Abundance vs. Scarcity #Winning

I was recently going through some of my old leadership books in my personal library.  I was reminded of some phraseology so eloquently coined by author Steven Covey in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Covey outlines the difference between living out of an abundance mentality vs. living out of a scarcity mentality.

I personally think this concept is so innate that people don’t realize which mentality they are operating out of.  It just becomes part of our repertoire, they way we think, they way we view people and the way we orient our world.


People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me.  Again, this is not about being malicious; it’s simply a way of thinking.  You hold on to things, people, staff, and relationships with clinched fists.


People with abundance mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-win.  The more you live with an abundance mentality, the more you are genuinely happy for the successes, well being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people.  You go out of your way to speak well of others, to help others, to elevate others, because you truly believe their success adds to — rather than detracts from.

  • Scarcity – Not enough blessing to go around.
  • Abundance – More than enough blessing to go around.
  • Scarcity – I have to succeed and make sure that I look good.
  • Abundance – If I succeed and you succeed, then we all succeed.
  • Scarcity – I have all of the answers and I will determine how much you know or learn
  • Abundance – I don’t have all of the answers, I will learn from you, you will learn from me, we will learn from others and we will share our learning’s with each other.
  • Scarcity – Clinched fists.
  • Abundance – Open hands.
  • Scarcity – Dictate and Micromanage.
  • Abundance – Openness and Trust.

It’s important to develop, believe in and encourage the success of those around you.  There are enough of God’s blessings to go around, as a matter of fact there is a blessing around the corner with your name on it.  Don’t simply focus on the win but rather the “Win, Win, Win!”

I Win, You Win, We Win! #Winning

Share your thoughts and experiences with the Abundance vs. Scarcity mentality.

  • Good reminder. There are more opportunities to find a win-win than we realize. There’s such a prevalence of win-lose thinking that, as a leader, one has to be relentless (a) in articulating the win-win mindset, and (b) in showing the win-win possibilities to folks. That and getting the voices in the church/organization with a win-win perspective heard by the rest.

  • Catrina Thomas

    I love this post! It is very true.

    I added:

    Scarcity Mentality
    -satan is smiling more
    -division is created
    -less power is present

    Abundance Mentality
    -God is smiling more
    -circles are created
    -more power is present

    We’re all in this together. Let’s be appreciative/supportive of each others passions/gifts/successes and make the devil TREMBLE.

  • This is awesome! So many times we as leaders live with the attitude that we have to be at the “top of the stack” yelling back at everyone else, telling them how to get where we are. When we are really supposed to be at the bottom of the stack pushing everyone else to where God has designed them to be!
    This requires a lot different “mentality” than the other way!
    Greta words Scott! Thank you for making us think!!!

  • This is great.
    I think this definitely comes in to play when evaluating or even working with others. If it is in a way of scarcity thinking you try and hold all resources to yourself never sharing anything with anyone else because that would mean you are losing.
    If you are oppressing with abundance mindset then everything is a win. Whether you get the recognition or not, it does not matter because ultimately the resource or product has been given to everyone. That is winning for me.

  • Good meat & potatoes.

  • Good stuff. The thought that I don’t have to take out of other people’s successes to have success of my own frees me to love them and root for them. I choose abundance.

  • Scott

    It a great reminder for all. I believe that people who accomplish success or anything of value needs to have an abundance mindset. I think the door is closed when you start have a scarcity mindset.


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