Stop and think about the word “appreciate” for a minute. Used as a noun, appreciate means “to be thankful.” But used as a verb, it means “to increase in value over time.” In fact, the more we appreciate life, the more our life appreciates in value—both personally and professionally.
Practicing gratitude is at the very core of my coaching programs. I dedicated a whole chapter of my book, Be the Magic of You: Tools to Transform Your Life to the art of embracing gratitude, and make note of the things I am grateful for at the end of each day—I actually track these things in my Daily Intentions Planner.
Adopting an attitude of gratitude is the fastest way to shift your vibrations from negative to positive. Research has shown that just asking yourself the question, “What am I grateful for today?” triggers the production of mood-boosting hormones, such as dopamine and serotonin. Finding gratitude, even in disastrous situations, helps keep me moving forward and focused on positive growth in business and in life.
Practicing gratitude as a means of achieving success isn’t just a “me” thing. A Harvard University study reports that grateful people are more likely to be happy and successful. A study performed by UCLA and the University of Miami found a direct correlation between gratitude and optimism. Another study, published in the Journal of Psychology, found the exact same thing. And here’s the thing about optimistic people:
1. They complete assigned tasks at a higher level than others
2. They are more likely to receive positive evaluations from their peers and supervisors
3. They have more confidence, and confident people regularly exhibit top-level professional performance
I’m one of those super optimistic people and always has a bounce in my step and a smile on my face, and that’s because I am relentlessly grateful. In fact, I’m grateful that I have the capacity to be so grateful!!
Of course, shifting your mindset to focus on what you’re grateful for rather than all of the things that you don’t have, or that haven’t happened to or for you yet, won’t happen overnight. It will take practice. Check out this blog I wrote with 3 suggestions for deepening your daily practice of gratitude.
At the very least, I highly recommend keeping track of the things you’re grateful for every day. You can use a regular notebook, or a goal-tracking journal like my Daily Intentions Planner. Writing down your gratitude list a great way to end every day on a positive note and continuously shift your vibrations from negative to positive. Eventually, positivity will become a habit…your norm!
There is always something to be grateful for, even on your worst days. Find it, and watch your life change as you begin to attract all that you deserve.
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