I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
To be successful in practice, you must first master your mindset. Most people live with a scarcity mindset. In certain parts of the world, the population has a good reason to feel this way; there’s a shortage of food, clean water, and housing in much of the world.
Much of our scarcity thinking, however, is driven by advertisers and the media in general. We are encouraged to consume and achieve more. Even when we have enough, we’re told that we need a better car, better clothes, or a higher income to be successful and impress the neighbors. It’s no wonder we feel like there isn’t enough for everyone.
The problem with operating from a scarcity mindset is that you’re more likely to have an unhealthy work-life balance, and you’re more prone to over-consume. That’s because those with a scarcity mindset have a very short-term perspective. If you regularly find yourself concerned with entertaining yourself as much as possible each moment, you might have a scarcity mindset. The utilization of resources right now prevents them from being taken away later. Over-eating and over-spending can be symptoms of a scarcity mindset as well: Better eat it or spend it now before it’s gone. That’s a poor way to view the world.
When your mindset is one of abundance, on the other hand, you prioritize rest and play, just as much as you do work; you set goals with your purpose and passion in mind (not just more money); you make less impulsive decisions, and you experience more joy and satisfaction versus fear and frustration.
Move your mindset from one of scarcity to one of abundance with the following strategies:
1. Focus on what you already have.
You might already have enough to have a grateful and positive mindset. When you see that you have enough, you won’t be worried about losing it; you will have plenty.
2. Avoid people who complain a lot.
Complainers have a scarcity mindset. You are more susceptible to the mindset of others than you think. Find positive people to include in your social circle. There are so many people on this planet. Why spend time with those who make your life harder?
3. Focus on what you can have in the future.
Instead of worrying about what you might lose, spend some time thinking about what you can gain in the future. I look to the future rather than fear it. Visualize an exciting future. Develop positive feelings about what’s to come. Isn’t that the foundation of an abundant mindset?
4. Avoid wasting time.
By taking part in frivolous activities, you waste your most valuable resource: your time. Value your time, and you’ll have more of it.
5. Keep a journal.
And keep it positive. List the things in your life that make you feel grateful. Be sure to mention all the people in your life too. You probably have a home, a job, a car, family, friends, and so on. That’s an excellent start to a wonderful life.
6. Get organized.
Getting organized can significantly hasten your mind from a scarcity mindset to one of abundance. Organize your closet, garage, or attic. You’ll be surprised by how many things you own. Getting organized will also free up more time. When you realize that you have more items and time than you thought, you’ll think more abundantly.
7. Be generous.
Convince yourself that there is enough for everyone. Be more open to sharing. The more you’re willing to share, the more others are willing to share with you. That includes sharing your time. One of the primary keys to abundance is believing there’s enough for everyone.
When you have a scarcity mindset, you become defensive and protective. You also create the false belief that everything will be a greater challenge than it is. When you imagine that something is difficult, you’re more likely to procrastinate or discourage yourself altogether. An abundant mindset won’t magically place a Mercedes in your garage or add a few zeros to your bank account. However, a mindset based on abundance will allow you to enthusiastically take the necessary steps to make these types of changes in your life.
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I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Follow me on social media @DrHassanRehab.