Do you ever feel like the world is against you or you haven’t got enough? It is very easy to get into these negative thought patterns especially when you are putting 100% effort into your studies and it doesn’t seem like anything is happening. Sometimes you even feel like your going backwards! I sure as hell had plenty of moments like this at university where I just thought “where is my reward…this is just slow and painful torture…f£%k this.
Obviously I put my dummy back in and made it to the end, however this was partly facilitated by creating an abundance mindset. Rather than the pretty limiting mindset you see in the above paragraph!
As noted within your Semester Student Planner, abundance is most definitely not just about having more money or having more material things…it’s quite the opposite. Don’t get me wrong those things are nice but I have been on both sides of the coin and I can confirm the more “stuff” you have certainly does not translate to more abundance (it’s actually the inverse normally!).
What creating an abundant mindset is all about, is creating a sense of possibility and wealth in your every day life. Right in the present and for every single moment. Rather than thinking abundance will come once you achieve x, y or z.
To help you develop your understanding of an abundance mindset, below are a number of resources that helped us to create a massive amount of abundance in our every day lives and what we believe can help you too as well as you navigate your own academic journey.
One of the big messages throughout is that we should focus on what we already have. Just by being at college or university you are extremely abundant. There are many people worldwide who don’t ever get the chance to have an education. This is a mantra I used for quite some time when I struggled at university and you soon realise how amazingly fortunate you are.
We are all extremely fast to compare “upwards” and make ourselves feel like s&%t. However, if you took just as much time to realise what you already have in your own life, you would feel a whole lot different…maybe even ABUNDANT.
So the challenge this week is to regularly check in with yourself, making sure that you are consciously re-framing any of those negative or “scarce” thoughts you may have. Also be sure to make a regular habit of taking a short period of time to daydream and dwell on all of the things that do make your life great. Some days this may seem hard, however there will always be something there we promise.
It may seem clunky to start with but stick with it. This will soon become another one of your habits that will help take you to the next level in your academic journey.
Abundance is all around us and sometimes it only takes a small shift in mindset to completely transform your life. And on that note I will leave you with one of my favourite abundance quotes…
“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature”Steve Maraboli