How many times have you said to yourself "I wish I had more money, I wish I had a bigger house, I wish I could find that special someone, I wish I could buy an expensive sports car."
We have all wished for bigger, better, faster, stronger…more. Having dreams and desires is part of being human. Wanting better is not a bad thing, it's what motivates us to achieve our goals and desires. Wanting more for ourselves and our loved ones is not greedy or selfish in any way as long as we come by it honestly and with integrity. So, how do we obtain greater wealth? How can we acquire more abundance?
Let's look at the definition of wealth: 1. obsolete : WEAL, WELFARE 2: abundance of valuable material possessions or resources, 3: abundant supply : PROFUSION, 4a: all property that has a money value or an exchangeable value 4b : all material objects that have economic utility; especially : the stock of useful goods having economic value in existence at any one time. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
Now, let's look at the definition of gratitude: 1. a feeling of appreciation or thanks, 2. the state of being grateful.
It's true that the more grateful we are for what we already have the less stress and anxiety we have about our financial situations, jobs, finding work, etc. We have an entire day every November dedicated to being grateful and thankful for what we already have. Sadly, many of us only feel appreciative on Thanksgiving Day when we should be thankful 365 days a year. Even on Thanksgiving, many aren't truly grateful, they just go through the motions because they feel that is what is expected and
According to an article in Psychology Today, The Grateful Brain The neuroscience of giving thanks and being grateful can have a "profound impact on your life." Author Alex Korb cited four studies that show that being grateful on a consistent basis "can keep you happier and healthier." One study suggested that a study group keep a gratitude journal while another group kept a journal of things that "annoyed them." The group that kept the gratitude journal became more determined, gained more focus, "enthusiasm and energy" compared to the other group. Korb points out that "realizing that other people are worse off is not gratitude. Gratitude requires an appreciation of the positive aspects of your situation." (You can refer to the citation for this article below to read more on the four studies.)
So, how does this translate into becoming more successful and how does it work?
First of all, get grateful! You have to condition yourself to truly be thankful and grateful for what you have in your life right now. Focus on the fact that you have everything you need right now. The first thing to be grateful for is that you opened your eyes this morning; thank God for giving you another day. Then be thankful that you have a roof over your head, a warm comfortable bed, family and friends that love you, food on your table, shoes on your feet. You may feel that you do not have enough of these things but you do. That is the first place to start. It can always be worse. Yes, that is a little cliché but it's the truth. You cannot be in a place of gratitude and lack at the same time. It's impossible. Having the mindset of lack will only bring more loss into your life. Reverse that thinking. Start a gratitude journal. Every night, write down everything that you are grateful and thankful for that day. Start by being grateful that you were blessed enough to wake up this morning. According to an article in Forbes, How Feeling Grateful Can Make You More Successful, it can completely transform your life no matter what it is that you are grateful for, it can be something small, large, personal or sentimental. Once you start being honestly grateful, everything in your life will start to change, even your health and your closest relationships will begin to improve. It rewires the connections in your brain. You will start to dismiss negativity and embrace positivity. You will become much more relaxed, calm, and ever your creativity will begin to skyrocket. This will start to snowball in your life. Your gratitude will increase causing you to notice more things to be grateful for, which will, in turn, create more blessings in your life to be thankful for. You will start to see the negative connections and circumstances that are toxic in your life will begin to fall away.
Money. Worrying about finances is one of the biggest fears most of us have experienced or possibly will experience at one point in our lives or another. We have all had or will have hard times in life. There are or will be times we think we would or could never get through but we do or will. Being grateful for what you already have right now is the key to not only gaining more abundance and love in your life but it is what gets us all through those difficult times in life. Instead of worrying, seek God and ask for guidance, get yourself set on a budget, read books and articles on self-improvement or improving your financial situation. Open a savings account and be grateful even for small amounts of money that you are able to set aside. Granted it is a very hard being thankful and grateful when you have more month at the end of your money, but it is critical for your success. When you start to feel gratitude for what you have now, you will reprogram your mind not to focus on lack but instead will begin to get ideas on creating more wealth.
Some facts about being grateful: People who are grateful, advance in their careers, they end up making more money and are less materialistic according to the Business Insider. The more grateful you are and the more you appreciate what you have now rather than focusing on what you are lacking the better off you'll be in the future financially. People who are less appreciative and focus on having a lack of materialistic things tend to turn to retail therapy thereby spending needlessly or buy on impulse. Someone who is grateful is much more "likable, more focused and more productive which leads to far more success in their careers."
Other benefits to being grateful according to The Washington Post are that someone who is grateful is less likely to see a "shrink", having appreciation for your partner leads to "more sex, feel more in love, and less likely to split", is less sickly and less likely to "visit a doctor", more likely to get richer or at least save money due to avoiding impulse buying, and tends to motivate others.
Bottom line; if you want to create more wealth, health, abundance, love and happiness in your life, be grateful for what you have now. Focus on the fact that you have everything you need right now and the things you desire will begin to show up in your life.
Happy career hunting!
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Gratitude. (n.d.). Retrieved January 15, 2016, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gratitude
Korb, A. (2012, November 20). The Grateful Brain. In Psychology Today. Retrieved from www.psychologytoday.com.
Schmalbruch, S. (2015, February). Being grateful for what you have now could make you richer in the future. In Business Insider. Retrieved from www.businessinsider.com/gratitude-makes-you-rich-2015-2.
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