There may or may not come a time in your life when you are facing more adversity than you think you can possibly handle.
Maybe it is with business, maybe it is with family, maybe it is with work, or finances, health, relationships, or any combination of these.
To say my life is perfect in every aspect would be a lie. Most people have at least something they are not happy about. Sometimes your finances are great but your health takes a beating, other times your relationships are not flourishing but your work is seeing greener pastures. For others, it can seem as though almost nothing at all is going well and no matter how hard they try and get ahead it just seems that something comes in the way. Maybe you get a break and then something happens that sets you back again.
What is one to do?
In one of my favourite and successful vlog posts which you can watch here I gave 5 tips to see you through tough times when you feel that things are getting too hard. Out of those 5 tips there will always be one that has, and will continue to, stand the test of time.
I can certainly appreciate that when the world seems dark, gratitude can feel like it’s the last emotion you’re willing to experience. But I ask you to consider this before you give up just yet –
- What have you got to loose? If it’s really that bad what worse can happen in the willingness to experience an emotion other than the ones you have been stuck with for so long?
- There is a 90% chance that if you give this process a chance, it will work. How do I know? It’s been long claimed that 9/10 times the things we fear never come to fruition. With that in mind, fearing that your chance at gratitude will fail anyway is realistically quite low. This post sheds some great light in this to reassure you I’m not leading you astray.
What can you be grateful for?
I’ll start by giving you 36.8 million reasons! That’s the number of times your own heart has beaten for you each and every year of your life since you came into this world. No matter what you have felt, no matter how you have treated your body, no matter what you have done – it’s been there inside you ticking away with unconditional love. Take a moment to put your hand on your heart and let the emotions swell up as you say thank you. It may be the only thing that has stuck by you without judgement and you ought to give it thanks. That appreciation you feel for that gift right now? That’s pure gratitude. Pure love.
What else can you be grateful for?
When you start with this process and look at other things you soon find that there is much you can give thanks for.
This process is the starting to point to more things great. When you do this enough, eventually you come to a point in time when you are more grateful for things than you are not grateful. And as step past that 50% mark everything just goes up from there.
That’s the secret to happy people. They are happier with more than half of everything, more than half the time, consistently.
Today, I thank you, for you.
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