I’ve been battling a cold for a couple of weeks, I’ve been getting up at 3:30am to get in my training for the Ironman, my week has been jam-packed with meetings (from my attorney, to my accountant, to my dentist, to coaching, to several webinars, to a company Murder Mystery Night), and I lost my voice at least twice. And I am grateful for every minute of it.
Those moments when you are your lowest and you’ve got problems coming at you from every angle – your business, your family, your health – say thank you. Problems are a sign of life. There is a gift in every one of life’s challenges you just have to stop and find it.
I’m loving this video right now that really sums it up. No matter what is happening, if you’re still alive, still breathing. Good. You have more to give.
We’ve all heard that gratitude is the antidote to fear, but gratitude is really the antidote to all of life’s challenges. Have you ever tried to be grateful and angry at the same time. Try it right now. It’s just not possible. Gratitude will win every time. And the more your practice gratitude the more you can change your state (and change it faster), when things aren’t quite going your way.
Here are awesome ideas on how to incorporate gratitude into your life:
- Write in a gratitude journal daily (I have one for every day and one I specifically write for my wife).
- Give a compliment to someone at least once a day
- When you are at a red light, say 3 things you are grateful for before it turns green
- At dinner with friends or family, go around the table and have every one share what they are grateful for
- Take time to thank customer service professionals (your cashier, barista, receptionist, pizza delivery guy, etc.) by making eye contact, saying their name, and saying thank you
- Share gratitude every day by tweeting or posting on Instagram or Facebook what you are grateful for
- Check out this article for even more ideas
You can join our 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge on Facebook right now!
Want to take those feelings of gratitude a step further? GIVE. When you’re down and stressing about what is going wrong in your life give your time, give money, give a cup of coffee, just give to someone else. If you’re not where you want to be, it’s because you are making it about yourself. So go make it about someone else. Several times throughout my life I’ve been looking at my financials, or lost out on a development deal, or invested into a new software that didn’t work out, and instead of getting stuck on the fact that I lost money – I went and randomly gave $100 bills to people. It wasn’t easy, but it was what I needed to do to remember that I am richly blessed in many ways and money is only good for the good that it can do. I also believe that whatever you put out into the world, you will get back 10 fold or more. And sure enough, that deal I lost out on, just meant that the next day two new deals came across my desk or I got a reimbursement check for $1000 I wasn’t expecting.
Thanksgiving is just three weeks away and it seems to be the one time a year that people stop and give thanks for everything they have. But what if we did that every day? Think of the power you could have over your attitude, your actions, and better yet, the influence you would have on other people. You never know when that one act of giving or appreciating what someone did for you could change the course of someone else’s life.
But the person it will impact the most is YOU. When you are going through hell… keep going. And don’t forget to say thank you along the way.
I’d love to hear what you are all grateful for! Share in the comments below and then go compliment, say thank you, or go give to someone else!