Roman Malanke

Fighting Scarcity Frame

Scarcity frame or scarcity mindset is the state of mind in which one is afraid that some material or mental resource that he might have is in limited supply. This state nurtures negative emotions like greed, envy and jealousy. The opposite of scarcity is abundance. People with abundance mindset are never afraid to share their potentially fruitful ideas because they know they are always capable to generate more. They are never scared to lose material possessions because they know that the mind is their biggest asset.

Lately I’ve been reading many books on self-development in different areas, ranging from purely spiritual affirmations to the most mundane aspects of life like pickup. And everywhere all the troubles people have seem to root in scarcity frame. However, in practice understanding this while reading is not enough. Apparently it takes some time and effort to switch from scarcity to abundance completely.

What I realized is that I myself am very far from not having scarcity thoughts now and then. I found that I often compare myself to others, being afraid in the back of my mind that they might be better than I in something. The area in which this is particularly true for me is relationships with the opposite gender. It usually drove me nuts when the person I considered my partner started communicating with someone more capable than I in any area of life, be that snowboarding or business, it doesn’t matter. What a stupidity, is it not? This also may be called inferiority complex, I guess.

So, what I’m starting to do right from now on is becoming conscious of any shabby impulse inside my mind to finally liberate myself from that scarcity mindset.