Six years ago my life was really upside down. I was experiencing several emotionally charged situations all at once — and all I could focus on was the problems, pain and disappointments. Then a really good friend of mine reminded me that all of my energy was focused on what wasn’t working — and I had neglected to see what was working.
Here I was surrounded by wonderful friend, a family who loves and supports me unconditionally, I drive a nice car, and I have a beautiful place to live. I had been more successful than 90% of the people on this planet ever would be. And I had the privilege to mentor some of the most amazing thought leaders and change-makers in the world. My life was pretty darn good, despite the upsets.
What my friend pointed out was the power of gratitude.
Tapping into the power of gratitude is more than just thinking positive thoughts (which IS important.) Gratitude actually transforms your ability to generate higher levels of wealth and success because it causes you to focus on what’s working in your life. Gratitude shifts us into a being a money magnet by giving our attention to situations that are make us fee joy, love and peace of mind.
Here’s how it works:
- Write down all of the things that are going well in your life (this is a important habit that I teach all success-driven entrepreneurs in MoneyDNA Mastery.)
- Now focus on one of them, even if its a small thing like you woke up this morning, your bed is comfortable, your spouse made you breakfast, your dog likes to cuddle, or that someone in your life did you a favor.
- Tap into that good feeling and amplify it so it can become a magnet for more good in your life.
- Now focus all day on that situation, keeping your mind on how good it made you feel.
- If you think a negative thought, wish for more of something you don’t have or start to process your problems, snap your attention BACK to the good thing.
- Then, once you’ve really got yourself in a joyful or peaceful emotional state, put your attention to a goal and IMAGINE yourself feeling the way you do about your good situation about that goal being real.
In essence, you are training yourself to attract what you do want by using good feelings you already have. Here’s a little bit more on why creating an attitude of gratitude is a key part of becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Red Car Theory
The most fundamental reason why gratitude helps us become more successful in business is because it shifts our focus away from problems, negativity and challenges and focuses us on the good stuff in our life. When our focus in on good things, we tend to naturally see more of the good things in life. If you ever thought about buying a car, say a red car, all of a sudden you will see red cars everywhere.
When you focus on something good in your life — even if you feel like you are in hell — you will automatically start to notice more and more of your blessings. And before you know it, your life will feel amazing with just a couple of challenges to figure out.
Creates Positive Momentum
Like a snow ball that gets bigger as it rolls down the mountain, gratitude pumps us full of “feel good” emotions. When we think of all the amazing people and situations that are already in our life, endorphins kick in and raise our mood. Its easier to get into action when we feel good. A state of gratitude is a much more powerful space to create your dream business from.
By remembering what is working in your life (even if it is that the sun came up today) we can open our hearts and minds to other possibilities. When we focus on what is going well in our life our mind gets in the habit of collecting “gratitude.” Like any habit, you can easily fall into the pattern of seeing all the limitations or you can create a pattern of seeing all the possibilities. Personally I think my life is one THOUSAND times more enjoyable when I focus on all the good stuff.
Reminds us of Why
By connecting with the situations that are going well, its easier to remember WHY we do what we do in the first place. When we stay connected to our WHY our heart softens. Our compassion flows. And we can have empathy for ourselves and others (this becomes more important when lots of us “steel up” for family time over the holidays, right?)
Makes us More Attractive
Grateful people tend to be more enjoyable to be around. Gratitude helps us stay humble and avoid the temptation to see ourselves as better than those we serve. I find that the more my clients find me accessible, transparent and REAL the more likely they are to refer more business and experience more of the programs I teach. Think of gratitude as a success magnet!
Have you noticed the power of gratitude in your life already? Did you resonate with today’s insights? I’d love to hear your comments below.