June 2009


Powerful word “scarcity”.  Pictures of  famine, parched land and desperate people jar my vision.  The lack of what is normal or expected defines scarcity for us.  In the short term, we can be accurate describing what constitutes ‘scarcity’.  The term is useful and clear.

In the long run, this word is destructive to our thinking and creativeness.  It suggests that our world is fixed with a predetermined amount of ‘stuff’ we need to live and prosper.  To have a scarcity mindset and to make decisions based on it, defeats the whole purpose of living!  We live in a state of constant creativeness and change.

No matter how small and insuficient our personal resources appear or how much we accumulate and prize, it is sufficient.  Sufficiency reigns!  Much of the correct and right thinking for a properous and happy life is counterintuitive.  If you want more, give more.  If you want someone to love you, love them first.  The world always gives back what you give it.  There is no ‘scarcity’.

Perhaps they are.  Motivation is (or could be) a fleeting glimpse of an imagined desire coupled with fear or love as a causative agent.  Insight is an awareness of past thinking that suddenly appears.

Are either of these words change agents?  We think they are.  We say, “I need to get motivated NOW!”  Or, “I’ve got to get a handle on it!” .  Nice ideas; both statements are reflections of conscious thought that suggests intended action.  But that’s all they are.  Intentions!… you know, the road that we so often pave with wishes and desires.

When we make these ‘suggestions’ we mistakenly hold the belief that our thinking will necessarily create the condition for change…”I think, therefore I’m now motivated.”  Has change occurred?  No!  And it’s not going to occur if something else doesn’t happen.

Just Do It!  Nike said it best.  Start by doing… the ‘next thing’, whatever that may be.  Whatever needs doing.  Whatever you want, desire, or change…just begin.  Taking action changes things.  Taking action in ways that run counter to your normal ways of doing things will produce positive results.  Call it ‘getting out of your comfort zone’, ‘pushing the envelope’,…whatever.  Taking action creates change.

If you and I wait for inspiration or motivation to always, “prime the pump of change”, we will, most often, be pumping a dry well.  Taking action is the best way to “prime our pump”.