7 Symptoms of a Poverty Mentality 

You might have the Poverty Mentality if… 
1. The majority of your spare time, money and focus is fixed on entertainment. 
2. You receive government assistance and you don’t plan to stop. 
3. You daydream about winning the lottery. 
4. You have to have all the latest trends. You are using new brands of clothes.
5. You won’t invest in yourself. You are investing on world trips but not on training and skills.
6. You focused in leisure activity. 
7. You rallied alongside the 99 percent. 

Moving from A Poverty Mentality to an Abundance Mentality 
A poverty mentality is one that influences behaviors consistent with beliefs that money shouldn’t be spent, opportunities are limited, any risk at all is dangerous, any success is temporary and non-replicable, and generally remaining in the back of the pack is safest. 
An abundance mentality is one that assures you that you are successful and can replicate that success, you have value and talents in strong demand, and you can handle most situations that come your way very successfully. (And those times you can’t, you’re resilient and bounce back quickly.) 
Signs of a poverty mentality: 
Belief that you are a victim of others’ decisions and choices. 
Fear of spending money on non-essentials. 
Constant search for cheapest alternative, even if a discomfort. 
Obsession with getting “deals” and free entry. 
Belief that you’re lucky when you succeed, incompetent when you fail. 
Denying yourself as an ongoing way of life. 
Feelings of guilt when you have more than someone else. 
Fear of being seen as boasting when you describe a simple accomplishment. 
Never picking up a check someone else may pick up. 
Never feeling you have enough reserves or resources. 
A belief you can “lose it all” despite everything you do. 
One of the worst aspects of an ingrained poverty mentality is that we imbue (introduce) these horrible behaviors in children. Many of us inherited it from our parents. 
You have to think to change your: 
Talk and examples 
Beliefs and attitudes 
Discouraging influences into positive influences 
Autobiography (which you write daily) 
Understanding of your strengths and abilities 
Interpretation of events 

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