GOOD MORNING MONDAY –
AFFIRMATIVE THOUGHTS FOR A GREAT WEEK
Good Morning – it is Monday! How was your weekend? Were you able to spend some time out in nature? I hope so. Being in nature, experiencing the outdoors, can truly make a difference on your health and your mindset.
Your mindset is critical because it can impact your life significantly. Your mindset plays a role in determining the road(s) on which you decide to travel throughout your life. Your mindset and attitude impact how you connect and interact with others. How do you believe you connect and interact with others?
Do you approach life with a mindset that is supportive, both to yourself and others? Do you feel connected to others? Do you believe there is enough for everyone? Are you a team player? Do you believe that if you play fair, care about and support others, that in the end, everyone succeeds? I came across an interesting story this past week that I want to share with you. It represents the concept of “Ubuntu”. Here is the story:
An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run, they all took each other’s hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.
When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said: Ubuntu. Ubuntu in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are.”
So, what is Ubuntu? The concept really speaks to the essence of what it means to be human. It is about being generous, hospitable, caring and compassionate. It means that you share what you have. It is like saying, “My humanity is inextricably linked to yours.”
This concept is about believing that you are interconnected with one another in this ecosystem. It represents the thought process of“triumphing together.” It speaks to how you support and enable the community around you to improve and thrive; believing that there is enough for all.
As I read the story above, and understood more the concept of Ubuntu, it reminded me of another concept, “abundance mentality”. The concept of abundance mentality was coined by Stephen Covey in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. This term is defined simply as “a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and successes to share with others”. This concept flows out of a deep sense of personal worth and security; believing there is enough to spare for everyone.
Choosing to walk along the path of abundance will enable you to experience a full life, exuding happiness, generosity, creativity and inspiration. Seeing the world with an “abundance” mindset will enable you to take advantage of opportunities that come your way, knowing that there is enough not only for you, but for others as well.
When you live your life with an abundance mindset, you:
Think big – believing in possibilities,
Live with a mindset of “plenty”- believing there are enough resources for all,
See the world through the lens of optimism,
Crave learning and growth,
Share, Care and Respect Others.
Reflect on your mindset. Reflect on your behavior. Reflect on your life.What is your philosophy? Is it one of “abundance” or is it one of “scarcity”?
Life is short. Believe in all the endless possibilities that life has to offer.Lift others up knowing that there is enough for everyone. Be kind, generous and friendly. Live in harmony with yourself and others; knowing that we are all connected to one another. Be alive. Live your life knowing that in supporting and loving yourself; you are creating a mindset that perpetuates supporting and loving others.
Embrace your humanity and your connection to others. This week, I challenge you to foster an “abundance mindset” approach. See options and opportunities in every situation. As you build an authentic, sincere, abundance mindset, you will find that your outlook and mindset will spill over and influence all of those around you.
William James said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind”.
Have a great week opening your mind up to new perspectives.