Gratitude is not only the way you express appreciation for what you have, but it’s stating an expectation of amazingly good things to come. (And remember what you expect is generally what you experience!)
It’s easy to overlook how the things you do to help the world actually help you back. And gratitude is one of those things.If you look closely at any successful person’s profile, you see time and time again how that person got repeated "lucky" breaks, or was in the right place at the right time. Or you see how someone starts a company to do X, but ends up with massive success doing Y. (Example, Nokia started off as a tire company. Mixonian Institute started off only with private coaching services.)
In the case of Mixonian Institute, every single one of our big sales breakthroughs has come when we weren’t trying to sell. (Getting married to Ruben is another example of good coming when I wasn’t looking for it.) Karma is real and gratitude amps up the good on your side of the ledger.
It’s a tad early for Thanksgiving Day, but why not take advantage and practice extreme gratitude during the whole month of November?
Here’s the thing about gratitude. Research unequivocally supports the relationship between expression of gratitude and feelings of happiness. That’s because gratitude forces you to direct your attention to what is working in your life, instead of dwelling on your problems. You’re always going to have both blessings and problems, it’s what you pay attention to that moves you forward, or not. Here’s how you can tap into this precious energy of gratitude:
9+ Ways to Leverage Gratitude:
1. Realize that gratitude brings you to the present moment.
Being present lowers your stress level instantly(!) and makes you more accessible to others. At the same time, with no effort. Lower stress = longer life + more health + more happiness. What else can you ask for?
2. Gratitude for your audience displaces (largely), nervousness about speaking to a group.
If you’re present with your audience, you don’t have to worry about feeling confident. (Presence trumps confidence.) You simply share what is important to you with them.
3. Gratitude for your clients builds your business.
And…Mixonian Institute is EXTREMELY grateful to all our clients and readers. Thank you!
4. Gratitude shifts your energy to a higher level.
Higher energy attracts people and experiences of a similar level to you. (The birds of a feather syndrome.) HIgh energy is magnetic!
5. Gratitude puts you in the frame of mind to take more action.
This is related to #5. More actions = more results = more learning = more success.
6. Gratitude improves employee morale.
The #1 reason a person quits the job is not feeling appreciated. Studies show that employees value feeling appreciated more than higher salaries. A pay raise is one way to show gratitude but there are many others that cost less money.
7. Gratitude improves employee productivity.
See # 1, 4, 5 and 6.
8. Gratitude extends the length and quality of your life.
And it’s free!
9. Gratitude is fun.
Get together with your family or your work team and compose a long list, maybe of 100 items, for which you are grateful. It’s a huge energy-shifter and morale lifter!
Gratitude bonus: Try writing a note, real one on paper, to a different person each day during the month of November. Express your gratitude to the person in the note and see what happens!
The Catholic practice is pray for the dead on November 2 (All Souls Day.) You don’t have to be religious to take some time to express gratitude for loved ones who have passed on to the next life.
What sayeth thou? We’d be grateful if you would comment below!