Being Grateful Will Change Your Life, Career, and Business
Often we do not see the connection between being grateful and success, but I challenge you to find a truly successful person who is not grateful.
Several years ago I started at the beginning of my day writing down 7 things I am grateful for everyday. My experience about gratitude has taught me the following:
1. Being grateful is not just an attitude, it is a behavior.
2. Being grateful forces me to focus on what I do have, not on what I do not have
3. Being grateful is a lifestyle, not a moment
4. Being grateful goes hand in hand with being humble
5. Being grateful forces me to do more for others
6. Being grateful pushes me to practically fill others needs
7. Being grateful keeps me from focusing on my emotions
8. Being grateful keeps me from being selfish
9. Being grateful keeps me from complaining
10. Being grateful keeps me from playing the fool
It certainly has taught me more than just these 10 things, but it is about “being” and “grateful”. It is a state of “being”. It is a constant state of “being”.
Look I am the first to admit that I sometime fall into the trap of “I want what I want, because I think I am rightful to have it”, but when I am truly grateful, what I want, how I feel, what I think, what I want to do, becomes MEANINGLESS!
When I am grateful, my feelings, my emotions are put aside, because I can then see what others truly need in a practical way and then take the time to fulfill it, you come to understand that what I think is far less important than what I truly do to help someone, what I want is garbage, and you come to understand that what you want to do is not always a good thing. In fact, you come to realize that what I want to do, interferes with what you truly must do to productively helping other people.
This is what truly grateful people do. It is interesting to me, because the more I am around truly grateful people, they become the people I want to be with most.
They ask for nothing, They don’t complain. They look for opportunity. They have a positive attitude. They recognize that life is too short. They live to serve others. They don’t whine. They are less angry. They are mentally and emotionally stable and strong. They are successful in life and most of the time in business too.
So here is my suggestion. Start a daily gratitude journal. Write out 5 to 10 things each morning that you are grateful for. It can start as small as " I am grateful for my cup of coffee this morning", or something deeper, “I am grateful for the love and encouragement of my friend”. Or deeper yet.
My point is just start it…do it…be consistent with it. You will find that is so life changing…that you cannot help, but look at life and people in a different way. It is pretty cool, and it is a great way to start your day too.
Not only will it change your life…it will change your business too.
Call me if I can help you.