Today over on the Areté Today Podcast, I talked at length about the differences between an abundance consciousness and a scarcity mentality. I make the argument that we, as individuals, have all set up shop on a specific side of the aisle but we have the ability (and the tendency) to vacillate depending on outside influences and inner awareness. I also explain how knowing people from each camp will impact your life in very different ways.

What we need to realize is that picking a camp is a choice. Whether conscious or unconscious, we are deciding not only how to live our lives, but what kinds of people to let infiltrate our circles. My goal is to awaken and enlighten…and to get you thinking about what you want your life to really look like.

As promised on the recording, here are the added resources and bonus material from today’s episode:

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If you want to learn more about today’s topic, here is some recommended reading (and viewing) material.




We have produced a world of contented bodies and discontented minds.” ~Adam Clayton Powell

There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” ~ Wayne Dyer

For me, the opposite of scarcity is not abundance. It’s enough. I’m enough. My kids are enough.” ~ Brené Brown

If you think happiness is a rare bird, you won’t see much of it.” ~ Marty Rubin

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

There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” ~ Ray Goforth

Worrying about scarcity is our culture’s version of post-traumatic stress. It happens when we’ve been through too much, and rather than coming together to heal (which requires vulnerability) we’re angry and scared and at each other’s throats.” – Brené Brown

Today’s Corresponding Creativity Corner:

What tools will you use to reinforce this message? Writing? Meditation? I chose to do some scrapbooking. This page, and others like it, will have a prominent place in my home. Visual reminders. Touchstones. Guideposts. I’d love to hear your method for analyzing messages and making conscious shifts. Share in the comments section below.

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To wrap things up today, I want you to think about the following things.

  • What did you think of today’s episode?
  • What was your biggest take-away?
  • Which camp do you currently reside in?
  • Which camp do your five closest friends live in (believe it or not, it impacts your life)?
  • Which camp do you want to be in in the future?
  • What will you do to change your circumstances?

I’d love to hear your thoughts, realizations, insights, and arguments. Let’s keep the conversation flowing in the comments section.