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Leaving the Classroom 29: 3 Ways to Cultivate an Abundance Mindset

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Leaving the Classroom: A Transitioning Teacher Podcast

3 Ways to Cultivate an Abundance Mindset

In this episode, the host Kristi Oliva discusses the importance of cultivating an abundance mindset and how it can lead to happiness, success, and fulfillment. She shares three ways to develop an abundance mindset: awareness, challenging scarcity thoughts, and surrounding yourself with abundance-minded people.

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Welcome to leaving the classroom. This is a podcast for teachers who are ready to transition out of the classroom and into a new career. Each week, I'll share stories about what I've learned moving from education to the corporate world. I'll answer the most common questions and share my best tips to help you get started. If you are considering leaving the classroom, this show is for you.

Hello, everyone. Welcome to leaving the classroom. I'm Kristi Oliva and I'm so glad you're here.

Today I'm talking about the importance of having an abundance mindset. An abundance mindset is like having a secret superpower that can transform your life. It's not just about having a lot of stuff or money. It's a way of thinking and approaching the world that can lead to happiness, success and fulfillment. So what exactly does it mean to have an abundance mindset? Well, it's the belief that there's more than enough of everything to go around. More than enough opportunities, more than enough resources more than enough love and more than enough happiness. It's the opposite of a scarcity mindset, which sees the world as a zero sum game, where one person's gain is another person's loss. With an abundance mindset, you're not threatened by other people's success. Instead, you celebrate it knowing that their achievements don't diminish your own opportunities. You're not afraid to take risks because you believe that there are plenty of chances to bounce back if things don't go as planned. You're not fixated on what you lack. But rather you focus on what you have and what you can create. 

Abundance isn't just about the intangible stuff. It's also about attracting tangible abundance into your life. When you believe that opportunities are abundant, you're more likely to seek them out and seize them. You're more open to learning and growth, which can lead to increased skills and success. You're willing to take calculated risks, because you understand that failure is just a stepping stone on the path to abundance. 

Well, let's be real. Cultivating an abundance mindset isn't always a walk in the park. We live in a world that often bombards us with messages of scarcity and competition, it can be challenging to break free from the grip of a scarcity mindset, especially when it's reinforced by external factors. 

Now there is an old story that goes like this. In a small village there lived a poor homeless man. Across the street, there was a bakery known for its delicious bread, cakes and pies. The man often enjoyed the delightful aromas that wafted from the bakery each morning, since he couldn't afford to buy the baked goods, he contentedly savored their mouthwatering scents. One day some villagers overheard the man's unusual habit, and informed the bakery owner. He became upset and demanded that the man should pay for stealing the bakery smells, and he took him to court. In court, the man admitted to enjoying the bakery scents and feeling satisfied by them. The judge summoned the man and instructed him to go home and bring back all of his money. So the man went home, gathered up all his money and returned to the courtroom. The judge took his bag of coins and began to shake it. The judge turned to the bakery owner and asked if he found the sound of the coins lovely to which the owner gleefully agreed. And with that, the judge declared the case closed. 

The moral of the story here is related to abundance mindset. The baker felt like he was losing out, because the poor homeless man was gaining something without paying for it. So the baker did all he could to make the man pay. But the truth is that someone else's success does not equal your failure. Just because someone else got the job doesn't mean you can't have one too. It doesn't mean they took one away from you. Just because someone else's company is thriving doesn't mean yours won't. It's hard, though. And I know, I know. It's hard seeing someone else on your team, get the promotion when you didn't. It's hard seeing others have the house, the car, the clothes, the vacations, the things and experiences that you don't. And it's easy to let that negative voice of scarcity take over your thoughts and poison your brain. 

I struggle with having an abundance mindset quite often. So let's talk about how can you develop and maintain an abundance mindset? Well, I've got three ways to get you started. Number one, begin with awareness. Pay attention to your thoughts and beliefs. Find out your baseline. Are you constantly worried about not having enough? Are you envious of other people's success? Are you reluctant to share or give because you fear losing something? Number two, once you've identified those scarcity based thought patterns, challenge them. Replace thoughts of lack with thoughts of abundance. Remind yourself that there are endless possibilities and that your potential is limitless. Practice gratitude for what you have, even if it seems small. Gratitude is like fertilizer for an abundance mindset. So pour it on. And number three, surround yourself with abundance minded people. Positive influences can reinforce your own abundance mindset. Seek out mentors, friends, communities that lift you up and inspire you to believe in the abundance of the universe. 

Remember that an abundance mindset isn't about denying reality or being naive. It's about choosing to see opportunities and possibilities, even in challenging circumstances. It's about recognizing the setbacks are temporary, and that you have the power to create the life you desire. 

Now, I never learned that more than when I was enrolled in IDOL courses Academy. At IDOL courses Academy we have an abundance mindset. We help you build your professional portfolio, revise your resume, prepare you for interviews, and give you valuable feedback on what you design and we truly believe there is a place for each and every one of you in the workforce. 

Sign up for IDOL courses Academy using my code CLASSROOM100 And get $100 off enrollment. It's time to take control and make the career change that will change your life. It changed mine. See you next time. 

That's all for this episode, but you can find more at or subscribe to the podcast. And if you are ready to leave the classroom, use my code CLASSROOM100 And get $100 off enrollment to IDOL courses Academy.

Send your stories or your questions to [email protected] or share them with me on Instagram  @leavingtheclassroom.