An Attitude of Gratitude

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step towards achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” Brian Tracy

There are tons of things we can each do from a self-growth, self-development perspective, but one of the simplest and most important is being grateful.  No matter what your style, religion, background, job, family or political persuasion, thankful is something everyone can and should be.

If you do live with an “attitude of gratitude” as Tracy suggests, you’ll be better equipped to deal with any and all challenges life throws at you.  This means that not only do you say ‘thank you’ for things and actions, you feel thankful for people, or for things that happen in your life.  Truly being grateful means more than just lip service.  It means that you look for things you are thankful for in your life, it means you naturally express your gratitude, and it feels good.

So once we’ve got the attitude of gratitude active in our lives, what next?  Tracy says that we must believe that each thing that happens in our lives is bringing us to something bigger and better.  I heard someone say recently when referencing affirmations or another self-development tool, that you say what you are affirming, and then say “or something better.”  So if you have a job interview you go on, you say “I’m thankful for getting this job, or something better.”  If you’re in a relationship, but one partner seems to be holding out on you, say “this relationship or something better.”

When you’re living with a grateful perspective towards the world, you won’t see events and people as setbacks, but rather as stepping-stones in your life.  How will you work on your attitude of gratitude today?

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