Do You Really Practice Gratitude?

Gratitude is a wonderful thing.  It is such a wonderful, powerful thing, in fact, that it gets so much lip service that we think we know what it is.  I’m here to tell you that if we knew what gratitude really is, and if we were practicing it the way the experts tell us, then we would already HAVE everything we want. We would be living the ultimate definition of success.

But for most of us, we still have plenty of things we’d like to change about our lives.  Thus, there’s still space for the power of gratitude in our lives. So let’s not come at gratitude as if we already know what it is or how to use it.  Choose to see yourself as a novice to its power, and you will invite a rush of opportunities to fill your life.

What is gratitude?  Simply, it is LOVE for a situation or condition in your life.

I invite you to stretch into gratitude beyond the things you already appreciate in your life, to the things that you don’t like and wish did not exist. The practice of gratitude allows you to see the universe working on your behalf – even with the seemingly unpleasant circumstances in your life.  Gratitude will allow you to see that even the unpleasant is a gift.  Even the unwanted is offering you opportunity.

For example, you might face moments of fear if in your business – you make the effort to reach out to new partners or prospects in a way you haven’t before.  Using the practice of gratitude, you would seek out appreciation for your fear. Gratitude might help you see that your fear is simply god’s opening into your life.  It’s a signal that Spirit is looking for a new way to operate, and by stepping into that fear, you are becoming more divine.  That’s something to be grateful for.

Simply ask yourself, “What is this situation trying to teach me?  What is this asking me to become?”

As Albert Einstein says, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” This is how I invite you to look at your current circumstances – especially the ones that you dislike.  – The ones you perceive with lack.  See them, not just as something you can will yourself to tolerate – but as a miracle.

Who would you have to become to see your enemies, your pain, and your failures as miracles??

Gratitude is a method of alchemy that turns something of lower value into something of higher value.  Stand in the space of knowing that everything at this moment – and every moment – is an opportunity for you to step into greatness.  To live at your highest.  Everything.  Especially the things you dislike.

Another brilliant thought by Einstein: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

Gratitude, when applied to our unwanted circumstances, enables us to turn negative into positive, because it comes at our troubles with a totally different energy.  Gratitude asks, “What is there to love and appreciate about this situation?”

As you start to blow through your fears, resentments, blames, and limitations, you will systematically transform every unwanted situation into a sacredly revered mine of gold. These mines of gold together create an entirely new pattern in your life capable of creating completely new results.

Consider the wisdom of Helen Keller when she said, “I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.”

The greater your willingness to infuse gratitude into every area of your life, the faster you will arrive at authentic success, with everything you truly desire.

Write down your answers to these seven questions:
1.    What are three things in your current situation you feel incredibly grateful for?
2.    Who are three people you deeply appreciate and value?
3.    What are three things you wish would change in your life?
4.    What are three of your worst fears?
5.    What are three things you feel great shame?
6.    What are your three biggest regrets?
7.    Who are three people you wish you would never have to deal with again?

Throughout the next 21 days, spend one day on each of the items you listed.  Spend a full day inviting gratitude into your heart for each item you listed above.  At the end of the 21 day exercise, take notice at what has changed in your life.

Expect success.  Even better. Expect miracles.

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One Response to “Do You Really Practice Gratitude?”

  1. Feng Shui Candace Says:

    If you really knew what gratitude was and made it a part of everyday life you would have made the mindset shift to positivity too. A positive mindset has to be involved in with the gratitude because you can’t answer questions or make any list then have thoughts of negativity.

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