The holiday season is upon us and provides a time for us to all look inward and appreciate what we have. While it’s easy to get caught up in the things we don’t have or focusing on what we can’t do, take a moment to truly take inventory of what you do have and what you can do.
I am the first person to aspire to and want to inspire others to achieve massive success and accomplishments, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate where we are and how far we’ve come. Look behind you; reflect on the past year. What all have you accomplished? What have you learned? Who have you met? What relationships have you developed?
I would hazard to guess 2014 has been a remarkable year for you when you truly take time to appreciate even the smallest wins. There are so many people in this world who would love be have the job you have, the home you have and the opportunities you have.
There are people today praying for what you already have.
It costs nothing to be grateful and will do wonders for your physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological wellbeing. So, how do you develop an attitude of gratitude?
First, make a list of the things you do have:
- Your family and loved ones
- Your friends
- Your business relationships
- Your job
- Your clients or customers
- Your health
- Your home
The list goes on and on. Think of the little things, the ones you literally take for granted every day. Do you have hot water? Do you realize how many people in this world don’t? Or, better yet, how many don’t have clean water?Do you have an air conditioner in summer?
Just the other day a friend of mine pointed out the things we basically take for granted every day, the richest people in the world didn’t or couldn’t own just 50 years ago: microwave ovens; unlimited access to millions of dollars worth of books and data whether at your local library or on the internet; world class healthcare; and more.
Stop focusing on what you don’t have and look for a moment at what you do have. Take a moment to be proud of your accomplishments, achievements and accolades. Be grateful.
Develop an attitude of gratitude and begin to see the abundance already in your life. Happiness is found inside, not outside.
Have a great holiday.