The words you say determine your attitude (how you feel) and your altitude (how much you will achieve). Are your words inspiring you and equipping you? Or are they limiting and crippling you? The good news is the choice is yours.
I read an interesting proverb recently. It demonstrated clearly the power that our words have on our mindsets, our feelings, and our performance.
Blow on a spark and up it flares, spit on it and out it goes; both are the effects of your mouth.
Your words can light a fire or put it out.
Thankfulness is not a state of being. It’s not something you are born into or discover. It’s not something that comes naturally or that you accidentally wake up feeling. Thankfulness is something you practice, that you develop intentionally.
In the United States, this is the week that we all are mindful of thankfulness. Perhaps we even share some things for which we are thankful around the table on Thursday, and resolve to be more thankful next year.
And then Friday comes. That thankful feeling is replaced by the same mundane feelings of every other day.
Thankfulness should be an everyday practice. Thankfulness is directly tied to your levels of productivity and performance, and therefore your success at work, your income, and the stability of your relationships.
In short, thankfulness is one of the lynchpins in determining your ability to live out your calling, achieve your dreams, and change the world.
So, how can you be more thankful throughout the year? Here are 9 ways.
I’ll be happy when _________.
Go ahead, fill in the blank. That blank is your definition of “success.”
Don’t be happy *when.* Be happy *now.* Then…success will come. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook
That is your goal. It’s what you are striving for. It’s what you think will make you happy. Or will it?
The Happiness-Success Paradox
Here is a surprising paradox for some: To achieve authentic success, you must be happy first. Happiness leads to success, which leads to more happiness, which leads to…and thus the cycle is born. Round and round you go on a positive cycle that seems to self-contain itself in an impenetrable bubble. The same principle works in effect for negativity and unhappiness. Negativity leads to failure, which leads to more negativity and unhappiness, which…and the self-containing bubble grows bigger and stronger and seemingly unbreakable.
Happy people simply get more “breaks.” Happy people find jobs easier, they find mates easier, and they find help from others easier. All because they made a choice to be happy.
What words come to mind when you read or hear the word “routine?”
Routines don’t have to be boring or monotonous. They can be life-changing. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook
Perhaps words like:
Wait a minute! What? That last one doesn’t fit.
Or does it?
What if I told you that routines can be life-changing? What if I told you that the key to achieving your big breakthrough and finding more joy in life could be found in a routine?
You want more from life. Good.
It’s right to strive for more. It’s right to want better health or more money. It’s right to want to be smarter and have better relationships.
But what about what you have now?
What if I told you that the first key to getting more is to express thankfulness for what you have now.
If you want abundance, you must first express thankfulness for what you already have. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook
Do you know what really happens inside of you when you write a thank you note?
What if I told you that thousands of years of scientific research showed me that one note, once a week can change who you are? Would you join the Thank You Revolution then?
When you force yourself once a week to write a thank you note, here’s what happens:
You recall the event and person for which you are thankful.
When you sit down to write that note and require yourself to think of something from the previous week for which you are thankful, you will recall certain events. Think of them and then allow yourself to progress to step two.
I keep hearing the coolest stories from the Thank You Revolution.
Unfortunately, I can’t share all of them here (That’s why I created the Revolution email list…you should sign-up). But I did recently get a great story from Kirbie Earley that I wanted to share with you. Kirbie is an innovation coach in central Ohio. She focuses on leadership and team building within innovation. You should definitely check out her blog and follow her on Twitter @inov8coach.
Take it away Kirbie…
Like many, I was taught to write thank you notes. As a child, this was more of a chore than a joyful endeavor, and as kids we certainly don’t see the importance of it. Over time, I got away from it, but it always nagged at me. I did write them occasionally, but I let busy life get in the way of doing what was the right thing.
Recently, I was asked to present an Innovation Workshop at a University about 3 hours away. I had about 11 or 12 people in attendance – a typical group for this type of event. Since it is hands-on, I cap it at 20 or so in order to be able to give personal guidance where needed. I get to know a few of the participants pretty well.
What is your favorite way to express or receive gratitude?
My friend, Mark Sieverkropp, has four great ways to express gratitude, which at first glance might seem obvious, but unfortunately are rarely practiced.
Mark is a blogger and student of business, leadership and self-improvement. He has a passion for encouraging, empowering and connecting leaders and entrepreneurs to enhance their impact and expand their influence. He writes an often thought-provoking and always entertaining blog about those topics, so check it out here.
Here is what Mark has to say about expressing gratitude:
Let me start by saying, Matt’s Thank You Revolution has changed my life.
Every revolution needs an army and the “Thank You Revolution” is no different. The Thank You Revolution is growing. I’m hearing stories, like the one that Jon Stolpe shared, via Twitter, in the comments here, and even via notes like the one at the bottom of this post. All of this has led me to […]
For whom are you grateful?
Do they know that?
How have you told those people?
These are important questions to ask yourself…every day. Or least once a week. Every Thursday is Thank You Thursday. And it is a perfect time to ask yourself who you can thank.
What is Thank You Thursday? I’ll let this post tell you.
One person in particular has taken Thank You Thursday to heart and was kind enough to share how it has impacted him and those around him.
His name is Jon Stolpe and this is his story.
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