The mindset of abundance has been growing in popularity, as more and more people dig into the deep roots of ‘work smarter, not harder.’ As a society, we’re relearning that the harder you hold onto your fears, the more opportunities you pass up; that confidence isn’t just a garnish to a good plan… It’s the missing ingredient for a bountiful life.
What is Self Empowerment?
How does it lead to abundance?
Self empowerment is a way of making room for imperfections, and anticipating the best possible outcomes for yourself. When you respect and esteem someone, you have faith in their abilities. You know that the blips and hiccups they might pass through along the way are temporary, and you believe in their value for the long term.
When you prioritize your self-esteem, you ultimately give yourself permission to fail, to be imperfect, and to still have long term value while you do it.
This shift in mindset leads to a life of abundance and rich experiences, while fear and insecurity would gladly keep us hiding in our mistakes, trying to pretend they didn’t happen. When you have the freedom to fail, you can ‘fail forward’, learn new things, experiment, and truly invest in yourself for the long term. Being able to fail also loosens us up to admitting and recognizing what just isn’t working for us, so that we can adapt and change it for the better!
How Can We Harness the Mindset of Abundance?
Shifting your mindset is not a one-and-done type of solution. It’s a habit and a lifestyle that must be built brick-by-brick, one chosen thought, and one brave action at a time. Though there is no shortcut through mindfulness, you can take a hands-on approach to abundance by using your environment as a reminder… through color.
It echoes throughout productivity and celebration the world over, from the pigmented hieroglyphs in ancient Egypt, to the millennial’s war on traditional cubicles, right down to the party aisle in your local general store. Color drives us. It propels us forward.
Color has been woven through history, culture, and religion as far back as the eye can see. We use it to express emotions, to signify values, to make sense of information, and to draw attention to stop signs and date night lips.
Each color represents various emotions, nutrients in nature, and elemental forces- depending on the shade and context. To truly dig into the full spectrum of color psychology is a profession of its own, but one takeaway stands clear…
Color = Abundance to the Brain
Color is unafraid to take up space. It shouts from the rooftops of each coming spring, and its blanketing absence tells the animals to hibernate, or to fly south and court its power further. Even as humans, we have followed color to the ends of the earth throughout history; because where there is color, there is life.
Why We Love Color
Where life is abundant, we finally get to relax, and enjoy the marvels that surround us.
Embracing color empowers us to be unafraid, to embrace our creative energy, and to be seen. It teaches us to be comfortable with ourselves, and to be active participants in our own lives. Sure, we may look back at some of these moments thirty years from now and notice a few imperfections or awkward phases, but from the outside, all anyone will really remember are the shoulder pads, the blue eyeshadow, and a whole lot of fun.
(Or… whatever the equivalent is today.)
Written by Michaela MacBlake Matthews