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?

Thankfulness for what you have leads to increase
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What if I told you that the first key to getting more is to express thankfulness for what you have now.

Here’s the key principle I’ve learned:

The things for which we are thankful we maintain.
The things for which we express thankfulness increase.
When is the last time you spoke or wrote your thankfulness for your health, your income, your family, your intelligence, or your friends?
If you want abundance in those areas, you must first express thankfulness for what you already have.

Lack of any gratitude at all is a surefire way to lose what you have.

Just being thankful in your heart but keeping it to yourself and never speaking it aloud is a great way to keep what you have but not grow beyond your limits.

This is why I journal every day a list of things for which I am thankful. This is why I share the list with others, as I will do here.

My gratitude list

I am thankful for my health.

I am thankful for my intelligence.

I am thankful for the love and patience of my wife, Tara.

I am thankful for the love and laughter of our little girl, Aracelli.

I am thankful for our home, for my income, and for my clients.

I am thankful for my friends, including those I’ve made only because of this blog.

Action item: Start a gratitude journal, listing three things each day for which you are thankful. It takes only one minute each day. Also, tell a loved one or friend one thing for which you are thankful today.

The first key to experiencing increase is to express gratitude for what you have today.

Before hard work.

Before learning.

Before even believing for more.

It starts with thankfulness. From there you can grow.

What are you thankful for today?


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7 thoughts on “The First Key to a Life of Increase & Abundance…Gratitude

  1. Mike Kawula says:

    Excellent post Matt.

    Actually just started it this month after reading a great post on Chopra last month.

    Here are the 3 things I write before bed and view in the morning before doing positive visuals: Who or what inspired me today? What brought me happiness today? What brought me comfort and deep peace today?

    Going to do this with my kids starting March 1st also 🙂 Love this ~ Mike

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Getting your kids involved is taking itvtovthe next level man!

  2. Mark Sieverkropp says:

    Love it Matt!

    Today I am grateful for my family – supporting me and all my dreams and goals, and the good friends and mentors I’ve gained over the past year or two (on which you are one…), and for my testimony of Christ and His Gospel, and for about a million other things.

    Thanks for sharing this Matt!

  3. Jon Stolpe says:

    I’m thankful for my family.
    I’m thankful for my job.
    I’m thankful for my faith.
    I’m thankful for my friends.
    I’m thankful for my blogging community.

  4. Joe Lalonde says:

    I’m thankful for a well-paying job
    I’m thankful for a flexible boss
    I’m thankful for a loving wife
    I’m thankful for my health
    I’m thankful for the dog I have left

  5. Rebecca Jo Cannon says:

    I am thankful for help I am getting for disability now matter how small.
    I am thankful God put in place that I a whole team of Doctors & nurses that are wonderful.
    I am thankful for my son who is 29, single who came here to help me for 1 yr, treatment didnt work, & he is still here, 2 1/2 yrs plus patiently waiting. He is an Iraq veteran & now a chef.
    I am thankful for son who is 24 & a veteran, who can’t be here, but does what he can.
    I raised them on my own, so this is hard for them.
    I am thankful for friends & family that donate.
    I am thankful that God is putting new plans in my heart, to be useful.
    I am thankful that God helped me let go of the management sales job that I loved, & is slowing leading me to health.
    Today on the way to another appointment of not so fun stuff, & medications I looked around & shouted PRAISE GOD! I am alive, and there is always someone much worse than me, & I have a heart for that.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      What a GREAT list Rebecca!

      Sounds like you have raised a great son and have an amazing dog.

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