Abundance is a concept often debated in spiritual and entrepreneurial circles. Entrepreneurs commonly use the catch-phrase “thinking BIG,” but they really mean the same thing.
Abundance is tough to define because it’s one of those unique ideas that must be experienced to really be understood … it can’t just be explained.
Yet the most encouraging part of adopting an abundance mindset is how it can connect you to people with totally different set of beliefs and values. It instantly sustains inclusivity even with people who are dramatically different.
POP QUIZ: What do Mother Theresa and Donald Trump have most in common?
The answer is their abundance mind-set.
Donald Trump says, “If you’re going to think anyway, you might as well think big.”
Mother Theresa said: “The more we discover the magnitude and abundance of God’s gifts, the more we will find ourselves.”
Again, the abundance mindset creates connections.
Bucky Fuller had this to say about the abundance mindset:
“The condition of planet earth is abundance. Our belief in either scarcity or abundance determines how our financial, legal, political and military systems are set up or exist at all.
Scarcity and abundance are foundational and contextual ideas. They each give rise to a distinct system of thought and a number of rules, characteristics and measures which only make sense within their own system.”
Above all, the abundance-mindset is a choice. In other words, you choose to look through the lens of scarcity, or through the lens of abundance. There is no in-between.
Because there are are so many differing opinions about abundance, my colleagues and I have decided to conduct this worldwide survey get more opinions – your opinion – on this highly debated topic.
My JV partners, Alex Mandossian and Scott Martineau are hosting the Virtual Abundance Expo next week, so I figured this a great opportunity to host a survey and attract the best single sentence that clearly defines abundance.
What to do now: Please use the comment box to write your definition of abundance. So what do you say … are you game?
If you are game, then take a peek at these 9 abundance quotes to get your heart and mind moving…
“The only factor becoming scarce in a world of abundance is human attention”
~ Kevin Kelly in Wired
“Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves.”
~ Jane Austen (1775 – 1817)
“Abundance is, in large part, an attitude” ~ Sue Patton Thoele
“Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise”
~ Heraclitus (540 BC – 480 BC)
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945)
“Unfortunately, the balance of nature decrees that a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares”
~ Peter Ustinov (1921 – 2004)
“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into”
~ Wayne Dyer
“Expect your every need to be met. Expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level”
~ Eileen Caddy
“Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance”
Now it’s your turn … type in what you feel abundance means to you. Go ahead … the simple act of thinking about it will instantly improve your day.