Gratitude. I’m sure you’ve heard this word before and you probably know that it simply means a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation. But what you may not know is that gratitude has tremendous power and a great potential to change your life. Harnessing the power of gratitude and subsequently applying it accordingly can be the single most decisive factor in ensuring better degrees of success for yourself.
Let’s dwell a little on exactly what gratitude can do for you.
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. In my course, ‘Gratitude as a Way of Life’, we dive deeply into all the benefits of gratitude (Read my special offer at the end for a unique opportunity). Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the power of gratitude and therefore don’t apply it in their lives. Instead, they put themselves and others down by criticism, condemnation, and negativity.
It’s possible you have some obstacles that are preventing you from practicing and expressing gratitude. These obstacles can be 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 living a happier life. Becoming aware of those obstacles will help you to make the mind shift necessary to start creating an attitude of gratitude.
Before you can start practicing gratitude, ask yourself the following questions:
What exactly are the obstacles that are holding me back from showing gratitude to myself and to others?
How can I overcome these obstacles?
How can I unleash an onslaught of gratitude to myself and to others?
Now that you are aware of your obstacles, you can start working on showing gratitude to yourself. This is the first step in creating a new reality and a better life for yourself.
The way to go at it is to first acknowledge and appreciate all the things you achieved in life. These can be something as big as getting a diploma for a study you followed or buying a house, but it can just as well be something small as getting up in the morning. If you suffer from depression, you know that often, something as simple as getting up in the morning or getting dressed is a huge accomplishment. Don’t underestimate these little things that normally are being taken for granted. Everything you are doing during a day is an achievement that should be recognized.
Ask yourself: ‘When was the last time I actually rewarded myself for those achievements?’. Now is the time to start indulging or pampering yourself with some simple or extravagant (whichever is appropriate) rewards for all your past, present, and future achievements.
Do you find yourself complaining about your work? The easy thing would be to say: “Look for another job”. But I know that sometimes, what seems to be the simplest solution is not always doable. So instead of looking for another job, look for the small things at your work that are making you happy. Maybe you have a colleague that is helping you often, maybe there is a challenge at work that stimulates your brain, or maybe it’s just the beautiful view you see on the way to work.
The point is to focus on the good things, no matter how small they are, instead of focusing on the negative things.
Another way to start practicing gratitude is to be appreciative of the things you have, like a workplace, home, health, family and friends, and the food on your table.
Those things are often seen as trivial and are being taken for granted. But by learning to appreciate them and being grateful for them, you are already learning to practice gratitude and build a positive mindset.
Keep in mind that learning how to show gratitude for yourself can take time.
You need to be patient and don’t get demotivated if on some days you don’t manage to practice gratitude. Just keep on going and with time, you will notice that it become a natural part of you.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Limor Smits is a Spiritual Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Workshops Facilitator.
She is the Founder and CEO of The Lounge - Center For Personal Development & Growth and is empowering women all over the world.