“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey
We do not appreciate what we have.
We do a fantastic job of taking things for granted.
Consider this . . .
When was the last time:
- You were thankful for your awesome group of friends?
- You were grateful you could walk?
- You were happy you could see?
- You smiled because your children were healthy?
- You stopped and marveled at the sunset?
- You were thankful for the food you have to eat?
- You appreciated living in a free society?
Gratitude is in short supply.
It’s time for a change. It’s time to be GRATEFUL.
“Gratitude” will be one of my 3 words for 2015.
It is time to start focusing on GRATITUDE.
One of the life’s little secrets is what you focus on multiplies.
- Focus on problems? You get more problems.
- Focus on opportunities? You get more opportunities.
- Focus on gratitude? You get more things to be grateful for.
Brené Brown wrote, “What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”
Privilege is a gift. Entitlement is an attitude.
Gratitude is the bridge between the two.
You are bombarded 24/7/365 with messages of:
- what you lack.
- what you need.
- what is missing from your life.
It’s time to push back.
Gratitude is not an automatic response. Gratitude is a habit that must be developed.
3 Ways to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude:
1) Gratitude Notebook
- Write down 3 things each day that make you grateful.
- Don’t take anything for granted.
- Everything is in play: Your friends, your health, today’s sunset.
- In 1 year you will have 1,095 reasons to be grateful. Wow!
2) Give Specific “Thank you’s!”
- Thank your wife for that fantastic dinner.
- Thank your co-worker for their awesome work that made you look good.
- Thank your child’s coach for staying late to help them refine their batting stance.
3) Praise People in Public
- Complements are gold.
- Complementing people in front of others is nuclear.
- Try it. You will be amazed at the results.
Develop an attitude of gratitude.
You will be amazed how gratitude transforms the AVERAGE into the REMARKABLE.
– Joe Ciccarone