Motivation
Motivation
June 4, 2016
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If I could offer you a magic potion that would

make you happier, healthier, more optimistic and

more productive, and tell you that potion would

cost nothing and will require very little effort

to use, would you be interested?

 

Let me ask the question differently.

 

If this potion existed would you want some?

 

Of course you would! Unfortunately, I don’t have a

potion that will do these things. But each of us

has something even better than a potion that will

do all of those things and more…

 

Gratitude.

 

Science tells us that an “attitude of gratitude”

is a good health choice. Being more grateful more

often makes us happier and more optimistic. But

gratitude also adds to the bottom line – in very

real ways. And the best news about gratitude is

that it requires little time and no money.

 

Here are five reasons gratitude improves your

productivity and results:

 

Gratitude attracts what we want. The universal law

of attraction says that we will attract into our

life the things we think about and focus on.

 

Since this is true, wouldn’t you want more of what you

are thankful for? (I think I know the answer to

that!) Remember that when you are consciously

aware of your blessings, and are grateful for

them, you are focusing more clearly on what you do

want in your life – and are attracting more of

those things into your life.

 

Gratitude improves relationships. We learn the

importance of saying “thank you” as little

children. We are taught that habit because it is

“good manners.” This childhood lesson is extremely

powerful. Think about those people that you know

who are most appreciative of you – and let you

know it. How do you feel about them?

 

Does their appreciation positively impact your relationship

with them? Of course it does! Be grateful for

people, their contributions, their talents and

their actions – and make sure you let them know

how you feel.

 

Gratitude reduces negativity. It is hard to be

negative about your situation when you are

thinking about things for which you are grateful.

One of the fastest ways to improve your mood or

outlook is to count your blessings.

 

Gratitude improves problem solving skills. Too

often we look at problem solving with a very jaded

view. “Something is wrong. We have barriers in our

way. Then, we have to put in effort to fix it.”

 

Conversely, when we think about what we are

grateful for we open our minds up to new

possibilities and connections. We also enter a

problem solving situation with a perspective of

improvement and opportunity rather than challenge

or issue.

 

Gratitude helps us learn. Every dark cloud has a

silver lining. Behind every problem lies an

opportunity. Being grateful for our situation –

even if we don’t like everything about it – allows

us to be thankful for the opportunity to learn

something new.

 

That’s Fine, But How?

 

At this point you may be thinking, OK, sounds

great, but how can I really be more grateful, more

often?

 

It’s really very easy.

 

Let’s practice right now.

 

  1. Make a list of five things you are grateful for

right now. These can be big things (like your

family) or little things (like the fact that

someone held the door open for you this morning).

This can be a mental list or written down. Do it

now.

 

  1. Reflect on your list and allow yourself to feel

good about these things.

 

  1. If there is a person you can thank or show your

appreciation to, do that now too (a quick call or

email is a good start!).

 

You can do this exercise anytime, and you don’t

have to stop at five things. In fact, it is a

great idea to keep a running list in your Journal,

planner or notebook – this way you can return to

your list anytime you wish, reinforcing your

gratitude.

 

But at any moment you can make a list, bask in

those thoughts, and share that thankfulness with

others.

 

You’ve probably thought of being thankful as a

good thing to do or the right thing to do. But now

hopefully you see it can be even more powerful

than “right.”

 

Gratitude is an attitude. Gratitude is a choice.

And gratitude is a habit. When we consciously

practice being grateful for the people, situations

and resources around us we begin to attract better

relationships and results. The habit will be

strengthened as you make the choice each day.

Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.