades away as you focus on the disaster that’s coming for you.
That’s scarcity mindset.
Have you ever been rolling in the riches, enjoying more success than you’ve ever seen in your life, and thought: “It still isn’t enough.”
That’s scarcity mindset.
Whenever you find yourself expecting the worst, fearing what’s next, or being tempted to cut corners, you’re acting from a place of scarcity. It’s the belief that there’s not enough for all of us, and therefore, you have can never have enough.
And like abundance, scarcity mindset can be applied to any area of life. You can believe there’s not enough love, money, health or joy in this world to keep you safe and happy. And no matter where it hits you, it’s always more tempting than anything else.
At the end of the day, however, scarcity mindset is just a set of thoughts that turn into actions and behaviors, and they all keep you in place — because scarcity is the killer of growth.
So let’s dive into the five most common patterns of scarcity mindset that prevent abundance from flowing our way.
Common Abundance Mindset Blocks
In order to truly remove your abundance blocks, it’s important to fully understand the foundation of an abundance mindset. (Check out this Abundance 101 blog.) That’s the first step.
Next, you want to pay close attention to your thoughts and patterns, especially when it comes to the area where you’re most lacking an abundant mindset.
For example, a while back, I noticed I was looking at my accounts with panic and fear. But I discovered, if I looked at them as a fun challenge, the overwhelm and panic would melt into trust and faith. Why? Inevitably, it would always work out, some way or another. I might have to alter my course or make a few changes, but the money always came through.
When I learned how to draw the good out of an apparent negative in any situation, I finally tapped into a prosperous mind. When you can do that, you’ll truly be free of blocks and bad programming.
But until then, take a look at these common negative thought patterns when it comes to abundance.
1. Not Walking the Walk
Abundance starts as a thought and grows into action and, eventually, lasting behavior. So you can’t fake it. It’s a deep internal process that starts on the inside.
That means you have to walk the walk when it comes to true prosperity. You must live by example in order to create the positive ripples that come back to you as richness and success.
For example, if you spend 5 minutes repeating positive affirmations in the morning, and then go out an act in defiance of those morals, it’s a false effort. You can’t affirm these beliefs then not be them when you walk out into the world.
You see, the universe will drop little hints and tests to see if you’re really serious. The man on the corner who’s holding a sign and asking for food isn’t there by chance. If you just committed to contributing to the world around you, then this is your chance to prove it. Don’t drive by in judgement. Don’t do the bare minimum. Don’t act like you didn’t see his suffering.
You can’t think prosperously, then see people who are truly in need and do nothing to help.
Instead, care enough about their soul to take action. It’s your duty to uphold an abundant way of being in this world, if you expect to reap the rewards.
2. Money Clutching
Money clutching is a state of thinking, being and behavior that drives you to hold onto and hoard your money like you will never earn another dollar. And trust me, we all fall into this habit from time to time. So it’s important to understand why it’s damaging to your ability live abundantly.
Money is an energy. Just like every thing and person in this world is made up of energy, so is money. And from my experience, money is not a stagnant energy. In fact, it loves creativity and motion. It yearns to flow from one purpose to the next, sharing the wealth to let everyone know there’s enough to go around. However, most people don’t see this and, instead, fall back on greed, or money clutching.
In a desperate attempt to have enough, we try to hold onto money — when all it wants is to be set free. This can show up in our lives in different ways. Maybe you’re not investing in yourself or others. Maybe you don’t spend even when you can afford to, for fear of eventual catastrophe. Often times, it’s just a constant desire for more, an inability to be fulfilled with what we already have.
But here’s the thing: The more you put money in flow, the more it flows back to you. So let it go!
3. Money Obsession
Another common scarcity pattern is falling into a place where you need obsessive control over your money.
This was a hard one for me. I once had millions of dollars stolen from me, by my own people, during my time of need. I had just lost my son, and I was in no place to think about the money. It was all I could do to get out of bed each day, and some days I didn’t even do that. So I trusted a couple people with my money, and I got burned.
After this, I became very fearful of losing it all again. I began money clutching. I stopped trusting others and was afraid to invest in people. I thought that by obsessing over my money, I would be able to protect it this time. But that was no solution either.
Whether I had it or not, money had become an isolating experience for me. It was about control and restraint, instead of flow and creativity. No matter your experiences, however, it’s easy to feel like a slave to your money. The trick is to stay engaged with it enough to not be caught off guard — yet relaxed enough to let it flow with faith and trust.
4. Money Desertion
It’s just as easy to desert your money as it is to obsess over it.
As I mentioned, when I was grieving, I was in no place to be worrying about money. Yet, at the same time, it was still my responsibility.
Yes, I could ask for help and guidance during such a difficult time, but giving away complete access and control of my money turned out to be a loss and a mistake.
For you, it may not be such an extreme example. Maybe you’re married and your partner takes care of the money. Or maybe you have such a trusted advisor that you don’t feel the need to get involved. The thing is, if you’re not involved with it, you’re not in control, and that can eventually yield disastrous results.
Today, I don’t distance myself from my money or put other people between my money and I. Just like I am responsible to my family or my job, I consider myself responsible to my money because it’s how I support myself and my loved ones — so it deserves at least that.
5. Falling Off The Wagon
Maybe you fall somewhere between money obsession and money desertion. You’re up to date on your finances, but you’re not in the habit of engaging with it regularly either. You’ve found a middle ground, which is great.
But there’s a lack of fluidity, and you feel like you fall off the wagon too often, which really disrupts your cash flow, as well as your abundance flow. How do you fix that pattern?
Whenever I get off track, instead of rushing to the conclusion that I’m terrible with money or instantly panicking, I try to return to the root of my abundance. I ask myself: What’s my attitude like right now? Am I showing up with kindness and generosity? Or am I beginning to fall into old habits and destructive thought patterns?
Usually this is a sign that it’s time to reinvest in my relationship with abundance. This is usually a good time to read a great book on the subject, or get inspired with a coach, podcast or leader.
What we give is how we receive. And choosing your thoughts really does align your desires with your outcomes. So choose generosity, and it will choose you back.
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