Making the decision (and yes, it’s a decision) that there are not enough resources or that using them in a certain way is irresponsible is a perception. It is not a reality. There are as many opinions of what constitutes wise uses of resources (money, for example) as there are resources to be used. Any and all perceptions are biased.

Lack is Perception Not A Reality

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Where do you stand on the glass half-full or half-empty debate? This question is as old as the hills and designed to determine if you’re a pessimist or an optimist. In either case though, the glass has liquid in half of it and either answer is correct. Whether the liquid is on its way to the top or the bottom of the glass is a perception, not necessarily a reality.

Lack is Perception Not A Reality.

Making the decision (and yes, it’s a decision) that there are not enough resources or that using them in a certain way is irresponsible is a perception. It is not a reality. There are as many opinions of what constitutes wise uses of resources (money, for example) as there are resources to be used. Any and all perceptions are biased.

There are stories that perpetuate a lack mindset.

These stories could make it seem like there’s not enough and that being frugal is not only responsible but preferred. But these stores can be busted wide open by a simple shift in perspective. Let’s take a look—

Story #1 – There’s not enough

Sure, if you’re eating pie (who doesn’t love pie?) and it’s down to the last slice, there may not be enough pie in the moment. This doesn’t mean you’ll (gasp) never have more. It’s the same case with most resources. Believing there isn’t enough causes panic and a sense of preservation kicks in. This limits the flow of abundance. There isn’t only enough, there’s more than enough.

Story #2 – You must work hard to earn

Trading time for dollars can make it seem like you’ve got to work hard to earn. If your trade isn’t reasonable and you aren’t earning enough for an hour of your time, it can really feel like hard work. Instead of limiting yourself to an hourly rate, seek to increase the amount you earn. Or find ways to earn passively that don’t require you to trade time for money. It’s completely possible to earn with ease and never break a sweat.

Story #3 – Wanting more is greedy

It’s important to be content with what you have. And to take care of the possessions and people under your care. But desiring more isn’t greedy, it’s normal. The thought that desire is equal to greed prevents people from experiencing new and better things.

Telling ourselves that desiring more is a bad thing is a perception that can and should be broken. It’s a myth that wanting more is greedy, it’s actually a sign of growth!

Seeing lack where there could be abundance is a mindset problem.

Shifting your mindset from frugal to one of abundance helps us feel less stressed. It also helps us feel encouraged about change and wanting new and exciting things. Identify the stories that are keeping you in a lack mindset and bust them wide open so you can replace them with a mindset focused on more.

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