This is a spin-off from Seth Godin’s blog Living in surplus. He compares living in deficit to living in surplus. Another term for deficit is scarcity; and another term for surplus is abundance. I think in terms of scarcity and abundance.
Lots of us live in scarcity. Hording what you have in case you run out and can’t get more. Jamming too much into the day so that you’re running from one thing to the next. Focusing on being better than your neighbor for a position that seems rare to you.
Whether you really can’t get more of something if you run out, or believe that everything must be done today, or that that position you covet is as rare as you think, the attitude of scarcity keeps you in stress.
What if you tried to believe the opposite – that there is plenty of whatever you need; that only a few things really need doing immediately, and that whatever position you desire is there – in a form made just for you – whenever you’re ready to grab it.
More or less real than scarcity? If more real, then the stress you’re putting yourself through every day is wasted. If as real, then switching to an attitude of abundance won’t change things either way, but will make you less stressed – so that you can handle the day better. And for that reason, if less real, choosing the attitude of abundance just might even the odds.
Worth trying? I think so!
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