Do you lead from an abundance mindset or from a crabby one?
I’m learning to lead from an abundance mindset. And, I think you should join me on this journey. The abundance mindset views success as infinite and believes there is more than enough success to go around to everyone. This with an abundance mindset are happy to help others succeed.
An excellent example of this are Sherpa guides.
The Sherpa are a Tibetian people group native to Nepal. They are most famous for helping climbers reach the top of Mt. Everest. The Sherpa guide is a fellow traveler who helps climbers on a journey he’s gone on before.
To be honest, I don’t like the title of this post. The phrase “abundance mindset” rubs me the wrong way. I’ve read far too many pop-psychology articles that over promise and under deliver. The good news is that this post does not suggest that the universe is one’s genie. Nor does it propose that if we think enough happy thoughts, life will go our way. Nevertheless, it really is about the power of an abundance mindset. Let me start with a story that explains what the abundance mindset is all about.
How an Abundance Mindset Changed My Life
This story is about a group of friends who had an abundant mindset. Eventually, their unique way of viewing the world rubbed off on me too.
My connection to Adam Smith began while I was researching my own book and blog. I stumbled across Adam’s leadership site and was impressed with his writing style. Adam’s compassion for people and a genuine desire to support others immediately stood out. At the end of one of his posts, Adam asked, “How can I help you succeed?”
This is an excellent example of an abundance mindset. Those with an abundance mindset don’t view success as a limited commodity. Instead, they believe that there is more than enough to go around.
When I read Adam’s offer, many thoughts went through my head. I wondered:
- Is he serious?
- Will Adam actually respond?
- Or is he only acting like he wants to connect to expand his own platform?
Curiosity got the best of me. I e-mailed Adam later that day. I asked him if he would consider endorsing my book if it contained a message that he believed in.
The Path of an Abundance Mindset
Adam’s offer to help led to my e-mail. I’m excited to report that Adam quickly responded. He was kind enough to endorse my book. In fact, you can find it at the front of Coffee Shop Conversations. A short time later, Adam offered me weekly guest-post in his daily blog. Adam and his team have added a ton of value to my life over the past year. Hopefully, I’ve added value to their lives as well. Interestingly, all of these positive interactions came about because Adam isn’t afraid to help others succeed.
The Crabby Mindset
Now, let’s contrast this with the crabby mindset. While the abundance mindset views the world as having enough for everyone, the crabby mindset sees the world as a place with minimal resources. [Tweet “The crabby mindset says, “When other’s success, it makes my own success less likely.” #DontBeACrab “]
It’s the old, crab in a bucket, mentality. From what I’ve heard, a bucket full of crabs will try to prevent each other from climbing out. As one crab moves toward the top, the crabs on the bottom pull him back down. Apparently, crabs believe that there is only enough space outside of the bucket for one of them. Sadly, sometimes people act this way too. Insecure leaders pull others down. They fear that if others succeed, they will be overshadowed. This is the crabby mindset at it’s worst.
The Power of an Abundance Mindset
In the book, How Full Is Your Bucket? There is a great line by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson. She suggests that investing in others’ lives creates “chains of interpersonal events” with far-reaching results. The book proposes that “Every time you fill a bucket (or positively invest in the life of another human being), you’re setting something into motion.”
I’ve witnessed this first hand. Adam took the time to pour into my life, which has led to many long-standing and far-reaching connections.
The Abundance Mindset and Scripture
Psalm 50:10 talks about God owning the cattle on a thousand hills. Genesis 1 describes how God spoke the world into existence. Our loving God has unlimited resources. [Tweet “The fear that the success of others will lead to our failure, is simply irrational.”]
Those with an abundance mindset are willing to put Matthew 5:44 into action. In this passage, Jesus exhorts his followers with the words, “Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” The abundance mindset is an attitude of selflessness. It’s demonstrated by an extreme willingness to serve others. Even one’s enemies!
The Abundance Mindset and Success
The abundance mindset doesn’t guarantee success. [Tweet “The abundance mindset create this chain of interpersonal events that makes success more likely.”]
The abundance mindset doesn’t guarantee that every person we help will reciprocate the favor. Although some reciprocation is the natural result of holding this world view.
Finally, the abundance mindset doesn’t demand that we become a doormat for others. Helping every person, we come across would be impossible in the exact way that they would like. It does mean that we don’t hold back from helping others out of fear.
Lately, I’ve come across several articles suggesting that the way to success–personally and financially–is through relationships. And the best relationships are formed when there is an attitude of giving, selflessness, and encouragement.
So what about you. Do you have an abundance mindset or a crabby mindset? And how will you support others this week? Finally, following my friend Adam’s footsteps, how can I be of encouragement to you? You can let me know in the comments below, or drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you soon!