Be grateful. If you have the ability to read, you have an amazing gift. If you have a computer, an internet connection, freedom, you are blessed more than you can imagine. Be grateful for what you have.
I have been spending a lot of time on what I don’t have lately. As I start to find my purpose in life and pursue my goals and dreams, I am constantly thinking about all the things that I wish I had that would make my pursuits easier or more financially rewarding.
I’ve realized that if I spend my time dwelling on my shortcomings, and all the things I don’t have, I tend to simply get more of that in my life. And those thoughts breed more thoughts just like it and soon enough I’m stuck. Riding this never ending wave of self doubt and envy.
But if you think about it, if you are grateful for what you have, and you spend time consciously focusing on the abundance in your life right now; there is no room for self doubt or envy. If you are intensely focused on how grateful and blessed you are to have the car that you drive, it is impossible to be jealous of your neighbor’s car at the same time.
When you appreciate the things in your life for what they are, and you are truly happy that you have them you can eliminate all of the negative thoughts that keep you from the life that you desire, the life you deserve.
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.”
Here are 4 ways to include thankfulness in to your life:
1.) Gratitude journal –
I am a HUGE Patrick Combs fan, and one of the very first things I learned from Patrick is to have a gratitude journal. Every night before you go to sleep, open up your journal and write down every possible thing you can think of to be grateful for. Then when you wake up, read back through it, realize all the great things you have in your life. You will attract more wonderful things in to your life this way. And in a year or two, you can look back through this journal and just smile. You’ve had so much your whole life and you didn’t even realize it!
2.) Picture wall –
Take pictures of all the things you are grateful for. If you can’t take a picture of it, take a picture of something that reminds you of it. Then create a big collage of all the things you are thankful for. I hope you have a big wall to use because you will see it start to grow very quickly. Make this something you see every single day. Gazing at this wall can bring an amazing feeling of peace.
3.) Write a thank you –
Don’t be greedy with all that gratitude you have. Spread it around. Write a nice handwritten thank you as often as possible. It means so much more when you write it yourself too, although an email can be nice as well. Do this as often as you can, the person who receives it will appreciate it more than you know.
4.) Thankful Post-It Notes –
Carry some post-it notes around with you wherever you go. Be aware of your thoughts. When a thought of jealousy pops up, acknowledge it, and then pull out your post-its and write something you are thankful for on it. Then stick it right in front of you. This is a very easy way to break that cycle of wanting and then feeling bad about not having it. When you appreciate what you have, you will attract more good things your way.
Having an attitude of gratitude will change your life. It is something that is so simple, yet will make a difference almost immediately. Take one of these 4 ideas and give it a shot, try it for a few weeks or a month and see what a difference it makes.
I hope if any of you out there have any ideas on how to develop a more thankful attitude you would visit the comment section and let us know. There are so many different ways to be thankful every day, so let’s hear some more ideas.