• One item that has an enormous impact on our life is our attitude and view point on everyday actions.  It is said that our beliefs become our thoughts, our thoughts become our words, our words become our actions and our actions become our reality.  It is amazing how much our lives can change by simply changing our initial beliefs as they can alter our entire life path and career opportunities.  At the root of it all, I believe it is boiled down to either having a grateful outlook or a hateful outlook on life’s daily activities. 
  • Whenever you are faced with a situation, are you grateful for the opportunity or hateful for what is required?  When you wake up in the morning are you grateful to be alive and have  family, friends and a job or are you hateful that your health, life and career may not be perfect or exactly as you had envisioned?  Do you find yourself saying that you “get to” do things or that you “have to” do things?  Just changing that one word from “have” to “get” can alter your beliefs, thoughts, words, actions and outcome of the task at hand and make it feel more enjoyable.  Other people will notice the change in your attitude as well and as we all know “attitudes are contagious.”  The more others feel good about themselves in your presence, the more they will want to spend time with you.  People want to feel good about who they are and what they do and they will naturally seek out those that bring out that feeling. 
  • The other aspect to think about is that grateful people tend to take responsibility and look for a solution to a problem where as hateful people tend to deflect blame, point fingers and tell everyone else why it is someone else’s fault.  This hateful side of the equation can be a morale killer for everyone involved and can have a lasting effect on a relationship. 
  • Here are 5 tips to help develop and keep a grateful mindset: 
  • 1. One thing I do is to write down 1 thing I am grateful for every morning when I wake up.  Over time this one action can help change your mindset.
  • 2. When you feel yourself saying or thinking “have to” change the sentence to include “get to”, even if you need to change the action and outcome a bit.
  • 3. Praise and thank others every day, make a list of 5 people you want to thank every week.  If you see an action that makes you feel good let the person know.  The best way to get an action to repeat itself is to mention it out loud.
  • 4. Take responsibility and offer solutions to problems.  Ask yourself what you could have done to prevent the issue from becoming a problem in the first place.
  • 5. Every night when you go to bed look back at the day and think about what amazing things happened and look ahead to tomorrow and list one reason why tomorrow will be great.
  • I am grateful for this opportunity to be able to share my thoughts and hopefully spark inspiration.  Thank you for taking the time to read and reflect on this post. 

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