“Of all the attitudes we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and life-changing.” Zig Ziglar
It is the time of year when attitudes tend to turn toward being thankful. We slow down a little to spend time with family and loved one. We take some of that time and volunteer to help those who are less fortune than us.
Personally, I am on a mission to create this mentality all year long. Wouldn’t you also like to have that same feeling of togetherness and unity all year?
It is really not as difficult as it may seem. You may not be able to work 4 day work weeks, like we do during the holidays, but you can slow down enough to think about and express what you are grateful about. I have found that if you will do the following each day, that you can change your “daily grind” into a grateful mind.
The steps, if performed every day will cause a shift in the way you think. If you have read any motivational messages, they will all tell you that what you think about you become. With that said, if you want to be grateful, think about gratefulness.
In a notebook, write what you are thankful for now. It does not matter how small it seems, write it down. Think about them and you will begin to see other things that you are thankful for. Write them down as they come to your mind
Make a list of the people you are grateful for.
Make an intentional effort to call or message these people to tell them that you are thankful for them and why.
Throughout your day, as you thank people out of habit, do it with intentional effort. Instead of the conditioned response, “thank you”, take it a step further to tell them why you are thanking them.
Find gratitude for yourself throughout the day and be thankful to yourself. NOTE-this one is the hardest step
Seek out things to be grateful for even in the midst of what may seem like turmoil, disorder and even in tragedy or sadness.
Voice your gratefulness to yourself and others as many times each day as you possibly can. The more you make your gratefulness vocal, the more grateful you will become.
Gratefulness is contagious. If you want to make a positive difference at work, in your family, your community and even in the world, start with yourself and share it with everyone you come in contact with.
We can tend to get wrapped up in all the bad things that are happening around us each day and it is easy to allow those things to affect us. Our thinking will change, our opinions will change and even the way we conduct ourselves each day will change.
Beginning each day with a little gratitude and sharing that with others will not only change you, it will change the world. Become the reason that your world becomes a better place to live, work and play. Begin with being grateful.
“Change your expectation for appreciation and your changes instantly.” Tony Robbins
I am grateful for you, because you are the reason that I can share my message of hope and inspiration. I am grateful for your love and support. Most of all, I am grateful that I have the opportunity to tell you that I am so thankful for each of you and everything that you do each day to make our world a better place to live.