Add Zeros and Think Big

Monte Wyatt & Brad Sugars, Apr 24, 2019

Thinking big means thinking abundantly. In our work, we have helped businesses grow by using methods that allow them to identify where they can pull vast wealth out of places where it looked like there was nothing, as if by magic.

But they only succeeded when they had the right mindset.

You can have the greatest plan in the world, but unless you believe in it, and believe you can succeed, you’ll get nowhere.

We believe in the magic of adding zeros – and we want you to believe in it too. In order to do that, you first need to accept that it’s possible to grow beyond what you are now, and that such growth can be and should be exponential.

That can almost seem like believing in magic. Magic comes from putting the work in, not by waving a wand. That’s why we introduced five disciplines, which provide a system for creating exponential growth – and creating an engaged workplace. These disciplines are the discipline of strategy leads to sustainability, the discipline of business development that leads to predictability; the discipline of people that leads to stability; the discipline of execution that leads to consistency and .the iscipline of mission leads to emotional connection.

When these five disciplines are in place, it looks as if you’ve created magic. But not before you’ve got an abundance mindset and you’ve done the hard work.

The biggest part of change and constant improvement is thinking abundantly.

Many of us grew up believing that there's only so much to go around, and if someone else gets a big piece of the pie, that means there’s less for us. Most of us learned to base our sense of self-worth on comparisons and competition, and to believe that our success results from someone else’s failure.

Stephen Covey, in his classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, called this attitude the Scarcity Mentality. According to him, People with a Scarcity Mentality have a tough time sharing recognition and credit, power or profit—even with those who help in the production. They also have a hard time being genuinely happy for the success of other people… The Scarcity Mentality is the zero-sum paradigm of life.

A Scarcity Mentality is the belief that resources are always inadequate. Thinking that we have to compete for money, opportunity, or recognition means someone has to lose, and the fight is one to make sure the loser is someone else. Living and working like this leads to incredible paranoia, fear, and anxiety. No one trusts anyone else and everyone is deathly afraid of making any mistake. Under these conditions, teamwork and innovation suffer and growth of any kind is practically impossible.

As much as we'd like to believe that everyone is optimistic, forward-thinking, and generous, we look around and know that’s not true. We know that it’s often possible for a forward-thinking company leader to be surrounded by employees with a Scarcity Mentality.

Think about the people who work with you:

Do they tell people how much they value their contributions?

Do they see challenges or opportunities?

Are they worried that someone is getting more than they are?

Are they glass-half-empty or glass-half-full people?

Do they acknowledge and appreciate all the positives in their life and work?

Do they give more than they receive, and do they provide more than just money?

What do you do to move beyond this kind of thinking?

That’s where the five disciplines come in, especially the discipline of people. Abundance thinking must be developed and nurtured, which means that the company should define the leadership traits required for every position: after all, you want everyone to model them.

If the company wants every employee to have certain traits, it needs to put processes in place that will do that. It needs to develop and nurture talent. This is an essential part of the discipline of people.

You can put these processes in place. But the first move comes from company leadership. The first reaction to new ideas shouldn’t be no, but what if? That makes all the difference.

As we said, we believe in the magic of adding zeros, and the five disciplines will create a company that is sustainable, predictable, stable, consistent and emotionally connected – all signs of abundance thinking.

We'd love to hear from you. What is the mentality of your current workplace? Is it one of scarcity or abundance? How does this show in your day-to-day interactions? Thank you for sharing!