What does it really mean to have a winning mindset? It is much more than we realize. The Bible speaks clearly of renewing the mind.
Romans 12:2 “Do no conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Think for a moment about these words: do not conform, be transformed, renew. They paint a great picture of being different by thinking different which brings transformative difference.
To that end, here are some quick tips to truly have the winning and transformative mindset:
1. Thinking Big vs Thinking Small Those with an abundant mindset are renowned for thinking big; it is part of their DNA. Scarcity mindset creates limitations in the mind which prevents the creation of audacious goals.
2. Plenty vs Lack
Those with an abundant mentality believe there is plenty of everything in the world from resources, love, relationships, wealth and opportunities. They believe they can afford what they want in life and say exactly that: ‘I can afford…’
Those with a lack mentality prefer to believe that there is limited opportunities, resources, relationships, love and wealth. They consistently say: ‘I cannot afford…’. Saying that statement every day reinforces the belief and forms that exact pattern in the life as reality.
3. Happiness vs Resentment
Someone with an abundant mentality is an optimist and is genuinely happy for others when they achieve success. Conversely, those with a scarcity mindset are competitive and resent other’s success. 4. Embracing Change vs Fear of Change
4. Embracing Change vs Fear of Change
A person with an abundant mindset understands that change is an integral part of life. They embrace and accept change. They appreciate the fact that change often leads to more positive outcomes, even if change is somewhat challenging or difficult to navigate.
Fear plagues those with a scarcity mindset. They will spend time constantly complaining about change and take a longer period of time to accept change.
5. Proactive vs Reactive
Due to the positive attitude of those with an abundant mindset, they take a pro-active approach to life. Rather than waiting for things to happen and then reacting like those with a scarcity mindset do, they strategically plan for the future and create strategies for the long-term.
6. Learning vs Knowing It All
An abundance mentality craves learning and growth. They have a never-ending thirst for knowledge and developing new skills, whereas scarcity mindset believe they know everything, thereby severely limiting their learning and growth.
7. What Is Working vs What Is Not Working
A person with a scarcity mindset selects negative thoughts and adopts a victim mentality.
The strong emotions they experience daily creates stress in the body with the range of emotions shifting from anxiety, fear, worry, anger and resentment.
Their negative emotions, thoughts and beliefs create illnesses in the body leading to general poor health. Their daily focus is on ‘What is not working’.
Those with an abundance mindset are often visionaries and see the limitless possibilities in the world. Their focus in daily life is on ‘What is working’.
The path you have traveled thus far is not set in stone; such is the beauty of life you can change. Deciding to change paths is the first step. Life is short; live large; believe in the endless possibilities life has to offer and choose to live an abundant life creating memorable moments you can cherish forever.
By Doctors Mark and Michele Sherwood
Mark is a doctor in nutrition and Michele is a medical doctor. They are authors of a number of best-selling health and wellness books and lead “The Functional Medical Institute, a wellness-based medical practice in Tulsa, OK.