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Hi guys, I’ve just finished a two-day workshop and I am….exhausted! It was an awesome experience but like any big event it can be an energy-suck and takes a few days to recover. I’ve been running workshops since 2015 and have been part of so many success stories and I’ve noticed that the people who succeed are always the ones who have the right mindset. So today I want to talk about changing your mindset and challenging the habits that have been formed as early as childhood.

We all want success

We all want to live a life that’s full of purpose and passion. If you didn’t believe this, you wouldn’t be reading this blog or listening to this podcast. But the biggest difference between someone who lives their life full of abundance and someone who lives their life full of fear out of scarcity is down to mindset.

Many of us creatives suffer from imposter syndrome – we feel that we don’t deserve what others deserve. This is because of the outside influences that tell us that we can’t do something. I’ve been told this my whole life and in every business, I’ve ever started, no matter how successful they’ve turned out to be.

So how do we break out of this habit?

 

Scarcity Mindset

Believe it or not, most people have a scarcity mindset; this means that they often:

  • Act as a victim or a bully
  • Put others down to make themselves feel better
  • Call people out and create drama
  • Feel like an imposter
  • Feel like their isn’t enough to go around
  • Envious of their competitors
  • Feel entitled

 

A scarcity mindset can lead people to feeling stuck and powerless – you focus on what’s not working and all of the challenges ahead of you and blame others for your lack of success.

 

Abundance mindset

If you have an abundance mindset, you:

  • Are in control
  • Believe in your vision
  • Know that there’s enough to go around
  • Feel positive
  • Work on things that are bigger than you
  • Are excited about the tasks ahead
  • Are willing to help those around you
  • Concentrate on the big picture and positive outcomes
  • Are clear with your thoughts
  • Actively seek advice and feedback
  • Don’t judge or compare yourself to others

 

If you can understand the difference between the two mindsets and recognise these signs, you can start to understand why you act a certain way and start to improve your outlook on life.

 

People I’ve met with scarcity vs. abundance mindsets

As you’ll hear on the podcast, I’ve met plenty of people with a scarcity mindset, including my old boss who actually stopped me getting my Electrician’s Licence just because he was scared I was going to steal his work.

But I also had a boss who had an abundance mindset – he’d been both a millionaire and bankrupt several times over and yet he paid us well, let us do after-hours work and was never scared of running out of jobs or money. He didn’t even mind if his workers left; in fact, he’d even help us with advice and references!

His attitude was mind-blowing to me – the guy who gives and gives and gives was really successful and the guy that just takes, well, simply wasn’t. I learned from him that there’s always a way to make money in anything you’re passionate about.

Jai Long

Wedding Photography Mindset

When I started out in wedding photography, I gravitated towards other photographers with abundance mindsets – and noticed that they were always more successful than those with scarcity mindsets.

I noticed that many photographers who weren’t successful always has an excuse…and it’s usually someone else’s fault.

When I started running workshops, I got accused of over-saturation. There’s only so much to go around! This is crazy to me because I don’t see competition – I’m only looking inwards and competing with myself.

As I’ve been growing as a mindset – every decision is it made out of fear or abundance? How can I help those around me, better serve my clients and create more success for everyone in my world?

Jai Long

Educational Workshops Mindset

If a business isn’t growing it’s dying. And now I’m in an educational business, the more people who succeed means the more my business grows. I’m open about this and that means that people are open when they come to me for help.

The weird thing is, other photographers seem to be scared of me running workshops. They won’t share my workshops. They think I’m taking up too much market share and have put walls up – not only will they not share my content, they’re actively blaming me and creating bad business practices. This is all coming from a scarcity mindset.

A lot of these same people are now running workshops – I’m not against photographers supplementing their income, but do you really want to learn from someone with a scarcity mindset?

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Who I want to work with

I’m happy to share and collaborate with high-frequency players who have an abundance mindset, who care about their audience enough to share all of the relevant courses and information and are confident enough in themselves to know that even if people sign up to my workshop, they’ll still buy theirs – why? Because you are the only person who can do what you do.

If you run a workshop in a specific industry, it’s actually better if there are more workshops out there. This might sound strange, but the more workshops there are, the more it becomes normal to attend one. People will attend one workshop, recommend the concept of a workshop to their friends who can then discover yours.

 

Unlock your potential and change your mindset

I want to give you some practical tips that can help you change your mindset to one of abundance:

  • Become aware of your thoughts – ask yourself why you are making a decision
  • Practise gratitude – be grateful
  • Think like a beginner – learn and grow
  • Limit the time you spend with people who have a scarcity mindset – even if they are close to you, talk through their decisions considering the scarcity vs. abundance mindset
  • Remind yourself – don’t let yourself slip back into a scarcity mindset
  • Be kind to yourself – this won’t happen overnight, so be patient

 

Thanks for listening, guys – if you want to get in touch, reach out on Insta and feel free to tag me in when you share the podcast with your friends.

And thank you to everyone who is leaving reviews – they mean so much to me and give me the incentive to carry on making this content.

I’m going to take a few days off before preparing for my Sydney workshop – see you next episode!

 

Workshops

I’ve got live workshops coming up in New York & Los Angeles – there are still tickets left and I’d love to meet you in person and help take your business to the next level.

BOOK YOUR SEAT NOW!

 

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Feb 23

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