How “Mindset of Abundance” Has Gotten Me Through Some Tough Times

The blog article on Monday on the topic of a “mindset of abundance” received more comments than any in a long time. If you haven’t read it yet, go here.

I’m pleased so many people found value in the article.

If it weren’t for a mindset of abundance I would not be writing this because I would be out of business.

When I started full-time it was 3 weeks after the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 and I was operating just 65 miles north of Ground Zero in New York City.

But, there was no turning back as I told my former employer I would be leaving on September 30th.

That first year and beyond was a struggle.

Despite the fact I had a significant local business relationships from my previous career on which to build, the scarcity mindset of the times kept people from investing in their businesses and themselves.

Every night I would give my wife a recap of my business building activities and it could have become demoralizing and depressing.

My wife was a patient soul back then.

If not for her I could have been homeless. She had a stable job with excellent salary and benefits.

Each night she would try to console me by saying things like…

“Times are tough. You shouldn’t expect too much right now, budgets are tight and people just aren’t going to spend money.”

Lucky for me I had spent the prior two years building my abundant mindset muscle, having attended Anthony Robbins workshops every 3-4 months.

I would always respond, “thanks, hon, that may be true to an extent and I can’t buy into that. I know there are people out there who want to improve themselves, their companies and their people. I just need to work harder to find those that are.”

“Plus, I have to get better explaining my value so that it connects with their needs.”

I gradually turned things around.

Then, 5 years later the financial crisis meltdown of 2007-08 struck, and again the abundant mindset got me through.

How, specifically has a mindset of abundance made a difference in your life? Leave a comment below to keep this conversation going.

’til next time, Communicate with Power!

skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

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New Year, New Mindset of Abundance Will Make the Difference!

Happy New Year!

Over the holidays, like you, I was engaged in a number of interesting conversations.

My wife, Anne, brought up a topic I never thought I’d hear out of her mouth.

It came to her while listening to one of the podcasts she’s been listening to as she walks to work these days.

The topic was the concept of “abundance vs. scarcity.”

We agreed that having an abundant mindset was the singular most important frame of reference one could have for life.

The opposite, scarcity mindset, came with a lot of stress, cynicism and skepticism.

What is the difference between a mindset of abundance and a mindset of scarcity?

There are some key differences.

People with an abundance mindset see:
•    Unlimited resources instead of scarce resources
•    Opportunities instead of threats
•    Collaboration instead of competition
•    Applicable similarities instead of irreconcilable differences
•    Possibilities for growth instead of fear of loss
•    The sum being of greater value than individual parts
•    Opportunity to build on others’ success instead of a zero-sum game
•    An internal locus of control vs. external controlling factors
•    Internal responsibility instead of external blame

When I was younger if someone I knew received an award or a bonus or secured a new client, I would resent it, and them.

The sad thing was I felt this way whether the individual was working with me in my company or on my team, or if they were a friend in an unrelated field or career.

How crazy is that?

I felt as if their success reflected negatively on me.

In reality, it was the level of results I was producing that determined the impression others had of me.

The only thing preventing me from getting similar accolades, awards, bonuses or a new client was my skills and ability.

I needed to take responsibility for that.

What about you?

What is your relationship with an abundance and scarcity mindset?

Make 2015 the year you shift to a 100% abundance mindset and it will be a great year!

All the best to you, your family and your company in 2015!

’til next time, make it a great week!

Best Regards,
skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

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Motivating the Un-Motivated In the Workplace

I was asked a question last week by a business colleague at a networking event I had never been asked before.

I had just delivered my new 20-second summary of what I do, which opens with a rhetorical question and goes like this:

“You know how some small business owners struggle with employees with negative attitudes, poor work ethics and those who do not take initiative or ownership of the job they’re paid to do?

“Well what I do is work with the business owner and their employees to break through the communication problems causing the problems to create a more positive, more productive and most importantly, a more profitable work environment.”

This woman replied, “wow, I bet you’re a busy guy, every business could use you!”

Then she said, “do you think there are some people who are just not motivated?”

I said “No! The problem is not a lack of motivation.”

I explained, “Everyone is motivated to do something. Even if that motivation is just to lay on a couch and stare at a wall.”

“What most people lack is not motivation but the two vital components that create motivation.”

She asked, “so, what’s that?”

“Aspiration and inspiration!”

Aspiration comes from inspiration.

When someone is inspired by something or someone, they create an aspiration to move in a similar direction. This drives the motivation to take action towards achieving the aspiration.

If people seem unmotivated the fact is they either have no aspirations powerful enough to take action towards them, or have not found the inspiration to aspire to some meaningful outcomes.

Small business owners can simply follow this formula to create a motivated team of employees.

The process includes creating an inspiring vision and purpose that employees will be aspired to contribute their talents towards helping achieve.

If you’d like to learn more and download a leadership assessment on this concept, visit www.EmployeeMotivationEquation.com .

Let me know what you think.

’til next time, Communicate With Power!

Best Regards,

skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

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