We all have a mindset that determines our level of happiness. There are two mindsets that are most prevalent: Scarcity Mentality and Abundance Mentality.

People with a Scarcity Mentality are highly competitive and resent other people’s success. It’s hard for them to share recognition and credit, even with those who are major contributors.

People with an Abundance Mentality are optimists and are genuinely happy for others when they achieve success. They also have a deep inner sense of personal worth or security.

In business, the Abundance Mentality paradigm is that there’s plenty of opportunity out there and enough work to spare for everybody.

That’s why business collaborations work for those with an abundance mindset. They are willing to share recognition, are open to building creative alliances, and know there is enough work to go around.

I met with two women who care about the small business owner, are creative visionaries in social media marketing, and see the limitless possibilities of collaborating instead of competing.

The more we shared our visions, we realized we had the same goals and sense of community, and shared an Abundance Mentality.

More to come about our collaboration…

On social media, I’ve seen people going out of their way to put a competitor down or intentionally trying to harm a person’s professional reputation. I’ve had competitors try to discredit me or try to sabotage my business.

Sabotage and competition can look very much alike. It’s unlikely that someone is trying to actually sabotage your career. The reality is that they’re competing for the same jobs and clients you are. The way they try to demonstrate why they are the better choice may look a bit like sabotage.

How to handle being discredited

What do you do when you hear a competitor is trying to discredit you?

Take the high road. Focus on what you do best.

For me, I realized these attacks really weren’t about me – it was about them. A person that hurts someone else has deeper issues than just bad business skills.

If you’re thinking that retaliation is the answer, don’t waste your precious time trying to discredit others. Do not sink to their level. Life is too short to concern yourself with the bad actions of another.

A competitor can’t actually sabotage your business just by speaking ill of you. Their false efforts to cause you harm makes them look bad, not you or your business. They obviously see you and your talents as a threat. I guess that could be taken as a compliment?

I’ll say it again. Take the high road. Keep on doing what you do best.

When you are busy living your own life and doing what you do best, you won’t have the time or the energy to worry about what other people are doing.