An Attitude of Gratitude (A Way Of Thinking)
If there is one thing that gets me back on track when I seem to be off, it's having an attitude of gratitude. You know I’ve learned that we really have a lot to be grateful for. Now I don't know what you are going through right now but I’m sure that whatever it is you can not only overcome it but also grow from it. Now that sounds easy to say but I wouldn't say that is always easy to hear (especially when you're going through a rough season)
Well it turns out that our attitude (especially in times of distress) is vital for our personal and professional success. People who have a negative attitude about their life usually stay stuck and people who have a positive attitude about life tend to have the fuel that they need to overcome the barriers that are keeping them from being their best.
There was a study done that showed how optimist and pessimist viewed the negative events in their life. It turns out that optimist tend to view negative events in their lives as temporary, specific to the situation and something they didn’t necessarily cause but can handle or resolve. Pessimists tend to see negative events and experiences as things that will last longer, that will wreak havoc on their lives (end of the world thinking) and that cannot be controlled or stopped.
Ask yourself how do you view your world? How do you normally deal with setbacks? Would you consider yourself someone who is positive most of the time or negative most of the time? Now I’m not saying we sit back and dream fairytale fantasies about life and pretend everything is perfect. Ok- remember what it said about optimist- they take responsibility for their life and do something about their problems.
But before we go out and conquer the world we may want to conquer our state of mind first. And one excellent way to do that is to get into an attitude of gratitude. You see gratitude not only reminds us of what we have to be grateful for but it also puts our state (thinking) in the right direction. Thinking negatively and blaming everyone for your problems will not help you overcome the barriers that may be holding you back.
Today’s Action Step
For today's action step I want you to take a notepad and number it from 1-10. Then write all the things you have to be grateful for today. (Perhaps your family, children, roof over your head- ok you may have to pay the electric bill but that simply means that you are going to have heat this winter to keep you and your family warm) after you do this notice how your attitude changes. I do this every single morning before I get out of bed. I thank God for another day and remind myself of all the great things I have to be grateful for. And in a world where negativity seems to be the dominant factor you will need to step into an attitude of gratitude as much as you can.