#064: Two Kinds of Thinkers: Which One Are You? [Podcast]

Over the years, I have noticed that there are two kinds of thinking: Abundance Thinking and Scarcity Thinking. One leads to success, joy and fulfillment, while the other leads to failure, fear and discontent.

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If you look behind the outcomes—in any area of life—you will see specific actions that caused them. But if you look beyond the actions, you will see the thoughts that gave birth to them.

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So, which type of thinker are you? Maybe it’s time to do some honest self-evaluation. Better yet, ask those closest to you.

First, consider the eight characteristics of abundance thinkers.

  1. They believe there is always more where that came from.
  2. They are happy to share their knowledge, contacts, and compassion with others.
  3. They default to trust and build rapport easily.
  4. They welcome competition, believing it makes the pie bigger and them better.
  5. They ask themselves, How can I give more than is expected?
  6. They are optimistic about the future, believing the best is yet to come.
  7. They think big, embracing risk.
  8. They are thankful and confident.

Now, consider the eight characteristics of scarcity thinkers.

  1. They believe there will never be enough.
  2. They are stingy with their knowledge, contacts, and compassion.
  3. They default to suspicion and find it difficult to build rapport.
  4. They resent competition, believing it makes the pie smaller and them weaker.
  5. They ask themselves, How can I get by with less than is expected?
  6. They are pessimistic about the future, believing that tough times are ahead.
  7. They think small, avoiding risk.
  8. They are entitled and fearful.

So if being an abundance thinker is that important, how can you develop this ability.

  • Cultivate awareness
  • Practice gratitude
  • Be generous

If you change your thinking, you will change your actions. And if you change your actions, you will change your outcomes. And if you change your outcomes, you will change your life. It is that simple.

Listener Questions

  1. Brandon Vaughn asked, “How do we teach our children to become more abundant thinkers?”
  2. Jill Savage asked, “In pursuing abundance thinking, is it possible to go to an unhealthy extreme that is not healthy for ourselves or others?”

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Tip of the Week

Now let me leave you with one final tip. I want to talk to you about the Gratitude Rock.

Several years ago, at the encouragement of a friend, I started carrying a gratitude rock in my pocket. It’s really just a small, smooth stone that I picked up from the fish pond behind our house. I carry it with me wherever I go.

The idea is simple. Whenever my hand contacts the stone–usually several times a day–I give thanks for whatever is happening at that moment, whether good or bad.

It is amazing how this simple act changes my perspective and, ultimately, my attitude. Instead of seeing the glass half-empty, I see it half-full. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I focus on what I do have–right now.

It’s amazing how this can train your mind over time. It’s the perfect antidote to fear, discouragement, worry, anger—almost every negative emotion.

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