Thoughts on Success Part 8

Develop a Sense of Gratitude

A sense of gratitude tends to give us a positive thankful view of life. Gratitude like so many things is a choice. We can be thankful for what we have & are experiencing or we can be ungrateful. Our choice will contribute to our success or to our lack of success.

There are basically 2 views to take of life. One is that everything is fine. Wow I can’t believe how good things are. The second one is nothing ever goes right. It might look good now but just wait something will go wrong. Between these 2 extremes there are any number of variations.

It is important to recognize that we can & do choose our view of life. Life isn’t this way or that way. Life is how we choose to see it. You have all seen or heard the demonstration where someone holds up a glass half full of water & asks people to comment. Some will see the glass as half full some will see the glass as half empty. If you see the glass as half full you tend to think that things will work out. If you see the glass as half empty you tend think that things will go wrong. The amount of water in the glass doesn’t change. What changes is our attitude. Life is exactly the same. If you think things will work out they likely will. If you think things will go wrong they likely will.

The choice is yours.

The only problem I have with the glass example is that I have a hard time to keep the glass form overflowing. How is it for you?

We can train ourselves to have a sense of gratitude. Let me give you a real life example. Our son Mark who ranches with us hurt his knee a few years ago & was laid up for several weeks. It wasn’t really a big deal & we all got through it just fine. Now we fast forward to 2 years ago. We are just starting calving. Mark & I are out riding. We are some distance apart but I can see him. Mark is doing something with a new born calf. I can see that something has gone wrong & he has hurt his leg or knee. I have 2 choices: I can think: Oh no how will we ever get through calving with Mark hurt? We are in a real wreck. Or I can think: Oh well Mark might be off work for a while but I know I can work a little harder. We have an easy calving herd. Mark being off work is no big deal. Fortunately I made the second choice. I made it instantly not by thinking but by reflex. I doubt that I would have always responded that way. I think I have trained myself to think that things are always OK. The interesting thing is that when I actually got back to where Mark was he had experienced a cramp & hadn’t hurt his leg at all.

I encourage you to make a list of all the things you are thankful for. If you have children include them. I think you will be amazed at how long the list is & how many of the items don’t cost money.

If we all gave thanks for the things we have

instead of complaining about the things we don’t have

we would all be more successful.

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