Gratitude and Thanksgiving

My grandmother was the most positive person in the world.  She was definitely a glass half full kind of person.  She understood the profound significance of being positive.  She understood that gratitude is a choice that affects your future.  Regardless of whether you are predisposed to see the glass as being half full or half empty, the perspective that you hold has a huge impact on your future. 

Paying it forward

We tend to attract the things into our life that we give our focus to.  This being the case, it is especially important to think and focus on the things that we want to define our life.  It is impossible to attract great things into your life if you focus on struggle and bleakness.  In a sense, you must pay it forward with what you want in your life.

In any given day there are things that we can be thankful for and then there are the things that are less than ideal.  That which we focus on will tend to increase.

Shifting to the positive

A simple exercise like a gratitude journal can be a very powerful tool to help you focus on what you can be thankful for.  If it is easier for you to see what’s not right rather than what is right, then keeping a gratitude journal may be just the tool that you need to shift your thinking and your results to include more of the positive.  In case you’re not familiar with what it is, a gratitude journal is a daily record of 5 things that you’re thankful for.  Try not to repeat the same item more than once.

Your thinking affects your attitude, your attitude affects your actions, and your actions affect your results.  Being filled with a deep sense of gratitude and thankfulness will have an impact on your actions and this will have an impact on your results.  To increase what you have to be thankful for, you must first be thankful for what you already have and then expect to be thankful for what lies ahead in life.  Changing your outlook and focus from negative to positive can have a huge impact on the choices you make, the friends you associate with, and the impact your life has on others.

This year at Thanksgiving, in addition to reflecting on what you’re grateful for over the past year, make time to set an intention for a great year ahead and be filled with gratitude for what’s ahead.

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