This collection of quotes are all about the concept of a scarcity mindset. They are a great way to articulate not only what a scarcity mindset is, but also how it impacts on our every day life.
What is a ‘scarcity mindset’?
Scarcity mindset is the belief that there is not enough of something to go around, and that one must compete with others for limited resources. It’s seeing the lack, the negative and the limitations of situations.
A scarcity mindset may also be known as narrow-minded, negative or pessimistic.
Having a scarcity mindset can lead to feelings of insecurity, deprivation, selfishness and doom and gloom. In short, it’s very limiting.
The good news though, is that it’s simply a thought pattern, a habit of thinking and can therefore be changed.
Scarcity Mindset Quotes
The following quotes about a scarcity mindset are a great way to first consider awareness of mindset:
“People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality, the more we are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people. We believe their success adds to…rather than detracts from…our lives.” Stephen Covey
“There is a lie that acts like a virus within the mind of humanity. And that lie is, ‘There’s not enough good to go around. There’s lack and there’s limitation and there’s just not enough.’ The truth is that there’s more than enough good to go around. There is more than enough creative ideas. There is more than enough power. There is more than enough love. There’s more than enough joy. All of this begins to come through a mind that is aware of its own infinite nature. There is enough for everyone. If you believe it, if you can see it, if you act from it, it will show up for you. That’s the truth.” Michael Beckwith
“Poverty is a mindset: It creates that sense of scarcity. You then become accustomed to it such that your life is hinged on protecting the scarce resources that you have. However, you can only create a mindset of abundance by investing what you have and not savings. Savings only becomes significant if it’s done with a motive to invest.” Oscar Bimpong
“Beware of lack, it usually creates love where there is none.” Abraham Schneersohn
“Here’s the problem. Most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again.” John Assaraf
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” Benjamin Disraeli
“Scarcity mentality measures out life by the ounce; it always concludes that the needs outweigh the resources.” Erin M. Straza
“A person is what he or she thinks about all day long.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The mind has a powerful way of attracting things that are in harmony with it, good and bad.” Idowu Koyenikan
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.” Henry Ford
“Focus on what is going well. Focus on what is present. By focusing on what is going well, you will create a channel for more to flow toward you. When you focus on what’s missing or what you are doing “wrong,” you will reinforce lack, or scarcity.” Molly M. Cantrell-Kraig
“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
“Look forward to where you want to be and spend no time complaining about where you are.” Esther Hicks
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” Muhammad Ali
“Reality is a projection of your thoughts or the things you habitually think about.” Stephen Richards
“A man can only rise, conquer, and achieve by lifting up his thoughts.” James Allen
“The thing you set your mind on is the thing you ultimately become.” Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Willie Nelson
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