Attitude of Gratitude

Horse Poo and an Attitude of Gratitude

Oh yea! Here comes another, “be thankful for living” article. Hold on this is cool.  What if we could hold on to the flavor of our attitude during the holiday season throughout the year?  What would it mean?  No doubt we would have greater wealth, health and happiness.  Why?  Well because when we are thankful we appreciate the value of something. Conversely to be discontented with something means we see the bad and the useless in that thing, and discount its value.

But as the Bard of Avon wrote, “Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” These 10 little words are much more than a clever little bit of iambic pentameter. They hold the keys to the kingdom, because the mind attracts that which it thinks about most.  I am sure right now yer saying, “Oh great here he goes again, the whole positive mental attitude thing”.  Yep.  Its because as artist marketing themselves self talk and having a positive attitude is critical.  Actually I would submit that it is critical in living a fulfilled life.  Thoughts are things.  An idea held in the mind consistently can’t help but manifest itself in the life of the thinker.

You have probably heard the Christmas story of two boys.  I am not sure where this story comes from so I cant give it proper attribution, but here it is.  One boy was always positive and the other usually negative.  Grandpa decided one year to really encourage the negative boy by blessing him with significant gifts.  His hope was the negative grandson would value his gifts and begin to cultivate a thankful attitude.  So on Christmas day the boys clamored around the tree and opened gifts.  The negative boy had piles of the most elaborate and expensive gifts, everything a boy could want.  He moaned about the color, the size, the model, not being able to get them opened without a degree in engineering and everything else.  Nothing was right. The positive boy waited until his brother opened all of his gifts and then he opened the one gift he had. It was wrapped in a brown paper bag.  With eyes of delight he ceremoniously unveiled his gift. A big bag of dried horse doodoo.  Tears came to his eyes and with a bright smile he began prancing around, whooping and hollering.  Perplexed Grandfather asked him what he was so exited about.  In gleeful response the boy said, “Grandpa with all of this horse doo there has got to be a pony somewhere!” “I finally got my pony!”  WOW.  First time I listened to that story I teared up…just a little. (big weenie)  Anyway don’t cha love that?

Success at anything in life isn’t really much more complicated than that positive mindset. It’s just mental discipline: training your mind to be appreciative of the things you have and using them as stepping-stones to getting more of what you want. Everything happens for a reason, good, bad, or indifferent. Regardless, it’s your job to find value in the situation and use it to your advantage.  Your greatest gift is the power of your mind to think independently.   That wonderfully creative mind conceives your art, has developed the skill set to create that art and finds the discipline to market your art.  Isn’t it time to throw off social conditioning that has fooled us into accepting other peoples fear anxieties, limitations and negative attitudes as your own?  I think so.  One thing for sure about being an artist is that there is an area of self discipline that is in our make-up.  Sometimes I think it sleeps or maybe is lurking just beneath the surface but it is there.  Lets tap that and begin to live with an daily attitude of gratitude.  It will surely improve our  art.

Here are seven things you can do to develope a more thankful heart and attitude.

1-Hang with people that have the type of thankful attitude that you want to cultivate.  Tthe more gratitude I have in my life, and the more I hang out with other people with lots of gratitude in their lives… well, the better and more graceful my life is.

2-Practice, practice, practice. Take time out each morning to “count your blessings”. Develop the discipline to recognize those things we ought to be thankful for. It is much like developing the art of “seeing”. It really is just a matter of increasing your “awareness” of the things around you.

3-Now that you have become aware of the the things you are thankful for…write them down. There is a direct correlation to ones success in various areas by going through this process so hang with me here.

4-Now that those thankful thoughts are written out, speak them out. repetition with alternative modes of learning helps to seat those thankful thoughts into your thankful heart. Sound cheesy? Just try it.

This really is a wonderful exercise to do each morning when you wake, or at night when you go to bed. Here is some of the magic in doing this,  when you exercise the Discipline of Gratitude you will not only be happier… but you’re going to start to achieve more in your life.

I know by now some people are rolling your eyes and have may be telling yourself , dont drink the kool-aid, dont drink the kool-aid, and a lot of people won’t think this has anything to do with business and marketing. Trust me,  this is powerful stuff. I have experienced it over and over in my life.

here is the deal. we all have junk in our lives, bad junk where momentarily you may have thought (or still be thinking) my life sucks, this isnt fair, why did this happen to me? Believe me we all have been there but it comes down to this: you can go through your life with a chip on your shoulder, looking to blame other people and wondering why things aren’t coming easier to you… or you can go through your life feeling grateful for all you have. Simple. The deal with that is YOU get to choose, and only YOU can control the outcome from the crummy stuff that  may have happened to you.

It’s your choice.

I’ve had the opportunity to been around a LOT of super-successful people, and they pretty much all fall on that “gratitude” side of things. The glass is half-full a mentality of abundance versus an attitude of scarcity.

Bottom line – if you want to achieve great things in your life (and great success), then the Discipline of Gratitude is one of the key life-skills you need to master.

The good news is that it’s also one of the easiest. And you’ll be a lot happier for it

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