Interest rates going up, inflation is on the rise and empty shelves where baby formula used to sit. Wars raging in Ukraine and other parts of the world. A resurgence of COVID, although mostly mild symptoms, is still making its rounds, with some becoming severely ill. Gasoline prices are out of control. Employees are hard to find. Midterm elections, a leaked opinion about a possible overturning of Roe v. Wade, and battles over school curriculums all make this the perfect time to choose fear and scarcity over hope and abundance.
Or does it?
You see, it’s not only asking if the glass is half full or half empty, but also asking if the ocean is half-full or half empty. Any of these events mentioned above is enough to push us over the edge. Imagine trying to understand and cope with all of them at the same time, while also dealing with all of life’s other challenges and difficult seasons of life, sickness, divorce, losing a loved one, loss of a job, and other things that happen to us that are mostly out of our control. If ever we were going to buy into fear and scarcity, the time is now.
Or is it?
I was told a long time ago that hope and fear are the same thing, either word is a belief that something will happen in the future. Some will choose to pick fear, stressing and worrying about that bad thing that is coming next. Others will choose hope, believing that whatever is headed our way will be a good thing, maybe even a great thing. Those who choose fear will think with a scarcity mindset, but those of us with hope will still see the opportunity for abundance. And when I speak of abundance I am not speaking of money, profits or things. No, I am speaking of an abundance of faith, hope and love. I am speaking about an abundance of people being kind, good, gentle and compassionate.
When we live with the fear and scarcity mindset it is easy to let go of the goodness and kindness, and the other traits mentioned above that we can still find in abundance if we look for them. And when we live in fear and scarcity, it starts us down a slope that leads to selfishness, resentment, anger, isolation, envy and dread…
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Written by Michael “Go-To” Norton, XINNIX President, former CEO and Founder at Tramazing, former President of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, and former Executive Vice President of Sandler Corporate Training, Michael Norton has helped companies accelerate their growth by elevating their talent through learning and development programs.
Michael has had the pleasure of working with world-class companies such as Siemens Healthcare, WebMD, 7-Up, Cardinal Health, Cemex, Boral, HPE, Indeed, Lonza, KONE, Evonik, Quest Software, Dell, Anixter, and many more. for 30+ years he has developed, written, delivered, reinforced, and sold sales and sales management training programs that deliver real ROI while fitting into a company’s culture, processes, daily sales workflow, and budget.