G r a t i t u d e.
I am sure you have heard of this word before and you probably know that it simply means a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation.
Gratitude may be a mouthful to pronounce but the act of showing it is actually rather simple and effective to implement. Knowing the power and potential of showing gratitude and subsequently applying it accordingly can be the single most decisive factor in ensuring better degrees of success for yourself. Because it is easy to drift into focusing on the negative, problems, and on what is not working in your life. But what you focus on expands. So focusing on negativity and problems only presents more of that, and not the enjoyment and fulfillment in life you long for.
Let us dwell a little on exactly what gratitude can do for you and subsequently your success.
Benefits of Gratitude
Gratitude instills a positive feeling in you and the people you show it to. It alters your perspective of negative feelings, thoughts, or beliefs you may have of yourself or others by alerting these feelings, thoughts, and beliefs to the things you are grateful for. Gratitude raises your awareness and focus and it can inspire you to achieve better for yourself and the people around you.
In fact, there are numerous other benefits of gratitude. Yet, many people still do not or refuse to shower themselves or the people around them with gratitude. Instead, they put themselves and others down by criticism and condemnation. To see if you fall under this category, take the next few seconds to ponder over the following questions:
What exactly are the obstacles that are holding you back from showing gratitude to yourself and to others?
How can you overcome these obstacles?
How can you unleash an onslaught of gratitude to yourself and to others?
The obstacles stated above are mainly negative thoughts, emotions, and beliefs that you may possess that are probably not only hindering you from showing gratitude but are most probably also hindering you from success.
Gratitude to Yourself
To start showing gratitude to yourself you must first be appreciative of all your achievements – be it big or small – that you have experienced so far in your life. Ask yourself: when was the last time you actually rewarded yourself for those achievements? If you have constantly been doing so, then good for you, and keep it up. If not, then it is about time you start indulging or pampering yourself with some simple or extravagant (whichever is appropriate) rewards for all your past achievements and the future ones.
Next, be appreciative of the things you have – your job, workplace, house, wealth, family, food, and surroundings. The gifts and the abundance in each of our lives are so vast that the possibilities are limitless. I know it can be rather impossible to directly show gratitude to these things but don't fret. You can actually list down these things and write down thank you notes for each of them to express your gratitude. Keep referring to this list when you're feeling sad or depressed and you can instantly feel a surge of happiness or positive emotions.
Gratitude or appreciation
of what we already have
is necessary to
attract things we want!
Gratitude to The People Around You
There are MANY ways you can express your gratitude to the people around you but here are a few that are simple to perform. You are, however, free to find out or think of others of your own and implement them as you deem fit.
Instead of putting down, insulting, and complaining about the people around or working under you, try complimenting, praising, and appreciating them for all they have done for your well-being and your achievements. By doing this, you gain their respect and trust and they are more likely to continually assist you to achieve better.
Make a thank you list of all the people you are grateful for and constantly refer to this list to give yourself a better and greater feeling.
Give a simple verbal thank you, a note of appreciation, or even a thank-you e-mail to express your gratitude to the people who have assisted you in your achievements.
Shower the people you are grateful for with small or big cards, gifts, presents, or rewards to clearly show them how much you appreciate them.
Or simply provide the people around you with gifts that cannot be bought with cash like your valuable time, your sacrifice, or something that is of utmost importance to you.
Gratitude. The word may be a little complex to pronounce but there is actually nothing complex about performing the act of showing gratitude. Always bear in mind that when you show gratitude to yourself, the things, and the people around you...
you will definitely hold
the key to unlocking
your personal growth &
ultimately your success!
But wait there is more...
Gratitude for Personal Growth & Success
Giving thanks for what we would like more of in our lives actually sets up the vibration of receptivity for that desire to manifest. (AKA The Law of Attraction) By being grateful for that which has not yet shown up in form, "we move from perceived limitations into the passion of possibilities, without attachment to how our desire/goal is to be manifested." It is so simple.
Write down something like this:
"I am so happy and grateful that..." and then write what you would like to have.
"I am happy and grateful that I make $100,000.00 per year."
"I have a wonderful and loving wife."
Use the PRESENT tense, visualize the things you want, be grateful for them, and think about them as already yours. When you achieve them, you can add new desires and goals to your list. If you write about money, start first with the amount you believe is possible and then increase the amount when you get the amount you wrote down. Be specific.
When you start doing as described above, it may feel strange that you are using present tense for the things you want to have in the future, but it is important to train your mind and force your mind to think about them in the present tense. After some time of playing such mental ping pong, your mind will obey and will help you to achieve the things you want.