Have you ever driven an extra couple of miles to get the cheapest gas? I used to do that all the time… especially when gas prices out here in California started going up over $4.00/gallon for the first time.
It’s easy to get caught in the “bargain” mentality and not stop to take the time to actually think about it.
A few years ago I finally, and thankfully “got” the whole gas price scarcity lesson.
I was driving home from a trip to the Grand Canyon with a couple of friends.
As you can imagine, the price of gas on the drive from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon varies tremendously. We saw prices ranging from $2.59/gallon in Arizona all the way up to $3.69/gallon in remote parts of California! And the price could fluctuate as much as 30 cents a gallon from one freeway exit to the next.
At one point on the last leg of our drive home, Barbara, who was sitting in the back seat, noticed that the gas light was on just as we missed an exit that had gas for $2.99/gallon (pretty inexpensive for California).
We pulled off at the next exit where gas was $3.09/gallon, a whopping ten-cents more per gallon. And for some reason – probably because we were all so exhausted from the drive – dropped into scarcity mode… and started talking about whether we should go back to the previous exit!
Fortunately, sanity quickly returned and we snapped out of the trance of scarcity. Back on the road, we had a good laugh when we realized that we had just actually considered driving an extra 20-miles after 10-hours of driving in order to save about $3.00!
I know, right?
Most of us have one or two scarcity “hot buttons.” These are the places in our lives where we go unconscious and our habitual patterns of scarcity take over. When we’re in those places we think, speak and act in ways that make absolutely no sense from a TRUE Abundance perspective.
Have you ever jumped up at 7:45pm, realized that you have a video due back and if it’s not there by 8:00pm you’re going to get a sixty-cent late fee and rushed out the door to return it? (You know, back in the days of video stores!)
Have you ever spent hours shopping online, comparing products, reading reviews, looking for the lowest price, comparing shipping fees, etc., (even if it’s just a $20 product)? By the time you figure the value of your time you’ve probably blown whatever savings you found ten times over!
And don’t even get me started on airline tickets!
Now don’t get me wrong, frugality is not a bad thing and consciously seeking to save money on your purchases can absolutely contribute to your abundance. There is definite truth in “A Penny saved is a penny earned.”
However, when it’s taken to an extreme and when it’s done from an unconscious place, driven by hidden patterns of scarcity, it actually holds you back from TRUE Abundance.
So knowing where your scarcity hot buttons are and taking actions to break the habitual patterns is a very important step on your journey into TRUE Abundance.
Gas used to be one of my hot buttons. For whatever reason it used to activate my scarcity DNA and get me to go unconscious and start driving all over town to save five-cents a gallon!
As I became aware of this scarcity hot button I turned it into an opportunity to bring consciousness to it. When I caught myself in that habitual, default pattern, I started taking the opportunity to breathe, to consciously reset my vibration and move into deeper alignment with abundance… and to get my gas at the first gas station I came to!
What is your scarcity “hot button?” Where in your life does the habit of scarcity take over and push you into unconscious patterns?
When you know, in advance, that your scarcity gets awakened when you’re looking for a gas station, or shopping online or whatever, you can bring awareness to the act in advance and begin the process of resetting that habitual pattern of scarcity.
For instance, if you tend to get caught in the trap of never-ending online comparison shopping, give yourself a specific and clear time limit for how long you will comparison shop online… more time for big ticket items, less for smaller items and perhaps no comparison shopping for items under $20 where the most you’ll save is two or three dollars.
Remember the value of YOUR time and the quality of your life. I don’t know about you, but I’ve discovered there are a LOT better ways to spend your time than driving all over town to find the cheapest gas!
So over the next few days pay attention to where you go into those unconscious habitual scarcity patterns. And when you discover a scarcity hot button make a commitment to bring more awareness to it and begin breaking out of that habit and into TRUE Abundance.
I’d love to hear what your scarcity hot button is.
Leave a comment below and share your scarcity hot button and what you’ve done to change your habits around it.