Treating Gratitude Like A Habit

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The world will give you what you send. If you are selfish or mean to others, you will be paid back with unwanted circumstances. It’s why people constantly use the phrase, “what goes around, comes around.”   When you project gratitude, life will pay you back in a positive manner. You will appreciate what you have, and it will set the stage for prosperity and success to give you even more.

But, we live in a highly negative world. This makes it easy to revert to having negative thoughts. You may believe those negative thoughts are your own, so life won’t be able to find out you’ve been thinking them. However, thoughts produce energy, so there is no hiding. Energy, whether it is positive or negative, will be projected.   You need to make gratitude become a natural part of your life, something that you think without effort. The best way to do that is to make it a habit. You will need to consciously repel the thoughts of people who introduce negativity into your life. This includes news, social media, and interacting in social settings.

Unfortunately, you cannot avoid altogether people who are negative. You can try to turn them around to being grateful, but you need to start with yourself. You’ll make little progress if you are constantly negative.   Try to develop a filter within yourself that keeps you from reacting when people say or do something negative. The easy way out is not to join the negative club but rather to put some distance as much as possible between you. Developing a filter will deflect what has been said.  This filter will also enable you to see clearer and to understand that negativity is an addiction.

Once it grabs hold of you, it is not easy to resist. This requires you to learn to let things go. Let go of the things you can’t control. We know we can’t control people, let alone what they say and do. But we can learn to control how we react and respond to it all.   When you condition yourself to be grateful constantly, this becomes the needed filter to keep negativity at bay. But, it can be fleeting without consistent practice and reinforcement. Start by making a list of everything you are grateful for. Then, each day, state out loud the items on that list. Feel free to add to the list.

The reinforcement of gratefulness will make it a part of your personality over time. People will appreciate it, even if subtly. It will make them drawn to you, and they may not know exactly the reasons why. But, you can be sure that it has much to do with your newfound clear vision and your grateful habit. Learn to let gratitude pilot your walk on life's journey. You have nothing to lose...except negativity.  Trust me...you won't miss it.

Beverly Jones-Durr is a published Author, Certified Life and Business Strategist and Educational Facilitator. She is also known as the “Clarity Ninja and Mindset Shifter” because she teaches clients, consultants and other service professionals how to eliminate the fog, remove the clutter and shift their focus to their purposeful and intentional path so that they can get stuff done. She creates programs that help you to develop your authentic self, build a positive and powerful mindset and create real time action plans that are both attainable and measureable. Don’t forget to check out,  "Four Road Blocks Keeping You from Getting What You want", a four part video series that puts you on course to mastering all areas of your life as a gift.  You can also follow Beverly 0n TwitterFaceBook and YouTube