One of my favorite books is The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles. See previous posting here.
One chapter I particularly like is the one on “Gratitude”. This is one of the essential parts to living a life of your dreams according to Wattles. He mentions an example of a person who having achieved one thing fails to acknowledge and show gratitude. Take a look around you. I am sure you can see people like this. Who only think about themselves and are willing to lie to other people to get their own way. This is a short term approach to a life of abundance in my opinion.
I believe that you get what you give in this life. A simple act of giving is gratitude. Thanking and recognizing someone for helping you (or doing something of value). Being thankful for all the beauty around you. Grateful for all the possibility that lies before us.
Gratitude increases your creativity
Wattles writes that the mental attitude of gratitude brings us closer to the creative energies of the universe. Which is a really cool statement. Do you ever find yourself stressed out with things happening around you? It creates a negative energy inside you and if unchecked leads down a path of bad things. Just stopping and asking yourself, “What am I grateful for at this moment?” You may find answers hard to come by at first. But simply by being alive you are blessed with the opportunity to take an action to make a difference to the world. Look at nature. Think of your family. Find something you are grateful for. This cuts into your negative thinking pattern. I know some successful people who take this a step further and get up in the early morning and start the day by thinking about everything and everyone they are thankful for in the world. It acts as a grounding force as they face the day ahead. Every action has a purpose.
Focus on the best
By using gratitude you are stopping your mind from focusing on the trivial. You take control of what you are thinking about and this is a key part of achieving your success. Unless you are able to focus on the “better you” which you are working towards you will be distracted by your self doubt and the thousands of possible excuses you can make for not achieving them. You need this more than ever when the current climate in the media is one of doom and gloom. Are you buying into it? Or are you creating a state of abundance and gratitude. Create your own news channel filled with all the goals and dreams that you are achieving and working towards. Give your attention to the life you want to live – not the one that is playing out on our negatively-focused news channels.
Expect good things
The grateful mind expects good things. When you expect something to happen, you are aware and looking for the opportunity to arise where you can get it. Focus on improving your health and start to see yourself as a fit and healthy person, you will be presented with opportunities. You may discover one of your friends is a fitness addict, you may find an old book you had been meaning to read, a gym may open near your home. The opportunities are there. Be aware of them and be ready to take action.
Give thanks all the time
Develop an attitude of gratitude by giving thanks for the good things that are coming to you in your life. Even when the pressure is on and stress is high, find something that you can appreciate. Gratitude sets expectations and continuous gratitude leads to faith and certainty in the realization of your goals and dreams.
Thank you for reading this article and I wish you all the best as we move through the year. I am always here to help you reach higher levels of performance in your personal and business life. Have an abundant day!