When was the last time you expressed gratitude?
"When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears."
- Tony Robbins, Author & Motivational Speaker.
Now I'm not talking about minding your manners or simply saying "thank you" for something.
I know saying "thank you" is important of course and it certainly doesn't go unnoticed with me if it's omitted from the end of a sentence.
I'm talking about something much deeper than that.
I'm talking about gratitude as a way of being rather than a question of manners.
Really being grateful for what we have in our lives.
For what we have achieved so far.
For our families and the people around us.
Whether we're fortunate enough to have a regular income and good health.
For the little things.
Cups of coffee.
A scented candle.
A good book.
Freshly bakes scones.
And not just the good things.
Experiences that we might initially class as negative but when we look deeper into them there was some really valuable learning involved.
We spend so much time thinking about what we want rather than what we have.
"I wish I had a better job"
"I wish I could stop stuffing my face with those biscuits"
"I wish I had the motivation to exercise"
"I just want to lose that extra weight"
Now I'm going to be honest here. I thought it was a load of old rubbish when I first read how practicing gratitude can change your life.
Of course I'm grateful for what I have in my life but how can being grateful possibly create even more things to be grateful for, more abundance!
But the funny thing about gratitude is that once you start being grateful and noticing what you have in life (rather than what you don't have) it has a strange way of creating more of the same.
And if you've done one of my Weight Loss Change Your Mindset Challenges you may have heard me say "You get more of what you focus on".
Your subconscious mind thinks that you want more of whatever you're focussing on and will show you more examples.
So if you spend your day focussing on all of the things you're grateful for, your subconscious mind will show you even more things to be grateful for.
And if nothing else, it makes you feel so much better.
It reminds you about what you actually do have.
And to be honest, until I started to really think about it, I forgot how much I had achieved and how much I really do have to be grateful for in my life.
And also, it shows you that you are capable of receiving good things into your life.
And when you realise this, or remind yourself of this, it can create the confidence inside of you that you will again receive good things into your life.
At the end of each day, list at least 5 things that you are grateful for that day.
When we start to practice gratitude and to write down what we're grateful for, we start to find ourselves looking for and actually creating things to be grateful for.
By doing this we can't help but create more abundance in our life.
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