The sound of thunder woke me sometime around 6 am which is early for me. I go to bed when I'm tired and get up when I'm done sleeping so I usually don't surface until around 8:30 – 9ish.
But this morning, the thunder and pouring down rain woke me and it was music to my ears actually after all the heat and lack of rain we've had.
The moment I woke and realized what the sound was, my thoughts were, " How fabulous….I'm so grateful for this much needed rain and what it means to the local farmers especially."
As I dozed in and out from the thundering noises over the next hour, I remained in an attitude of gratitude. I was not in a hurry to jump out of bed, had no place to go and planned on enjoying a relaxed Monday morning, so why not linger in bed and enjoy the sounds and darkness of clouds.
Other grateful thoughts raced….
… grateful that I didn't have to get up and shower, shave and shine for work…
… grateful for my 600 thread count sheets and down comforter that felt so great wrapping around me when others slept under bridges and in shelters…
… grateful for the english breakfast tea and healthy foods I would soon be having when others would go hungry…
… grateful for my family whom I can pick up the phone and talk to today when others can't….
… grateful for my health when others are in the hospital or have disabilities that I was blessed to not have.
You know, when we look at even our worse days, we are better off than so many others.
You Get More of What You Focus On
Did you know, when you focus on what you are grateful for and the good things in life, life serves up MORE of the good stuff?
And just the opposite is true. If you focus on what's wrong and the negatives, you get more of it.
This applies to your business as well.
- What are you grateful for in your entrepreneurial endeavors?
- What are the skillsets you've learned?
- Who are the great people you've met?
- What success have you had that others haven't had yet?
- What are some business lessons learned?
Don't take for granted the small steps along the way. Be grateful for the small things, not just the big things.
This is the premises of the law of attraction. You get more of what you focus on. So be careful where your thoughts go for sure!
Start your day with the attitude of gratitude.
Setting the stage for your day with grateful thoughts will also set the state for your attitude.
Life tends to toss things at us when we least expect them and practicing mental positive states of mind and being can take what may have otherwise been a mountain and keep it mole hill.
I've gotten into a habit to go down my grateful list before my feet hit the floor in the morning. It took discipline at first because my mind wanted to wander to my "to do" list and even still, I sometimes need to reign my thoughts back to my gratefulness.
If all this sounds hokey, you may want to try it and see if you don't start your day a little smoother and with a brighter outlook. I found that my being in a state of gratefulness brings me peace and calmness and sets the table for a great attitude toward whatever I have to do that day.
As you know, attitude is everything. How you approach your life's circumstances is the difference between win or lose.
So here's a challenge for you this week.
Mine sounds something like this:
I'm grateful for…
Mom and Dad who shaped my life and love me unconditionally. I'm grateful they are still with me here on earth.
My children… and I state why and call them each by name.
My brothers and sisters… I call them by name and bring to mind the blessings of family they bring to my life.
The friends I have and the friends I'll meet.
The bed I have and the comfort of a perfect mattress for me and the warmth of clean, soft bedding.
The tea I'll be enjoying in a few minutes, the food I'll have today and the cover of a roof.
The car I drive.
The opportunity I have to learn and grow both in skillsets and personal development.
The opportunity I have to create a living for myself outside of a boss and traditional job or career.
The creative side of me that loves scrapbooking.
The opportunity I have to teach in my hobby industry.
The opportunity to work with foster children.
That I am in good health.
That I always have a vacation on calendar.
My faith and salvation through Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins.
Today, I added that I was grateful for the sounds of thunder and crashing rain that we needed to badly.
And on, and on, and on.
What are YOU grateful for?
Start your list and write it down if you need to. It's fine to repeat it every day. Add new things as you are reminded of what you're grateful for. Maybe right now you're grateful for your job, your marriage, the opportunity to play ball with the guys, or whatever. Say it. Think it. Feel it.
It's hard to complain when we are in an attitude of gratitude.
When you are focused on the good and grateful things in your life, it's more difficult to complain and whine about things. You'll seek to find the good in all circumstances.
I've to hear from you in the comments below what you're grateful for