Being Grateful, the First Step to Success!

Day 1 of the “12 Days of Successful Traits” starts off with being grateful.

I am a huge fan of the movie “The Secret” and the corresponding books by Rhonda Bryn.  The movie explains the “Law of Attraction” and how the process of focusing on your goals will help you achieve them.  If you want to achieve your goals even faster, you need to put some emotion behind those thoughts in the form of gratitude.

There are many examples of this in the movie, but my favorite is when a gentleman carries around a plain old rock.  Every morning he picks it up and puts it in his pocket.  Through out the day, he feels it and when he does, he says a prayer of gratitude.  A friend of his, from another country, sees the rock and inquires about how it is used.  Several weeks later, this friend asks him for a “Gratitude Rock” to use because his son is very sick.  The gentleman finds the nicest rocks and sends them to the friend who uses it as a reminder to be grateful.  The son gets better and the friend uses the idea of the “gratitude rocks”, sells them, and raises thousands of dollars for a charity.

Could the fact that the son got better just be part of the cycle of the illness, or something more?

There are many studies that scientifically prove that when you have positive thoughts, the dopamine and serotonin released in your body create good feelings.  When you are feeling good, you tend to have even more positive thoughts, and the cycle continues.  The problem that many people face, is getting stuck in the cycle of negativity.  This is where the process of being grateful can really come in handy.  Everyone has something to be grateful for, even if it is the fact that you woke up this morning and are alive.

I know a young lady that was diagnosed with breast cancer and throughout her journey of chemotherapy and surgeries, she always found a bright spot to focus on.  Normally, it was her children, but she also found excitement in getting new (very colorful) wigs.  She could have been surly and sour with the fact that her hair was falling out, but she found a way to be grateful too.  She regularly posted how appreciative she was for her husband and the support he gave her and their children, as well as her friends and family.

Now, I would also like to mention that during this same time she continued to run her business and open a second business which is doing great!

Struggles in life are going to happen, and you only have control over your attitude.  Be GRATEFUL for the little things and see how incredible your life becomes!

Categories: Life Discussion

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