How many times have you said; “I wish I had more money. I wish I had a bigger house. I wish I could find that special someone. I wish I could buy an expensive sports car.”
We have all wished for bigger, better, faster, stronger, etc. Having dreams and desires is part of being human. Wanting better is not a bad thing, it’s what motivates us to achieve our goals and desires. Wanting more for ourselves and our loved ones is not greedy or selfish in any way as long as we come by it honestly and with integrity. So, how do we obtain greater wealth? How can we acquire more abundance? By being grateful!
Let’s look at the definition of wealth, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, wealth is: 1. obsolete : WEAL, WELFARE 2: abundance of valuable material possessions or resources, 3: abundant supply : PROFUSION, 4a: all property that has a money value or an exchangeable value 4b : all material objects that have economic utility; especially : the stock of useful goods having economic value in existence at any one time. Now, let’s look at the definition of gratitude as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1. a feeling of appreciation or thanks, 2. the state of being grateful.
It’s been shown that the more grateful we are for what we already have the less stress and anxiety we have about our financial situations, jobs, and finding work. We have an entire day every November dedicated to being grateful and thankful for what we already have. Sadly, many of us only feel appreciative on Thanksgiving Day when we should be thankful 365 days a year.
According and article by Alex Korb in Psychology Today being grateful can have a “profound impact on your life.” He cited four studies that show that being grateful on a consistent basis “can keep you happier and healthier.” (The Grateful Brain, November 20, 2012) One study suggested that a study group keep a gratitude journal while another group kept a journal of things that “annoyed them.” (The Grateful Brain, November 20, 2012) The group that kept the gratitude journal became more determined, gained more focus, “enthusiasm and energy” compared to the other group. Korb points out that “realizing that other people are worse off is not gratitude. Gratitude requires an appreciation of the positive aspects of your situation.” (The Grateful Brain, November 20, 2012)
So, how does this translate into becoming more successful and how does it work?
First of all, get grateful! You have to condition yourself to truly be thankful and grateful for what you have in your life today. Focus on the fact that you have everything you need right now. You have a roof over your head, a warm comfortable bed, family and friends that love you, food on your table. You may feel that you do not have enough of these things but you do. That is the first place to start. It can always be worse. Yes, that is a little cliché but it’s the truth. As soon as you start taking your needed possessions and/or your family and friends for granted that is the moment you stop being grateful. Reverse that thinking. Start a gratitude journal. Every night, write down everything that you are grateful and thankful for that day. Start by being grateful that you were blessed enough to wake up this morning. According to How Feeling Grateful Can Make You More Successful (November 27, 2013), it can be something small, large, personal or professional. Once you start being honestly grateful, everything in your life will start to change, possibly even your health and your closest relationships will begin to get even better. It rewires your brain. This will start to snowball in your life. Your gratitude will increase causing you to notice more things to be grateful for.
Money; worrying about finances is one of the biggest fears most of us have. We have all had hard times. Times we thought we would never get through but we do. Try to be grateful for what you already have. Instead of worrying, get yourself set on a budget, read books and articles on improving your financial situation. Open a savings account and be grateful even for small amounts of money that you are able to set aside. Granted it is a very hard being thankful and grateful when you have more month at the end of your money, but it is critical for your success. When you start to feel gratitude for what you have now, you will reprogram your mind not to focus on lack, but instead, will begin to get ideas on creating more wealth.
Some facts about being grateful. People who are grateful, advance in their careers, they end up making more money and are less materialistic according to the Business Insider. The more grateful you are and the more you appreciate what you have now rather than focusing on what you are lacking the better off you’ll be in the future financially. People who are less appreciative and focus on the lack of materialistic things tend to turn to retail therapy thereby spending needlessly or buy on impulse. Someone who is grateful is much more “likable, more focused and more productive which leads to far more successful in their careers” (Gratitude Makes You Rich, February, 2015).
Other benefits to being grateful according to Yes, thanks! Six ways gratitude can change your life. are that someone who is grateful is less likely to see a “shrink”, having appreciation for your partner leads to “more sex, feel more in love, and less likely to split”, is less sickly and less likely to “visit a doctor”, more likely to get richer or at least save money due to avoiding impulse buying, and tends to motivate others. Bucklan, E. (2015, March 11). Yes, thanks! Six ways gratitude can change your life.
Bottom line; if you want to create more wealth, health, abundance and happiness in your life, be grateful for what you have now. Focus on the fact that you have everything you need right now and the things you desire will begin to show up in your life.
Happy career hunting!
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Schmalbruch, S. (2015, February). Being grateful for what you have now could make you richer in the future. In Business Insider. Retrieved from www.businessinsider.com/gratitude-makes-you-rich-2015-2.
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