Often we forget, in our frenzied lives, that we have a lot to be grateful for. And I believe that gratitude goes a long way in becoming successful, no matter what business you’re in, if you’re working from home or for someone else, or what’s going on in your personal life.
Gratitude creates good energy. Have you ever been around someone who is ego-driven? Personally, I can’t spend too much time around that type of person. They seem to be energy vampires for me. You know … they’re always talking about their own accomplishments, what kind of car they drive, that their kid has a master’s degree in this or that, or that big trip they took to Fiji? It’s rare that this type of person is grateful for what they have. And if they are, they don’t seem to verbalize it. As my wife says – they’ve got bad “mojo.”
My wife also says that what we give out, we get back. Life is like a boomerang. Send out gratitude and good things in life come back to you. Here are some tips that I’ve found helpful:
- Think about what you’re grateful for every morning. For most people, waking up is a chore. They wish they could sleep a little longer and aren’t the least bit excited about getting up and going to work. It feels like such a grind. That’s the very reason it’s important to express some gratitude first thing in the morning. This small act could make your day go a whole lot better! I have a tendency to complain about this allergy season and how it affects my eyes; itching, burning, etc. But lately when I wake up, I’ve decided to be grateful for the gift of sight.
- It doesn’t matter who you give thanks to. If you’re religious, you may wish to thank God. If you’re not, just feel the gratitude in your heart. Even if the only prayer you ever say is Thank You, that’s enough.
- If you’re so inclined, keep a Gratitude Journal. (There’s even an APP for that on the Google Play store). The reason this is so helpful is for the times when things aren’t going so well in your life. You can go back, read your journal and KNOW that you have so much to be grateful for.
- Express your gratitude for those in your life who make it better. Shoot them a text, an email, call them, or better yet, mail them a handwritten note or card. Believe me, it will make your day and theirs!
Stay tuned … more to come. Have a blessed day!