Today is Thanksgiving in the USA, one of if not the biggest holidays on the American calendar each year. It originates from giving thanks for the harvest providing food for the coming winter.
There is so much to be grateful for in this world and the attitude of gratitude is a very good one to cultivate in this modern age. Our attention is constantly being bombarded from TV, Movies, Phones, Social media and advertising just to name a few. All influences our mindset and focus.
“What we focus on is what we create. Where our attention goes energy flows. We are our attention.”
Focusing on what we are grateful for in our lives not only makes us feel good, certain and abundant, it also supports us in creating more of the good things that we have in our lives. It is so easy to get caught up in focusing on what we don’t have and on all the negatives in life and the world around us.
The Attitude of Gratitude
Here are 3 tips to practice daily to support you in developing a new habit. The attitude of gratitude:
1. Start your day when you wake up focusing on the positive. Ask yourself “What are 3 things that went well the day before.” Then ask yourself “What am I grateful in my life right now?” Get ahead of the curve by training your brain.
2. Focus on what you can control and let go of what you can’t. Developing an internal locus of control is critical to help you stay positive as well as using your time effectively. Ask yourself “Is this something I can control or is it just a concern/worry I can’t?”
3. Accept failures. There is no failure only feedback. Catch your internal dialogue if negative and flip it to a positive. Ask yourself, “What is the opportunity in this problem?”
This newsletter and blog would not exist without you! Thank you for taking the time to read it, share it, and act on it and in doing so making the world a better place. I hope it provides as much value to your life as it does for me to write them.
Life, as you know, is full of ups and downs and if we can be persistently consistent in cultivating our attitude of gratitude we will thrive.
Once again to you all near and far, Thank you for your support and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Timothy J. Carroll