There’s Enough To Go Around
I want to talk to you about something that’s been on my mind a lot lately, something I think we’ve all grappled with in one way or another: the scarcity mindset. It’s this sneaky, pervasive belief that there’s never enough, be it jobs, love, success, you name it. It’s like we’re always in competition, constantly comparing ourselves to others.
I’ve noticed how this scarcity mindset creates an undercurrent of insecurity and jealousy. It’s like we’re set against each other, especially as women, in a world that often feels like it’s saying there’s only so much room at the top. You’ve seen it, right? That subtle (or not so subtle) tug-of-war, whether it’s about appearances, careers, or relationships.
But here’s the thing: this mindset does us no good. It holds us back, pits us against each other, and fuels negativity. I remember reading about how entire industries thrive on this, you know, the kind that loves to see women tear each other down. It’s a sad reality, but it’s there.
I’ve been there, too, caught in the grip of scarcity, feeling like I had to compete for everything. But I’ve learned something crucial: it doesn’t have to be this way. Shifting our mindset from scarcity to abundance can change everything. It’s about believing there’s enough for everyone and that someone else’s success doesn’t diminish our own.
This shift isn’t just about feeling good. It’s about creating a more equitable, empathetic world. When we operate from a place of abundance, we foster community, collaboration, and collective growth. It’s about seeing the potential in each other and ourselves, about lifting each other instead of tearing down.
And this isn’t just wishful thinking. There’s real power in changing our mindset. Have you ever noticed how much more you achieve when you’re positive and open-minded? It’s that kind of energy that propels us forward.
So, how do we make this shift? It starts with self-compassion and extends to how we treat others. It’s about celebrating others’ successes, sharing our knowledge and resources, and creating spaces where everyone can thrive. It’s about replacing jealousy with joy and competition with cooperation.
Social media, for all its flaws, can be a tool for good here. It’s a platform where we can build communities, share stories, and spread positivity. We can use it to uplift each other, to learn from diverse perspectives, and to foster connections that transcend boundaries.
And remember, it’s not just about thinking positively. It’s about taking action, about being proactive in supporting each other. It’s about understanding that our collective well-being hinges on the well-being of each one of us.
So, next time you find yourself slipping into that scarcity mindset, take a step back. Remind yourself that there’s room for all of us to succeed. That your worth isn’t determined by someone else’s achievements. Let’s challenge the status quo together and create a world where abundance is the norm, not the exception.
Let’s be the change we wish to see, one mindset shift at a time.
Ntianu Obiora is a versatile creative professional with over a decade of experience in publishing, marketing, communications, and digital strategy. She is the Online Editor at THEWILL DOWNTOWN